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A tense psychological thriller that keeps you turning the pages. This is the story of a group of friends who, between them, hold the answers to what happened one night when five of them went into a room and only four came out alive. Told in the first person, the narrative is split between the friends, and we are drawn into their dilemmas. All appear to be hiding something. The main character is Lisa Ashton who is suffering from amnesia while recovering from a kidney transplant. After discovering that one of the friends is the donor, she tries to find out what did happen during the gaps in her memory. What are her friends not telling her, and why? I love the structure of this novel as we gradually move through the hours and days following the inciting incident, finding out snippets of information that lead us to conclusions that then challenge the sleuths in each of us. The characters are well-drawn. We empathise with them all, experience their guilt, and their fears. Often, in this well-drawn thriller, we have cause us to doubt what we hear from each of the friends, until we suspect everybody. I would certainly read more from this author. 5 star rating.
Lynne Johnson, A LoveReading Ambassador
What she doesn’t know might kill her… Lisa Ashton receives a last-minute reprieve from death two weeks before her birthday. Regaining consciousness, she is horrified to learn one of her friends has been killed – and saved her life. As she recovers, she uncovers a trail of carefully guarded reputations, disturbing rumours, and lies. Soon, Lisa begins to wonder if one of her friends is hiding a terrible secret. Because five of them entered the escape room that day, and only four got out alive. And someone is determined to cover their tracks before she can find out the truth. Can Lisa find the killer before someone else dies? The Friend Who Lied: a twisted psychological thriller from USA Today bestseller Rachel Amphlett – perfect for fans of The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley and Friend Request by Laura Marshall.
Closing date: 03/10/2019
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Rachel Amphlett knows how to create a calm yet chilling read that will make you want to look over your shoulder. Full review
The author uses skill and subtlety to reveal a little at a time until we finally learn the awful truth. Full review
I think it is a real sign of the author’s brilliance that she can make the reader want to keep reading when the characters are so unpleasant and unreliable. Full review
Often, in this well-drawn thriller, we have cause us to doubt what we hear from each of the friends, until we suspect everybody. I would certainly read more from this author. Full review
Publication date: 09/06/2019
Publisher: Rachel Amphlett Limited
|Publication date:||9th June 2019|
|Publisher:||Rachel Amphlett Limited|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Indie Books We Love, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,|