I think that this book brings up some interesting points about friendship and how it can become harmful when we’re taken in by manipulative people. There are probably a lot of people that’ve known someone like Alexa at some point in their lives, I know that I did and could relate to Rosie in some ways. The actions of the characters in the book are believable and each side of the story provided a unique perspective.
While Rosie was dealing with the gradual breakdown after being gaslighted, Alexa seemed to be more of a character study about pathological liars and she quite frankly appeared to be mentally ill. She is doomed to make the same mistakes because she is so wrapped up in her own lies yet was completely reliant on other people for validation.
“Behind the façade we were all human, fragile, and sensitive to judgement.”
I think I would have liked the characters to be a little more nuanced, it was very obvious from the first chapter what sort of friendship Alexa and Rosie would have and they seemed to be pretty much all good or all bad. I think the synopsis also sort of gives things away and I would have been more surprised by some of the events in the book if things were a little more ambiguous.
Overall, this was a fast read and I think the author has a lot of potential. She has a clean writing style that is readable and I fell into the story easily. I also liked the themes of friendship and the process of recognizing when a friend is toxic. A decent novella all around.
A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?
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?