26 June 2018

Your Closest Friend

Psychological Thriller

By Karen Perry

Paperback 416 pages
Publisher Michael Joseph (28th June 2018)
ISBN-13 978-1405936651

"Builds to an incredibly tense finale - before delivering an amazing final twist. Riveting stuff." Sunday Mirror

📕My Review

When Cara is rescued from a terrorist attack in London by a stranger called Amy, she reveals secrets that even her husband is unaware of. Once the danger passes and life begins to return to normal, Cara can't remember exactly what she's told Amy but she doesn't give it too much heed because they've gone their separate ways.

With her marriage now running into difficulties, Cara becomes the target of anonymous threats by someone called 'Your Closest Friend'. She's relieved when Amy reappears with an offer to help look after her young daughter. Feeling a shared affinity, Cara accepts and Amy moves into the house.

But has Cara just made a massive mistake by accepting Amy into her life and home?...

I really enjoyed this psychological thriller and it held my undivided attention throughout. It's tension-filled and moves along at a good pace. However, I felt slightly disappointed that certain details could have remained hidden for longer - I thought too much was revealed too early on in the book.

Yes, the plot is good and character development is handled extremely well, but I was able to anticipate the direction it was taking. That being said, I wasn't disappointed. There were plenty of unexpected twists and turns and these balanced the book nicely.

Would I recommend it to my friends? Of course I would! It's a great read and will appeal to lovers of this genre.

My thanks to Karen Perry and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for inviting me to read this book.

Barnsey's Books Rating 

📗The Blurb

She saved your life.

One hot, humid night in London, Cara is caught up in a wave of terror and chaos. Until a hand reaches out - and a stranger pulls her to safety.

She knows your darkest secrets.

Taking refuge with her unlikely rescuer, Cara shares more of herself with Amy than she ever has with anyone, including her husband. But after the hours of darkness are over, she can't remember exactly what secrets she revealed.

Cara attempts to put it all behind her. But cracks begin to show in her life and marriage, and she starts to receive anonymous threats.

She's your closest friend.

As Cara's life begins to skid out of control, Amy reappears, offering to help.

Amy is only person Cara can turn to, who knows her hidden side. Amy saved her that night.

But what if the biggest threat to Cara is the stranger she's invited into her home?

She's your worst nightmare.

📘The Author

Karen Perry is the pen name of Dublin-based authors Paul Perry and Karen Gillece.

Paul Perry is the author of a number of critically acclaimed books. A winner of The Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award, he is a writer and course director in poetry at the Faber Academy in Dublin.

Karen Gillece is the author of four critically acclaimed novels. In 2009 she won the European Union Prize for Literature (Ireland).

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