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A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself Reviews

A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle

A Friend Is A Gift You Give Yourself

William Boyle

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2 reviews

Imprint: No Exit Press
Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
Publication date: 7 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9780857302410

A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself is a novel about finding friendship and family where you least expect it, in which William Boyle again draws readers into the familiar - and sometimes frightening - world in the shadows at the edges of New York's neighborhoods

5 stars out of 5
Doug Johnstone
4 Apr 2019

"This is riveting and unusual crime fiction that has depth, heart and soul"

This set-up is obviously a whole heap of fun, and Boyle makes the most of a very dark sense of humour, giving some of the action a definite screwball energy. But much more than that, his portrayal of three generations of women is very tenderly handled, and the reader is rooting for all of them to escape the fate that awaits them right from the first few pages.

There are no missteps in this exemplary writing. The action and plotting are convincing and surprising, the characterisation is nuanced among all the mayhem, and the description and dialogue immerse the reader in the setting and the scenario. This is riveting and unusual crime fiction that has depth, heart and soul, and I can’t wait to read what Boyle writes next.


4 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
22 Mar 2019

"funny, touching and exhilarating in all the right places"

...an Elmore Leonard-style caper that hits the ground running when Brooklyn grandma and gangster’s widow Rena decks her octogenarian neighbour after he makes a pass at her and, fearing that she has killed him, makes off with his car. Her estranged daughter refuses to help, so she takes refuge in the home of former porn star and con artist Lacey Wolfstein. After a series of mishaps, including a shoot-out, she ends up on the run with Lacey, her granddaughter Lucia, and a briefcase full of stolen money. With vintage car chases, warp speed energy and female bonding, this is funny, touching and exhilarating in all the right places.