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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  428 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
An unhealthy friendship takes a sinister turn

Almost everyone has a friend whom they barely tolerate. It’s that person whose jokes are always annoying, who tries to butt in on nights out, or who keeps coming over unannounced. For Martha, that friend is her new neighbor, Jennie. Jennie worships Martha. She loves everything about her: Martha’s house, Martha’s impressive child
ebook, 458 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Open Road Media (first published 2003)
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Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Story is told in alternate chapters by the two main characters, Jennie and Martha. Straight away we are made aware that one of these women will die, but which one and then who is the murderer. Obsessed people make for entertaining reading and these two characters are really quite bizarre which increased my enjoyment. The author was very clever with the plot although I do agree the that the last third of the book was not quite as strong but I still enjoyed it.
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
In the prologue, we discover that one friend has murdered another.

The story is then narrated in alternating chapters by Jennie and Martha. New neighbours, they both give birth on the same day. Uptight Jennie begins to rely on easy-going Martha for friendship and advice, but the edges soon become blurred as Martha unwittingly becomes the centre of Jennie's world. Jennie's obsession with her grows, spiralling out of control, becoming ever more twisted. Husbands, children and neighbours are all dr
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2013
“What a tangled web we weave…”

Jennie and Martha. Martha and Jennie. Two women tied together by an obsessive infatuation…until death. We know from page one that the end result is that one murders the other, but we don’t know which is the victim, which the murderess.

This is a clever, twisted and blackly funny tale of obsession, told by a mistress of the art of the tangled web. Jennie and Martha take it in turns to tell us the story of their parallel lives. When laid-back extrovert Martha takes he
Umm, what the hell! this book was bullshit. I have no idea who killed who. Does anyone know?
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This is the first time I have read any of Gillian White’s books but I have to say she has a wonderful writing style and a thrilling knack for suspense.

This book is told in the eyes of two friends outgoing Martha and introvert Jennie.
Each chapter alternates between the two women in a way that you get grips and grabs of the story.

Jennie seems to be obsessed with Martha and her perfect life, needing her support, love and acceptance. When Martha doesn’t respond in the way Jennie needs, Jennie finds
Yvonne Tibbs
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very creepy Very original

This is a book you can't put down and when you've finished, you can't stop thinking about . The characters though sometimes bizarre, are so realistic you'd swear they were real people. A must read.
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I've been debating the identity of the killer with my coworkers for days...
Katherine Clark
Oh--those of you who a) love getting into a character's head no matter how disturbing the thoughts and b) love not necessarily knowing the ending, and c) don't mind getting a little frustrated by the weird machinations of how a mentally ill person thinks, this book is for you. I actually don't mean to scare you off. I am giving this book 3 and 3/4s stars. I loved and hated this book for the reasons listed above. I get very frustrated with people who make continuously bad decisions and then blame ...more
Sarah Pearce
This book is reminiscent of Girl on the Train set twenty five years ago...with a different sort of slant. Jennie is obsessed with her neighbor Martha. They're both bogged down with kids, life, unfinished emotional struggles and struggling to find their identities. Martha is the more together of the two and Jennie clings to the friendship pathologically. The chapters alternate with first person accounts of Jennie and Martha. The drama of a close friendship is well written here...if anybody has ha ...more
Vivian Choi
2.5 stars.

It's a problem if you want to sleep as soon as you read the first paragraph of the day. It's even worse if you have to keep re-reading paragraphs. From there, it just went downhill.

The writing for me was too much. Too wordy for my liking but the plot was good; too bad that the plot wasn't completely original though.

Spoiler alert. These women are nuts and they have such balls to do what they do for attention and money and it doesn't matter how low they go.
Cindy O
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author's writing style and subject matter had me thoroughly engrossed from page 1 through the last page. I have already started reading one of her other books (Refuge) and find it as thoughtful and interesting as this one.
I love when an author can capture the readers attention on the first page. I just know it's going to be a fun ride.
Copycat is a book I won't soon forget.
Jun 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I really struggled with this book, it started out great but then lacked all suspense half way through and I got bored and it also left me with a lot of unanswered questions :(
Sarah Ramsey
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best subtle but complex psychological profile of a character I've read yet.

I loved the fact that the story was written in a two part dialogue. Those of you who immersion. read or audible, the voices are so appripo. The clinginess of the one woman wants to drive you insane. The story is pretty much what you would expect. There really aren't any surprises except that if you want to sit through the book and listen to this woman whine about what a mess her life is , go ahead. I can go to work and listen to it!
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great twist at the end!
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This novel wasn't what I thought it was going to be, that being said, it is well written and engaging.
I do feel as though I didn't really get anything from this book, and for me it wasn't the thriller that I thought it might be.
Nevertheless, a good read.
Babus Ahmed
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jenny's obsession with her neighbour Martha leads to disruption in both their lives as Jenny does everything she can for attention from the one she loves. Both are married and both have children the same age. Whereas Martha is confident, together and independent by nature Jenny isn't and she wishes she could be more like Martha. However, a string of events, turn the table of power between them leading to the tragic conclusion of their friendship.

The book starts from the point where one of the w
Cleo Bannister
The opening chapter foretells the end by detailing a life-sentence for murder, the mystery of the book is what happened? How does a neighbourhood friendship degenerate to such a level?

On the day Martha Frazer moved into Mulberry Close, Jennie, her neighbour was captivated this heavily pregnant and full of life young woman. After all Jennie had been the first occupant of Mulberry Close, an aspirational group of executive lodges, close to what soon becomes a sink estate, has already assumed a terr
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Gillian White's books although they can be
a bit hit and miss. At her best they can be incisive and
biting but at the other end it's a case of what happened,
did she really write it or give it to a neighbour to finish!!
This is White at her blistering black humour best - all about
when good neighbours turn bad. Stitched up Jennie is in thrall
of her new neighbour Martha, a laid back Bohemian who with her
casual approach to life is in strong contrast to Jennie's
"what will the neighbour's t
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book under the impression it would be a psychological thriller à la Gone Girl and expecting more action (or truculent acts) that what I got (it has a lot of truculent acts, don't get me wrong, but all of them made me feel igry and it is really hard for me to tolerate that feeling).

Halfway I realized my mistake and I was about to abandon it but I persisted, expecting some payoff that would compensate my suffering.

As you can tell by the rating, it did pay off. Funnily the reason fo
Jennie and Martha are two friends so entangled in each other's lives that sometimes it's hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. However, there is a darkness brewing from the first moment shy,fastidious Jennie lays eyes on outgoing, vibrant Martha through her window as Martha and her husband Sam move in. Friendship soon turns to deep love which turns into obsession that ends in murder. The question is, who is the murderer and who is the victim?

We see the developing relationship through
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Diane Dachota
Martha and Jennie are two women who move into the same neighborhood and have children the same age-it's only natural they should become friends right? This is a novel about obsession and frankly, a couple of women who don't seem quite right in the head. Martha is large, messy and charismatic while Jennie is frail, neat as a pin and obsessed with being Martha's friend.

The novel begins in a woman's prison, but we don't know who is the prisoner. It goes on in alternating chapters to describe Jennie
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Heady Experience...

This is quite a story. I had no idea it was based on two very real people caught in an insane relationship. I liked the way the author ended the previous chapter with the words of one character and used the same words for the beginning of the next chapter with the second protagonist. There was a very good reason for this as we find out in the end.
This book and the style and depth of the way it was written will stay in my head for a long time. It is not written for women wit
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psych
A really fascinating character study, not just for the two main characters, but also their husbands, children and neighbours. White's nuanced characterization drives the plot, it's more of a psychological thriller than action-based. Munchhausen's, affairs, narcissism and obsession all feature here.

You can see how the relationship between the two leads gets mirrored over and over in their other relationships and the relationship between their kids. You might go into it thinking it's only about on
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling if rather depressing read. Martha and Jenny are next door neighbours and the story is narrated in alternating chapters by the two women. Initially the shy and timid Jenny is obsessed by the more confident Martha who is everything she would like to be and she craves Martha's love. However as the book goes on over a period of about ten years their relationship becomes far more complex and quite dark. My main problem with the book was that I failed to empathise with either Martha or Je ...more
Linda Mcbain
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I read this some time ago but failed to review it then. Now it's come up in my book club and I need to review it.

We know from the beginning that one friend has murdered the other but we don't know which. Alternating chapters give you each side, the last sentence of one chapter cleverly beginning the next chapter. A twisted tale of obsession, naturally incline your sympathy to the more likeable Martha initially but then you become less sure as their lives take different trajectories. And you don'
Sharyn Hutchens
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Psych suspense ramps up to the inevitable end

I can blame this book for my too-late bedtime last night, the unhung laundry, the dogs' breakfast as yet unfed, and everything else that has not been accomplished in the past 24 hours. Don't pick it up unless you're willing to cancel all your commitments for awhile. The characters In this story are unforgettable, from the women involved to their husbands, to their children. The suspense moves forward like a rollercoaster at the fair, jerking, stoppin
Naomi Blackburn
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read my full review:

My opinion: Loved, loved this book. I had read another Gillian White novel and wasn't all that impressed. This one was recommended and the person was dead on. It had the feeling of the movie Single, White Female to it. I loved how Ms. White masterfully wrote the personality changes to the characters individually and profound dysfunction of the relationship. Told from a two person point of view, she further demonstrated this by having each chapter start w
Oct 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio version of this book and was lost at the very beginning. I continued to listen because reviews said it was worth it. I liked the narrator but the story was bizarre! Two women who are neighbors betray each other and their spouses and neighbors through out the entire book. There is no happiness just obsession and weirdness. At the end one of the women kills the other but it is not clear who is dead. The women ended up being the same person? Huh?? Awful
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Gillian White (b. 1945) grew up in Liverpool, England. She has written sixteen novels under her own name, which are known for suspense, Gothic thrills, and satiric views of contemporary society. She also writes historical romance under the name Georgina Fleming. She lives in Devon, England.
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