WHAT MY BEST FRIEND DID
November 30, 2010
Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Rating: 4 cups
Alice is a photographer who has just branched off on her own. In a lovely relationship with her flatmate, Tom, her life seems to be going well -- until she is sent to Los Angeles to photograph a children’s show host from England. That is when her life takes a turn for the worst.
Gretchen Bartholomew enjoys being the life of the party. She is quirky and fun. Unfortunately, she is also hiding a rather large secret: she is manic depressive.
Seeing what life could be like with a friend like Gretchen, Alice falls into a friendship with her. One thing leads to another, and Alice becomes entangled in Gretchen’s life. Alice begins to neglect her other friends and her boyfriend of two years, Tom. The life Alice loves is slowly disintegrating while Gretchen’s seems to blossom. When Alice discovers the secrets and lies that she has been told by her supposed best friend, Alice begins to see how dark and disturbing this friendship is.
I am not sure what I was expecting when I first saw the title, but it was not even close to what I experienced as I read it. Female friendships are often complicated anyway, but Ms. Dawson takes it to the next level by showing the twisted ways a woman’s mind can work. If I said I was not disturbed after reading What My Best Friend Did, I would be lying. The warped world within Gretchen’s mind often takes on a Fatal Attraction-esque sense. The way the men in these women’s lives bend to Gretchen’s will angered me, yet it was understandable why they treated her with kid gloves. Add this book to your collection and I know you will never regret it.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More