Second blog tour for the day is for ‘Friend of the Family’ by Tasmina Perry. Many thanks to Headline for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:
She thinks your life is perfect. She thinks you don’t deserve it.
Amy is more than happy to offer the daughter of an old friend work experience at her London magazine. Josie is young and ambitious. She just needs a foot in the door.
When Josie arrives, she swiftly makes herself indispensable at work and at home. And when childcare falls through before a long-awaited university reunion in Provence, it begins to look as if Josie may be staying longer than Amy had bargained for.
In the heat of Provence, Josie’s presence starts to unsettle Amy, especially around her husband. As cracks begin to appear in Amy’s perfect life, she cannot shake the feeling that the family friend may not be a friend at all…
What does TWG think?
What I thoroughly enjoyed about this book, was how much of an ‘easy to read’ novel it was. I don’t mean that in a bad way at all, I mean that I was able to read the book without having to over think any parts of the storyline, especially as there are times where I just want to pick up a book and read it without my brain getting fried by the end of it. A major thumbs up from me in that sense, that’s for sure!
However, I did find this book to be a little predictable so whilst it was a care-free type of storyline, the surprise element wasn’t there.
I did enjoy the ‘how the other half live’ characters as I am a bit nosy and like to delve into other people’s lives. Don’t panic, I don’t stalk people! I have to say that ‘Friend of the Family’ reminded me a bit of ‘The Real Housewives of Cheshire’ meets ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’. Those programs are my guilty pleasure – I was thoroughly entertained by that element in the book.
I thought that the subject of ‘trust’ was a strong current in the book and certainly made me think about people who have come into my life and showed their true colours…eventually!!
All in all, ‘Friend of the Family’ was an entertaining, easy to read novel with characters you’re likely to dislike but can’t tear yourself away from.