Have you ever thought someone was watching you . . . but there was no one there?
One summer’s evening, Alice sees something out of the corner of her eye. She turns to look: just a trick of the light. She is no longer the lonely little girl she once was, with her games of make-believe and imaginary friend, Sam.
Then Alice’s world is shattered in a tragic accident, and Sam creeps out of the shadows and back into her life. At first Alice is comforted by his presence: a best friend to help fill the void in her heart. Perhaps even help her find someone real to share her life with.
But Alice and Sam know he can only exist if she wants him there. So when Alice decides it’s time for him to leave, who will get hurt in order for him to stay alive?
Sam is observant and caring toward Alice, he seems to know just how much she needs and leans on him.
Alice is a loner, and as a child is pretty much left to her own devices.
When she is involved in an accident with her friends Rory and Daniel, Sam returns when Alice needs him the most, helping her come to terms with the tragedy.
Alice’s barmy ravings about Sam, cause her family to be concerned and as they try to help Alice what is so obvious to them, they only push her more toward him.
How To Make A Friend is quite unlike anything else that I have ever read, Sam is quite a sinister character.
I was excited to get to Part two of this novel. Alice is invited to France by Emma and Brian, and this is where we see Alice come into her own and try and make some sort of sense of her life. Will Sam allow this to happen and what are the consequences for Alice.
Alice’s vulnerability ensures Sam remains dominant in her life and her mind, and a turn of events change this read into something quite menacing.
Fleur Smithwick’s novel is delightfully strange and rather foreboding. The ending sent shivers through me and is disquieting and alarming.
This is a read that leaves you thinking, and then you kind of think about it again. I was left captivated and slightly disturbed.
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