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This isn't your standard chick-lit fluff - and for that we're very grateful ... This tale is so deliciously dark, you'll be left craving the next twist of dubious events ****' Heat 'The perfect dark twist on traditional chick-lit' Heat This dark, compelling tale is a warning for every female with a new friend' Sun '[An] intense and gripping read ****' Hot Stars, OK! Totally gripping ****' Company 'Darker than your average chick lit, you'll be engrossed from the first page. A compelling, excellent read with a twist' Candis Chick lit with a sinister twist' Elle 'Lucy Dawson spins an intriguing tale ... A break from the black-and-white morality of the chick-lick genre' London Lite

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From Lucy Dawson, author of His Other Lover, comes a smart and chilling look at the shadowy side of friendship.

For Alice, life's a bit too boringly grown-up lately—weekends at weddings and baby showers; celebrating friends' transitions to a life she isn't quite up for yet; and a sweet, stable boyfriend she suspects she's outgrown. So when she meets Gretchen for the first time, it feels a bit like falling in love. Gretchen, with her air of impulsiveness and intuitive style, is that rarest of treasures: a true friend who knows how to have fun. Plus there's Gretchen's gorgeous brother, Bailey, who might turn out to be exactly what Alice needs. Before she knows what's hit her, Alice's brilliant new best friend is turning her world upside down—seemingly for the better.

But Gretchen has a dark secret, which, like a time bomb, won't stay hidden forever. The explosion may teach them both more than they ever wanted to know about how female friendships can go frighteningly wrong.


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  • File Size: 1385 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B007HWOXP2
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2010
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WVMU
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate on November 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
WHAT MY BEST FRIEND DID, by Lucy Dawson, is roller coaster of ups and downs in the friendship between Alice and Gretchen. They both meet on the job and become fast best friends. They have much in common and they have a blast together...for a while.

I can't remember the last book I read that made me as angry as this book did. Angry, in a good way (is that possible?). Dawson threw me into this seemingly perfect friendship between Alice and Gretchen and then she truly tortured her protagonist. This book solidified my reasoning for not having too many "girl friends" because sometimes they can really suck.

In the beginning, Gretchen was the perfect best friend. But after Alice shared an intimate secret with her, the ticking time bomb exploded. Gretchen's 'episode' (I will not ruin it!) flipped Alice's life upside down and revealed to her the true Gretchen and how big of a monster she really was. Dawson really got under my skin when she threw Alice into crazy situations revolving around Gretchen.

I liked the structure of the book too. The chapters switch from present to past, which gives little snippets at a time about Alice and Gretchen's relationship. Although, I wish there was a more concrete separation between the chapters to signify the switch in time, but after reading the first few sentences of the chapter I caught on quickly.

Overall, this was a great adult contemporary novel about the bad side of girl friendships and how deceit and jealousy tends to destroy them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mara Zonderman on December 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
If there is a textbook for "How to Write a Suspenseful Novel," then Lucy Dawson has surely read it. Her book opens on a suspenseful scene of Alice calling an ambulance for Gretchen, who has apparently tried to commit suicide by drinking and taking pills. But the reader is clearly not getting all the information. After a couple of chapters that build the suspense of what really happened and whether the truth will out, the action jumps back to when the main characters met. Chapters describing how the relationship among the various characters developed are intercut with continuing scenes from the hospital where Alice watches tensely to see whether Gretchen will wake up and tell everyone the truth. In the flashbacks, hints of the ultimate reveal are placed at exactly the right moments to ratchet up the tension, and the reveal itself is pitch-perfect.

So if technically good pacing appeals to you, you'll like this book. But there's one other problem: I think Dawson didn't quite make it to the end of her text. Although the secret itself is surprising while also being believable, and all the characters react realistically and consistently with how they've been described, the resolution is terribly disappointing. It's as though Dawson followed all the steps laid out in the textbook, but couldn't quite muster the imagination to bring it all together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Magazine photographer Alice frantically dials 999 when she finds her best friend impulsive TV personality Gretchen unconscious. Alice fears Gretchen overdosed. On the emergency ride to the hospital, the medic makes small talk to try to keep Alice from going into shock. At the hospital ER, a stunned Alice looks back to her relationship with Gretchen.

Alice was bored as her friends were becoming responsible adults with spouses and kids; she wanted neither. She met Gretchen during an L.A. shoot and they became instant buddies. A bonus occurs when she meets Gretchen's brother Bailey in New York though she has steadfast Tom back in California. However, over time Alice realizes Gretchen does not live life to the fullest as she once thought, but over indulges with her obsessive needs running over anyone including loved ones with a tank tread.

This is a low-keyed fascinating female buddy tale with a terrific dark twist. The BFFs and the two males are fully developed characters so that the audience will believe they are real and what happened is genuine. Fans will want to know What My Best Friend Did as Lucy Dawson hooks her readers from the opening emergency until the final denouement.

Harriet Klausner
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