Georgia and Lydia are so close they’re practically sisters.
So when Lydia starts an online business that struggles, Georgia wants to help her – but she also understands that Lydia’s not the kind to accept a handout.
Setting up a fake twitter account, Georgia hopes to give her friend some annonymous moral support by posing as a potential customer.
But then Lydia starts confiding in her new internet buddy and Georgia discovers she doesn’t know her quite as well as she thought.
Georgia knows she should reveal the truth – especially when Lydia starts talking about her – but she just can’t help herself.
Until Lydia reveals a secret that could not only end their relationship, but also blow up Georgia’s marriage.
Georgia is in too deep. But what can she save? Her marriage, her friendship – or jsut herself?
As just about anyone could tell from the picture, I found this particular gem in the library – I recognised it instantly on walking through the door having been umming and ahhing over it in the supermarket the previous week. My other half’s rather firm stance on ‘books requiring space on the bookshelves in order to be bought’ was the only thing standing between me and buying this on the spot. So finding it in the library felt like fate – I got a well-over-due library membership on the spot and took this little number home with me.
The general plot is fairly self-explanatory from the blurb – Georgia sets up a fake twitter account to try and bolster up her friend without her knowing it’s coming from her friend. She’s looking for validation from strangers, and so Georgia poses as a stranger. Odd but well-meaning as far as gestures go, but it backfired in a truly spectacular manner.
I am loathe to go into too much detail about how the story unfurls because I was absolutely delighted by the twists and turns it took as the story progressed. The blurb makes it all seem deceptively straight-forward, and I would like to firmly reassure you that it is not…
At about halfway through the book there reaches a scene so cringeworthy, so caution-to-the-wind, so absolutely awful that I had to stop reading it briefly. I have never been somebody who enjoys reading about the disgrace of others, so when events progress to what might be considered the first climax I was almost a little nervous to go on. How on earth do they recover from ‘THAT’?!
I did of course dive back in for a peek as by this point I was fairly invested. I re-submerged myself in the plot only to look around myself and wonder ‘how did we get to this point so quickly?’.
The reason my friends is simple – this is not the story that you think you are going to read.
Later, as I plowed my way feverishly through the book to find out what happens next my other half made the mistake of interrupting me JUST as Georgia looks up and sees ‘Her’.
He could not have chosen a worse moment – I described the entire plot to him in minute detail, building up to that moment with urgency so that he could understand the magnitude of what was happening. How dare she show her face there? At that exact moment?! How could this be happening (and how did I not see this coming?).
We compromised on having the book confiscated until I had finished my jobs for the day (it was not going to happen otherwise). I later had my book returned to me and gladly finished it in a flurry of pages. I rather enjoyed that book as it turns out.
It describes some really rather wonderful relationships between the characters, and in places reminds me of the sibling rivalry portrayed in ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’. I loved the complex balancing of drama and fondness in Georgia’s friends and family, and the differences between how she thinks at the beginning and the end. The plot is a rather marvelous curveball, and there is definite character development in play. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an easy read and a jaw-dropping ‘she did not just do that’ moment or two.