Monday, April 16, 2018

The Girl I Used To Know

The Girl I Used To Know

Genre: Women’s Fiction
298 Pages
Release Date: 1st Dec 2017
Publisher: Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus)
A beautiful, emotive and spell-binding story of two women who find friendship and second chances when they least expect it. Perfect for the fans of Patricia Scanlan. 
Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn't be more different. 
Amanda seems to have it all, absolute perfection. She projects all the accoutrements of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart. 
By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love. 
It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.


A book of contrasts and unexpected similarities. A story about life's expectations and the choices we each make. Told in alternate viewpoints and from various points in time, this is a beautiful story to allow yourself to get lost in.
I am going to recommend it to my sisters to read and it would be wonderful for a book club offering.

Amanda and Tess are neighbors but not friends by any stretch of the imagination. Tess is not at a point in her life to want friends. After an estrangement from her sister, her best friend, Tess no longer sees where joy plays a role in her life. She settles for getting by. A bonus is to annoy the upstairs residents.

Amanda thought she had the perfect life. A dream home, two great children, even if they are now teenagers, and all the leisure time she needs to attend to boards, causes, and the right friends to help advance her husband's career. She just doesn't know that she is happy, but must she be?

This is a story about lies we tell ourselves. It is about choices we make in life, sometimes when we don't realize we are making them.


Faith Hogan is an original voice in women’s fiction. Her stories are warm and rooted in a contemporary Irish landscape which has lost none of its wit, charm or emotion thanks to its modern vibe. 

Faith was born in Ireland. She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway. She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair – an international competition for emerging writers.

Her debut novel 'My Husbands Wives' is a contemporary women's fiction novel set in Dublin, published by Aria Fiction in 2016. Her second novel, 'Secrets We Keep,' is published in February 2017 - it has been included on the Netgalley 'Hot List 2017.' Her third novel - 'The Girl I Used To Know' is out in December 2017.

She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a rather busy chocolate Labrador. She's a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger - except of course when it is raining!

Twitter: @gerhogan

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