This month for book club I’ve picked Faking Friends, The Sunday Times Best Seller by Jane Fallon.
Jane is a multi-award winning television producer and has also written a number of popular novels. I came across this particular one when looking at the books on display in Waterstones a month or so ago. The front cover says it all; Best friend, soulmate, confidante… backstabber. In just 4 words I was drawn to this book and had picked it up to read the blurb.
Let’s talk about that for a second. The front cover of a book has to really work hard to compete on the shelf amongst all of the other books out there. The title, the design and the reviews all play a role in this. You may have a fantastic story but the biggest challenge is drawing readers in. What makes you pick up a book?
I went on to read the blurb and the big secret is revealed straight up, which I felt was kind of odd. You don’t even need to read page 1 to find out that Amy’s fiancé is having an affair, and her best friend is the other woman. But that also left me feeling like there was a lot more to discover about this story than what was on the surface.
Piecing her life back together won’t be half as fun as dismantling theirs, after all.
Faking Friends is an original take on a classic plot line. Everyone loves a good affair story, but a revenge story is so much better.
I did question how realistic parts of the story were – would I have done the same in that situation? But some of the ideas are genius! And it’s just a story right..