I became aware of this debut novel by complete chance when I happened to hear a late night radio interview with the author a few weeks ago. It’s a tale of how a lifelong friendship can quickly turn sour when the relationship means far more to one person than it does to the other, of how it can soon become obsessional, fixated, suffocating and ultimately toxic. The story centres on two childhood girlfriends, one of whom narrates the story, and follows them into adulthood. The narrator’s life is marred by untimely tragedy, causing her to gradually and almost unknowingly become mentally unbalanced and lean ever more heavily on her successful friend. Such is her suffocating and obsessive dependence that, as she recounts their story, she remembers seven crucial and sometimes manipulative lies she told to keep their friendship and inter-reliance alive and keep the pair firmly tethered together as life progresses, with each lie having progressively more catastrophic and lasting implications and consequences than the last. This dark, claustrophobic read is an excellent first novel, and one which I thoroughly enjoyed – hopefully there will be more to come, but the author has set the bar high with » Continue Reading.