‘My Best Friend’s Secret’ is the debut book by Emily Freud.
Kate Sullivan has a beautiful home, a job she loves and a handsome fiancÃ©: all she’d ever dreamed of since getting sober and painstakingly piecing her life back together. But a chance encounter with her old best friend Becky threatens Kate’s newfound and fragile happiness. Kate remembers nothing of their last drunken night out, the night Becky broke off their friendship without warning or explanation. With Becky back in her life, Kate is desperate to make amends for the past. For the closure she craves, Kate needs to know what she did that ruined everything. But what if the truth is worse than Kate could have imagined?
If youâ€™re looking for an exhilarating thriller, then look no further as this book is everything a good thriller should be. Tense, intriguing and packed with dislikable characters that keeps the reader on their toes.
The story is seen solely through the narrative of Kate, a recovering alcoholic whoâ€™s celebrating 6 years sober, looking forward to marrying her fiancÃ©e Ben and enjoying her rewarding job as an English teacher. Her life is great until her former best friend Becky comes back into her life and with that brings back uncertainty, insecurity and memories of a life that sheâ€™d like to leave behind.
Right from the first page, this book gripped my attention. Kate is a fascinating protagonist whoâ€™s flawed from her previous life and battles not to return to her old ways. Her sponsor Clare is always there to help her as well as is Ben whoâ€™s been her rock and helped her recover her confidence in herself. When Becky returns, Kate finds herself questioning her old life and Beckyâ€™s sudden return as they had parted on bad terms. But she takes Becky in as a housemate, she notices a shift in the dynamics of relationship including Benâ€™s.
From the first page, thereâ€™s an underlying sense of tension to the story that made me read the book faster. Iâ€™m surprised I didnâ€™t give myself paper-cuts with the speed that I raced through the pages! The characters are fascinating mix of personalities, all damaged and flawed in their own ways, battling addictions and insecurity. Kate is a kind character who as a teacher finds herself connecting with Lily, a young girl whoâ€™s on a similar path as Kate was and Kate is determined for her life to be better and not to waste it like she did.
A cleverly crafted story that made for suspenseful and dark reading, â€˜My Best Friendâ€™s Secretâ€™ is a twisted and sordid story about secrets and lies with a fascinating protagonist that leaves you hooked at every turn.
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