Book Review: The Girl I Used To Know by Faith Hogan

December 4, 2017 Book review 3 ★★★★

The Girl I Used to Know by Faith Hogan is an entertaining, and lively read about second chances, taking control of your life, and the power of friendship.  Which is exactly the kind of inspiring and uplifting read that I love to snuggle up with.

Book Review: The Girl I Used To Know by Faith HoganThe Girl I Used To Know by Faith Hogan
Published by Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) on December 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Family Life, Friendship, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn't be more different.

Amanda seems to have it all, absolute perfection. She projects all the accouterments of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart.

By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess Cuffe has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love.

It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.

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First Line of The Girl I Used to Know by Faith Hogan

“The sun began to empty its rays across the bay earlier each morning now.”

My Thoughts on The Girl I Used to Know by Faith Hogan

This book features 2 very different women. both living unfulfilled lives.  At first glance Amanda’s life seems glossy and perfect, but on deeper investigation that all falls apart.  She reveals just how lonely she is, how shallow her friendships are, and how little her husband appreciates.  Tess, her neighbour who is in her sixties (some twenty years older than Amanda) mirrors her loneliness.  But she hides it behind a bitter tongue, and a prickly attitude.

They are unlikely allies after crossing swords in the past.  However, a lovely inspiring friendship blossoms between them, and I loved watching it develop.  Friendship between women remains one of my favourite themes in books, and it fills my heart with joy to see just what the right friendship can achieve.

Learning how both women ended up the way they did was heart-breaking to discover.  Their descent in to mundane lives was a bit soul-destroying.  But equally watching them rise up and chase their second chances was so sweet.  I love that the book balanced the sad with the feel-good.

One thing I really appreciated was that neither woman blamed others for derailing their lives.  Really they didn’t even overly reflect on the decisions of the past.  Instead they choose to unpack their old hopes, chase down their dreams and seize the second chances offered to them.


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Overall this is an emotional, realistic read.  The plot, and plight of the characters sucked me right in.  And as a result, I devoured this book over a 24 hour period.  Now I’m asking myself, why I’ve never read one of Faith Hogan’s books before.  Somehow I missed them.  But now that I know how emotionally satisfying they are, I fully intend to rectify that.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read The Girl I Used to Know by Faith Hogan

I’d highly recommend this to you if you love books about second chances, empowering friendships, and realistic life issues.  I also think fans of Patricia Scanlan, Rachael English and Sheila O’Flanagan would enjoy.

Thanks to Aria Fiction for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration.  As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.


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3 Responses to “Book Review: The Girl I Used To Know by Faith Hogan”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    So you had me at second chances, taking control, and the power of friendship. 😉 But I can appreciate how these two don’t make excuses for how their lives have ended up and that their friendship aided, I’m guessing, in taking control of their lives and turning things around. I think I’ll suggest this one for my book club, Trish! Lovely review. 🙂
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