Book review: The Girl I Used to Know by Faith Hogan
Two women. Two very different lives. One unexpected friendship.
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 the perfect life. But the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart.
While Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love.
But if they can open up to one another, these two women may just learn that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.
It's always a welcomed endeavour to dive into a Faith Hogan story and this one did not disappoint in the slightest. The story invited me in with warmth and love and I felt at ease immediately with the tale that played out before my eyes.
Life is a turbulent venture and the roads we take can lead to unknown places of loneliness. Two women, two different stories but two journeys with many similarities entwine together in this heartfelt plot that had me hooked from the start.
Amanda is surrounded by family and fairweather friends yet still feels a keen sense of loneliness. Tess's struggles has led her to a life alone and yearns for love and forgiveness to drown out the deafening sound of emptiness. Together they forge an unlikely friendship in order to rebuild their life and reclaim happiness.
The writing is engaging and ebbs and flows with heartfelt and poignant emotion. I developed an infinity bond with the difficult and belligerent Tess who's empty life left me bereft and sad....her shattered dreams and tortured love life was a rollercoaster of feelings that still haunt me.
The Girl I Used to Know is a frank look at life and love. It's filled with a keen observation of the consequences of letting life pass before your eyes and is a strong reminder to live each day to the best of our ability and put happiness and real love to the forefront of all that you do. If you have yet to read this stunning story then waste no more time and dive in today.....it's a decision you will not regret.
Read and reviewed with kind permission by Aria and Netgalley.
Faith lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and two very fussy cats. She has an Hons Degree in English Literature and Psychology, has worked as a fashion model and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.