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When Good Friends Go Bad by [Campbell, Ellie]
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Nominated as a "Top Ten Beach ReadRed Magazine

 'Quirky and intriguing and kept me interested throughout... all the key ingredients for a gripping read: love and lust are angling for room with an unsolved mystery, lots of juicy secrets (old and new) and a nice bit of suspense and surprise towards the end.' The Bookbag

'An engaging story about the bonds of friendship stretching over 12 years, by the sister duo who gave us How to Survive Your Sisters.' BOOKSELLER

'When Good Friends Go Bad really was a fabulous novel and I wholly recommend you read it.Chicklit Reviews and News

About the Author

Ellie Campbell is a pseudonym for sister writing team,Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell.Running wild as tomboys in Scotland, playing imagination games, theycouldn't dream that one day they'd co-author novels despite an ocean betweenthem. From boring clerical jobs in London to a varied life of backpacking andadventure travel, both started almost accidentally as short story writers,Lorraine when working in publishing, Pam as a fun hobby while an at-home motherof three.
 
By the time each had 70 short stories publishedinternationally, Pam was settled in Surrey, England, and Lorraine had finallytaken root in Boulder, Colorado. Long telephone chats about life and fictionled to their current collaboration.  Theyhave produced six acclaimed novels - How To Survive Your Sisters, When GoodFriends Go Bad, Looking For La La, To Catch A Creeper, Million Dollar Questionand Meddling With Murder.  Two of theirnovels have been translated into three languages and all are regularly seen onthe best-seller lists. They write contemporary women's fiction laced withhumour, romance, and mystery. 
 
When not hunched over computers, Lorraine, a certifiedROTH 'horse whisperer', can usually be found messing about with her four rescuehorses and Pam on a fund raising bike ride, madly cycling over mountains toParis, Barcelona or Gibraltar on the back of her husband's bone-shakingtandem.  
 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099519992
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BJH2FRE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Another great book by Ellie Campbell! This time the author takes us into the world of four women who were best friends when they were 13 and are now getting together again 25 years later. The great thing about this book is that in addition to bringing the polar opposite lives of these four women to life in a funny and sometimes wicked way, she also shows that no matter how far any of them have come, they are still the same 13 year old girls underneath it all. Gorgeous, successful Georgina struggles to escape the little fat girl she was at school, Jen wrestles with her enduring love for Aiden, who abandoned her and married Georgina and Meg tries to hide how low she has sunk in her life back in the States. Throw into this the mystery about Rowan and where she is - the fourth member of the quartet - and you have a really great read.
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When Good Friends Go Bad by Ellie Campbell

Jen the "tomboy", Georgina the "snob", Meg the "hippy" and Rowan the "shy, kind, naive one" were best friends in school. Then and incident occurred that tore the group apart. As they grew they all went their separate ways.

Many years later Jen gets a call from Meg. Meg says it is a matter of life and death to find Rowan. Reluctantly the three (Georgie, Jen & Meg) decide to do this. As they begin there quest to find their missing friend, old wounds are opened, secrets reveled, feelings gets hurt, resentments build, and some feel betrayed. Will this pull them all together again, or keep them apart forever?

A well written emotional story. I liked Jen, she is going through a divorce it is a rough time in her life. This is something a lot of women can relate to. Georgina is likable as well, although some find her a snob, I felt she was just opinionated. Meg the one you love to hate. She is not afraid to "tell-it-like-it-is" and them some, not worrying about the consequences. And Rowan, she was just so down to earth and likable.

The story was very good, there were so many secrets and "WOW" moments. I liked the whole concept of old friends trying to reunite, that (I believe) does happen in real life. We see them all go through many emotions from happy to sad. Each one is battling their own problems and trying to find their friend.

I highly recommend When Good Friends Go Bad to women (men too) who love a good emotional drama with a dash of romance and humor. A true 5 star read!

*This book was a gift.
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I really enjoyed reading this book about 4 friends who for various reasons don't really keep in touch. They were trouble makers in school--but always had each others backs. When Rowen decides to contact all the others for a reunion-but then does not show up herself-the others are worried BUT other problems have to be worked through first. They intermittently try to track Rowen down--but road blocks keep getting in their way. They do ultimately find her-and trouble! I do not want to give away the ending--so I am going to stop right here--If you decide to read this book (I would suggest the book although it does come in e-book format) you will not be disappointed! When Good Friends Go Bad
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This book had many charming parts, but it felt uneven, and I didn't know whose story it was, or who to root for. Were these women friends, or enemies? (Which does suit the title, of course.) Sometimes I thought it was primarily Jen's story, and other times about all three of them, plus the mystery of the missing Rowan.

The two big events that tore them apart - seemed overblown, by the time of the reveal. The ending felt unrealistic - that they would find Rowan, rally round her, and banding together they would defeat her creepy enemy (who they had led to her doorstep).

I do like that Jen and Meg put their heads together to figure out the game that Starkey was playing, and that Meg kept her son under wraps. But with the exception of Jen, who had more depth and uncertainty to her, the other friends felt a bit like stereotypes. It didn't feel quite real that these women were barely in touch with one another over the years, and suddenly they HAD to get together again.

I enjoyed it, but didn't love it.
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By Ella on September 24, 2013
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A book full of interesting characters leading very full lives, and lots of great Brit quirkiness. I was not familiar with all the slang, but still loved it. A little hard to get used to the flow but once you are accustomed the book just flies by. Good length - I felt that the story was wrapped up well.
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I always struggle with British books. The different lingo, the cadence of the English; it all means a bit of a struggle for me. This was a really well written book about the fabric of friendship throughout many years. It was a good read, it made my heart happy.
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This is an interesting book which is reflective of true life. The lifetime friendships of the four main characters is inspiring, especially considering the deceit, betrayals, and hurtful behavior of almost each of them. The ability to forgive when actions are exposed is a real test of a friend's love. You may, as I did, find yourself relating to many of the situations.. I enjoyed this book beginning to end and recommend it highly.
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