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Faking Friends

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  4,584 ratings  ·  472 reviews
Your best friend stole your fiancé. Do you run away and hide, or start planning your revenge?


'A deftly plotted, witty tale of revenge. It's a romcom with attitude' Mail on Sunday

Best friend, soulmate, confidante . . . backstabber.

Amy thought she knew everything there was to know about her
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 11th 2018 by Penguin
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Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Jane Fallon treads familiar territory as she focuses on betrayal and deceit from two of the most hurtful of corners in a woman's life, her fiance, and perhaps the one that cuts the deepest, the bestfriend, her longest friendship forged at school, remaining the closest of best girlfriends. Amy, an actress, has a part in an American crime show in New York which has entailed leaving her fiance, Jack, behind at home. When circumstances dictate a break, Amy takes the opportunity to return and surpris ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Best friend, soulmate, confidante . . . backstabber.
Amy thought she knew everything there was to know about her best friend Melissa. Then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé. Until she pays a surprise trip home to London. Jack is out, but it's clear another woman has been making herself at home in their flat. There's something about her stuff that feels oddly familiar . . . and then it hits Amy. The Other Woman is Melissa. Amy ha
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Though this was again very readable, I detect a formula in Jane Fallon's novels. There is a friendship, a romance, a betrayal and revenge. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable read and I would read more by the author in the future when I'm looking for something lighter with a bit of sass.
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Lisa-Marie Forge
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from netgalley

I’ll be honest. I requested this because it looked like a thriller. Clearly I didn’t look at the cover. I don’t like chick lit. I’m not lovey. I like analysing etc.

I nearly. So nearly gave up on this about half way in. And I’m glad I didn’t!!! I loved it!!

A little predictable. But it did have some twists! Really enjoyed this and it’s opened my mind a little to books I wouldn’t normally read.
Kathy - Books & Munches
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let's start with saying I love Fallon's writing. It's fluent and you easily immerse yourself in the characters she creates. You can imagine what they're going through without trying really hard - although I have to admit it helps if you've been cheated on yourself? Here's me hoping you haven't!

If you're expecting a novel with full-blown revenge bursting at the seams, this isn't one for you. Fallon is a master at subtlety, twisting and turning the plot in those small ways that have a huge impact
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve been meaning to read a Jane Fallon book for a very long time so I was really excited to pick this one up. didn’t fulfill my expectations. The point of views are not easy to follow at first IMHO. However, once the story got going, it did grip me especially Amy’s college days. They give a backstory that I got into and enjoyed. For a romance/chick lit book, this is not as predictable as you think. The ending is really sweet. It left a smile on my face. If you like your chick-lit bo ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clever, hilarious, compelling, and absolutely superb are just some of the words that I could use to describe FAKING FRIENDS by Jane Fallon which is already one of my favourite reads of 2018. With excellently crafted characters, crazy and often side-splitting escapades, and a deeper side to the story that reflects the importance of true friendship, everyone should read this novel that will have you devouring it in one sitting. Oh and if you have ever been screwed over by that person that you thou ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for allowing me to read this ARC in return for an honest review.
I always enjoy reading books by Jane Fallon and this certainly lived up to expectation. Strong description with skillful characterization mean the reader is quickly immersed in the plot and feeling empathy \ sympathy for the wronged protagonist.
Amy is engaged to be married to Jack but returns as a surprise to their London flat from her acting job in New York only to find signs that another woman
Lydia Bailey
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book has rave reviews so I’m in the minority here but really If I had to describe this book in one word I’d probably choose silly. Going by the other reviews the author is a one trick pony but I’m afraid I don’t even like the trick. The plot was essentially very good but, in my opinion, badly executed. None of the characters were very likeable and the main one, Amy, conveniently picked up with a different man with every corner she turned without a backwards glance & opportunity just fel ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it
Grace J Reviewerlady
Wow, this is a breathtaking tale of love, friendship and revenge and it’s written with such style!

Amy has lived with her fiance Josh for five years, although lately her work as an actress means she has been living in New York. On a flying visit for her best pal’s birthday weekend, she lets herself in to their flat to discover evidence of another woman in residence. Leaving it all she turns up later to find it all gone and Josh – strangely – his usual self. Leaning in for a hug from Mel – aka bes
Joanne Robertson
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be the PERFECT New Years pick-me-up for me! After the hectic festive period there’s always a real downer for me in January, but Faking Friends was just the best antidote for my New Year Blues. I laughed my (warm, cosy Christmas present!) socks off as I curled up with the literary equivalent of a long, gossipy and probably alchohol fuelled, lunch with your best girlfriends! And once you start reading you won’t be able to stop…..rather like me and the Christmas tin of Celebrat ...more
Sara Oxton
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Faking Friends by Jane Fallon a five star-read that will have you reaching for your bestie to check up on them. I don’t know if it was because I used to have a best friend who betrayed me not in the same way as Amy’s but still in a way that I will never be able to forgive or forget. This could have fast become a story of getting over one man and getting under another but it was so much more than that, it’s a story of how Amy manages to enact some of the most devious and delicious revenge ever wr ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Too much hype about Faking Friends. I'm sorry to say but I really didn't get along reading this book. I liked the story line and characters but the buzz of excitement really wasn't there for me. I'm a really, really big fan of Jane Fallon. I've read and enjoyed My Sweet Revenge, Strictly Between Us, Skeletons and Foursome, giving them books five stars. I bought my own copy of Faking Friends from Amazon.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was slow to start and my only thought during the first half was these two forty year old women are extremely immature. Once we started to get Mel's perspective, my interest increased and I loved the happily ever after, hopeful ending. I could see this being a fun movie if they focused on the latter half and cut out parts of the beginning that dragged on.
Michelle Ryles
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
How is this my first Jane Fallon book? I LOVED Faking Friends so much that I started and finished it within 24 hours. It is rare that I find a book so riveting outside of the thriller genre but this book hooks you so quickly that you have to read it cover to cover to find out how it all plays out.

Amy is pursuing her dream to become an actress and she has a part in an American soap which sees her parted from her fiancé, Jack, who lives in their flat in London. Amy gets quite a shock when she come
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
With friend like these, who needs enemies?
The author describes her genre as ‘chick noir’ which is as good a term as any to describe these tales of toxic relationships – whether between husband and wife, siblings, parents and offspring – or, as in this case – female friends (which are often the most noxious of all, in my opinion).
This is a cleverly-plotted version of a life-long friendship soured by deception and betrayal, when the low-level female rivalry escalates into a competition to destroy
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked up Faking Friends after reading the blurb and deciding it sounded like a good read. I loved the main character Amy from the 1st chapter and enjoyed her journey and self realisation that actually her best friend wasn't who she thought she was and possibly never had been.

An easy read with some brilliant characters with descriptions that pull you in and create vivid impressions of them. I really enjoyed this book and I read it over a couple of days as was drawn in and wanted to know how fa
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oh, this just didn't work out for me.
There is a story, and there are characters, but I didn't get any interest developed in either of those. I kept picking it up and sort of reading it, but no... I just couldn't care less what was going on... So yep, it's a miss.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 448

Publisher - Penguin

Source - Given by a random stranger on holiday

Blurb from Goodreads

Best friend, soulmate, confidante . . . backstabber.

Amy thought she knew everything there was to know about her best friend Melissa. Then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé.

Until she pays a surprise trip home to London. Jack is out, but it's clear another woman has been making herself at home in their flat.
Natalie M
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for sheer chick-lit enjoyment! I honestly feel as if I’m leaving a few of my own friends behind as I put this one down. This is 100% a read of women-scorned, revenge as a dish served the best way you can come up with & all it had me smiling, laughing, cringing & wanting more. Jane Fallon manages to take you on Amy’s journey like on a British novelist could do! Just what I needed to read!
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The lack of girls sticking together means I mark this down. As it’s been said before the characters are not likeable at all. It’s based around seeking revenge and these two ‘friends’ seemed to positively hate each other!
I was interested to see how it played out though out of intrigue
Jules (Never enough time to read)
I was hooked from page one. I loved that although this was a bit of a romantic comedy type story it was the friendship between Mel and Amy that really took centre stage.

I am off to look at Jane Fallon's other books.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

So guys. I love Jane Fallon books. So much that her last release made it to my Top Ten reads of 2017 the previous week. So I guess you won't be surprised when I say that I was incredibly excited to receive "Faking Friends" and to start reading it. I was sure - and I wasn't wrong - that this book is going to live up to my expectations and the author is going to deliver a sharp, genuine and brilliantly funny story.

Yes, I must admit, the first part of the book is a little on the slow side but it do
Cleopatra  Pullen
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story of revenge played out in exquisite detail between Amy and her best friend Mel.

Jane Fallon has the knack of making what could be a flat tale of a friendship gone wrong into one where I genuinely cared about some of the characters, a book that made me wish that some of the lovely people that surround Amy were in my life too, although I have to say I’d give Mel a miss.

Amy and Mel grew up in a small village near Maidenhead in Buckinghamshire, best friends since the age of eleven when Mel off
Joanna Park
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ooh I do love a Jane Fallon book.  I think it’s the wonderful scenarios she describes that you wish you were brave enough to do.  I mean how many of us would love to get revenge on someone who has wronged us? I know I would and in her books Jane gives you the chance to live out these fantasies through her characters which is so much fun to read about! I so enjoyed reading about Amy’s sneaky plans of revenge on her former boyfriend and best friend.  There is something addictive about Jane Fallon’ ...more
Fluff Smut & Murder
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to and the publisher for an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions.

I think I was the last one on earth to know that Jane Fallon is the better half to Ricky Gervais. I’m going to crawl back under the rock I’ve clearly been under but can I take this book with me to read again? I felt an instant kinship with this book – been there, definitely had that happen. My on and off high school love neglected to tell me that he moved in with
With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

Amy had been a jobbing actress for years until she got a part in a soap opera in New York. When seven months later she finds out her her character is to be written out she decides to return to London for a surprise visit. Amy lives with her fiance Jack and her cat Oscar. When Amy returns to the flat she knows something is wrong, the flat is tidy and there is a feminine perfume in the air. In the bathroom
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the second book I’ve read by Jane Fallon and there were definitely similarities between the two. The plots were both based on deception and revenge. I thought the portrayal of characters was very good although I didn’t like any of them. I enjoyed the way the story developed but thought it was fairly predictable - I guessed all of the twists except one! An easy and entertaining read.

3-4 stars
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Jane Fallon is an English producer and novelist, most famous for her work on popular series Teachers, 20 Things To Do Before You're 30, Eastenders and This Life. She has also written two successful novels.

Fallon has been in a relationship with popular comedian Ricky Gervais since 1982, after they met while studying together at the University College London. The couple has lived together since 1984
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