The Best Friend by Shalini Boland ~ Publication Day 12-21-18 @Bookouture @shaliniboland
‘I can tell we’re going to be the best of friends…’
When Louisa takes her little boy to his first playdate at a new friend’s house she doesn’t realise life is about to change for her family. Because she’s about to meet Darcy Lane.
Darcy is a woman who has everything – a dream house, a powerful husband and enviable wealth.
She’s the perfect wife.
The perfect mother.
The perfect friend.
But will Louise discover the darker side to Darcy, before it’s too late…
From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will have you up all night reading.
Goodness gracious does Shalini Boland have a crazy knack for writing stories with characters that make you feel like they are actually your neighbors. In this story, “The Best Friend”, I felt like I could close the book and walk next door to borrow a cup of sugar from Louisa. All of Shalini’s books have characters that are real, believable, and slightly off kilter to put it mildly! (I especially love that there’s always a husband that needs a slap upside the head-it makes me lol)
This story had a brilliant plot that unraveled with impeccable timing. It was just enough to keep you turning pages quickly to find out who Nicole and her brother are and what they have to do with Louisa and Darcy’s current story. She inserts flashbacks that seem to parallel the current story but in perfect Shalini style, she ties it all together at the end with one big fat exclamation point as if she figuratively “drops the mic”! So there! Bet ya didn’t see that coming!!
I highly recommend any of Shalini’s books with no exception. She is a masterful writer and continues to entertain readers with twisted plots, problematic characters, and shocking endings! 5🌟!!
Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two sons and their cheeky poodle-terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).
Her debut psychological thriller The Girl from the Sea published in June 2016 reached Number 1 in the US Audible charts. Her second thriller The Best Friend published in October 2016 reached a high of number 10 in Amazon’s UK Kindle charts. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories and was a Kindle All Star title for several months in a row. It is now being republished by Bookouture!