About The Book
Best friends forever.
That’s the pact you made.
You’d do anything for her.
And you have.
She’s always had it all.
If you could take it for yourself . . . would you?
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. Jo and Kate have been friends for years since they met at boarding school when they were eight years old. They appeared to have little in common, had different backgrounds but they supported each other throughout their school years. Both bullied for different reasons and I had sympathy for each of them. The boarding school in the book is nothing like the ones that featured in the books I read during my childhood. I preferred the schools in The Chalet Girl series and Malory Towers, St Luke’s was much more unfriendly.
But it was harder to feel sympathy thirty years later, when you could see how they lived their lives and treated their loved ones. I did prefer Jo, and could see her Barnsley roots even though she tried her hardest to disguise them. Her family were my favourite characters in the book, especially her mother Joyce.
Grief, loss, guilt and alcohol all feature heavily in the book but the more sinister side is more evident in the second half when you also saw betrayal. But I also started to see a warmer side to Jo. She seemed more natural, closer to her family and less willing to be the version of the Jo that the school created.
It’s a good story, with some interesting but not always very nice characters and a twist at the end works perfectly.