Love Will Tear Us Apart

Written by Holly Seddon


Sometimes a promise becomes a prison.

Fearing eternal singledom, childhood friends Kate and Paul make the age-old vow that if they don’t find love by thirty, they will marry each other.

Years later, with the deadline of their 30th birthdays approaching, the unlikely couple decide to keep their teenage promise. After all, they are such good friends. Surely that’s enough to make a marriage?

Now, on the eve of their 10th wedding anniversary, they will discover that love between men and women is more complex, and more precarious, than they could ever have imagined. As Kate struggles with a secret that reaches far into their past, will the couple’s vow become the very thing that threatens their future?

Love Will Tear Us Apart is a moving and heart-breaking exploration of modern love and friendship, from the bestselling author of Try Not to Breathe.




A Gentler Type of Read!  4 stars


This is a gentle read about childhood friends who go on to marry, have children and become a family. It’s quite lovely to enjoy a slower-paced read!

Kate and Paul are from entirely different walks of life but neither of them fit in with what’s socially acceptable at their different schools and don’t form lasting friendships with their peers. Thrown together more and more, they become firm friends. We find out about their childhood years and what shaped them into the adults they become by chapters from the eighties onwards and at the same time following their current day lives.

A perfectly lovely read. It’s not earth-shattering, but more the kind of life which most of us live. Family, school, college, uni, careers, marriage kids. Nothing untowards, but it is their story and it’s told well. It took me a little time to get into it – I think I was expecting something ‘big’ to happen, but it’s not that kind of book. It’s a refreshing read, genuinely enjoyable and quite soothing. It is hard to see where this one is going, but when I reached the final page, I realised how much I had relished a different kind of read. Action seekers may struggle with this one, but those who enjoy a softer kind of novel will appreciate it all the more. This is an unpredictable book, but nonetheless satisfying for that. For me, it’s definitely worthy of four stars.

My thanks to publishers Corvus / Atlantic Books for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: coming of age, family


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 886 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus
  • Publication Date: 7 June 2018
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Meet the Author


91Mkn1VnNkL._SY200_Holly Seddon is a full-time writer, living in the heart of Amsterdam with her family. Holly has written for newspapers, websites and magazines since her early 20s after growing up in the English countryside, obsessed with music and books.

Holly became a national and international bestseller with her debut, TRY NOT TO BREATHE, in 2016 and followed it in 2017 with DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES.

LOVE WILL TEAR US APART will be published in June 2018.


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