It has been ten years since Ruby left her hometown behind. Since then she’s built a life away from her recovering alcoholic mother and her first love, Murphy. But when Danny, one of her estranged friends from childhood, commits suicide, guilt draws Ruby back into the tumultuous world she escaped all those years ago.
She’s dreading the funeral – and with good reason. Danny has left a series of envelopes addressed to his former friends. Inside each envelope is a secret about every person in the group. Ruby’s secret is so explosive, she will fight tooth-and-nail to keep it hidden from those she once loved so deeply, even if that means risking everything…
Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble begins with the death of Danny. His friends are back home at Chatwick for his funeral when they are informed that he left letters for all of them. As the blurb reveals, the letters contain secrets. You see, Danny had dirt on everyone and so he knew some of the secrets that they were keeping from each other. These are the letters that he left behind for his friends.
The story is narrated by different characters. Ruby is the main narrator but a number of chapters are told from the POV of the other characters. In addition to the multi-narrators, the story alternates between the past and the present. It might seem like a lot was going on but this didn’t affect the flow of the narrative. I was still able to keep up with everyone and I enjoyed the different POVs.
I really liked this book and read the first half pretty fast. However, my reading slowed down during the second half. The pacing in the book remained the same but I was dealing with different emotions that made me want to go through the story a bit slower. I loved the past narrations in the story. I really liked the group of friends despite how flawed they all seemed. However, I was also moved by the present narrations which I could relate to. The fact that life happened and the friends grew apart. I have lost touch with so many friends along the way so this book brought up memories, mixed emotions and a whole lot of regret.
The author did a great job in crafting the characters. Each one of them was unique and I enjoyed getting to know them through the chapters. I also loved the setting. Chatwick is a small town where residents love a good gossip and everyone knows everyone. It is also the kind of town where most people don’t leave. I really enjoyed this setting and its people. I liked the imagery of the touristic sites and how the residents were protective of their town.
Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble is a book that I didn’t want to end. I wanted to stay with the characters and continue getting to know them. I was so invested in their stories and was sad when I finally had to turn the last page. This was an addictive, immersive narrative and I enjoyed every single page. I can’t recommend it enough.
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This sounds really good Diana! I love it when I find a book where the characters are so compelling that I could read about them forever. It’s so bittersweet then when the story ends, glad this was like that for you
I love these kind of books too Renee.I felt like these characters were real.Definitely didn’t want the book to end 🙂
Please to read that this book gripped you so much! 🙂 It does sound fascinating.
It was amazing.Thanks Chrissi 🙂
I love the premise of it and the title too! Great review Diana. Glad you enjoyed it!
It was such a wonderful read and I like the title too.Thanks Nikola.
I’m so glad this was a hit for you, Diana. It does sound most intriguing. I don’t read many stories about friendships but this sounds like a good one.
Thanks Laila. Yes, this was a great read. Give it a try if you get the chance 🙂
Oh I must read this now!! I loved your review! I have also been thinking lately about old friends and feeling sad that I’ve lost tough with many of them. Glad you put this on my radar. Excellent post! 🙂
I think that you’ll like this one Dee. About friends,my plan this year is to work on my friendships and ensure that I don’t loose the ones that I have.I hope that you’ll find a way to recconect with those that you’ve lost touch with too 🙂
This book sounds wonderful. I like how you said you slowed down towards the second half to really take it all in, and that parts of the book related to your own life and long lost friends.
Great review. I’m flagging this one for future reading. Thx. for sharing. 👍🏽
Thank you. I am glad that my review has convinced you to consider the book. This turned out to be quite a relatable read for me 🙂
I often think about the friends I lost along the way 😦 But maybe it wasn’t our fault, don’t you think that sometimes you do more effort than others? Excellent review as always Diana ❤
Yeah, sometime I feel like I try too hard to hold onto some friendships so I end up letting go at some point. Other times I feel like I should have done more though. Thanks Annie 🙂
Brilliant review! Friendships are so important, difficult, essential.. So many adjectives could be used, and it sounds like this book explores lots of things!
You are so right about friendships and yes, this book really tackled the themes perfectly.
Loved your review. I didn’t know about this one, and your insights have me putting it on my TBR list, Diana!
I am glad to hear that Abby. Thank you 🙂
great Diana……..Ilove the book…because its a reality Imust say……it speaks volumes about the friends we keep…..Keep up girl.
It really does.Thank you 🙂
I love books that have secrets and lies in them. This one sounds especially interesting to me because of the main narrator but also having additional narrators and time jumps. It’s going on my thriller tbr!
In think that you’ll enjoy this one.It was a fab read.Thank you:-)