Nov 7, 2010

The False Friend by Myla Goldberg

From the bestselling author of Bee Season comes a complex psychological drama — two eleven-year old girls, best friends, go into the woods. Only one comes out…

Celia and Djuna were the ringleaders of a highly competitive quintet of girls, caught in an escalating cycle of test, reward, and punishment that peaked the afternoon they all walked home along a forbidden woodland road. Celia blocked out what happened, but everyone else in Jensenville assumed that Djuna was abducted that day, though neither Djuna nor her abductor was ever found.

Twenty years later Celia’s memory of that terrible afternoon suddenly returns. She is forced to confront the part she played in her best friend’s disappearance and she returns to Jensenville to confess.

What happens will surprise you.

Visit the authors website at


Celia's childhood memories still haunt her twenty years after a horrific event.  She has blocked out details of the day that her friend Djuna disappeared. Finally able to face the past, Celia does her best to convince others of what she believes is true.

The False Friend is a soul-searching and transparent look at the devastating effect that repressed memories can have on a person's life, even many years later. But nobody else believes Celia's version of what really happened on that fateful day.

Celia's determination to take responsibility for what happened is a journey that is met with resistance by her parents and her childhood friends.  She discovers that there are many unresolved issues and hurts that have never been dealt with, and this book leaves you wondering what really happened.

The False Friend is a deep and emotional story that will be hard to forget. 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The False Friends from Doubleday, in exchange for my honest review.


  1. This is one that I've ben itching to read -- it's got all the elements that I feel work for a story, and it's great to hear so many wonderful things about it!

  2. This one has been on my list for a while now ... ever since I started seeing the first reviews. Maybe it should be another present for me from me for my Christmas book box! Yes, I think that will be exactly right! Thanks for the review!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries