Monday, 14 May 2018

My Sweet Friend by H A Leuschel

My Sweet Friend by H A Leuschel
Self published in December 2017.

Featured in WorldReads: Belgium and included in my Vegan Bookshop

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the author

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Where to buy this book:

The Book Depository : unavailable
Wordery : unavailable
Waterstones : unavailable
Amazon : from $1.33 / £0.99 (ebook)
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Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships. 

But is Alexa all she claims to be? 

As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?

In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.

I was quickly swept up into this intriguing novella which charts the intense friendship between two co-workers. Told in alternating chapter points of view, we see how, from Alexa's first day at her new job, she becomes friends with Rosie, but when Alexa has to take a week's sick leave, everything begins to unravel back in the Paris office. Leuschel cleverly drew me into the situation by showing how each of the participants views it. I witnessed conversations between Rosie and Alexa, but then one or the other's memories of their words didn't match what I thought I knew. I believed I knew what was going on - and remember working alongside a similarly manipulative colleague myself in a previous job - but I did doubt what I had read myself on occasion.

My Sweet Friend is a pretty fast read. It has a good sense of place, especially the Biarritz scenes which nicely evoked my visit there a couple of years ago, and most of us will probably recognise the claustrophobic office politics in Paris. Leuschel has a great grasp of why people treat each other as they do so the psychological aspect of My Sweet Friend is tense with completely believable characters. I would have liked this book to have been longer and not as swiftly-paced, but otherwise it's great!

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  1. This sounds like a great read and wonderful atmospheric read, great review.

    Tori @ In Tori Lex

    1. Very glad to have got this one. It's short, but packs a good punch!

  2. This does sound intriguing with how each participant viewed things different and sometimes had different memories of a situation since those kinds of things are realistic, especially if one of the characters was manipulative. Glad you enjoyed this!

  3. It sounds like this one was a really good read for the length of this! Sometimes when it comes to a novella I think it is too short but you didn't get that vibe at all. I love a read with a good setting and it sounds like this one does it well. :)

    1. I think this could have been a longer book with a more in-depth build up of the characters and their relationship, but it works well at this length too

  4. I may have to look this one up, sounds intriguing. I enjoy alternating points of view stories, and unreliable narrators. Weird, right? It always keeps things interesting.