My Sweet Friend by H. A. Leuschel
Publisher: Helene Leuschel
Expected publication: December 6th, 2017
Genres: Fiction, Adult
* Received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives
A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?
Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.
But is Alexa all she claims to be?
As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?
In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.
So, I didn’t really know what to expect from this book when I first started it, but it for sure surpassed my expectations. I always have a hard time believing such short stories can create such a big impact but the truth is that they can, and this one did.
This book is a bit in line with the previous novel from the author, called Manipulated Lives, for which you can read my review here. It’s about manipulation – in this case very different from the first book but I still feel that it can be considered as such – which is a theme I rarely see, but I love to read about. I don’t want to give too much away so I’m not gonna go into detail on what type of situations the book gives, but I feel that this is a book many will be able to connect with. Also, this is the type of books I love because it really hits me and leaves me a bit breathless for how tense I get.
This story is about two friends – Rosie and Alexa. Alexa is the new girl. She is just starting to work at a Parisian PR company where she meets Rosie and quickly befriends her. Rosie is the sweet type of girl that is always up for helping others and has always a smile to give. She is also a really easy person to talk with and that’s what made their friendship so easy. Alexa is admired by everyone, she has the type of charisma that makes people want to be friends with her and be part of her life. Is Alexa who she says she is? What about their friendship, is it real?
Alexa is the type of person I run away from, and I’m saying that just based on appearances. I know it’s wrong to do that but hey, I was never one to make easy friendships, contrary to Rosie… And when I did they were never that trustworthy, and I can see a lot of my past experiences in this book. Of course, sometimes they are true, and you should always try and see and not be afraid of talking with others, and nowadays I’m much better at it, and at the same time much more careful. So is this one real? Is their friendship, although recent, actually real?
I really liked how the characters were portrayed. I can’t say I identify myself with any of the characters nowadays, but Rosie is a bit like me some years ago… So I automatically connected with her. Which made it a lot more touchy and tense for me!
I really liked the writing and how much it grips me. The chapters are divided between the two characters but at times, I still got a bit confused – in the beginning – with who is who, but I got the hang of it.
Like I said before, this is a theme I really enjoy and I don’t see it portrayed that often. I really liked this book, it’s fairly tiny but it’s quite emotionally strong and gripping! I would definitely recommend it, especially if you like heavier and more realistic types of books!
Have you read this yet? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!