** advanced copy received via Netgalley **
It’s such a pleasure to host a stop on the blog blitz for Her Best Friend by Sarah Wray today! My thanks to Noelle at Bookouture! My review will follow the all-important book information.
Author : Sarah Wray
Title : Her Best Friend
Pages : 277
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : November 28, 2017
As a teenager, Sylvie Armstrong’s life was shattered when her best friend, Victoria Bland, was murdered. The killer has never been caught – and Sylvie has never spoken about what happened that day.
Now, two decades have gone by and after the death of her mother, Sylvie is forced to return to her home town, along with her newborn daughter – only to be confronted by the secrets that she has been running from for twenty years.
But then Sylvie receives the locket Victoria was wearing on the night she died – and it becomes clear that somebody knows what really happened to Victoria.
As Sylvie struggles to discover the truth behind the lies, she finds herself in increasing danger from those who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets. Someone who threatens not only Sylvie, but everything she loves…
Prepare to start reading, only to look up hours later and wonder where your afternoon has gone. This is one gripping and utterly unputdownable psychological thriller!
Twenty years ago, Sylvie’s best friend Victoria was found murdered in a lake. Shortly after that, Sylvie moved away and hasn’t been back since. Until now. At the same time, Sam is interested in making a documentary about Victoria’s murder, which is still unsolved. Sylvie will be forced to face the memories of that faithful summer in 1995. Will Victoria’s murder finally be solved?
Halfway through the book, I had to stop reading due to this pesky thing called sleep. But even while in bed, I couldn’t stop thinking about it as I tried to piece together what had happened. There were a few bits and bobs I figured out quite early on but I suspect that’s because a) I have a suspicious nature and b) I read too much. Be that as it may, it didn’t ruin the story for me at all and the ultimate reveal knocked me for six!
I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author tackled this story. The chapters switch back and forth between Sylvie in the present and the past but there are also chapters from Sam’s point of view. So not only do we gain insight into Sylvie and Victoria’s friendship back in the day but we also have an opportunity to follow Sam as he interviews various people for his documentary. It made me see connections where there weren’t any, making me change my mind about who I thought the culprit was, only to ultimately reverse back to my original thought and still get it wrong.
Her Best Friend is a truly compelling and engrossing read. It’s well-paced throughout, has some brilliant twists and turns, a fabulous cast of characters and builds up to quite the shocking ending. You will not be able to put this one down as it’s one fantastic page-turner!
Her Best Friend is published today!
Sarah Wray is originally from Yorkshire but now lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where she works as a technology writer and editor. She won a Northern Writers’ Award (Arvon Award) in 2015 for an early version of her first novel.