Neil and Adam, two young men on the cusp of adulthood, meet one golden summer in California and, despite their different backgrounds, soon become best friends. Buton a camping trip in Yosemite they lead each other into wrongdoing that, years later, both will desperately regret. Their connection holds through love affairs, fatherhood, the wild successes and unforeseen failures of booming London, as power and guilt ebb between them. Then the truth of that long-ago night emerges. What happens when you discover that the friendship you can’t live without was always built on a lie?
‘The Faithful Couple’ is an interesting story that catches the reader off guard with its title, the reader is lead to believe that the couple are a man and a woman, but it is in fact about two men who meet one day whilst travelling in America. After an incident occurs one night, the men share a strong bond and continue to be friends through the hurdles and dramas of life.
The story is split in chapters which takes place from the years 1993 to 2011, as both Neil and Adam fall in love, have families and further their careers, but the night that changed their lives is still fresh in their memory especially Adam’s as he lives with the guilt and upset that they caused.
Both men are interesting characters, Neil is the shy one of the two but the more successful, a wealthy bachelor, he floats from jobs and occasionally envies Adam’s life, married and settled with children. Adam is boisterous but as the years pass, he becomes quiet and withdrawn as he battles with feelings that Neil is unable to understand, whereas in the beginning of the friendship, he was much more outgoing of the two men.
It’s hard to write a review of this book, as it would be very easy to give the main the plot line away, but it’s a deeply compelling book, that oozes tension from each page, as the years pass and secrets are unfolded, both Adam and Neil wonder about their friendship that has lasted over thirty years.
Filled with the complexities of the everyday relationships, competitiveness and love, the story is intelligently and darkly written and makes for deep and insightful reading, ‘The Faithful Couple’ is a book that stays with you long after you reach the final page.
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