When Rich introduces his best friends to Tash, it’s definitely not love at first sight. The group has been close friends since university, enjoying privileged backgrounds and going on to respectable, lucrative careers. The thirty-something’s lifestyles reflect their wealth, social status and achievements. Tash – younger, prettier, middle-class, and more interested in pop-culture than foreign films – doesn’t fit in. Still, Tash feels the need to try to connect with the people who are such a part of Rich’s life. As a result, the happy couple’s plan for a private wedding on the slopes of an exclusive French ski resort becomes a week-long getaway for the entire group.
No one is ever entirely what they seem, and as the week progresses, the friends discover that they don’t know each other as well as they thought. Secrets are forced out into the open, and Rich fears that an undisclosed past affair has become a secret with the power to destroy a relationship built on honesty.
This novel is a wonderful look at a longtime group of friends’ relationships, both romantic and platonic. The author does a good job showing the differences between people’s public personas and true selves, as there is a notable difference between the character's actions and their private thoughts. I enjoyed seeing how the addition of a new face and perspective was the catalyst to change this group of friends’ habit of hiding their wants from each other in order to present a facade of what is expected. Introspective, witty and sensuous, this well-written novel will keep you engrossed to the end.