My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
ABOUT THE BOOK
One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could? It’s a simple question – a little game – that will destroy her life.
Carly and Rob are a perfect couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Craig and Jenni. They’re lucky. But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple: can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever be just good friends?
Little by little, Carly’s question sends her life spiralling out of control, as she begins to doubt everything she thought was true. Who can she trust? The man she has promised to stick by forever, or the best friend she has known for years? And is Carly being entirely honest with either of them?
WHAT I THOUGHT
I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. Seriously. I was obsessed with it. I could probably have read it in a day or two if I hadn’t spent the last week catching up on holiday washing and ironing (oh and also a sneaky trip to Ireland to watch Coldplay!).
Back to the book though; the two characters I followed the most were the females – Carly and Jenni. Two very different people claiming to be “very” good friends. The story is written with each chapter represented by four different characters giving their points of view. We have Carly, Rob, Jenni and Craig. Carly is married to Rob and Jenni is married to Craig. I will focus mainly on the females though.
Carly acts in a way I do not like. She is bitter. She hates interacting and playing with her children, and certain comments lead me to believe that she is a bit of a drunk. She also slaps her kid when in my opinion she was the one in the wrong. She clearly has issues which later come to light.
Jenni is going through a tough time as she is losing her mum to ovarian cancer. She isn’t around at home much to begin with as her parents live far away so she has gone to stay with them to help her father during this difficult time. Her husband Craig though, is a godsend with the children. He is Jenni’s rock.
We are obviously aware that some of the characters have an affair but at the beginning I am constantly second guessing who it is actually going to be. Carly and Craig or Jenni and Rob – or perhaps they both will?! We are taken on a journey of love, friendship and relationships in a seriously twisted way that I actually thought, oh my goodness, what on earth was Robson thinking when she wrote this (in a good way of course!).
I am a huge lover of short chapters and Robson is seriously on point with this. It massively keeps you on your toes as you are constantly being taken on an adventure of the minds of the leading characters. One second you are in Carly’s head and then all of a sudden you are in Rob’s. It is really easy to follow though. It must have been difficult for Robson to get into the minds of four very different and extremely complex characters. It is unbelievable how well she does it. You get sucked into the writing, and the narrative, and it shows how there is definitely a little devil on everyone’s shoulder trying to lead you astray.
The topic of God comes up a lot. Jenni is very reliant on him and seeks his advice for the strength to go on. Rob is a believer too. Carly is an atheist and cannot understand why her husband believes in God when there is so much hurt going on in the world. Craig just adores Jenni and accepts her faith and religion no matter what. In my opinion I feel that Carly needs God the most though as she is neurotic and needs to find her way home. HOWEVER, towards the end I did feel bad for disliking Carly so much as she is diagnosed with a mental illness and can’t help how she is. She does try to put things right.
There are so many twists and turns throughout which I will not spoil for you. Robson has massively surprised me and I am so glad I requested this book. A huge thank you to Sabah Khan for giving me the opportunity to read it in return for an honest review, and for those interested, this psychological thriller is already out to buy and I would 100% recommend it.
Enjoy, oh, and expect a late night once you start it!
My final word: Obsessed!