528 pages ~ ★★★☆☆ ~ Netgalley eARC
Just Between Friends* drew me in with its super cosy, coffee shop cover and I went into this with little to no idea of the plot/premise, I think I was having a slightly click-happy half an hour on Netgalley.
When Aisha and Lucy first meet at a baby group for expectant first time moms they soon bond over the fact that they were both left to attend their first meetings alone, as their partners Jason and Oscar are both unable to get away from work. We hear from both Aisha and Lucy throughout the book and I enjoyed reading both their narrations, which is not always the case in dual perspective books.
The first half of this book drew me into its cosiness, the baby group are made up of a hilarious group of different expectant parents and rather eccentric leader – I would have quite happily continued to read just more of that for the rest of the book. However part way through small hints started being dropped that something wasn’t quite as innocent and cosy as it first seemed
The plot really ramps up when we learn that the new friends have more in common than Aisha has been led to believe.
I loved how this book played with my perception of the plot and switched from a cosy, funny, light-hearted read to emotion filled drama in the space of a couple of chapters.
My highlight of this were the group of side characters making up the baby group, while they didn’t make up a massive amount of the book it felt like the kind of random group of people a baby group would throw together into the inevitable group WhatsApp.
Overall an enjoyable read that pulled me in and really made me care about the characters, would recommend for a cosy weekend read.
Just Between Friends is due for release on 12th November, you can pre-order your copy now. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy this in exchange for an honest review.