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Publisher's Summary

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer...wrong.
Louisa's new best friend has it all - the house, the status, the money. But she's also hiding a dark secret. And as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend's life, events take a chilling turn.
©2016 Shalini Boland (P)2017 Tantor
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By Tony Moore on 07-30-17

Skip this book

I wasted time on this book, it was like a combination of a bad Lifetime TV Movie/Scooby-Doo mystery. Do yourself a favor and save your money/credit.

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By Lauren Hanejko on 02-15-17

The ending made up for it!

I listened to this book after listening to The Girl from the Sea, which I loved. At times, I found the main character in this book be frustrating because you would think a grown woman would know better. The story itself is good though, slightly predictable, but kept you intrigue because you wanted to see what was going to happen.

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By mary on 01-29-17

Pathetic

This book plot is very similar to that of "Swimming Pool". Rich girl befriends poor girl but there is an agenda which slowly unfolds. So I found everything about the Best Friend predictable. It is the sort of book that is rattled off in a few days without much consideration to the intelligence of the reader. The plot is almost childish and the characters in the book so incredibly stupid that you wonder how they reached adulthood without being locked up for their own safety. I don't know how this got past an Agent. It is easily the worst book I have read in long time. And I'm easily pleased.

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By Marisa on 01-06-17

Thoroughly Enjoyable

What made the experience of listening to The Best Friend the most enjoyable?

Great story, with a most conniving villain dressed up as one of the sweet and generous mothers at Louisa's young son's posh new private school, who is eager to bring Louisa into the fold. Louisa needs a friend and her husband needs some connections, plus their eight year old sons are best buddies- what more could she want?

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were the most entertaining part of the story, each one drawn with just the right amount of 'a little too much' to make it fun while keeping the twists and turns edgy.

What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ms. Maarleveld is an excellent narrator with enough range to handle several different accents plus males and children, smoothly and pleasantly. Great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end was unexpected and rewarding.

Any additional comments?

A fun book that kept me listening straight through. I recommend it.

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By Sasha on 01-31-17

Pretty good

The start was good, my kind of book, the ending was a big far fetched but the last chapter was satisfying

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