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Friday, March 23, 2018

The Friend by Teresa Driscoll

Setting: England
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
Author: Teresa Driscoll
Release Date: March 22, 2018

The premise in Teresa Driscoll's second suspense novel will get your attention, especially if you're a parent. In The Friend, Sophie befriends her new neighbor. While her husband and townspeople don't warm to Emma, Sophie befriends the woman. Soon their boys are becoming good friends and spend a lot of time together.

Sophie and her husband are hours away when they get a call. Ben, Emma, and Emma's son have been in a horrible accident. Sophie is desperate to get back to her son who is in the hospital and about to undergo surgery. As the train slowly makes its journey back, Sophie starts to wonder if trusting and befriending Emma was the worst mistake she's ever made.

I can only imagine being hours away with no car when you get a call like that. You have to rely on public transportation to get back, but every minute that goes by feels like hours. I loved the tension that aspect of the novel created.

The story is told through flashes of the past and the present. As it progresses, you're pulled into a tale where you just don't know what is about to come next. There were times the pacing slowed a bit. I found myself eager to get back to the present.

The bottom line for me is that this was a gripping and often chilling tale of secrets, betrayals, and never knowing who you can really trust. Give it a shot. It's definitely going to keep you on your toes.

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