Book Spotlight: The Friend: Teresa Driscoll

SYNOPSIS: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 bear 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.

MY THOUGHTS: Seriously, this book tops my list of the best I’ve read this year. Much like its predecessor ‘I Am Watching You’, you need to buckle up so you can handle the twists & turns. Teresa Driscoll is very talented. With the many plates spinning, she managed to not let any break. Her characters are so multi-dimensional that readers will be hard-pressed to know the whole ‘story’ until the last chapter. I certainly didn’t.

Again, DI Melanie Sanders and her ex-cop turned PI friend, Matthew Hill make appearances. We get a more personal glimpse into both their lives. As with ‘Watching’, Teresa Driscoll slides in many ‘hot topics’ which add a reality to her fictional folk. Here we have postpartum depression, various mental illnesses, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. Each character suffering in his or her own unique way. All culminating into a fabulous, oh-my-goodness thriller.

It was hard to put down and I lost a few hours of sleep here & there because I had to see what was going to happen! Well-written, thrilling, suspenseful, and I highly recommend it. 5 Stars!

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