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The chilling new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of I Am Watching You.

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.

©2018 Teresa Driscoll (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Good psychological suspense

I enjoyed this novel and found the characters to be interesting and the plot riveting. The story is told in a somewhat disjointed way that jumps back and forward in time- not just from present to past, but also within chapters, where something is mentioned and then expanded on in a later chapter, so the reader will find it important to pay close attention to what is said in order not to miss important plot points. The narration was good. The suspense built up in a way that made me want to keep listening to the very end. Overall, a well-done suspense novel that focuses on character development and plot, rather than police procedural. Recommended.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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The Friend

The narrator reads entirely too fast. I could not get interested.
I could not figure out the plot.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Intense

It's now 3 A.M. and I just finished this book. I simply couldn't stop listening to it. I wish I could give it more than five stars.
'The Friend' is an exercise in contradictions... love and hate, friendship and enmity, truth and less, trust and dear... all blending together until the inevitable explosion.
The characters were very well written and got into my head and heart. The ending was something I didn't expect, but was perfect.
The narration was very well done, you could hear the emotions in each character.
I'll definitely be looking for more from this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kai Sun
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • 06-03-18

Great Read!

I enjoyed all the twists and turns and "lies" carefully woven together that help to tell a compelling story @ finished in two days!

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Hard initially

Had a hard time to start, getting into this book. Audio seemed painful w narrator of choice, but as the storyline progressed I couldn’t stop reading. Thoroughly enjoyed in the end!

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  • Piper
  • Washington
  • 05-10-18

Not what I thought it would be

I thought this was going to be a lot more interesting than I found it to be. It didn't grip me the way many thrillers do. It wasn't bad, but I would pick a lot of books over it. It didn't keep me guessing, and keep me wanting to listen, I mostly finished the book as I hate leaving a book half done but I thought there could have been a lot more to the store to make it more compelling.

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A struggle at first...

I struggled with this book. The story is so all over the place. But it actually came together in the end. Not at all what I was expecting. Really love the narration, she is superb!!

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little hard to follow.

little hard to follow then all of a sudden it wound it all together a was done.

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Held my Interest

OK I have to say that I had trouble at first getting into the book because the narrator has such a very strong British accent and what was so frustrating throughout the book was the first word of every chapter would be cut off for some reason? It always took me a minute or so to realize which character was being represented in that chapter. The narrator speaks very quickly and I tried even turning it down to .75 but that was too draggy. Once I finally got used to the narrator, I was very intrigued by the story! Even down to the last couple of sentences..

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Boring

Usually her books are good. This one lacked a Lot. The narrating of the story is awful. I’m sorry to say this book was a big disappointment

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  • David M
  • 03-22-18

Another great book from Teresa Driscoll

After listening to "I am Watching You" I have been waiting for this new book by the same author. It did not disappoint. There were some commonalities but I'm pleased to say that it is a completely fresh story full of intrigue and suspense.
The police investigation in this story plays only a small part, the story is almost all about Sophie and her family who moved from London to the rural South West where they meet Emma (the friend). The suspense is largely delivered by the use of multiple time frames. There are so many different time frames towards the end of the book, jumping back and forth that it took some concentration. The final epilogue tied up all the loose ends in a very satisfactory way.
Luckily there was a lot more to the story than they give away in the official trailer. It is not all about the girl on the train trying to rush back home, far from it.
I'm not sure I liked the narrator's voice much. It mostly sounded clipped and angry when I think she was really trying to convey a tone of distress.
In all, a good read/listen. I would recommend it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs H.
  • 05-04-18

An OK listen

I found this book OK. The storyline was fairly good, a little loose at the end but it kept me interested.

I struggled with the narrator. She had an awful voice, felt far too harsh and rushed. Wouldnt listen to her again unfortunately.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • 04-16-18

Yeah, I should have purchased the physical copy

so, this is not my usual genre but after 'i am watching you ' I immediately purchased 'the friend '... where to begin?
story is fantastic, kept me hooked and guessing throughout ... and I didn't suss it... fantastic writing.
however
I wish I had read this rather than chosen the Audible version... I had the Audible version of I Am Watching You and loved it however the choice of narrator for The Friend did not work for me.
The narration of the story is excellent, well paced but what let it down for me personally were the male voices and the accents ( unessacary accents for certain characters I think).
This may just be me... it may just be people who listened to the previous book.
This is my only negative, and it's not a negative really... it's a niggle... I do wish I had physically read this but I will not be put off an audiobook choice of mine is narrated by Henrietta Meire... all in all I enjoyed this

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  • Sarah
  • 06-17-18

title kept skipping

Title kept skipping which is a shame as I was looking foreard to reading this

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  • Vee
  • 06-09-18

Every mothers nightmare

Chilling psycho thriller. Can a best friend really betray you in the worst way possible?