Having read and reviewed Teresa's previous book, I Am Watching You, when I saw this new one available to request on Netgalley I knew I had to have it. So thanks to Thomas &Mercer and NetGalley for sending me this novel to review.
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.
The story really drew me in from the first few chapters, trying to imagine myself in Sophie's position. Knowing your young son is hurt and having to cope with not being there with him. I enjoyed the way this book was laid out, it goes back and forth between the present to flashback chapters to give the backdrop of how they ended up where they are.
Emma seemed to come along at just the right time for Sophie, she needed a friend and Emma seems to fit the bill. Sophie's husband works away all week so she is quite lonely, it's just her and her son, Ben, most of the time. Emma gives her company and someone to talk to who appears to be in a similar position, a single mum with just her son for company.
How well can you know someone? Someone who seems to be the ideal new friend. Is everything Sophie believed to be true all lies? Twists and turns throughout, and the final surprise was one I didn't see coming.
A real page turner and another book from Teresa Driscoll that I really enjoyed and found hard to put down. I hope to read more of Teresa's work in this genre in the future. I would recommend this book for fans of thrillers.
The Friend is due for release on 22nd March 2018.
Have you read any good psychological thrillers that I should try? Let me know in the comments.
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