Review: The Girl I Used to Know by Faith Hogan

9781786692863About the book

A beautiful, emotive and spell-binding story of two women who find friendship and second chances when they least expect it. Perfect for the fans of Patricia Scanlan.

Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn’t be more different.

Amanda seems to have it all, absolute perfection. She projects all the accoutrements of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart.

By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love.

It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I’ve never read anything by Faith Hogan  (I’m looking to rectify that as soon as possible) but her writing felt familiar and cosy – perfect for this time of year! I loved the characters and found myself genuinely caring what happened. Both Tess and Amanda are very real, flawed but generally lovable characters.

The two women’s stories, how they ended up with the sad, mundanity of their everyday lives and how they fought back and chased their second chances had me enthralled from the start. I can’t recommend this book enough. In fact, Santa may be dropping off a copy for my mum on Christmas Eve!

Faith Hogan portrait for inside cover of her bookContact Faith Hogan:
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