#Book #Review…The Best Friend…#Psychological #Thriller

Toxic school mums, money worries, paranoia, and murder… The Best Friend is a chilling psychological thriller from the Bestselling Author of The Girl from the Sea.

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer … Wrong.

Louisa’s new best friend has it all – the house, the status, the money. But she’s also hiding a dark secret. And as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend’s life, events take a chilling turn . . .

“Sit on the edge of your seat and prepare for the ride!”

It’s always a nice feeling when you meet a new person.  The discovery of each other’s personalities, likes and dislikes makes for an interesting conversation. So, was it any wonder when Louisa met Darcy, they hit it off right away?

Louisa’s son was attending a new school and she was the new mom on the scene and she felt a little out of place because these moms were all glitz and glam and Louisa was sort of plain and ordinary.  It didn’t matter, Darcy took notice of Louisa immediately and brought her into the fold of the clique-ish mothers. 

Darcy was a beautiful woman with wits and charm to compliment her personality.  Louisa couldn’t believe her luck to have a friend like her.  Darcy’s husband was wealthy and they lived a very extravagant lifestyle.  Louisa’s husband had plans to leave his ad job and start his own firm and, as luck would have it, Darcy’s hubby offered to help by leasing his new office space to them for the first year rent-free.  Hmm, that’s mighty generous of the new couple whom they really didn’t know.  Why would someone just offer to do this? 

Darcy and Louisa’s children got along great at school and began having sleepovers at Darcy’s home.  Louisa was skeptical of Darcy’s generosity, but Darcy put her mind at ease by telling her she was happy to do it.  As the two women became fast friends, Louisa’s son passed out his birthday invitations and of course wanted Tyler, Darcy’s son, and all their friends to come to his party.  This is when the ladies discovered their sons shared the same birthday.  Wow, talk about coincidences?  Is there anything these women didn’t have in common?

The ever-friendly Darcy came up with the bright idea to have a shared birthday party since their sons shared the same friends at school.  Louisa, once again, wasn’t sure about this because she wanted a simple party and nothing over the top.  Darcy wouldn’t dream of the boys not sharing their party together.  So reluctantly Louisa gave in.  When Louisa gets to the party, that’s when she began to truly question Darcy’s sincerity in their friendship. 

Strange occurrences begin to happen giving Louisa cause for concern.  As you follow the story of Darcy and Louisa, a very sinister plot unfolds. I must say, Louisa angered me because she appeared to be too trusting for my tastes and a bit naive and somewhat gullible.  There were so many things my gut was telling me as I read and I kept wondering why Louisa wasn’t noticing the clues?  I guess there are people in the world who really are that trusting.

This book had me on the edge of my damn seat, just as the blurb about the book expresses.  I kept wondering what was Darcy’s angle and why would someone be that nice?  Or better yet, is anyone that kind and sweet?  Once I began to invest in the relationship between the women, I knew I was on the right track from the very beginning.  Boland knows how to bring the excitement and get your heart rate up!  She takes your mind and twists it in a thousand different directions.  Since I became a fan of hers from her novel The Girl from the Sea, I knew I better get prepared for the unexpected.  Just when you think Boland is taking you in one direction, she takes you in a completely different one.

Mello & June gives The Best Friend five friendly stars!  This was such an intense read.  I felt like I was having a workout while reading.  What a great form of exercise and exertion.  Make sure you pick up a copy and/or download.  You will not be disappointed.

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