October 10, 2010

Review: The False Friend by Myla Goldberg




Leaders of a mercurial clique of girls, Celia and Djuna reigned mercilessly over their three followers. One after­noon, they decided to walk home along a forbidden road. Djuna disappeared, and for twenty years Celia blocked out how it happened. 

The lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been abducted, though neither she nor her abductor was ever found. Celia’s unconscious avoidance of this has meant that while she and her longtime boyfriend, Huck, are professionally successful, they’ve been unable to move forward, their relationship falling into a rut that threatens to bury them both. 

Celia returns to her hometown to confess the truth, but her family and childhood friends don’t believe her. Huck wants to be supportive, but his love can’t blind him to all that contra­dicts Celia’s version of the past. 

Celia’s desperate search to understand what happened to Djuna has powerful consequences. A deeply resonant and emotionally charged story, The False Friend explores the adults that children become—leading us to question the truths that we accept or reject, as well as the lies to which we succumb.
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I love psychological dramas and I was blown away by The False Friend.  It's one of those books that will stick with you for the rest of your life.  It's powerful and brilliant!

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
October 5, 2010
272 pages
$25.95 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.



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25 comments:

Lou Rohde said...

I've read other similar reviews on this book. I can't wait to read it!

Lou

debbie said...

The past always comes back to haunt you. It sounds like a really good book.

sunshine9 said...

can't wait to find out when the truth is revealed

LeAnn/sunshine9

Linda Kish said...

I hope I get lucky. I really want to read this.

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Eileen Elkinson said...

This is a book high on my list to read. Good review!

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Sarita said...

It looks like a great read. It'd really pull me in.

Laura H. said...

Sounds like a REALLY good book! It's on my TBR list.

pmernick said...

I saw another review on this (not as good as yours, of course!) and would love to read this!
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Isi and Jas' mom said...

I love mysteries, sounds like a good one~

Lo said...

This looks like a really compelling story!

A Musing Mother said...

I really want to read this one!

Allie said...

I am so glad for this review. I loved Bee Season and am eager to read Goldberg's newest book!

Bethie said...

Thanks for the review. I put this one on my wishlist.

Colleen Turner said...

I love psychological drama! Will put this on my wishlist.
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Frugaluser said...

this sounds like an interesting read, I think this will be added to my list of books to read!

madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

Sounds like a powerful book. I'm already wondering what the real story is which moves it way up to the top of my TBR list.

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Marjorie said...

Sounds like my kind of a book.


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Janelle said...

Oh, this one sounds good! Thanks for a good review & giveaway.
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wgbc1446 said...

Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway! wgbc1446[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I like the cover of this book!

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Anonymous said...

Would love to read this!
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tallcapp said...

Sounds like it is in the vein of "In the Woods". sounds like a really good read.

purango said...

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purango said...

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ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I would love to read L The False Friend!
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