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The Best Friend by [Boland, Shalini]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Toxic school mums, money worries, paranoia, and murder . . . The Best Friend is a chilling psychological thriller from the 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!"
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#1 Bestseller in British Contemporary Fiction

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3373 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Adrenalin Books (20 October 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M9A8458
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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A ripping read! Bought the novel on the star rating and enjoyed the suspenseful storyline right through to the last page....a clever story with enough twists to keep the reader involved and I liked the way all loose ends were tied up ...nothing worse that being left hanging at the end of a story. Will be downloading more of this authors work and adding her to my favourites list. PS: I'm sure a lot of mothers can relate to the main character
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By Mrs Denise Ferguson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 November 2016
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I bought this book on 3 5 star ratings. I wasn't disappointed it kept me interested right to the very end
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I enjoyed this book, but found the plot a little predictable and the Best Friend not quite nuanced enough. Overall though, an enjoyable holiday read.
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When you find yourself that perfect window of opportunity, why listen to the voice of reason? If something seems too good to be true – how far are you willing to go?

Louisa has it made: she’s got a loving husband Jared and they are the proud parents of seven-year-old Joe. They have a cosy home and Joe is just starting on his new school, a bit of a stretch moneywise. Joe already made his first friend: Tyler.

Tyler’s mum is the classy, very stylish and elegantly dressed Darcy, living in a fabulous home overlooking Sandbanks Beach and the ocean. She oozes luxury. Darcy’s kindness and her husband Mike’s help in setting up Jared’s own firm are overwhelming: no wonder Louisa and Jake are drawn in by the generosity and luxurious lifestyle of their new friends.

But then things are getting mixed up, seemingly innocent mistakes could very well be deliberately made. Louisa cannot shake the feeling she’s missing something.The tension seems to be rising. Also we get an insight into an earlier life, almost 30 years ago, where a girl Nicole and her little brother are struggling to cope with their alcoholic mother. The children are being neglected and physically abused.

How do these stories relate? Louisa feels her life seems to be slipping away, she desperately tries to hold on. Are Darcy and Mike too good to be true? The reader knows from the provocative thoughts of the intro that this friendship is not your usual one. You see the plot developing before your eyes, but still have no clue to what is behind it all until the final chapters, where the dots are connected and the the complete picture is revealed.

Shalini Boland’s psychological thriller is suspenseful, slowly building up to an explosive situation.
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WOW – this one of the most tense and gripping psychological thrillers I've read. From the first page I was absorbed into Louisa's life – how she kept seeing the same man across the road, outside the school gates and following her home. Louisa and Jared have just put their son, Joe, into a new school and Louisa is so pleased that Joe has found a new friend, Tyler, and that he seems to be settling and fitting in to his new school. Louisa is even more pleased when Tyler's mum, Darcy, asks her to join her circle of friends and invites both her and Joe round to her house after school. Louisa and Darcy get on so well and Darcy is so kind and helpful that they soon become firm friends. But then little things start to chip away in Louisa's mind, why does Darcy do some really cruel and thoughtless things, why does she hurt her feelings so much but not realise? and that man is still following her around.

This is one of the best descriptive stories of how a normal confident woman is gently but firmly brought down – chip, chip away – taking away her confidence, making her seem weak and neurotic to her husband and family to the point that no one believes her. And then, when she is at her lowest point, Darcy's real plans come action and Louisa's already failing life becomes a nightmare and falls into total devastation.

Shalini Boland's writing is tight, to the point, and with no unnecessary waffle. The story is taut, really has you on the edge of your seat, and the plot is unusual and totally engrossing. This is the second psychological thriller I've read by Shalini Boland and she's very quickly become a favourite and an author I shall definitely seek out in future. If you want a fast, gripping story I can certainly recommend this book. I was provided with an Advance Reading Copy of this book for which I chose to give my honest and unbiased review.
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This was a beautifully written, taut thriller that had me on the edge of my seat! I had this book read in less than 24 hours because I just couldn't put it down!

Louisa is a normal mum, who is living in the suburbs with her husband and her little boy. She has a job she enjoys, a happy marriage and a son she adores. Then she meets Darcy and things start to change.

I can't say too much or I will give the plot away, but needless to say this was a very clever psychological thriller, with twists and turns I didn't see coming at all. I loved the ending! That should prompt you all to go and read this book, right? Seriously though, this is a top notch book and I don't give 5* lightly.

A highly recommended read from me! I clearly need to read more Shalini Boland books :)

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Thank you to the author and THE Book Club.
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