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Pop music blares from the radio. She sings drunkenly from the backseat. The thrash of windscreen wipers against the driving rain. The screech of tyres. A thud.
Naomi and I are best friends.
School runs, dog walks, a shoulder to cry on over a glass of wine, we’re inseparable.
But now my husband has walked out, I need her more than ever.
I know she will help me pick up the pieces.
Because she knows about the lie I told to protect her.
She knows how much I’ve sacrificed for this friendship.
And she’d never let anyone hurt me.
This extraordinary page-turner will suck you in from the very first page and keep you gripped until the breathtaking finale. Fans of The Wife Between Us, The Girl Before and Gone Girl will adore this twisted tale of toxic female friendship.
Before we get into my review, I just want to take a moment to drool over this cover a little bit. One of the main reasons that I was IMMEDIATELY drawn to this story was this cover. There’s something so beautiful and ominous about the red wine spilling as the glass shatters in a colorless kitchen. The cover designer was spot on with this. Okay, sorry for the detour, we can resume with my review.
She was my unsuitable friend. My Achilles heel. She was the drink you reach for when you know you’ve already had to much.
This book is one of those slow burn psychological thrillers that grips you because everyone at some point has either been or known someone who has had an incredibly toxic relationship, albeit this one really goes for broke.
Sophie and Naomi have known each other for almost two decades since University. They’ve shared secrets, lies, and even betrayal, but let’s be honest, when friendships have lasted that long, who hasn’t. They have always supported each other (even if they probably shouldn’t have), so they always would. Well that is until Sophie’s husband informs her that he’s leaving her for a younger woman, so Sophie decides that now is a time to enlighten Naomi and just how much she has done for her…
Sophie and Naomi’s relationship is beyond dysfunctional. The story is told from both Sophie and Naomi’s viewpoints, which I really appreciated because it drives home how flawed their friendship actually is. They are both two-faced and conniving, and strive to outcompete each other out of jealousy. However, in true psychological thriller fashion, this book gets incredibly dark and twisted and these competitions turn into matters of life and death.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It really made me question the friendships that I have, which I think makes this book even more sinister. To me, a good psychological thriller is one that you can imagine taking place, which is exactly what happens here. Oh, and that ending? It will have you jumping out of your seat.
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for proving an eARC of this book. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
Rating: 4 stars
Clare lives with her husband and their two daughters in Surrey, where her little green shed at the bottom of the garden provides a haven for her writing life. Before becoming a writer, she enjoyed a career in television, as a researcher in documentaries and then as a script editor in drama at the BBC and Channel Four, where her love of storytelling took hold.
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