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Reviewed by Jennifer Leisey

When the conversation turns to an acquaintance’s upcoming wedding during dinner with friends one evening, Christine, a columnist for the city magazine Kult, does little to hide her opinions of female friendship. To the dismay of her three companions at the table, Christine clearly doesn’t think much of the idea that having strong relationships with other women in her life is a powerful – or even necessary – force.

But what else is Christine left to conclude about friendship, when her own best friend Antje was secretly sleeping with her husband for years? And now that Christine has moved on and living relatively happily in her Hamburg apartment, engaged in an on-again, off-again affair with a married man, it’s pretty clear that Christine’s motto in life is: the only person you can depend on is yourself.

Determined to convince Christine that most women are not like the adulterous Antje, the women devise a plan to reunite old friendships during a surprise party for Christine’s 44th birthday. But as plans get underway, not all of the women are sure they can dig into Christine’s past and pull off a spectacular reunion without blowing the surprise.

While the general storyline of Inseparable is touching, there were a couple of things about the novel which made it difficult for me to get into. My primary problem with the book was the massive amount of characters. There were times while reading the story where I had no clue which woman was whom, because there were just too many female names to remember. If you’re a casual reader who likes to put a book down for a few days, you may find yourself forgetting exactly which storyline is which.

The other issue I had with Inseparable was my own personal lack of knowledge about the story’s setting, which is primarily Hamburg and Sylt. While this led to one or two small moments of confusion, it didn’t interfere with me enjoying the book as a whole.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Since graduating from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Professional Writing, Jenn works as a freelance writer, poet, and blogger at south of sheridan. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, and loves baking, crafting, and anything that requires a hot glue gun.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by AmazonCrossing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.