Book Review – ‘The Friend’


Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publication date: 13 Aug 2018
Book length: 304
ISBN-10: 9781542046664
ISBN-13: 978-1542046664


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.


Sometimes in life it so happens that, a person comes waltzing in your life bringing hope and happiness. Time passes swiftly in their presence and your life seems a bit more bearable as there is someone to share the load. But can you entrust the bridle of your life to anyone?


Emma moves to Tedbury with her son, Theo. The natives develop an instant dislike to her while Sophie befriends her. A fair takes place in the village in full swing until a Anthony is found dead in his house while his wife, goes into an induced coma. Deputy Inspector, Sanders is summoned for investigation. Emma is interrogated as she is the last person they have spoken to.
Cut to present day, Sophie is stuck in a train, desperately praying that her son is not the one who is gravely injured. The investigation officer hears an earful of expletives from an impatient Sophie while she warns them to stay away from Emma.

Review and Rating

The cover is capable of grabbing eyeballs and much needed attention. The blurb is crisp and to the point without giving away much information.The descriptive writing style of the author held my attention. The shifting of the narrative between past and present builds up the suspense. One could feel the dilemma of Sophie. You will feel as though you are sucked into her world, talking to the people around her. The ending completely took me by surprise and I didn’t expect it coming.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Like what you are reading? Click on the links below to buy the book. It is available in both e-book and paperback formats.

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The Friend

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The Friend

This post was written as a part of My Friend Alexa Season 2 organised by Blog Chatter 


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