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Fearing eternal singledom, childhood friends Kate and Paul make the age-old vow that if they don't find love by thirty, they will marry each other.

Years later, with the deadline of their 30th birthdays approaching, the unlikely couple decide to keep their teenage promise. After all, they are such good friends. Surely that's enough to make a marriage?

Now, on the eve of thei
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 7th 2018 by Atlantic (first published June 2018)
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
"Love Will Tear Us Apart" sadly disappointed me just a little. I was genuinely looking forward to reading it after having adored "Don't Close Your Eyes" by the same author. However, the two were on completely different wavelengths.
Blurb - Fearing eternal singledom, childhood friends Kate and Paul make the age-old vow that if they don't find love by thirty, they will marry each other. Years later, with the deadline of their 30th birthdays approaching, the unlikely couple decide to keep their tee
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Pauline
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Love Will Tear Us Apart by Holly Sneddon is a story about Kate and Paul who have been childhood friends and made a pack to marry each other if they were still single when they reach the age of thirty. They now have two children and have been married for ten years and the cracks are beginning to show.
The story is told in two time frames and I found it slow to start.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Atlantic Books for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
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What makes a marriage tick? Is it love, sexual attraction, friendship, support or something else altogether? Holly Seddon’s third novel, Love Will Tear Us Apart, is a women’s fiction or more appropriately placed ‘life lit’ title, that examines the relationship of a modern couple, who make a teen pact to marry on their thirtieth birthdays. Now years later, just as this couple are about to celebrate their ten year anniversary, a secret and a letter sends a jol
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Rachel Hall
3.5 stars

Love Will Tear Us Apart is a very different novel to either of Holly Seddon’s previous efforts, both of which had a genuine psychological thriller element and is more fundamentally straight-up women’s fiction with its exploration of love and friendship and whilst I found it an enjoyable read, it was not what I had expected. The premise alludes to ‘a secret’ threatening the futures and marriage of Kate Howarth and Paul Luxton, however this is rather over-egging the pudding and the much t
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Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
I’m a huge fan of Holly’s writing so I was delighted to be asked to take part in the blog tour for Love Will Tear Us Apart. Also, every time I say this title, I start singing the Joy Division song so I defy you not to do the same 🙂

Love Will Tear Us Apart is an emotional roller coaster, let’s be honest. I found myself experiencing a range of emotions while I was reading. Something that Holly is superb at doing with her readers, and that is no different with this book.

Dealing with relationships an
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Lou
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
What drew me to this book was that the whole story surrounds the pact that two friends made to each other as teenagers - to marry each other, if they don't find love before age thirty. Strangely, I made this exact pact with a friend many years ago, I may have even kept the promise but... ah, I digress... I also happened to enjoy reading Seddon's other books. I don't usually get along with emotional books based on love and relationships but she is an exception to the rule. I am yet to discover wh ...more
Liz Barnsley
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This beautiful story about childhood friends who grow up, marry and have a family, whilst keeping emotionally resonant secrets from each other was a wonderful wonderful read. It made me teary at the end and their lives panning out in present time and flashback was pitch perfectly plotted to maximum effect.

Holly Seddon is proving more talented and, for me importantly, more diverse in her storytelling, with each passing novel. I'm a huge huge fan. This is a very different kettle of fish from her l
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
I loved Holly Seddons previous 2 books and could not wait to read this one. I was lucky enough to have the chance thanks to Pigeonhole Books, the publisher and Holly.

This book was very different to the earlier books. This was the story of 2 friends, Kate and Paul. They met when they were 8 and shared everything. At 15 they made a vow to marry each other if they were not already married by their 30th birthdays. Now on their 10th wedding anniversary and 2 kids later, their relationship is struggli
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Karen
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate and Paul have been best friends since childhood, first meeting when they were 8 years old. Their backgrounds were completely different – Kate had wealthy parents, went to a private school and lived in a large house whilst Paul’s home life was much more modest . He did however have one thing that Kate didn’t have – and that is parents who cared and who took an interest; Kate’s parent’s being both absent emotionally and physically much of the time.

The story of Kate and Paul goes back and fort
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River Scott Tyler
My Review For "Love Will Tear Us Apart"


Sometimes a promise becomes a prison, a marriage can feel like a business contract, if you made a promise should you Honour that promise no matter how long ago that promise was made? because sometimes love can tear us apart!

Childhood friends Kate and Paul have seen it all they know each other inside and out they know each others likes & dislikes & despite being from two different financial backgrounds Kate going to a private girls school and Paul going to l
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Ali
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere between 2 and 3 stars...
I liked the idea of the book but the execution fell flat. Characters were bland and got me neither interested in their lives not feeling sympathy for either of them.

Kate is married with two kids. She doubts her marriage and looks over the years that lead to the present.
Kate and Paul became friends when they were kids. They had their moments from wonderful friendship to jealousy and competitiveness, from questioning their relationships to fights. But over the yea
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Amanda
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Felt really privileged to review this book from netgalley as I have previously read the authors other titles “don’t close you’re eyes” and “try not to breathe” and couldn’t wait for Holly seddon’s next book.
The plot is about Kate and Paul who met and became friends when they were 8 years old and, they made a pact that if they hadn’t married by the age of 30 they would marry each other. The book has 2 timelines which makes this a very easy book to follow with strong likeable characters.
Would y
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Amanda
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Felt really privileged to review this book from netgalley as I have previously read the authors other titles “don’t close you’re eyes” and “try not to breathe” and couldn’t wait for Holly seddon’s next book.
The plot is about Kate and Paul who met and became friends when they were 8 years old and, they made a pact that if they hadn’t married by the age of 30 they would marry each other. The book has 2 timelines which makes this a very easy book to follow with strong likeable characters.
Would y
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Petra
Following Try Not to Breathe and Don't Close Your Eyes, this was the third book by Holly Seddon that I've read.
Love Will Tear Us Apart was very different from the first two, and to be honest, not quite what I had expected. This falls more under the umbrella of women's fiction and if you enjoy this genre, you'll probably love this. It is all about the relationship between Kate and Paul who have been friends since childhood and vow to marry each other if they are still single by age thirty.
The s
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Indieflower
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Kate and Paul, from their close friendship as two lonely 9 year olds, through their teens and twenties and into their eventual marriage, which is shaky and seemingly full of secrets. Their marriage is the result of a pact made in their youth, that if neither were married by 30 then they would wed each other. Throughout the whole story, present day Kate makes constant, tantalising reference to a mysterious letter in her possession, and it's devastating contents, I couldn't wait for t ...more
Eva
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5* --> 5*

I must say this didn’t turn out the way I expected. I’ve not read any of Holly Seddon’s previous books but I have read reviews about them and so I somehow assumed this would be a psychological thriller. I found myself trying to figure out what the big twist or reveal would be when there wasn’t one. Because this isn’t that kind of novel and if you have read those older books, then I urge you to read this one with an open mind. You won’t be disappointed.

This is a relatively slow novel b
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Aileen Mckenzie
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How enchanting and pretty is that cover? The colours are completely lush and the design encapsulates the bittersweet and uplifting message of the story. Holly Seddon has done it again with Love Will Tear Us Apart and written something beautifully nostalgic whilst at the same time stylish and contemporary. The title itself is a nod to Joy Division and sets the mood perfectly for the whole story.

Kate and Paul are children of the 1980s. Born in the early 80s myself, their fictional world is one I a
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Helen
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbc, netgalley

A great story of enduring love and friendship, the impact that families and upbringings have on a person, the damage that an ill thought encounter can do to a shining career and the harm that secrets and a lack of communication can do to a relationship.

I loved the writing, how the book was structured and the smooth handling of the triple timeline, the Characters were interesting and vividly drawn and the complex relationships between Kate and both her own and Paul's parents was heartbreaking an
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Lucille
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Will Tear Us Apart is a moving story about friendship, loyalty, motherhood and love. It illustrates how easily we can be misled when we can't communicate with each other for whatever reason.

Kate and Paul have been friends since they were children and one day make a promise to each other. Ten years into their marriage Kate is about to reveal a secret to Paul. that she fears will pull them apart. Holly Seddon writes with understanding of the human condition and I enjoyed her portrayals of Ka
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Karen Whittard
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely read by an author who should be on everyone’s to read pile. Thus author is fantastic and absolutely love reading her books. This book had me hooked from the start and had me in tears at the end. Lovely book.
Kris Talbot
I was bored with this book by half way through. I only kept reading to find out what the bloody letter was about and then when I found out I was really annoyed with the whole book
Theresa Smith
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this novel so much. I went into it not knowing what to expect, having never read a Holly Seddon novel before, with only the blurb as my guide. Right from the very first page I wanted to crawl into this novel and stay by Kate’s side, be her best friend, and hold her hand through the tough times, which for Kate, were plentiful.

To celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary, Kate and Paul, along with their two children, spend a week on a winter mini-break in a Cornwall cottage. Kate has fo
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Melanie’s reads
This is a book about a childhood pact to marry each other if still single at 30. But it’s so much more than that. Set in two time lines and told from Kate’s perspective we see a marriage hitting a 10 year anniversary . Two completely different family backgrounds means neither really knows how a stable family works. I loved the 80’s timeline as I was around the same age and it was filled with nostalgia and current events. The author had really done her research. It’s slow paced but don’t let that ...more
Teresa Nikolic
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Will Tear Us Apart is a story following the lives of two childhood friends, Kate and Paul, who are so close that they make a pact when they are young, that if they're not married to someone else by the time they are 30, they will marry each other.  Hit the fast forward button and we see them married with two children and about to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, but what is it about the frequently mentioned letter that Kate wants to talk about and why is it so important that she do ...more
Vikki Patis
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic book by Holly Seddon. She really is on a roll! I've loved every book by her so far, and Love Will Tear Us Apart is no exception. A brilliantly written story which delves into the various forms love can take, and how very important friendship is, how it can provide the most stable of bases for a relationship to grow from.

Kate is real, fallible, and gripping. Her life and outlook are fascinating, and she's truly realistic. Seddon's characters are usually fantastic, so this isn't
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Nicki
I read this book through The Pigeonhole, a sort of online book club, and read it with other readers on the web. It was split into 10 parts, called staves, emailed to me each day. I was able to leave comments throughout and interact with the others. There was an interview and comments from the author during this time, which really did add to my reading experience.

I’ve not read anything by Holly Seddon before, even though I’ve got her books on my Goodreads tbr, so I wasn’t too sure what expect. Wo
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Jess
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
We've all done it. When your so young that you can't possibly fathom what your life will look like 20 years from now, you feel safe in making a promise with a friend that you don't think could ever come around needing to be kept. But what if it does? Do you keep your word? Hope they've forgotten? Can something done out of keeping ones word ever really work out? How big does a secret have to be to dismantle everything you thought you knew of a life long friend? Love Will Tear Us Apart asks all th ...more
Alison Eden
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
#LoveWillTearUsApart #NetGalley This was a lovely, easily readable story of heartache, pain, love and friendship. The characters were well developed and very believable. At times I found the flashbacks overlapped and repeated themselves but on the whole they allowed the reader to understand the bond and friendship between Katie and Paul and how Katie's relationship developed with her own parents and with Paul's. I was frustrated with the teasing of the letter and kept turning the pages in the ho ...more
Pippa
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of Kate and Paul who became friends at 8 years old. They were from completely different families living in the same town. Through their childhood and teenage years they were the best of friends. At 15 during a big storm they made a pact that if they were both still single they would marry each other. They drifted apart during university for a few years but rekindled the close friendship in their 20’s when they worked for the same company and decided to carry out the agreement 15 ...more
Ingstje
Love Will Tear Us Apart is a novel that has its entire focus on Kate, Paul, their children and their own parents.

It's a novel built up with time shifts, starting with the moment Kate and Paul met at the tender age of 13 up and up to now, celebrating their 10 year wedding anniversary. Well, there's not really a festive mood and it seems all is related to a mysterious letter Kate found.

I would call this novel a descriptive family saga. I can't say this was a love story... I wondered more than once
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Holly Seddon is the international bestselling author of TRY NOT TO BREATHE, DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES and LOVE WILL TEAR US APART.

THE HIT LIST will be published as an ebook in August 2020 and a paperback in April 2021.

After growing up in the English countryside obsessed with music and books, Holly worked in London as a journalist and editor. She now lives in Amsterdam with her family and writes full
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