The Friend by Teresa Driscoll

The Friend by Teresa Driscoll
The Friend 
by Teresa Driscoll (Goodreads Author)
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EXCERPT: I had seen the worst of what two people can do to each other. My neighbours and friends. How could I be all right?

I had walked into a room, happy and relaxed, with my son waiting for me on the doorstep.

Unknowing. Innocent. Me. Sophie. The woman who allegedly had this chocolate box life.

I had walked in smiling and been met with a scene which I never, ever want anyone to imagine.

Not my son. Not my husband. Not even the police Inspector with the wrong notebook and all the wrong ideas about all of us.

It was unreal. That is what it was. Shocking and unreal.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: On a train with her husband, miles from home and their four-year-old son, Ben, Sophie receives a chilling phone call. Two boys are in hospital after a tragic accident. One of them is Ben.

She thought she could trust Emma, her new friend, to look after her little boy. After all, Emma’s a kindred spirit—someone Sophie was sure she could bare her soul to, despite the village rumours. But Sophie can’t shake the feeling that she’s made an unforgivable mistake and now her whole family is in danger.

Because how well does she know Emma, really? Should she have trusted her at all?

Time is running out. Powerless to help her child, still hours from home, Sophie is about to discover the truth. And her life will never be the same.

MY THOUGHTS: Now that I am breathing normally again, am I going to be able to write a review that does The Friend by Teresa Driscoll justice? I read this book overnight, unable to put it down, consumed by the need to know what happens.

It starts off light-heartedly, two women with children of a similar age meeting over a crashed furniture truck and a burst bag of parsnips. Well, it could happen to anyone. Great friendships have been struck in stranger situations. But this friendship quickly spirals into a series of dramatic, suspenseful occurrences where you are never quite sure who is reliable, and who is playing games. Manipulative games. Dangerous games that had me forgetting to breathe.

The final few chapters had me crying like a baby. Teresa Driscoll had me running through the whole gamut of my emotions. I have not read her previous psychological thriller, I am Watching You, but I intend remedying that. Soon. There is not one word that I would change in this superb read.

And after reading The Friend, I will be seriously questioning my own judgement next time I feel an instant affinity with someone.

Thank you to Thomas and Mercer via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Friend by Teresa Driscoll for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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