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What My Best Friend Did

Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
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Summary

A stunning novel from Lucy Dawson - what happens when good friends turn bad....

Alice's life has become a bit boring lately. Her friends are busy getting married and having babies, but she's not ready for those changes in her own life - not even sure she still loves her boyfriend.  

Then she meets Gretchen. A brand-new, fun and unencumbered friend. Gretchen knows how to have a good time, and she also has a totally gorgeous brother. Before she knows it, Alice has been swept up into her new best friend's world. But Gretchen has a dark secret. Will Alice learn the truth before she throws her old life away?

©2009 Lucy Dawson (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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Good, but not the thriller it was made out to be

I enjoyed this, and the narration was done well, but the novel was about 60% drama, 30% thriller and 10% chic lit, which is fine, but not the fast paced thriller I expected. I would still recommend this book as it has a good ending,good plot, is written well and with believable characters. I listened to this book in three days.

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Well read, but story was missing something.

I am a fan of Lucy Dawson, and normally really enjoy her books, but this one was lacking something. I'm not quite sure what.

The love triangle-square was a simple sub-plot, slightly predictable but pleasant to read all the same.

I think that highlighting some of the struggles that those with a mental illness have to deal with is good, if done right. Also sharing how actions, the overdose, can have severe side effects; the heart attack. However, it is not normally as straight forward as made out here.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but no where near as much as some of the other ones by Lucy, and it wont be one I read/listen to again.
For me, it just didnt tick all the boxes this time.

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Not yet best book

Struggled with this one. Didnt really care what happened to the characters. Ending was open ended and did not resolve much. Glad to finish.

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90% Love Story, 10% Suspense

So it's mainly a love story. The suspense is waiting to find out what happened to cause Gretchen to overdose.

The story moves between the current time period with Gretchen overdosed, and an earlier & happier time period when Alice met Gretchen and they became best friends.

One of the characters turns out to have manic depression and is thoroughly manipulative. The characters are part of a tight circle and the plot involves stealing a best friend's boy-friend / girl-friend. There's an unwritten rule saying that you shouldn't do that.

Rather tedious in places, and an uncertain final ending. (E.g. Who ended up with whom? Did the taxi driver ever get paid?)

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  • lynette b.
  • 29-05-19

So disappointing

This book was so good, until the end ! I do not understand! Who leaves it with that ending ? Is there a sequel ?

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  • D.B.
  • 27-12-19

Slow disappointment

I loved Don't Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson and couldn't wait to listen to another book by her. I thought she was one of my new favorite authors. I kept waiting for the same with this book, but it never came. It's a flop.

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  • Claire Lieber
  • 11-03-19

hmm

the naration is fantastic. and the story definitely keeps you listening. ending was disappointing though

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