Book Review for “The Girl I Used to Know” by Faith Hogan

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*This book was sent to me for review purposes by Aria Fiction. All opinions are my own. 

When you’re sent books to review you go into them blindly, not knowing if you’ll enjoy them or not. Luckily, I didn’t just enjoy The Girl I used to know by Faith Hogan, I absolutely loved it. This is a fiction story but the subjects it deals with are common in real life; such as a cheating spouse, friends that aren’t really your friends and reaching a point physically and emotionally to where you don’t even recognize yourself. However, it’s also about all the good and wonderful things in life like true love, real friendships and the unbreakable bond of family. I’ll tell you the synopsis and then continue with my thoughts at the bottom. This review will be spoiler free.

The Synopsis

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 it all, absolute perfection. She projects all the accoutrements of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart.

By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love.

It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.

My Thoughts

I don’t say that I love books very often (I’m hard to please) but I really loved this one. It was well written, had wonderful characters and a well paced storyline. At no point in the story was I bored and in fact, I finished this book over two days. I just could not put it down. I was really rooting for Tess and Amanda. You can’t help but want the best for them both. I felt that the ending of the book finished up everything perfectly and I’ll definitely be reading more from Faith Hogan.

If you’re a fan of fiction that deals with real life issues then I think you would love this book. I’m going to link all of the information down below for the author, Aria Fiction and where you can buy this book. I’d love to know if this sounds like a story you’d enjoy! Thank you for reading and have a great day!

 

About the book:

A beautiful, emotive and spell-binding story of two women who find friendship and second chances when they least expect it. Perfect for the fans of Patricia Scanlan.

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 it all, absolute perfection. She projects all the accoutrements of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart.

By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love.

It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.

Bio Faith Hogan:

Faith Hogan was born in Ireland. She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway. She has worked as a fashion model, an event’s organiser and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.

She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair – an international competition for emerging writers.

Faith Hogan Contact:

Twitter (her favourite) https://twitter.com/GerHogan

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/faithhoganauthor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/faithhoganauthor/?hl=en

Web Page. http://faithhogan.com/

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