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A strange tale told in the first person that flips back and forth between a past when Alice, our narrator, was a lonely child and relied heavily on her imaginary friend, Sam, and the present when she has been involved in a car accident, lost a really important friend and finds Sam is back. But this is a very different Sam, a malevolent, controlling, jealous one. Not a lot happens now except long, repetitive conversations with Sam and then near the end everything changes somewhat alarmingly. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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How to Make A Friend by Fleur Smithwick

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? A compelling novel that fans of page-turners such as Claire Mackintosh's I Let You Go and S K Tremayne's The Ice Twins will be gripped by.

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'An absolute must-read. Full of the highs and lows of a beautiful, convincing friendship OK! A great read' Woman's Own

'An intriguing and extremely sinister debut.' Woman & Home

'A cautionary tale, psychological thriller and romance all in one gripping novel
Louise Walters, author of Mrs Sinclair's Suitcase

'The mounting tension kept me eagerly turning pages' Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days'

About the Author

Brought up in London, Fleur Smithwick studied French Literature & Language at Southampton University and has worked in various jobs, including twelve years as a school secretary, before becoming a full-time writer. As well as novels, she writes short stories and has won The Writers' Village and Segora competitions and has been shortlisted twice for Fish Publishing and The New Writer. She lives in Richmond with her husband and two children. Find her on Twitter: @FleurSmithwick

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8th October 2015


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Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


432 pages


Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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