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The Friend

by Dorothy Koomson

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Relationship Stories Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Friend

Oh what a thrilling and gloriously dramatic tale this is! A violent attack on a parent takes place within the grounds of a private school in Brighton, just days later, Cece moves into the area, her two youngest start at the school, and she becomes friends with the very women the police suspect of the crime. Each chapter is headed by one of the women, each story told in the first person, ebbing and flowing between time periods. Within a short time I didn't have to look to see who was heading each chapter, each voice is absolutely individual and distinctive. I became so caught up in the story, I didn't want to miss a single sentence or word, this really is very clever, compelling writing indeed. I truly love reading Dorothy Koomson’s novels, I think it’s her ability to look beyond the obvious, to seek out hidden feelings, to look underneath our uppermost thoughts, to what really lies within our hearts and minds. As it explores relationships and exposes lies and secrets, ‘The Friend’ reveals itself to be a striking and deliciously entertaining read. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

The Friend Synopsis

What secrets would you kill to keep? 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...From the bestselling author of That Girl from Nowhere and When I Was Invisible comes a thrilling new novel that will have you questioning the line between right and wrong.

The Friend Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Celia Cohen - 'A wonderful read that keeps you guessing right to the end.'
  • Sarah Musk - 'A really, exciting story of an attempted murder in a school playground.  Which one of the victim's best friends did it!  One of Dorothy Koomson's best books so far...The final paragraph is one of the most chilling I have ever read.'
  • Kathy Howell - 'This is another engaging and well written book by this author. I had read and enjoyed The Ice Cream Girls and was looking forward to reading this new novel. I was not disappointed at all.'
  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'A book that I would highly recommend for all fans of her previous books and also fans of Liane Moriarty and Nicola Moriarty. A truly excellent and enjoyable read.'
  • Cheryl Kinney - 'Secrets & Friendship! Really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to fans old and new!'
  • Karen - 'This was an excellent read. It had pace, drama, suspense and great characterisation and once I got into it was a book that I couldn’t put down.'
  • Samantha Lewis - 'This book was amazing and I was gripped from the start! Definitely for fans of Big Little Lies as the story is on a similar thread.  I cannot recommend it enough and have been telling everyone about it!!'
  • Carol Peace - 'This was a great book and had me guessing until the very end.'
  • Joy Bosworth - 'this is a good Koomson novel.'
  • Vicky-Leigh Sayer - 'We all have a friend like Yvonne, but what do we do when they go too far? Another gripping novel from Dorothy Koomson.'    
  • Nicola Cooper - 'Another page turner from Dorothy Koomson.  Highly recommended.'
  • Alexandra Harper-Williams - 'Prepare for an exciting, gripping read. You won’t want to put this book down!'
  • Tanya Thurling - 'I haven't read a single book by Dorothy Koomson I have not enjoyed. And that includes this one. She's just brilliant!'
  • Tracey Copeland - 'I will not spoil it but I think most readers will be surprised.   Another good read from Dorothy.'
  • Alfred Nobile - 'Omg, what a read! The writing is of a superb quality and all characters are well rounded. A plot driven book that will keep the reader turning the pages furiously and racing to a satisfying conclusion.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'Mystery, intrigue and well written characters made this impossible to put down so I had to ignore all housework until I finished it. It was terrific!'
  • Rebecca Cockeram - 'I found the book laboured and a chore to read.'

The Friend Press Reviews

'Another page-turning, addictive read by Dorothy' Black Hair Magazine

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ISBN: 9781780895987
Publication date: 01/06/2017
Publisher: Century an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781780895987
Publication date: 1st June 2017
Author: Dorothy Koomson
Publisher: Century an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense,
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About Dorothy Koomson

Dorothy Koomson is the author of twelve novels including That Girl From Nowhere, The Chocolate Run, The Woman He Loved Before, The Ice Cream Girls and My Best Friend’s Girl. While writing The Friend she took up, in the name of research, knitting and cocktail mixing – two things that are oddly compatible. Give it a try!

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