She loves him…
Lizzie Green once loved Tom Murphy with a passion that bordered on obsession. All she wanted was his love to be returned. Then one night something terrible happened and Tom left Lizzie broken hearted. She swore she would never let him hurt her again….
She loves him not.
Now, ten years later, Tom turns up on Lizzie’s doorstep still as charming as ever. Lizzie knows he still has the power to break her heart and destroy her life again. But Lizzie can’t say no to him….
“Friendship, a state of enduring affection, esteem, intimacy, and trust between two people…”
This is the definition of the word according to a dictionary. I think a lot of people should read this and compare it to how they treat their ‘friends’.
In this book we meet Tom and Lizzie. Their friendship started when they were toddlers and they really shared a strong bond.
Only one of them though paid attention in school when the word was explained. The other one uses friendship as a means to make themselves better and stronger, while, in the meantime, crushing the other one’s heart.
One tells tales in order to protect the despicable things they do. The other one suffers in silence, seeing their future ripped in pieces.
One devastating event forces them apart. They have to keep their distance. One says it’s to protect the other. One feels still believes every word that comes out of their mouth.
And then there is that blast from the past…
Time heals all wounds, right? Is there still hope? Will finally the dream come true?
One should be happy, but are they? One thinks they still got it, even after all those years, but do they?
One has a lot to win. One has a lot to lose. Maybe it’s time the manipulator gets a taste of their own medicine?
Friends… they can be so much fun and you can be really close. I thought I had a few good ones too and then, suddenly, one day they don’t seem to remember you even exist.
Maybe you are better off without them. It saves you a lot of heartache.
In this book the author shows us that one second can change your life. You are devastated and you are happy that someone can keep their cool. After all they do it to protect you. Or is it rather to protect themselves?
Friendship should put all parties on the same level. Sometimes one person feels they should always take the lead, because they know best. Do they though?
A very enjoyable read. 4 stars
About the Author
Alex Stone, originally an accountant from the West Midlands, is now a psychological suspense writer based in Dorset. This beautiful and dramatic coastline is the inspiration and setting for her novels. She was awarded the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2019.