Today I am so pleased to be joining the Books-on-Tour for Her Closest Friend by Clare Boyd. Thank you to Noelle from Bookouture, and NetGalley for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
Please take a look at the tour schedule and check out some other book reviews from our wonderful team of bloggers.
Pop music blares from the radio. She sings drunkenly from the backseat. The thrash of windscreen wipers against the driving rain. The screech of tyres. A thud.
Naomi and I are best friends.
School runs, dog walks, a shoulder to cry on over a glass of wine, we’re inseparable.
But now my husband has walked out, I need her more than ever.
I know she will help me pick up the pieces.
Because she knows about the lie I told to protect her.
She knows how much I’ve sacrificed for this friendship.
And she’d never let anyone hurt me.
This extraordinary page-turner will suck you in from the very first page and keep you gripped until the breathtaking finale. Fans of The Wife Between Us, The Girl Before and Gone Girl will adore this twisted tale of toxic female friendship.
Naomi and Sophie have been best friends since university twenty years ago. Together they share a secret, one knows more about it than the other and with that comes a bond which has turned incredibly toxic. Jealousy plays a huge part in this relationship, with one friend becoming transfixed on the others supposedly ‘perfect’ life.
The book alternates between Sophie and Naomi’s point of view. I found myself switching allegiances throughout the book but actually never invested in either character. I was eager to find out if the friendship would survive when the truth finally came out and that kept me reading to a dramatic and satisfying conclusion.
A thought-provoking and entertaining book, it was unpredictable, chilling and highly enjoyable.
Clare lives with her husband and their two daughters in Surrey, where her little green shed at the bottom of the garden provides a haven for her writing life. Before becoming a writer, she enjoyed a career in television, as a researcher in documentaries and then as a script editor in drama at the BBC and Channel Four, where her love of storytelling took hold.
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