Best friends tell you everything; about their kitchen renovation; about their little girl’s schooling. How one of them is leaving the other for a younger model.
Best friends don’t tell lies. They don’t take up residence on your couch for weeks. They don’t call lawyers. They don’t make you choose sides.
Best friends don’t keep secrets about their past. They don’t put you in danger.
Best friends don’t always stay best friends.
Back in January, I got very behind with my reviews – nothing new there. But it was such a shame that I just wasn’t able to write a full review – and say how much I loved – Dying For Christmas by Tammy Cohen, and instead had to include it in a round-up. I can now put that right by telling you instead all about The Broken – issued under the name Tamar Cohen, and released in paperback by Black Swan on 23rd April.
This has to be one of the most uncomfortable and unsettling books I’ve read in a long time – in a wholly positive and enjoyable way of course. To begin with , it’s the story of two couples – Dan and Sasha, Josh and Hannah. Dan and Sasha are a little more comfortable financially, but it doesn’t affect the friendship – they have daughters of a similar age who play together, the couples spend a lot of time together and share their secrets.
Tamar Cohen is a freelance journalist. A later starter to fiction (and to other things besides), The Broken is her fourth novel. She is a Writer in Residence at Kingston University and lives in North London with her partner and three (nearly) grown children, plus one very badly behaved dog.