When We Were Friends: A Novel

When We Were Friends: A Novel

by Elizabeth Arnold
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When We Were Friends 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Lainey and Sydney met as seven years old students in Newport News. They became best friends until high school when Sydney tormented Lainey. Eighteen years later, Lainey an artist and Sydney a saleswoman at Six of Swords Occult shop, meet. Sydney mentions her marriage to David McGrath is over. Lainey wants nothing to do with Sydney. Over a week later, Lainey finds a bruised Sidney and her baby Jacqueline with her mom. Sydney fears for her baby if David gains custody of her as he burned Jacqueline on the back of her neck. She persuades Lainey to watch Jacqueline as she talks with David. Lainey tells her mom they will keep Jacqueline safe. Lainey is stunned when she sees an Amber Alert on TV with Sydney and David pleading for the return of their baby. Lainey decides to chance prison to keep the infant safe from her abusive father. They drive to West Virginia where her car breaks down. Alex Connor rescues them. He is heading home to New Hampshire after attending a funeral. Her mom tells her to flee because Sydney was caught by the cops in a damaging lie. Lainey concludes once again Sydney loves herself more than anyone even her daughter. The cast is fully developed with flawed characters, but though the story line is held together by Lainey, Sydney as the great manipulator owns the plot while the actions of the two former BFFs are over the top of Mt. Washington. A late but expected twist ties the tale together too smoothly in spite of a coda. Readers who ignore plausibility will enjoy this exciting thriller that asks how far you will go for a friend. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love this book it is very interesting and is very unexpected.
Valencia Scott More than 1 year ago
Interesting read with several unexpected twists! Recommed for a good quick read.
aillise More than 1 year ago
The book was a little hard to get into in the beginning, but about 1/5th of the way in I was hooked. And the book ending was something I wasn't expecting at all. It was a clever twist by the author. Leaves you thinking about the relationships and plot and events long after you finished reading the book. I was very captivated, I couldn't put the book down. All in all, I would recommend this book, if you like mystery, drama,secrecy an crime and dysfunctional family and friends.I enjoyed this novel very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out a little slow, but by chapter 3 I could not put this book down.
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Sunraye More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting this book down. Each chapter left me wanting to find out what was going to happen next. Very enjoyable read.
BineLP More than 1 year ago
This book is one not to ignore. If you have a friend go nurture the friend. Lainey is a very strong person. This book will tell you that lies really catch up with you.
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Great read with a twisting plot!
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srfeike More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book for a quick, easy read. The main character, Lainey, was likeable, if not a bit naive-going-on-stupid, and Sydney was the girl you love to hate. Lainey's mother, too, was a likeable character. I really liked how Lainey helped take care of her mother and loved her so much despite her flaws, and I loved the evolving relationship between Lainey and Alex. The book was captivating enough to keep me turning the page to find out what happens next. Although I had pretty much figured everything out three-fourths of the way through, I had to keep reading to make sure I was right. The only thing I really did not like about the book was the completely unbelievable choices Lainey kept making. 1) Completely uprooting your life and going on the run with the child of a "friend" you had not seen in years. If it was real life (I know, it would not be fiction if it was real), she would have simply gone to the police and told her side of the story when Sydney claimed the baby had been kidnapped. 2) Meeting a stranger in the middle of the street and basically moving in with him.with a child? Really? 3) Moving your mother in with you and said stranger.enough said. So although I did enjoy the book, I do not think I would have been missing out on anything if I had skipped over it.
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Jenifer Marchbanks More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It had me turning the pages to find out more. The main character reminded me of an old friend that kind of biothered me but other than that...great!
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This book was a mixed bag. The plot was timely and had me thinking about what my own responses would be to the challenges faced by the characters. There were tense moments and some intrigue, but the ending was anti-climactic and a little preachy. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, sharing their outrage and fear, but I wish the action was more believable.
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