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The Girl I Used To Know

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  4,445 ratings  ·  204 reviews
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 accouterments of a l
Paperback, 298 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus)
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Dash fan
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5☆ Compelling, A journey of self discovery, friendships and Second Chances!

The Girl I Used to Know is a beautiful story of two very different women living in virtually the same house as strangers but come together to form an unlikely  friendship.

It's a beautifully Heartwarming and compelling read. It's about friendship, Family, Relationships and a second chance at happiness.

Amanda seems to have it all. The gorgeous Four storey Georgian House, with 2 teenage children and a husband that gives her
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Uplifting, absorbing, and delightfully inspiring!

The Girl I Used To Know is a heartwarming story that immerses you in a tale about letting go of the past, embracing the future and discovering one’s true self at any age.

The prose is effortless and fluid. The plot is a wonderful blend of heart, humour, and hope. And the characterization is spot on with a memorable cast of characters, including two strong, determined, resilient women who learn through compassion and friendship how to move on, find
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is based around a four storey Georgian house in a lovely Dublin square.
The women I meet very soon become part of my “life” as the author makes them 3D almost immediately and you cannot help but feel connected to all of them.

Amanda and Richard King purchase this house but it has a sitting tenant named Tess. They think they can eventually get her to move on. But it’s not the case.

Amanda and Richard being owners occupy the top three storeys with they’re children.

Amanda seems to have it all, i
DJ Sakata
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Maureen Cuffe was a mouse of a woman, forever playing small to augment her husband’s supremacy… her mother talked of his impending retirement with a sense of doom worthy of an undertaker. ‘Not long now,’ she would say when he left the house.

She actually nodded towards the dumpy little woman, with absurd copper rouge hair piled too high on her head. She stood transfixed, once she realised it was her own reflection. She studied the woman staring back at her with her expensive cloth
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a highly original story of two women who live in the same house, Tess being the unwanted tenant of the ground floor flat and Amanda living with her husband, Richard, and their children in the other floors of the house. Initially the story fills in background information on how the two came to live there and their somewhat confrontational relationship. After very different triggers, these two lonely women start to re-evaluate their lives, making personal discoveries en route. Events from ...more
Zoé-Lee O'Farrell
I love dipping my toes into different genres as you never quite know what you might find, and occasionally you find a beautiful little gem and that is what I found right here.

Two stories are told, Tess’ story spanning forty-eight years and Amanda’s spanning twenty-two years. Both women are on a journey, heartaches and pain, love and loss both trying to return to The Girl (They) used to know. Both women looking past the facade of life and finally seeing each other for who they truly are, not who
Told in two time-lines over forty years apart.

Over forty years ago:

This lovely story begins with two sisters from rural Ireland. On the cusp of adulthood, they travel together to Dublin where one sister will attend Trinity College's prestigious College of Music, and the other sister will attend secretarial school.  Tess Cuffe, the more passionate and vibrant of the two, is a singer. Nancy is more demure and wants the traditional life of husband and children, preferably back in Ballycove, the sma
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went blind into this book because it was written by author Faith Hogan. I don’t need to read the blurb to know the women in this novel would be strong and brave, they would face life and inspire me to find the girl I used to know too.

The first half of the book was slow where the author laid down the foundations of both the main characters. 35 year old Amanda with her husband and kids had a great, well-settled life where the 66 year old Tess, her tenant at the basement, was the only thorn on he
Trish at Between My Lines
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The Girl I Used to Know by Faith Hogan is an entertaining, and lively read about second chances, taking control of your life, and the power of friendship.  Which is exactly the kind of inspiring and uplifting read that I love to snuggle up with.

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“The sun began to empty its rays across the bay earlier each morning now.”

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Suze Lavender
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amanda and Tess don't like each other very much. They share the same house, but Amanda would love to get rid of Tess, who's an unwelcome tenant she and her husband Richard can't evict. Amanda and Tess have something in common though, they're both lonely. Tess's heart was broken a long time ago and she hasn't been able to let anyone come close ever since. Amanda's marriage is loveless and cold, her so called friends don't really care about her and her children aren't that nice to her either. Woul ...more
Linda Hill
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tess and Amanda are at loggerheads and hate each other. However, they may have more in common than they thought.

Never having read Faith Hogan before, I was amazed at how much reading The Girl I Used to Know felt like returning to a favourite author. The writing felt familiar, loved and welcome. Faith Hogan has a style that is smooth and effective, drawing in the reader to the story without them actually realising they are reading a work of fiction. I loved the way in which events from the past w
Linn Halton
Old wounds and new beginnings …

A beautiful story of two women living under one roof – albeit Tess is a sitting tenant living in the basement and Amanda is the lady of the rest of this rather splendid, Georgian house. Neither are happy, and both feel locked into lives that leave them feeling lonely and unfulfilled for very different reasons.

You will find yourself drawn into their respective lives and hoping that, somehow, they will both find what they are looking for; can Amanda learn to love h
Cyndi Becker
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Girl I Used to Know is a wonderful story centered around the occupants of a particular house in Dublin, Ireland. This is the first book by Faith Hogan that I've read and I can happily say I plan on reading more by this author. Her characters are multidimensional, with rich lives that are entertaining to escape to even if at times they are mired in heartbreak.

Tess Cuffe and Amanda King are living their lives under the same roof, but with very opposite circumstances (and separate front doors).
Michelle Ryles
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-read
I admit to being a huge Faith Hogan fan so I couldn't wait to get my hands on her new book; she writes such emotive and compelling fiction with strong female characters who you think of as friends as the book goes on. The Girl I Used to Know is so perfectly named as it describes the journey our two main characters are on. In this case, both women must shed the masks they have worn for so long in order to find their very own girl they used to know.

Amanda lives in a beautiful Georgian house and h
Donna Maguire

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - it was completing inspiring and really made me think about some of my current friendships! 

The plot was brilliant and the characters worked really well to bring the story to life - the writing style was superb and I flew through the pages not wanting to put it down. 

I was completely wrapped up in the stories of Tess and Amanda - both were such interesting characters and I loved how the plot moved around them.

Five stars from
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it

The Girl I Used To Know
Faith Hogan

What it's all about...

This is a lovely book about two women who have been lost to themselves and are in great need of finding themselves. Tess and Amanda...neighbors by default... who have lived practically side by side without really knowing each other...for years. They have been unfriendly for so long that it seems as though they can never really be friendly. However...circumstances bring them together...or if not together at least on a path that might bring
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher

THE GIRL I USED TO KNOW by Faith Hogan is a compelling story that will grip you by your heart as you travel alongside these two very different women as they navigate their lives.

Amanda has the perfect life with her husband, in her beautiful home, and has everything she desires at her fingertips. Except she doesn't. She discovers her husband is unfaithful, her house may look designer-perfect but it lacks love and that sense of home. And her rela
Sally Coles
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amanda and her husband Richard own a beautiful Georgian town house in Dublin and live on the top 3 floors - the basement is rented out to Tess, who as a sitting tenant they cannot get rid of. The two women have nothing in common, Amanda in her mid forties appears to be a woman with everything - beautiful house, successful husband, two children - but is everything as it seems are her circle truly her friends and does she just go along with everything that her selfish husband wants. Tess on the ot ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amanda thinks she has it all. Once upon a time she was an upcoming artist, but she turned her back on her talent when she married Richard. Richard works hard and brings in lots of money. This makes them able to live comfortably in a picture perfect house. Amanda is always busy keeping up appearances with her fake friends, because she doesn't want to be the main subject of their gossip. Her two teenage children know that something isn't right and their behavior is only making the already bad situ ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read by Faith Hogan and really enjoyed it. I liked how the characters perceptions of each other changed throughout the story and how past and present were woven together.
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Have you ever had an opinion about someone, despite not knowing their true personality?
Have you ever disregarded someone as a friend because a spouse, family member or friend, didn't like them?
Have you ever been stuck in a rut so deep, you lost sight of who you truly were?
Have you ever thought 'enough is enough' and felt empowered to change all of the above?

Yes? Me too. Amanda and Tess too, funnily enough.

Tess Cuffe has
Pamela D. Jarnagin
Apr 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
I. Can't. Even. (Finish.) Few things make me madder than downloading a book with great reviews, to then begin reading, and reading, and continuing to read, waiting for the plot to take shape, the characters to develop into people I can feel some emotion for -- in other words, for some magic to occur which transports me into a fictional world -- and, BOOM! Absolutely nothing happens.

The book starts off well enough. After the prologue, however, it's downhill. The only interesting parts are those F
Mar 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This is one of the many books I have bought for £0.99 by an author who is new to me, some have joined my favourite authors and others have been consigned to the DNF pile, sadly this one has fallen into the latter category. Although the premise sounded promising it failed to deliver, even after reading 15 chapters (39%) I just wasn’t connecting to the characters. I didn’t like Tess or Amanda from the outset but accepted that my opinion might change as I grew to understand how they became the peop ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a month to read this book, which is an unusually long time for me, but it shows how hard I found it to get into. I loved the concept of the story, but I found it painfully slow, and just didn't feel that "pull" to pick it up and read/read for longer. However - I didn't consider giving up on it, so however ploddy I found it, there was just enough interest to continue. I would say that it wasn't until over half way through that I finally got interested ("gripped"? - no).... although the ...more
Claire Mc Partlin
I absolutely loved this engrossing book about two women living in the same house, both at crossroads in their lives.

Tess and Amanda both live in the same four storey Georgian house on a lovely Dublin square with a shared gated garden in the middle for all the residents. Amanda and her husband Richard own the house and live in the top three storeys with their two children, and Tess is their (unwanted) sitting tenant in the basement flat.

Tess is a 66 year old, strong-willed, single, cranky woman,
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
This was one of those books that you’d like to go on for ever – I just couldn’t carve out any concentrated reading time this week (which would have been my idea of reading heaven), but every time I was forced to set this book aside I couldn’t wait for the next opportunity to pick it up, and it was constantly in my thoughts. The author’s writing is several notches more accomplished than it was in the earlier books (and I do distinctly remember using the word “accomplished” about them too), and th ...more
Joanna Lambert
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-reads
Tess Cuffe and Amanda King share the same house but their lives are poles apart. Amanda and husband Richard have lovingly restored their Georgian home in Swift Square. The only fly in the ointment is Tess, a sixty something sitting tenant they have so far been unable to evict. Amanda is the wife who lunches, a woman whose husband’s banking job means she has no need to work. Her young hopes of an art career were shelved when she married him but Richard has made it clear it is not a pastime he wa ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two women share the same house over a very long period. One the main house, one the basement flat. Amanda is married to a very well settled professional with two teenage children. On the surface her life seems complete. Tess is a single woman who has no friends, absolutely no family and lives a very lonely life tucked away in her flat which has not seen improvement for years and is in a bit of a shambles.

Tess seems embittered the way life has turned out to be. She started out as a bright, hopefu
Jane Hunt
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two women are uneasy neighbours. On the surface, they have very little in common except for the hostility between them. New Year's Eve starts a chain of events that draws their paths together in ways they would never imagine.
This is classic Irish storytelling, which spans three time periods. Each foray into the past builds a picture of why Amanda and Tess are the people they are.
Neither character is immediately likeable but they are believable and as the story unfolds, so do their true personali
Sarah Z
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book documents the lives and respective turning points of 2 very different women. One delves in the hopeful and shiny life of Tess at least 40 years in the past when she first started going to school in Dublin for singing. Over the course of the book, you find out what happened in the past to make her like she is in the present. It's both tragic and heartwarming. The other woman, Amanda, who happens
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Faith Hogan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of six novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favorites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads. She writes grown up women's fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring.

She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University Coll

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