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Review: A Falling Friend by Sue Featherstone & Susan Pape

May 15, 2016

A Falling Friend by Sue Featherstone & Susan Pape

About the book

After spending her twenties sailing the globe, making love on fine white sand, and thinking only of today, Teri Meyer returns to Yorkshire – and to studying. That’s when she discovers John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester, and poet of all things depraved. What she doesn’t realise is even beyond his grave, his influence over her is extraordinary. To hell with the consequences.

Having gone out on a limb to get old friend Teri a job at the university at which she teaches, it doesn’t take long for Lee Harper to recognise a pattern. Wherever Teri goes, whatever she does, every selfish choice she makes, it’s all setting her up for a nasty fall. But Teri’s not the sort to heed a warning, so Lee has no choice but to stand by and watch. And besides, she has her own life to straighten out.

A clever, raw and hilarious character-driven masterpiece that follows the lives of two friends with the same ambitions, but who have vastly different ways of achieving them.


My Review

A falling friend is certainly that, a story about two friends who believe the other needs help. This is a terrific story told from two alternate points of view. It’s hard to work out who is right and who is wrong in this story as both women believe themselves to know better than the other. Two completely different people, it’s hard to believe they can be friends and yet they are and they both want their friend to heed their advice. They are at a point in time in their life where major decisions take place. Lee and Teri work at the same University but that is all that is the same about them. Both Lee and Teri make decisions based on their ego but Lee is more observant to the world around her. She can see when Teri’s decision take her down the wrong path and can predict the dire consequences of her behaviour, consequences that Teri does not seem to see coming. As in everything life, Lee cannot force Teri to see what is coming, she can only chose to stand beside her friend and support her choices.

This was a fun story that really brings to light how a lack of empathy can blind a person to the consequences of their own choices. Choices they will then have to live with forever.

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