- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 293
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
- Publication Date: 22 March 2018
- Source: Review Copy
- My Rating: 4 stars
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.
The Friend by Teresa Driscoll is a psychological thriller. It follows Sophie, the mother of a small child, and desperate for another. A mysterious woman named Emma moves to town and Sophie befriends her.
The book moves back forth between the present time showing Sophie in an anxious state worried about her son and flashbacks from when she met Emma. The narrative was wonderful, and I could feel Sophie’s anxiety along with her.
The author’s writing style is also quite good. The book feels longer despite having only 300 pages.
The author built up the suspense brilliantly. The shifting timeliness adds to the mystery and keeps the reader on their toes.
This book is an amazing psychological thriller. I was chilled to my bones by the time I was finished reading it. It is always fascinating and terrifying to read about what human beings are capable of.
I highly enjoyed this book. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, this book is a must read.
Thanks to Writersmelon for a review copy of this book.