Friends and Liars

Friends and Liars

It has been ten years since Ruby left her hometown behind. Since then she's built a life away from her recovering alcoholic mother and her first love, Murphy. But when Danny, one of her estranged friends from childhood, commits suicide, guilt draws Ruby back into the tumultuous world she escaped all those years ago.She's dreading the funeral - and with good reason. Danny h...

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Friends and Liars Reviews

  • Bookread2day

    My favourite novel.

    Pretty amazing how this story starts and all fits together. The ending is extraordinary, it gave me full appreciation for the way the author planned out all the drama.

    The big bold words Friends and Liars says it all.

    Ten years ago Ruby left her home and built a new life for herself. But when one of her friends Danny commits suicide Ruby has return back to her old hometown.

    Danny Deuso is dead and looking down on his friends. They are playing their part in mourning.

    From the circ

    My favourite novel.

    Pretty amazing how this story starts and all fits together. The ending is extraordinary, it gave me full appreciation for the way the author planned out all the drama.

    The big bold words Friends and Liars says it all.

    Ten years ago Ruby left her home and built a new life for herself. But when one of her friends Danny commits suicide Ruby has return back to her old hometown.

    Danny Deuso is dead and looking down on his friends. They are playing their part in mourning.

    From the circle of friends Ruby is invited to go to the private service Danny requested. The thing is Ally and Ruby haven't spoken to each other in ten whole years. Within the ten years that all of the crew of friends haven't seen each other they all seemed to have moved on in their life.

    Ruby seems to thinks she knows everything about everyone. But she didn't even pick up the phone in ten years to talk to any of her friends. Which is rather a very long time not to make contact with any of her friends.

    Danny leaves an envelope for each of his friends that contain evidence of betrayal. Everyone there has a choice they can either share their letter with each other or keep it to themselves. If they all read their letters out loud secrets, betrayal, would be uncovered about every person in the group. Will the crew of friends want to risk their secrets being exposed. I think it would be quite embarrassing for any of the so called friends telling everyone what secret Danny has exposed about them. Will any of them dare to read their letter out loud what Danny has said about them?

    It's clear here if you think you know all your friends think again.

    I really enjoyed reading this work of fiction. I have read a book similar fantastic book with reading out letters that was The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty where friends write an anonymous letter sharing their secrets. I recommend reading both books Friends and Liars by Kaela Coble and The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty.

  • Carlene Inspired

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    Ruby is returning to her hometown, a place she's avoided for many years, a place people she once called her best friends still live in. Ally, Emmett, and Murphy are still holding down their positions in 'the crew,’ and expanding it with their respective partners. Ruby has made herself an outsider, but she reclaims her spot to say goodbye to Danny, the fifth member. His life lost to suicide, Ruby and her friends navigate the rough w

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    Ruby is returning to her hometown, a place she's avoided for many years, a place people she once called her best friends still live in. Ally, Emmett, and Murphy are still holding down their positions in 'the crew,’ and expanding it with their respective partners. Ruby has made herself an outsider, but she reclaims her spot to say goodbye to Danny, the fifth member. His life lost to suicide, Ruby and her friends navigate the rough waters of grief made worse by the individual letters he has left for each of them. The envelopes hold their secrets, words that could crumble their lifelong friendship. Danny is the key to the friends reconnecting again, but time and age hasn't changed how these individuals are drawn to one another, nor does it stop them from uncovering old wounds in desperation to hide their secrets.

    Friends and Other Liars is the debut novel of author Kaela Coble and the first novel to secure a spot in my Top 10 of 2018 List. Yes, it is only January 11, 2018 and I am already calling it. I was riveted by this book, unable to pay attention to anything else as I slipped into the various perspectives of the friends that make up the past and present 'crew.' Told in past and present tense, Friends and Other Liars take readers on a tragic journey through the lies we tell our friends. Spanning several years, from childhood to young adult to their twenties, we are treated to the inner thought of each member as the deal with the loss of their longtime friend Danny and the holder of all their deepest secrets. We see them relive moments from high school, times where they questioned the solidness of their friendships and times when they relied on one another so heavily they didn't realize how much they'd shared.

    I loved each character and their individuality, each was so complex and goes through vast even further development by the end of the novel. As individuals, they might come across as boring, but they make up a very interesting group of friends. Similar to the movies we see about high school friends, there is the insecure, good looking one, the smart one, the bad kid, the jock, and finally the one that's just been there all along. Set in a small town fueled by gossip and a growing drug problem, it was obvious from the start that Friends and Other Liars was going to be dramatic. For me, the drama felt personal, my hometown very similar to that of the crew's and my experiences with loss as painful. It's a tragic novel, but written in a suspenseful way and with beautiful prose. The chapters set in the past are filled with nostalgia and the present is filled with extensive detail and mature dialogue.

    I often struggle with novels about the loss of a friend, I find them painful to read as they bring up personal experiences I have had. With Friends and Other Liars I found that Kaela Coble had really nailed the emotions around loss so perfectly, but she took it all to the next level with the secrets and darkness the friends keep hidden from one another. It's a dramatic book based on a horrifying matter, but it is done so very well. Kaela Coble successfully tears apart all the characters have known about their friends, about their own lives, but she sews it all back up quite perfectly. With a fantastic, well-rounded set of characters, an intriguing storyline, and a powerful epilogue, Friends and Other Liars is a must read.

    ARC provided via Netgalley.

  • Shannon

    I pretty much blew through Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble. This one gave me some PLL and Love Letter to Whiskey kind of vibes. The book is told in past and present with multiple POVs (👍🏼👍🏼).

    So what’s it about? The crew! Ruby, Ally, Danny, Murphy and Emmett are all in the crew. The crew grew up together and mostly all of them have stayed close except for Ruby. Ruby wanted to get the heck of their small town and never look back.

    For 10 years that had worked out for Ruby, until Ally calls

    I pretty much blew through Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble. This one gave me some PLL and Love Letter to Whiskey kind of vibes. The book is told in past and present with multiple POVs (👍🏼👍🏼).

    So what’s it about? The crew! Ruby, Ally, Danny, Murphy and Emmett are all in the crew. The crew grew up together and mostly all of them have stayed close except for Ruby. Ruby wanted to get the heck of their small town and never look back.

    For 10 years that had worked out for Ruby, until Ally calls with the devastating news that one of their own, Danny, has committed suicide.

    Ruby returns to her hometown, Chatwick, for the funeral of her old friend. Little does she, or the other crew members know that Danny has left them each a letter containing their worst secret that he knows. Even though Danny is dead there is threat in the letters that the secrets will come out if they do not reveal them to each other. Ooo juicy!!!

    Lies, sex, betrayal, drugs, suicide and all the dramas!

    I really enjoyed this. It kind of felt I was reading a YA novel because of the “past” chapters but there is a little mystery to it, as we slowly learn the secrets. 4.5 Stars. Recommended.

    I received an advanced copy from the publisher, SOURCEBOOKS Landmark, via Netgalley. Many thanks.

  • Julie

    As a part of this Blog Tour Spot, Sourcebooks is giving away a finished copy of Friends and Other Liars to one lucky book lover!

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    ‘The Crew,’ made up of Danny, Ruby, Murphy, Ally, and Emmett, have fallen out of touch over the years but are drawn back together for Danny’s funeral. Danny, who had taken the path of drug use to numb the pain brought on

    As a part of this Blog Tour Spot, Sourcebooks is giving away a finished copy of Friends and Other Liars to one lucky book lover!

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    ‘The Crew,’ made up of Danny, Ruby, Murphy, Ally, and Emmett, have fallen out of touch over the years but are drawn back together for Danny’s funeral. ‪Danny, who had taken the path of drug use to numb the pain brought on by the terrors in his life, commits suicide by overdose. He leaves behind a letter to his mother with a simple explanation for his actions and requests that she assemble ‘The Crew’ together to deliver one final message. Charlene does so by offering a letter Danny has written to the group collectively, as well as individual envelopes for each member containing the darkest secret they hide from one another.

    ‪This novel beyond its surface is deep; especially when it comes to relationships. The message was quite clear early on that people often take those in their lives for granted and this is unfortunately often missed until it’s too late. ‪ Flipping through the pages I felt constantly reminded that life isn’t perfect and what we show on the surface isn’t what always lies beneath.

    The characterization and its growth were very impressive. I feel many readers would find themselves connecting to these characters. Especially since, like these characters, most of our childhoods and beyond weren’t picture perfect either. Each chapter alternates between multiple points of view, from past and present, primarily through the eyes of Ruby St. James. Throughout the novel these characters go to great lengths to keep the truth from being revealed.

    On the topic of their secrets, Kaela does a pronominal job of keeping these secrets wrapped up, offering them little by little until the reader reaches the largest reveal in a emotional conclusion. I would not start this expecting deep-seated, juicy, end of relationship type of secrets. While they aren’t cookie cutter, these secrets are not earth shattering either. Reflecting on it, I don’t believe it was ever Danny’s intention through his “game” to tear these relationships apart further, but to reunite them on a foundation of honesty and trust.

    I was immersed in this story, fed into the drama, and could not pull myself away until I too knew what was hidden within each envelope. I did not want the story to end. I wanted to continue peering into the lives of these characters and the dynamics of their relationships. While there were no shocking twists, the latter half of this novel had me feeling so many emotions.

    I love novels by local writers and adore that Kaela is a true Vermonter. It shows in her use as the setting, and in the humorous small factoids she offers (like mud season), way she expresses how those inhabiting northern New England find maple syrup to be gold. Cause let's be honest, real maple syrup IS gold! While I know this release was a long-awaited process for Kaela Coble, I see so much success in her future.

    Happy Publication Day, Kaela! You are an author I'll be keeping an eye out for and cannot wait to see what you come up with next.‪

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  • Stacey Camp

    **5 Goodreads Stars**

    It is a pleasure to review Kaela Coble's debut novel 

    for a blog tour in celebration of the book's publication month. This breakout book is a simmering mystery that explores how long-held secrets can eat away at relationships, even ones built on the strongest of foundations.

    The book features richly drawn characters who are multi-dimensional and relatable despite (or due to, I suppose) their human flaws. The story centers on Ruby, who left her down an

    **5 Goodreads Stars**

    It is a pleasure to review Kaela Coble's debut novel 

    for a blog tour in celebration of the book's publication month. This breakout book is a simmering mystery that explores how long-held secrets can eat away at relationships, even ones built on the strongest of foundations.

    The book features richly drawn characters who are multi-dimensional and relatable despite (or due to, I suppose) their human flaws. The story centers on Ruby, who left her down and out hometown of Chatwick to pursue a fancy education at New York University and an exciting life in New York City. When Ruby gets a call that her friend Danny has died, she reluctantly returns to Chatwick and is forced to face her high school clique known as "the crew."

    Danny, who died of a heroin overdose, has left envelopes containing the crew's deepest, darkest secrets. Danny requests that the crew reveal their secrets in front of one another. Ruby and the crew either put off Danny's post-mortem request or craft a lie to cover up the true "secret," which leads them all down darker paths. Soon, more notes from "Danny" appear in the crew's mailboxes, cars, and workplaces, leaving the crew unhinged. What does Danny know, and how does he know it? Will their secrets come to light, and if they do, will the crew lose their jobs, their families, and their relationships with one another? 

    I really enjoyed the relationship between Ruby and Murphy, and it brought me back to the days I was in high school. Murphy was Ruby's best friend growing up. Eventually they developed feelings for each other, which lead to heartbreak and tears when Ruby decided she wanted to leave Chatwick for college. I empathized with Ruby because I, too, left my hometown where I knew everybody in order to start anew in college in a big, bustling city. It meant leaving behind friends and unrequited relationships, and coming back to town is always a bit awkward and uncomfortable because of it. Coble really captured the spirit of what it is like to desire someone who isn't willing to follow you on your adventures after high school, someone who wants to stay put and take pleasure in the normalcy of small-town life. 

    Thank you to the author, Kaela Coble, the publisher, Sourcebooks, and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of 

    I look forward to seeing what Coble writes next!

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  • Liz

    Not going to beat around the bush here- I inhaled this book!

    I’m kind of sitting here, bursting with all the things I want to write about, but there’s just so much that I can’t because spoilers! What I can tell you, is this:

    This is a story about a group of friends. ‘The crew’ they called themselves. Ruby, Ally, Murphy, Emmett, Danny. They’re to each other what pants are to arse! (sorry, I’m just paraphrasing a saying from Estonian that goes something like- ‘they’re like pants and arse’, meaning

    Not going to beat around the bush here- I inhaled this book!

    I’m kind of sitting here, bursting with all the things I want to write about, but there’s just so much that I can’t because spoilers! What I can tell you, is this:

    This is a story about a group of friends. ‘The crew’ they called themselves. Ruby, Ally, Murphy, Emmett, Danny. They’re to each other what pants are to arse! (sorry, I’m just paraphrasing a saying from Estonian that goes something like- ‘they’re like pants and arse’, meaning that two people can always be seen together!). They’re all grown up now but back in school they were the bestest of friends. Ruby was the only one who left the small town they lived in and has cut her friends out of her life. But Danny’s suicide is not only a catalyst to get Ruby to go back home, he has decided to seak some hard truths and bring the secrets from dark to back out into the light!

    The story is delivered in present and in past. There is the NOW that brings the crew together again under tragic circumstances for Danny’s funeral. And then there is the THEN which serves a purpose to unravel all sorts of juicy details from the past. Danny? Danny opens the book with a prologue from behind the grave and sets the tone for the reading experience…

    Friends and Liars is horribly tragic in parts, but beautifully executed. In fact, the suspense and intrigue got me right hooked! It’s not just about being nosey, though, because the way our characters’ lives were entwined in the past was very – very – relatable and the way these past relationships still have an impact on the present- not that far fetched, at all. I loved the THEN paragraphs so much because it brought on an air of nostalgia for me. I felt like going back 15 years to MY crew and do the crazy shit we did all over again. But we all grow up… and we all still have those certain secrets we never shared with even our best friend…

    So, all well and good, having some drama, dysfunctional families, tragic deaths and HUGE secrets… but none of these would really matter (in a book, at least, let us be honest) if you didn’t come to care for the characters. You need someone to root for, you need someone to be excited for, someone to dislike…

    Our set of characters covers the spectrum of personalities. The dynamics in between them is as much heartwarming and hilarious, as it is heartbreaking, frustrating and most importantly- used as a bag of goodies where clues and bombshells hide. Every chapter is a moment of a silken kimono being opened a little bit more… Another glimpse!

    Even though there is a whole 10 years in between the ‘then’ and ‘now’ chapters from 2-3 POVs, not only did I get character development, I also got moments when I thought- hang on, have I been rooting for the wrong person here? I felt betrayed! I felt betrayed by a character as if they had caused me personal insult. But that is the thing with relationships… They’re messy and never straightforward… So, really… where does the misunderstanding begin? Who is to blame for saying the wrong thing or not saying anything at all? And my most favorite pondering from the book: causality… The what ifs…

    And to add to that… Danny! I just can’t get past him… thinking back on the book now, it’s just odd how he seems to be standing out the most. It’s not Ruby (even though her story was a motherload), or Murphy, Ally or Emmett… It’s Danny that will linger in my mind even though in the ‘now’ chapters he was a ghost, and in the ‘then’ chapters more of a background operator, but… Oddly, I feel like Ruby, who was always protecting Danny… there’s something about his character that makes me feel regret, as well…

    While there was a particular scene that was a bit too telenovela for me, I have to say I was completely addicted to the intrigue. I shamelessly admit- I could not wait to find out about everyone’s secrets! In fact, the minute I read the blurb on Netgalley (thanks NG and Corvus!) I knew damn well I wasn’t going to be able to sleep until I got my mitts on this guilty pleasure! Yes, sure, it’s a book I would class as ‘something for the chicks‘ and I don’t often indulge in this genre, but blimey, did the whole thing get my knickers in a twist!

    It is rather chilling to create such dramatic ‘relationship drama’ around a suicide. Things get even darker with some of the themes in the book… drugs, abuse, murder. But that is not the point… I think the point of this book is to show how no one is perfect; about how one decision flicks over one domino piece which flips the whole set to its side; about how everyone will always have a secret!

    I’m not normally that big on epilogues… but in this case? The epilogue from Danny’s POV? From behind the grave? Bang. On. The epilogue worked for two reasons… I came the full circle with the characters. That’s it. Closure. Bittersweet. The door is closing… but Danny, the Dark Horse? I think he just about managed to get his foot in the door… Because… I have a feeling Danny is not quite finished yet!

    What you’ll get in this book: Drama bombs!

    Should you read this book? Oh, hell yes, if you’re into relationship dramas, tragedy and addictive reads.

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

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    I hoarded a chunk of vacation time all year in order to take last week off, and then pretty much proceeded to unplug from the evils of the interwebs as well after . . . .

    Just kidding. More like I changed from “sleeping pajamas” into “going to Wal-Mart pajamas” and plopped my fat ass on the reading chair all day. Well, that is after I made Christmas barf all over my house s

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    I hoarded a chunk of vacation time all year in order to take last week off, and then pretty much proceeded to unplug from the evils of the interwebs as well after . . . .

    Just kidding. More like I changed from “sleeping pajamas” into “going to Wal-Mart pajamas” and plopped my fat ass on the reading chair all day. Well, that is after I made Christmas barf all over my house so this guy can spend the next month undecorating it for me . . . .

    Anywho(ville), vacay amounted to me cooking some decent food for my humans in order to justify all of my not going anywhere and reading a crapton of books while not reviewing any of them. (Advance apologies for the inundation you are about to receive this week.) I started my reading quest with Mt. Advanced Reader Pile in hopes of persuading publishers to not put me on the naughty list and to continue to give me stuff that I will procrastinate reading : )

    was nearly an instant request simply from the title, but then I took a gander of the synopsis and I immediately got a little blast from the past in the form of . . . .

    And not for the reason most of you would think . . . .

    While

    wasn’t quite so in-yo-face about secrets of the past that letters were handed out by dearly deceased Kevin Costner (there’s a bit of worthless trivia everyone should know),

    is similar in that the former members of “The Crew” have all been reunited for one member’s untimely death and the story proceeds to be very much . . . .

    This may not work for everyone as the secrets are pretty easy to figure out and it’s more than a bit “chick litty,” but it was exactly what I had my heart set on so it worked out great for me.

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  • Reading.Between.Wines

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

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    was so different from what I thought it was going to be.

    I was very intrigued that this book starts out by being narrated by a dead person. That is definitely something that I haven't se

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

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    was so different from what I thought it was going to be.

    I was very intrigued that this book starts out by being narrated by a dead person. That is definitely something that I haven't seen before; not like this anyway. The prologue and the epilogue are done this way, but the rest of the book bounces between members of the "crew" and between now (after Danny's death) and back then (when they were growing up together and how they got to where they are). The original crew consists of Danny, Ruby, Murphy, Ally, and Emmett who all grew up together; but the POVs switch between Danny (the member that is dead - epilogue and prologue only), Ruby, Steph (Emmett's girlfriend), and Ally. Though to be honest, the majority of this book is written from Ruby's point of view.

    was just SO much more than the blurb makes you think it is going to be. I thought this was going to be a straight up mystery, but I ran the full gamut of emotions as I was reading it. There is love, secrets, lies, pain, loss, etc.... The list just goes on and on.

    I can definitely tell that

    is an extremely talented writer. The characters were something to behold, and I had so many reactions as I was reading this book. My mouth dropped open, I gasped, and I laughed (among other things). The only reason I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5 is because I found it a tad slow for my liking in the beginning and maybe a little too wordy. I was so interested as the book went on though, and had to know what all the secrets were (and of course how everything was going to end up).

    I was able to foresee some of the things that were coming, but definitely not all of them which I loved. There were also lots of short chapters which made it feel like a breeze to get through. If I would have had more time to read I probably could have finished this book in 1 day even though I actually ended up taking 3. This is a book that I really ended up savoring as it went on. I was really blown away by the fact that this is Coble's first novel. 

    Final Thought: I would definitely go into this book blind and without reading the blurb since you don't actually get what the book is all about from it. It is just so much more than the blurb gives you, and I think it deserves to be read without judgement. Also, just be aware that this is more than a mystery!! There is so much going on, and the dynamic of these friends is evolving as the book goes on. And just remember,

    ... Or so they say.

    *This title was published on 06 Feb 2018*

  • Kendall

    Friends and Other Liars... I know what you're all thinking. Another book with "LIE" in the title?!

    Friends and Other Liars is about a "crew" that consist of Ruby, Murphy, Ally, Danny, and Emmett. The crew has grown up together in the small town of Chatwick. The crew has all stayed close together except for Ruby who escaped the small town after high school.

    Fast forward 10 years, Ruby receives a phone call from a fellow crew member Ally who tells her that one of their friends Danny has committed

    Friends and Other Liars... I know what you're all thinking. Another book with "LIE" in the title?!

    Friends and Other Liars is about a "crew" that consist of Ruby, Murphy, Ally, Danny, and Emmett. The crew has grown up together in the small town of Chatwick. The crew has all stayed close together except for Ruby who escaped the small town after high school.

    Fast forward 10 years, Ruby receives a phone call from a fellow crew member Ally who tells her that one of their friends Danny has committed suicide. Ruby, grudgingly, returns to her small town that she wanted to leave behind forever.

    Ruby and the crews have a small surprise waiting for them by their fellow crew member Danny. Danny has left each of them a letter which contains their deepest and darkest secret. Even though Danny is no longer alive, the letters contain threats that their secrets will be revealed to everyone regardless if they fess up to their secrets or not.

    Sounds pretty juicy and gossipy right?!

    What I liked about this novel: the dual POV which alternates between past and present. Ironically, I was more entertained with the past storyline then the present day. I felt like the present storyline was dragging a little and was a tiny bit repetitive.

    Characterization was pretty well developed in this novel as well so kudos to Kaela. So, I felt like this was a bit of a strange love story ish tied to small town drama and gossip. I felt like the character focused more on Murphy and Ruby which I didn't really like.

    And, can I just say... Murphy you are a serious self-centered ass! lol. He made me so mad in this book! Grrrrr!!!!!

    Overall, this book was entertaining. Not my favorite but glad I have been introduced to this author.

    3.5 stars.

    Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark in exchange for my honest review.

    Publication date: 2/1/18

    Posted to GR: 1/26/18

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