I had never thought of myself as a covetous person and firmly believed jealousy was wasted energy. There would always be someone with more than you, any way you chose to measure it – intelligence, beauty, wealth, happiness. Even so, it was hard not to look around the beautiful home of the woman who was quickly becoming one of my closest confidantes, remember the pile of unpaid bills on my desk at home and not whine silently, ‘It’s not fair.’ Of course, life wasn’t fair. But sometimes the sheer magnitude of the unfairness could stick in your throat like a bitter pill.
THE BLURB: How well do you really know your best friend?
Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have a friendship forged in shared confidences and long lunches lubricated by expensive wine. Though they’re very different women—the artsy socialite and the struggling suburbanite—they’re each other’s rocks. But even rocks crumble under pressure. Like when Kat’s financier husband, Howard, plunges to his death from the second-floor balcony of their South Florida mansion.
Howard was a jerk, a drunk, a bully and, police say, a murder victim. The questions begin piling up. Like why Kat has suddenly gone dark: no calls, no texts and no chance her wealthy family will let Alice see her. Why investigators are looking so hard in Alice’s direction. Who stands to get hurt next. And who is the cool liar—the masterful manipulator behind it all.
MY THOUGHTS: There are a lot of books currently out there claiming to be psychological thrillers, but don’t even come close. Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt is the real deal. It is a superb read. Don’t be fooled, as I was, by the chick-lit like start to the book. This book has depth and character.
The story is told from Alice’s point of view, over two converging time lines – the current time from when Alice is first interviewed about Howard’s murder, and from three years earlier when Kat and Alice first meet.
Best Friends Forever is based on two premises-
‘Everyone lies about something.’ The trick being to pick out the truth from the lies; and
‘Everything looks better from a distance.’ Especially other people’s lives. Unless you are living it, you only know what they want you to know.
I read this overnight because I simply could not bear to stop reading. 4.5 very bright stars
Thank you to Harlequin Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2263716268