Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Friends We Keep” by Jane Green, Berkley, June 4, 2019
Jane Green, Author of “The Friends We Keep” has written an intense, memorable, emotional, unpredictable and thought-provoking novel. Without thinking, I just went to my contact list and started to look up my college friends. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. There is also Romance and Suspense in this wonderful story. The timeline for this story ranges over thirty years and goes to the past or future when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. Jane Green describes her colorful characters as complex, complicated, confused, and having their own set of problems.
Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known each other since college. There was a time when they shared their dreams and hopes with each other. They also kept secrets from one another. This story reminds me of the special friendships that I made in College, and how I want to re-connect and communicate with some of the people I somehow lost touch with. In this story, there is an edgy feel at times, and there are twists and turns as time goes on.
The three friends meet for a thirtieth reunion with many ambivalent feelings. Is it possible the dark secrets can jeopardize the future? I appreciate that the author discusses forgiveness, second chances, self-worth, growth, the importance of friendship, family, love, and hope. The author also mentions loyalty and betrayal, and friends bringing out the best in each other. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking novel.