The Best Friend

The Best Friend

Shalini Boland / Jul 23, 2019

The Best Friend Toxic school mums money worries paranoia and murder The Best Friend is a chilling psychological thriller from the Bestselling Author of The Girl from the Sea They say to keep your friends cl

  • Title: The Best Friend
  • Author: Shalini Boland
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  • Toxic school mums, money worries, paranoia, and murder The Best Friend is a chilling psychological thriller from the Bestselling Author of The Girl from the Sea.They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer Wrong.Louisa s new best friend has it all the house, the status, the money But she s also hiding a dark secret And as Louisa is drawn deeper in Toxic school mums, money worries, paranoia, and murder The Best Friend is a chilling psychological thriller from the Bestselling Author of The Girl from the Sea.They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer Wrong.Louisa s new best friend has it all the house, the status, the money But she s also hiding a dark secret And as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend s life, events take a chilling turn Sit on the edge of your seat and prepare for the ride Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 275 pages Published December 18th 2018 by Bookouture first published October 20th 2016 More Details ASIN B07LHLCD8Q Edition Language English Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Best Friend, please sign up

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holding my breath throughout this entire book Shalini Boland you never fail to amaze me and if I m being honest frighten me a bit as well, I can only imagine what goes on in that brain of yours Luisa has a lovely life, a loving husband, an adorable son, a enjoyable writing gig when her son Joe starts at a new posh school Louisa is desperate for her and Joe to fit in so when Darcy befriends her, and her son Tyler quickly becomes friends with Joe, Louisa is absolutely thrilled things seem to be going swimmingly, but things were just a little too good to be true slowly and subtly Louisa begins to notice things and Darcy s facade slowly begins to peel away but is Louisa seeing things where there is nothing to see Is she getting paranoid No one seems to believe her not her husband, not her sister, so is this real or is it all in Louisa s mind Just like Louisa I was so tense and so frustrated during this book how frustrating would it be for people not to believe what you know to be true I had so much sympathy for Luisa, I really wanted to reach through the pages and shake some sense into her husband Jared But I must admit Darcy was one clever girl She almost had me fooled I just could not figure out for the life of me what someone who seemingly had it all like Darcy had against sweet Louisa absolutely recommend this tents and twisted story you will never look at your best friend the same way again many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book flag 69 likesLike see review View all 8 comments May 25, 2018 Malia rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery suspense I have been reading all of Shalini Boland s books in recent weeks, and this was the last one available Like the others, it is fast paced and engaging, a good holiday read which is what is was for me However, I did feel the story was a little predictable and repetitive at times I would probably recommend her other books over this one, though it certainly wasn t bad.Find reviews and bookish fun at flag 32 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 02, 2017 Holly rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017 First of all, I want to thank the author for contacting me to see if I wanted to read and review her book After I read, The Girl from the Sea, and absolutely loving it, I didn t hesitate to say yes Although I didn t like this one as much as the other, I still enjoyed it and have become a fan of Shalini Boland After Louisa s son begins going to a new school, she befriends one of the other mom s, Darcy They soon become fast friends but something seems off Its not obvious at first but then Loui First of all, I want to thank the author for contacting me to see if I wanted to read and review her book After I read, The Girl from the Sea, and absolutely loving it, I didn t hesitate to say yes Although I didn t like this one as much as the other, I still enjoyed it and have become a fan of Shalini Boland After Louisa s son begins going to a new school, she befriends one of the other mom s, Darcy They soon become fast friends but something seems off Its not obvious at first but then Louisa begins to feel uncomfortable When she states these worries to her sister and husband they don t quite think its as bad as she makes things to be To them there is probably a very good explanation But Louisa doesn t trust Darcy any so she begins to try to unravel the shambles her life has become What s real and what isn t Is Louisa just imagining things or can Darcy not be trusted I really like Shalini s writing I think she writes some gripping psychological mysteries and I cannot wait for her next novel flag 22 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 21, 2017 Lee rated it really liked it review of another edition Louisa and Jared enroll their son Joe into an expensive private school believing this will be a perfect environment for Joe to grow and develop in Louisa becomes friends with one of the mums, Darcy Darcy seems to have it all, the perfect home, perfect husband and perfect friends and soon becomes a constant in Louise s life As time moves on Louisa becomes suspicious of some of Darcy s behaviour and it soon becomes obvious that there is to Darcy than meets the eye Louisa s life soon becom Louisa and Jared enroll their son Joe into an expensive private school believing this will be a perfect environment for Joe to grow and develop in Louisa becomes friends with one of the mums, Darcy Darcy seems to have it all, the perfect home, perfect husband and perfect friends and soon becomes a constant in Louise s life As time moves on Louisa becomes suspicious of some of Darcy s behaviour and it soon becomes obvious that there is to Darcy than meets the eye Louisa s life soon becomes a nightmare due to her relationship with Darcy and she wonders what is really going on with her friend When Louisa confides in her husband about these issues he seems to take Darcy s side and tells her that her imagination is running wild Is it all just in her mind or is something else very disturbing happening This is an excellent read which I thoroughly enjoyed and I highly recommend flag 21 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Apr 21, 2017 i rated it liked it review of another edition If you like reading about toxic people and harmful friendships, you will love this book The author describes the main traits of a toxic woman perfectly and also the isolation and fear felt by her victim Besides it has a satisfying ending that will please anybody who has unfortunately been in contact with high levels of toxicity and frenemies I read it in no time, holding my breath and exhaling in relief at the end.I strongly recommend it to those toxic people who think they can get away with If you like reading about toxic people and harmful friendships, you will love this book The author describes the main traits of a toxic woman perfectly and also the isolation and fear felt by her victim Besides it has a satisfying ending that will please anybody who has unfortunately been in contact with high levels of toxicity and frenemies I read it in no time, holding my breath and exhaling in relief at the end.I strongly recommend it to those toxic people who think they can get away with anything, even with murdereleisurediaries flag 19 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2017 Rachael rated it liked it review of another edition When Louisa enrols her son at private school she feels out of place until she is taken under the wing of the glamorous Darcy In Louisa s view, Darcy has the perfect life and everything that anyone could want Darcy uses her money and influence to help Louisa and her Husband, but then the cracks start appearing and Louisa feels,wrong footed at every turn, is Darcy everything she seems This was a hard book to rate It s a little silly and overblown Louisa is incredibly naive and her husband is a When Louisa enrols her son at private school she feels out of place until she is taken under the wing of the glamorous Darcy In Louisa s view, Darcy has the perfect life and everything that anyone could want Darcy uses her money and influence to help Louisa and her Husband, but then the cracks start appearing and Louisa feels,wrong footed at every turn, is Darcy everything she seems This was a hard book to rate It s a little silly and overblown Louisa is incredibly naive and her husband is an idiot I d guessed who the protagonists where in the duel timeline, so there was no big shock of reveal The ending was fairly ludicrous and unrealistic However, the story is fun, it doesn t take itself too seriously and it s not trying to be something it s not No, this isn t some intense, mind twisting, unpredictable literary masterpiece, but as a bit of light escapism it was a fun ride flag 16 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 10, 2019 Mark rated it it was amazing Louisa is thrilledShe has a new friendDarcyDarcy is rich, elegant, has connections and is popularShe is also a psychopath sociopath, either or, take your choiceAnd wants Louisa deadAt any costWhy Well that would ruin the story, and what a story it isthis fine dining of psychological thrillers had me tense from the first few pages right up until the last sentenceShalini Boland writes fabulous books and I am soooo glad I didn t miss this re issued by Bookouture treatThe main baddie Darcy h Louisa is thrilledShe has a new friendDarcyDarcy is rich, elegant, has connections and is popularShe is also a psychopath sociopath, either or, take your choiceAnd wants Louisa deadAt any costWhy Well that would ruin the story, and what a story it isthis fine dining of psychological thrillers had me tense from the first few pages right up until the last sentenceShalini Boland writes fabulous books and I am soooo glad I didn t miss this re issued by Bookouture treatThe main baddie Darcy had my teeth on edge with her wilful determination to wreck Louisa s life and the crafty, nasty way she went about it, she used every trick and to ruin Louisa and her family s lifemanipulative doesn t begin to come close to describing this woman and her sly actions She is horrifying but great as well in context of her character As always with this author a taut, well written, edgy and dream of a book to instantly get into to and be taken on a real thrill of a rideSet in beautiful Dorset, I also enjoyed reading about Sandbanks and Bournemouth places I used to go to regularly as a teenagerYep loved it10 10 5 Stars flag 16 likesLike see review Dec 21, 2018 Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction Louise having just moved to the area is delighted to make a new friend in Darcy Over time though, like Louisa, I found myself questioning just how good a friend Darcy actually is.This is one of those stories where the build up of tension is just electrifying I could hardly sit still as I waited for things to unfold before me The I got to see, the I became to dislike Darcy and not trust her one bit Just like Louisa, sadly though even her own husband doesn t believe her when she star Louise having just moved to the area is delighted to make a new friend in Darcy Over time though, like Louisa, I found myself questioning just how good a friend Darcy actually is.This is one of those stories where the build up of tension is just electrifying I could hardly sit still as I waited for things to unfold before me The I got to see, the I became to dislike Darcy and not trust her one bit Just like Louisa, sadly though even her own husband doesn t believe her when she starts having doubts, brushing them to one side.There are some wonderful twists that had me gasping in shock at what I was reading I absolutely love it when an author can surprise me and this is one author who hasn t failed to do that yet with one of her books If you love psychological thrillers then you really must add this authors books to your, to be read, pile.The Best Friend is a gripping page turner of a read that you just have to read in one sitting I could feel my heart literally pounding the further into the story I got Definitely one that will have you on the edge of your seat You always know it s a good book when time just stands still as you are so absorbed in the story and then all of a sudden you are back in the real world with a jolt and hours have passed Loved, loved, loved it My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 05, 2016 debbicat Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2016 reads, arc Oooo I loved this Very good thriller I have begun to believe I could and would enjoy anything written by Ms Boland The opening preface states this which grabbed my attention right away They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closerWrong Also adding Louisa s new friend has it all the house, the status, the money But she s also hiding a dark secret And, as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend s life, events take a chilling turn I ll say Louisa s son starts Oooo I loved this Very good thriller I have begun to believe I could and would enjoy anything written by Ms Boland The opening preface states this which grabbed my attention right away They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closerWrong Also adding Louisa s new friend has it all the house, the status, the money But she s also hiding a dark secret And, as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend s life, events take a chilling turn I ll say Louisa s son starts a new elementary school Darcy, the mom with everything, facebook perfect life quickly seeks out friendship with Louisa Darcy inserts herself into Louisa s life a little too quickly No one suspects for quite sometime a secret Darcy is hiding The pace moves just right and I enjoyed the slow build to the climax of this story The characters are very well fleshed out and you feel you know Louisa and Darcy pretty well by the time a horrific event occurs I was very satisfied with the conclusion I appreciate the author offering a digital copy of this book in advance for me to read in exchange for an honest review Highly recommended for readers who like suspense and thrillers I am looking forward to great reads by S Boland It is on kindle for pre order right not for a great, special price Just.99 cents today I also noticed it will be free to read if you have Kindle Unlimited I would grab it in a heartbeat I think you should too It is available October 20, 2016 Enjoy This is an author you will want to experience flag 12 likesLike see review Oct 14, 2016 Susanne Strong rated it liked it review of another edition The Best Friend is a new mystery by Shalini Boland the author the Girl from the Sea, which I liked a lot Louisa meets beautiful, chic Darcy at her son Joe s new school Darcy seems to have the perfect life a great life, a well adjusted son, a successful husband and beautiful home along with an amazing blog In comparison, Louisa a newspaper columnist who is happily married with a child of her own can t help but feel like her life is less than glamorous When Darcy befriends her, she can t The Best Friend is a new mystery by Shalini Boland the author the Girl from the Sea, which I liked a lot Louisa meets beautiful, chic Darcy at her son Joe s new school Darcy seems to have the perfect life a great life, a well adjusted son, a successful husband and beautiful home along with an amazing blog In comparison, Louisa a newspaper columnist who is happily married with a child of her own can t help but feel like her life is less than glamorous When Darcy befriends her, she can t help but feel special, that is until little things that Darcy does make Louisa suspicious, and a little worried But is Louisa imagining it Everyone else sure thinks so, including her husbandIn this new mystery by Shalini Boland, the author does a good job of immediately putting the readers on edge I felt anxious throughout the entire book and that feeling stayed with me until the end That said, I didn t feel that the book truly suspenseful, didn t find the ending to be surprising and found it to be somewhat far fetched It was however a quick, easy enjoyable read and I finished it in a matter of hours Thank you to the author, Shalini Boland for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 13, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves four star A gripping stand alone novel after the success of The Girl From The Sea I couldn t put this one down and finished it in less than a day When Louise is introduced to the stunning, successful Darcy Lane she is in awe of her beauty, her beach side home and her family Darcy and her husband can t be welcoming to Louise and her partner By comparison, the Lanes have it all Or do they I enjoyed the character of Louise and felt she was a well developed character Her thoughts and actions wer A gripping stand alone novel after the success of The Girl From The Sea I couldn t put this one down and finished it in less than a day When Louise is introduced to the stunning, successful Darcy Lane she is in awe of her beauty, her beach side home and her family Darcy and her husband can t be welcoming to Louise and her partner By comparison, the Lanes have it all Or do they I enjoyed the character of Louise and felt she was a well developed character Her thoughts and actions were believable and I truly felt for her as she is systematically drawn into Darcy s web Darcy herself is a very intriguing character, but to say too much would give the game away This book is definitely all about the women, as the husbands in question are both quite flaky and unappealing.Yes, the ending does feel rushed and the plot turns a little made for TV movie, but even so I enjoyed it and felt it was a well rounded novel I look forward to the authors next piece flag 13 likesLike see review Oct 17, 2016 Angela rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves author requests WOW this one of the most tense and gripping psychological thrillers I ve read From the first page I was absorbed into Louisa s life how she kept seeing the same man across the road, outside the school gates and following her home Louisa and Jared have just put their son, Joe, into a new school and Louisa is so pleased that Joe has found a new friend, Tyler, and that he seems to be settling and fitting in to his new school Louisa is even pleased when Tyler s mum, Darcy, asks her to jo WOW this one of the most tense and gripping psychological thrillers I ve read From the first page I was absorbed into Louisa s life how she kept seeing the same man across the road, outside the school gates and following her home Louisa and Jared have just put their son, Joe, into a new school and Louisa is so pleased that Joe has found a new friend, Tyler, and that he seems to be settling and fitting in to his new school Louisa is even pleased when Tyler s mum, Darcy, asks her to join her circle of friends and invites both her and Joe round to her house after school Louisa and Darcy get on so well and Darcy is so kind and helpful that they soon become firm friends But then little things start to chip away in Louisa s mind, why does Darcy do some really cruel and thoughtless things, why does she hurt her feelings so much but not realise and that man is still following her around.This is one of the best descriptive stories of how a normal confident woman is gently but firmly brought down chip, chip away taking away her confidence, making her seem weak and neurotic to her husband and family to the point that no one believes her And then, when she is at her lowest point, Darcy s real plans come action and Louisa s already failing life becomes a nightmare and falls into total devastation.Shalini Boland s writing is tight, to the point, and with no unnecessary waffle The story is taut, really has you on the edge of your seat, and the plot is unusual and totally engrossing This is the second psychological thriller I ve read by Shalini Boland and she s very quickly become a favourite and an author I shall definitely seek out in future If you want a fast, gripping story I can certainly recommend this book I was provided with an Advance Reading Copy of this book for which I chose to give my honest and unbiased review flag 11 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 28, 2018 Agnes BeaderBubbe rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves a kindle unlimited, five stars I love books that start off with a bang It keeps you interested at the beginning and wanting And so this book by Boland not the first time I read her, or the last started off with Louisa, her husband and son Joe, living a great life now that Joe is in a good school They are not rich, but comfortable and then along comes Darcy, Tyler s mom, Tyler is in the same class as Joe They become friends, very quickly, maybe too quickly and then things go south.Darcy and her rich friends welcom I love books that start off with a bang It keeps you interested at the beginning and wanting And so this book by Boland not the first time I read her, or the last started off with Louisa, her husband and son Joe, living a great life now that Joe is in a good school They are not rich, but comfortable and then along comes Darcy, Tyler s mom, Tyler is in the same class as Joe They become friends, very quickly, maybe too quickly and then things go south.Darcy and her rich friends welcome Louisa into their group but then things start to get weird and while everyone thinks Louisa is imagining and overreacting to things, we soon find out that their is a big, dark secret Darcy is harboringon to play havoc with Louisa s life.A real page turner because you never know who your friends are.Love Boland s writing, am now reading another book by her, The Millionaire s Wife flag 10 likesLike see review Aug 25, 2017 Melissa rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2017 Utterly predictable and formulaic Sloppy and disconnected as far as the timeline of events making any sense I ll leave it there to avoid spoilers flag 10 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 15, 2016 The Badger rated it liked it review of another edition Kid Mom, can I spend the night at this complete stranger s house Mom WellI guess it s ok After all, she s got 500 highlights Maybe your dad should start running with heralonein the eveningsfor three hours Where could it go wrong flag 9 likesLike see review May 29, 2018 Bill Kupersmith rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves me emma One of my favourite story plots is the unequal friendship Two I have enjoyed are Harriet Lane s Her and Joyce Maynard s Under the Influence, and that was why I chose The Best Friend for my travelling audible Louise s son Joe was quite happy in his state school but his mum was concerned they weren t teaching him how to read and write so sends him to a private school she and her husband can barely afford At the school gates the favourite place for mums to meet Louise encounters the wealthy One of my favourite story plots is the unequal friendship Two I have enjoyed are Harriet Lane s Her and Joyce Maynard s Under the Influence, and that was why I chose The Best Friend for my travelling audible Louise s son Joe was quite happy in his state school but his mum was concerned they weren t teaching him how to read and write so sends him to a private school she and her husband can barely afford At the school gates the favourite place for mums to meet Louise encounters the wealthy Darcy, who son is also a pupil, and Darcy takes Louise under her wing, making Joe s birthday party part of her own son s elaborate do featuring the entire Bournemouth football club setting brought back memories of Poole Week long ago Darcy husband also assists Louise s by providing free upscale office space for his new venture an advertising agency called Create That should have set off my alarm at once But gradually Darcy subjects Louise and Joe to minor humiliations and oversights, finally even stealing Louise s column in a national newspaper And then Darcy s husband is murdered.The story is narrated in 1st person by Louise, but interrupted by a back story about two children in care in the 90s, a really tough a capable 12 y o named Nicole and her younger brother, whom she protects from bullies with extreme measures Of course if you are familiar with this genre, it won t take long to figure out the relationship between the principal character in the back story and in the present story set in 2015.Besides offering an over familiar plot, we have to endure an extended thriller ending in which the villain is unmasked and menaces the victim As usual in this genre, instead of villain s taking care of business and despatching the helpless victims, the villain had to give a long speech revealing why the villain has an animus against the victim, which of course is nothing any sane person would blame the victim for, thus establishing the villain s being a sandwich or two shy of a picnic It also appears that we shall be left with a loose end allowing a sequel, but fortunately there is a final chapter set two years later I d wondered why the main story was set in 2015 wrapping everything it, with the moral that it is a dangerous world and you should have knee surgery, run everyday, and practise kick boxing I honestly thought when I was listening to this book that Shalini Boland was a debut author and was going to make allowances in my review But checking after I finished discovered she is prolific It s easy to see why flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2016 Alissa Haley rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves provided by author or publisher I d like to thank Shalini Boland for providing me with a digital copy Okay, that was so enjoyable Ever heard the phrase keep your friends close, enemies closer According to this novel it s your best friend that you need to keep your eye on Don t think me a horrible person, but I am an absolute sucker for super manipulative antagonists It honestly cracked me up how easily and nonchalantly this protagonists life was being destroyed, and how ignorant those around her were While at times I fo I d like to thank Shalini Boland for providing me with a digital copy Okay, that was so enjoyable Ever heard the phrase keep your friends close, enemies closer According to this novel it s your best friend that you need to keep your eye on Don t think me a horrible person, but I am an absolute sucker for super manipulative antagonists It honestly cracked me up how easily and nonchalantly this protagonists life was being destroyed, and how ignorant those around her were While at times I found the story quite predictable, I honestly never once got bored with it, and I was 100% invested in seeing this story play out This is the second Shalini Boland book I have read both earned 5 star ratings from me , and I will definitely be reading from her flag 8 likesLike see review Oct 09, 2016 Diana rated it it was amazing review of another edition Louise and her husband Jared have just put their son Joe into a new school, where he is adapting fast and making nice friends, like Tyler Tyler s mother, Darcy, befriends Louise, who is happy to find new friends in the area and is surprised by all the surprises this nice and rich woman is giving away to them But sooner rather than latter things began to seem weird and unravelThe narrative is superb, the plot consistent and the characters very well fleshed out This is a gripping thriller th Louise and her husband Jared have just put their son Joe into a new school, where he is adapting fast and making nice friends, like Tyler Tyler s mother, Darcy, befriends Louise, who is happy to find new friends in the area and is surprised by all the surprises this nice and rich woman is giving away to them But sooner rather than latter things began to seem weird and unravelThe narrative is superb, the plot consistent and the characters very well fleshed out This is a gripping thriller that had me reading it non stop until I finished it and found this time I had guessed correctly about the secrets , but yet filling me up with added detail All in all, a superb book for those who enjoy thrillers with a pshycological side flag 7 likesLike see review Oct 06, 2016 Alicia Huxtable rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shalini Boland has entered the suspense genre with a bang with this book The suspense is slow building so the readers mind goes into speculation mode trying to work out where the story is going A very enjoyable read with a great ending flag 7 likesLike see review Oct 26, 2016 Terry TBC rated it it was amazing review of another edition Brilliant Creeping into another s life Money, house the lot But isn t is it Shalini has delivered a great book here.Not a long review as I d spoil it if I did, no spoilers, read it I need to add I read it a 2nd time it s just a fab book Twisted lead female you just get dragged in flag 6 likesLike see review Oct 03, 2016 Kath Middleton rated it it was amazing review of another edition Louisa and Jared have recently enrolled their son Joe in an expensive private school, all worth it as he s happy and thriving there It s at school that Louisa meets his best friend Tyler and his mum, Darcy Darcy Lane is rich, popular and generous and invites Joe to sleepovers and Louisa and Jared go meals Is she too good to be true I read this with sneaking misgivings about Louisa s new best friend Little things slip Is she really as generous and well disposed as Louisa first thought It s Louisa and Jared have recently enrolled their son Joe in an expensive private school, all worth it as he s happy and thriving there It s at school that Louisa meets his best friend Tyler and his mum, Darcy Darcy Lane is rich, popular and generous and invites Joe to sleepovers and Louisa and Jared go meals Is she too good to be true I read this with sneaking misgivings about Louisa s new best friend Little things slip Is she really as generous and well disposed as Louisa first thought It s a tale of trust misplaced and friendship abused How far would you carry a childhood grudge Not this far, I suspect, but there are those who never let it go Who always finish what they started This book is never short of interesting and in parts is fast and exciting Highly recommended and thoroughly enjoyable.I chose to review this book after receiving an advance copy flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 17, 2016 Sarah Joint rated it really liked it review of another edition Louisa and Jared have recently started sending son Joe to a new school It s exclusive and private Joe is loving it, but they are struggling with adapting to the new environment and paying the tuition When fellow mother Darcy reaches out to Lousia, she s pleased to find someone who isn t like the other aloof parents She s beautiful, rich, and stylish, but friendly and generous They click immediately She and her husband even want to help Jared out with a new business venture, one even L Louisa and Jared have recently started sending son Joe to a new school It s exclusive and private Joe is loving it, but they are struggling with adapting to the new environment and paying the tuition When fellow mother Darcy reaches out to Lousia, she s pleased to find someone who isn t like the other aloof parents She s beautiful, rich, and stylish, but friendly and generous They click immediately She and her husband even want to help Jared out with a new business venture, one even Lousia is wary of But if something seems too good to be true it probably is Darcy s perfect facade starts to slip, and Lousia is haunted by a strange man that seems to be wherever she is just watching her Is Darcy really as manipulative and shrewd as she s beginning to seem, or is Lousia just being paranoid Only she seems to see the dark side to Darcy Quick and easy read, really enjoyed it Great book to devour over a weekend I really felt for Louisa view spoiler Jared, not so much Believing a stranger over his own wife I wasn t a fan hide spoiler I received an ARC of this book from the author As always, my review is unbiased and honest flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 16, 2016 Natasha du Plessis rated it really liked it review of another edition This is the first book by Shalini Boland that I have read Even though I don t like it when authors write in the first person I quickly became engrossed in this book This book is like your worst nightmare coming true There were times when the suspense was killing me and I could not read fast enough and times that I felt this is it for the main character something bad is going to happen to her.A great story that I would recommend to all readers of psychological thillers as this book will keep y This is the first book by Shalini Boland that I have read Even though I don t like it when authors write in the first person I quickly became engrossed in this book This book is like your worst nightmare coming true There were times when the suspense was killing me and I could not read fast enough and times that I felt this is it for the main character something bad is going to happen to her.A great story that I would recommend to all readers of psychological thillers as this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.Thank you TBC flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2017 Stevie Turner rated it liked it review of another edition Louisa and Jared want the best for their son Joe and enrol him in an expensive private school One of the mothers, Darcy, quickly befriends Louisa Louisa cannot help being suspicious about why Darcy is seemingly her best friend after only one week However, she goes along with it, especially when Darcy s husband Mike loans Jared a prime riverside property rent free for a year for his new advertising business.The first 75% of the book I found quite gripping, and it kept my interest However, I f Louisa and Jared want the best for their son Joe and enrol him in an expensive private school One of the mothers, Darcy, quickly befriends Louisa Louisa cannot help being suspicious about why Darcy is seemingly her best friend after only one week However, she goes along with it, especially when Darcy s husband Mike loans Jared a prime riverside property rent free for a year for his new advertising business.The first 75% of the book I found quite gripping, and it kept my interest However, I found the culmination of the plot less than plausible, and in my opinion it was a little disappointing I would also be very wary about letting my young son stay overnight with people I d only known for a few days Louisa seems sensible than that flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 10, 2016 Susan Angela Wallace rated it it was amazing review of another edition The best friend by Shantini Bolland is a thriller read They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer Wrong.Louisa s new best friend has it all the house, the status, the money but she s also hiding a dark secret And, as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend s life, events take a chilling turnG what a read Absolutely fantastic read I loved the story and the characters well except darcy I had a funny feeling about her This had me on the edge of my seat Can t wai The best friend by Shantini Bolland is a thriller read They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer Wrong.Louisa s new best friend has it all the house, the status, the money but she s also hiding a dark secret And, as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend s life, events take a chilling turnG what a read Absolutely fantastic read I loved the story and the characters well except darcy I had a funny feeling about her This had me on the edge of my seat Can t wait to read from this author Highly recommended 5 I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book from tbc on fb flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Meggy added it OMG So much to say, not enough words Review as soon as I can think properly flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 09, 2016 Faouzia rated it really liked it review of another edition I would like to thank the author for giving me this Advance Copy in exchange of an honest review.This is the second book i read by Shalini Boland and i was thrilled because i liked the first book very much and i was curious about this one And it was worth waiting for I enjoyed it a lot Louisa Sullivan has a new friend,Darcy Lane, a very glamorous mum, rich, beautiful and has a life to die for In fact, she had it all Both their sons go to the same school and they start this new, sweet friends I would like to thank the author for giving me this Advance Copy in exchange of an honest review.This is the second book i read by Shalini Boland and i was thrilled because i liked the first book very much and i was curious about this one And it was worth waiting for I enjoyed it a lot Louisa Sullivan has a new friend,Darcy Lane, a very glamorous mum, rich, beautiful and has a life to die for In fact, she had it all Both their sons go to the same school and they start this new, sweet friendship.But things start to happen, small misunderstandings, coincidences that make Louisa wonder about this women and why she came into her life.I really liked how the tensions between the characters started to build up bit by bit, almost unnoticeable at the beginning For me, it was what made the book really good, the way the small things can change one s life without even realizing that.The story was told from the point of view of Louisa, so all along we can see how she changes, the evolution of her relationship with her new best friend , how she deals with all of that and how it affects her Sometimes, i felt almost angry with her, she was way too accommodating for others and, well, she should ve seen some of that coming but i liked her character well enough, especially at the end Darcy Lane was an intriguing and interesting character.I enjoyed this book very much and i would recommend it to all my friends flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 19, 2017 Randee rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves thriller, kindle This is the type of story that is hard for me to gather my thoughts and communicate what I thought I have an inordinate fondness for a certain type of cheesy story about females I love films from the 1930 s approximately through the 1950 s Films that often starred Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, Loretta Young, Joan Crawford, Kathryn Hepburn, Myrna Loy, Rita Hayworth.I could go on and on They were great actresses that were often in great films, but they all also appeared in This is the type of story that is hard for me to gather my thoughts and communicate what I thought I have an inordinate fondness for a certain type of cheesy story about females I love films from the 1930 s approximately through the 1950 s Films that often starred Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, Loretta Young, Joan Crawford, Kathryn Hepburn, Myrna Loy, Rita Hayworth.I could go on and on They were great actresses that were often in great films, but they all also appeared in B movies in which they were usually strong women with either a heart of gold or evil incarnate Or one was an innocent, a naive babe in the woods and the other was the hard as nails dame who was taking her for a ride of one sort or another Big melodrama big cheese factor Which brings me to The Best Friend Up to the end, I would categorize it as big melodrama and cheese and could see any of the above actresses playing the two female leads I truly enjoyed it for that formula that we ve seen a million times The ending was rather flat, anticlimactic and could have been handled much better in my humble opinion Be that as it may, I reveled in the cheese for a good three fourths of the story flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 02, 2017 Kim rated it really liked it review of another edition Louisa has put her son Joe into a new school She writes a weekly column for a national newspaper in England and her husband Jared is creative director for an advertising company They re not poor but not nearly as well off as the other mothers at Joe s school It s a relief, then, when Darcy, one of the mothers, befriends her one day after school.As the relationship develops, however, what were at first odd rude behaviors turn into deeper and sadistic cruelty The worse the behavior is the Louisa has put her son Joe into a new school She writes a weekly column for a national newspaper in England and her husband Jared is creative director for an advertising company They re not poor but not nearly as well off as the other mothers at Joe s school It s a relief, then, when Darcy, one of the mothers, befriends her one day after school.As the relationship develops, however, what were at first odd rude behaviors turn into deeper and sadistic cruelty The worse the behavior is the less Jarad is inclined to believe his wife Meanwhile, Louisa is also being followed by a strange bearded man whenever she leaves the house.This English thriller is an interesting portrait of a woman in the orbit of a sociopath, and things get really dangerous when, after Darcy and her husband separate, Louisa goes to the husband s apartment to ask about Darcy.The narrative of the book switches between Louisa s perspective and a third person narrator describing the life of a boy and his tough and cruel older sister It s not always an easy book to read Before the situation gets into thriller mode the reader has to squirm through what s seemingly random bullying and gaslighting by Darcy for no apparent reason, and what seems like an unrelated second narrative is a little bizarre at first As the reasons that Darcy has targeted Louisa are revealed both narratives become clear, but the book would have been as good with less distractions had the two stories meshed earlier.The book has a pretty powerful climax when it becomes clear just how insane Darcy is and how much blood she s willing to spill, and there s an excellent finale with an epilogue that wraps things up perfectly At the time this is being written it s listed as s 1 book in British Contemporary Fiction, and if you re patient with the start it does finish with fireworks flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Els rated it it was amazing What can I say about this author s books Every time I pick one up, I am captivated from the beginning I so like her style it makes me want to hide somewhere so I can read the book without being disturbed.I love the way she can create crazy people and manages to let them act very sane and controlled until little by little she shows their true colors.But often in every mad person, a sad one is hidden I can t help feeling sorry for them and their past If only they would choose a different path What can I say about this author s books Every time I pick one up, I am captivated from the beginning I so like her style it makes me want to hide somewhere so I can read the book without being disturbed.I love the way she can create crazy people and manages to let them act very sane and controlled until little by little she shows their true colors.But often in every mad person, a sad one is hidden I can t help feeling sorry for them and their past If only they would choose a different path in order to achieve a happy life If they would not be so blinded by revenge, it would cause a lot less heartbreak but then of course, we would not have such brillant stories like this one.I think it s rather clear that I was, once again, a happy and grateful reader, forgetting about the rest of the world for a few hours 5 stars.Thank you, Shalini Boland, Bookouture and Netgalleytps bforbookreview.wordpress flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet 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        Hello I write suspense thrillers and dark adventures, and I live in Dorset, England with my husband, two children and our dog I only write reviews for books I enjoy Be the first to hear about my NEW THRILLER RELEASES here Join up to get FREE eBOOK DEALS here Now available THE BEST FRIEND a chilling psychological thrillerTHE GI Hello I write suspense thrillers and dark adventures, and I live in Dorset, England with my husband, two children and our dog I only write reviews for books I enjoy Be the first to hear about my NEW THRILLER RELEASES here Join up to get FREE eBOOK DEALS here Now available THE BEST FRIEND a chilling psychological thrillerTHE GIRL FROM THE SEA a gripping psychological thrillerThe OUTSIDE SERIES a twisty post apocalyptic adventureThe MARCHWOOD VAMPIRE SERIES an epic supernatural adventureA SHIRTFUL OF FROGS


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    1. Well now This was one crazy twisty story that kept me on the edge throughout with friends like this, who needs enemies This was a fast paced intense story that I finished in a matter of hours and it s a good thing I did, because I think I was holding my breath throughout this entire book Shalini Boland you never fail to amaze me and if I m being honest frighten me a bit as well, I can only imagine what goes on in that brain of yours Luisa has a lovely life, a loving husband, an adorable [...]


    2. I have been reading all of Shalini Boland s books in recent weeks, and this was the last one available Like the others, it is fast paced and engaging, a good holiday read which is what is was for me However, I did feel the story was a little predictable and repetitive at times I would probably recommend her other books over this one, though it certainly wasn t bad.Find reviews and bookish fun at


    3. First of all, I want to thank the author for contacting me to see if I wanted to read and review her book After I read, The Girl from the Sea, and absolutely loving it, I didn t hesitate to say yes Although I didn t like this one as much as the other, I still enjoyed it and have become a fan of Shalini Boland After Louisa s son begins going to a new school, she befriends one of the other mom s, Darcy They soon become fast friends but something seems off Its not obvious at first but then Loui Fir [...]


    4. Louisa and Jared enroll their son Joe into an expensive private school believing this will be a perfect environment for Joe to grow and develop in Louisa becomes friends with one of the mums, Darcy Darcy seems to have it all, the perfect home, perfect husband and perfect friends and soon becomes a constant in Louise s life As time moves on Louisa becomes suspicious of some of Darcy s behaviour and it soon becomes obvious that there is to Darcy than meets the eye Louisa s life soon becom Louisa [...]


    5. If you like reading about toxic people and harmful friendships, you will love this book The author describes the main traits of a toxic woman perfectly and also the isolation and fear felt by her victim Besides it has a satisfying ending that will please anybody who has unfortunately been in contact with high levels of toxicity and frenemies I read it in no time, holding my breath and exhaling in relief at the end.I strongly recommend it to those toxic people who think they can get away with If [...]


    6. When Louisa enrols her son at private school she feels out of place until she is taken under the wing of the glamorous Darcy In Louisa s view, Darcy has the perfect life and everything that anyone could want Darcy uses her money and influence to help Louisa and her Husband, but then the cracks start appearing and Louisa feels,wrong footed at every turn, is Darcy everything she seems This was a hard book to rate It s a little silly and overblown Louisa is incredibly naive and her husband is a Whe [...]


    7. Louisa is thrilledShe has a new friendDarcyDarcy is rich, elegant, has connections and is popularShe is also a psychopath sociopath, either or, take your choiceAnd wants Louisa deadAt any costWhy Well that would ruin the story, and what a story it isthis fine dining of psychological thrillers had me tense from the first few pages right up until the last sentenceShalini Boland writes fabulous books and I am soooo glad I didn t miss this re issued by Bookouture treatThe main baddie Darcy h Louisa [...]


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