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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 07-09-18

Better than her first novel!

Teresa Driscoll's first novel titled I Am Watching You earned 2 stars, so I decided to give her a second chance with THE FRIEND. THE FRIEND is better but still not very good. Like her first novel the author writes this in the first person of the protagonist. Like her first novel the protagonist here does lots and lots of navel gazing in telling the story. What saves THE FRIEND is the conclusion which brings the story together and almost makes the 7 hours of boredom worthwhile. In any case I'm finished with author Teresa Driscoll.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Really Poor Narration

The narrator was so bad that I couldn’t get past the third chapter. I usually do not have a problem with accents but I couldn’t handle this one.

2 of 2 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.

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The Friend should come with a TRIGGER WARNING!

I hope to be able to explain without ruinning the book. It is very well written and performed. Some of the content touches on child abuse. I was unable to finish it. If this doesn't bother you then by all means, enjoy a great story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love the ending!

The narration was hurried and staccato throughout most of this book - especially in the beginning. I slowed it down, but then it dragged. The story itself was okay. Nothing breathtaking. It kind of meandered and I got distracted a lot and had to refocus. Not sure if that was the book’s fault or mine. The best part, by far, was the end. Just desserts.

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Time Killer

I found the performance to be stilted and made the book less enjoyable. The story was engaging enough to want to finish the book.

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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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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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  • 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.

7 of 7 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.

6 of 6 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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  • Roo B
  • 08-09-18

OK story....

...but narration was very rushed and I nearly gave up listening. Not sure I could listen to this person again.

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  • Samantha
  • 07-31-18

Brilliant

Really worth reading bit slow to start but once it picked up I didn’t want to get out the car and go to work

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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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jen
  • 01-18-19

boring

I did not enjoy this at all. didn't feel there was much depth to the story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-14-19

I liked it but....

Did like it but the phrase "long pause" cropped up often, long paws, my puppy thought.

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  • Rose
  • 01-11-19

What life will make you do

This is an excellent book of that there is no doubt in my mind. The most refreshing thing about this book is the fact that it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that you can write a book with barely any ‘saids’ in it which proves how much drivel other authors write or at least how lazy they are. That’s a personal opinion but now for the book itself. The harassers are well drawn and the plot while a bit predictable at times is nevertheless well set out and very enjoyable to listen to. The time of writing is five past two in the morning which says it all. The narration though leaves a bit to be desired. For instance I have never heard the people of Devon sounding as if they come from Blackburn or Leeds so that’s wrong. I say if you can’t do an accent don’t fake it and this narrator fakes it and it’s so wrong. That apart the reading is pretty good. it’s certainly worth a credit in my opinion.

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  • Adrianna Strafella Coyte-King
  • 07-03-18

Intriguing

Unexpected twists. Kept me listen from beginning to end in anticipation. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book.

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  • Ms Rosalind Hearder
  • 08-13-18

Kept hoping the protagonist would die...

I love easy, brainless thrillers. But this was a struggle to get through. Awful, hysterical fever pitch narration. Predictable and ultimately boring plot. The main character was whiny, self-pitying, thick, annoying and made everything about her. Typically weak, one-dimensional male characters. The 'villain' was the only interesting character! Don't bother.