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Summary

Sometimes a promise becomes a prison.

Fearing eternal singledom, childhood friends Kate and Paul make the age-old vow that if they don't find love by thirty, they will marry each other. Years later, with the deadline of their 30th birthdays approaching, the unlikely couple decide to keep their teenage promise. After all, they are such good friends. Surely that's enough to make a marriage?

Now, on the eve of their 10th wedding anniversary, they will discover that love between men and women is more complex, and more precarious, than they could ever have imagined. As Kate struggles with a secret that reaches far into their past, will the couple's vow become the very thing that threatens their future?

Love Will Tear Us Apart is a moving and heart-breaking exploration of modern love and friendship, from the bestselling author of Try Not to Breathe.

©2017 Holly Seddon (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Not one of Molly's best

I struggled to finish this book. For me, it got interested in the last few chapters.

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Chick Lit

The publishers categorise this as "Crime & Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers". I couldn't see that myself. Not at all.

It is about childhood friends Kate & Paul and their developing relationship over the years. They drift apart at university age then get back together at the time that they both start work. We hear about their work and family stresses, and how they eventually get married to each other and have two children. We hear about the day of their 10th Wedding Anniversary when Kate (our narrator), looks back over the 10 years of their marriage.

The publishers blurb is ambiguous about whether "the secret" is his or hers. Whichever it is, it doesn't get discussed until a long, long way into the book. To my mind, even "the secret" once revealed, is of a Chick Lit nature rather than a Psychological Thriller Nature.

As for crime, I don't want to give anything away, just to say that the book was particularly weak in this area too.

This may or may not be good as a Chick Lit book, (I'm not qualified to judge), but it is definitely not what it says on the tin.

Final gripe: people just don't get trapped in their cars by air bags that have been activated.

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