Saturday, 10 March 2018

Book Review - The Friend by Dorothy Koomson - #Giveaway

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Title: The Friend
Author: Dorothy Koomson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Arrow
Publication Date: 8th March 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

What secrets would you kill to keep? 

After her husband’s big promotion, Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with their three children, ready to start afresh. But their new neighbourhood has a deadly secret.

Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent, was almost murdered in the grounds of the local school – the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her children.

Already anxious about making friends when the parents seem so cliquey, Cece is now also worried about her children’s safety. By chance she meets Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, three very different school mothers who make her feel welcome and reassure her about her new life.

That is until Cece discovers the police believe one of her new friends tried to kill Yvonne. Reluctant to spy on her friends but determined to discover the truth, Cece must uncover the potential murderer before they strike again . . .

I did not see that ending coming at all, it has taken me completely by surprise as at no point did I think things would take that turn. 

Before you get to the ending though you have a book that is continually slowly building the tension, and wow does it suddenly get to you this book. 

For a fair bit of it I was overwhelmed, 4 main view points, time limes jumping about the place, but not only 4 characters but all their separate families too, its a lot of characters, personalities to try to learn all about. 

Once I was into the rhythm of the bool though, I found it incredibly interesting and couldn't bring myself to put it down at all. 

There are many secrets in this story, some of them are hinted at and I guessed early on the basics of them, but the details still surprised me once revealed, and some of them seemed to come from nowhere, but were really surprising, and well thought out. 

The Friend as you may expect from the title is all about a friendship group, who are being ripped apart from the events of one terrible night, but just who knows what.  Then there is the newcomer to the area with a rather special skill set, but really just wants to make some friends. 

This is an incredibly well written and thought provoking story, from one of my favorite authors, and I'm so happy that I had a chance to read this story of friendship, secrets, lies, and more! 

Thank you to Netgalley and Cornerstone Digital for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Giveaway - Win 2 x Hardback copies of The Friend (Open to UK Only). 

*Terms and Conditions – I’m delighted to offer 2 x hardback copies of The Friend by Dorothy Koomson. UK Entries only.  Please enter using the Gleam box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Gleam from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only.  I am not responsible for delivery of the prize.

Win 2 x Hardback copies of The Friend (Open to UK Only).

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