If I was writing a school report for Jane Green after she handed in The Friends We Keep my comment would be “Could do better.”
I was bored with the story well before I’d finished the first 100 pages. I only skimmed through to the end to confirm my suspicion that nothing much of interest would happen.
Evvie, Maggie and Topher met in university and became friends. Later their lives went in different directions and they drifted apart. Thirty years later they found each other again and the secrets of why they really drifted apart came out.
I thought the story was unoriginal, I didn’t feel particularly connected to any of the characters, wasn’t inspired by the locations, and thought the writing was somewhat lazy and the dialogue dull.
I’ve enjoyed Jane Green’s more recent books so am hoping The Friends We Keep was just a blip.