Friends for Life
Five women - Georgy, Beth, Vivienne, Catherine, and Sally - are strangers in the same hospital ward. But not for long. Almost instantly, the women begin to bond, support each other, become friends. Even beyond the camaraderie of the hospital these bonds develop and strengthen until the five are sharing confidences with the candor and affection of sisters or the closest of intimates. Gradually, shadows of their hidden pasts materialize. A pattern of striking coincidences begins to emerge, along with one blinding revelation: the lives of all five are inextricably intertwined. Georgy, an ambitious photographer, loves Gus, who once loved Beth; Beth is involved with Vivienne's husband; Vivienne, the jaded socialite, casts yearning eyes at Catherine's boss; Catherine has secret preoccupations of her own; and beautiful, freewheeling Sally, the wild world traveler, seeks from Catherine's mother something missing in her own tumultuous life. Then, with a terrifying suddenness, violence visits the group and threatens to strike again. It may come from outside their circle. Or, more frighteningly, it could come from within. Yet the circle stays unbroken. As Beth reflects: That's the best thing about friends. They do come through when a girl's in trouble. That belief will be tested by events that are as wrenching as they are unexpected, for Beth and her four friends - and also for the reader, helplessly enraptured by the originality and power of Carol Smith's storytelling.
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FRIENDS FOR LIFEUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A London literary agent debuts with a halfhearted celebration of female bonding, tarted up with a murder mystery but mostly concerned with sex, shopping, and food. Beth is a stout but vivacious London ... Read full review
Friends for lifeUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
When five very different women meet as patients in a London hospital, they begin to develop friendships among themselves. These tentative bonds are threatened, however, as they discover that their ... Read full review