Wednesday 26 July 2017

Summer Read 2017 ~ The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

It's that time of year when suitcases are being packed for holidays and along with the sun cream and the extra bikini thoughts must surely turn to what's good to read.

Over the next few weeks I will be adding my Summer Reads Collection for 2017


What's it all about ..

After her husband’s big promotion, Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with their three children, ready to start afresh. But their new neighbourhood has a deadly secret.

Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent, was almost murdered in the grounds of the local school – the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her children.

Already anxious about making friends when the parents seem so cliquey, Cece is now also worried about her children’s safety. By chance she meets Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, three very different school mothers who make her feel welcome and reassure her about her new life.

That is until Cece discovers the police believe one of her new friends tried to kill Yvonne. Reluctant to spy on her friends but determined to discover the truth, Cece must uncover the potential murderer before they strike again . .

What did I think about it..

What can be guaranteed with a Dorothy Koomson story is that as soon as you begin to read the opening chapter you can just sense that the story will take you to a wonderfully creative place.

The Friend is a little bit different from some of her previous books as this is more of a psychological roller coaster but, as always, it is full of the characteristic good writing and fine attention to detail which we have come to expect from this author.

The story is complex from the outset and requires a little concentration in order to get everyone in context but once the characters start to sit comfortably then the story really starts to take off. I had lots of questions in my mind as I continued to read and what I enjoyed the most was that I was constantly surprised by how certain characters behaved.

I'm deliberately not saying anything about the plot as to reveal anything would be to spoil this excellent story. However, what I will say, is that it's a  perfect summer read, either curled up in your favourite garden chair or lounging by a swimming pool, preferably somewhere hot and sunny...

More about the Author can by found on her website by clicking here

Follow on Twitter @DorothyKoomson

My thanks to Annabelle at edpr and also to the publishers for my copy of The Friend


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