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Publisher's Summary

The chilling new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of I Am Watching You.
On a train with her husband, miles from home and their four-year-old son, Ben, Sophie receives a chilling phone call. Two boys are in hospital after a tragic accident. One of them is Ben.
She thought she could trust Emma, her new friend, to look after her little boy. After all, Emma’s a kindred spirit - someone Sophie was sure she could bare her soul to, despite the village rumours. But Sophie can’t shake the feeling that she’s made an unforgivable mistake and now her whole family is in danger.
Because how well does she know Emma, really? Should she have trusted her at all?
Time is running out. Powerless to help her child, still hours from home, Sophie is about to discover the truth. And her life will never be the same.
©2018 Teresa Driscoll (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved
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4 out of 5 stars
By Candice on 03-25-18

Good psychological suspense

I enjoyed this novel and found the characters to be interesting and the plot riveting. The story is told in a somewhat disjointed way that jumps back and forward in time- not just from present to past, but also within chapters, where something is mentioned and then expanded on in a later chapter, so the reader will find it important to pay close attention to what is said in order not to miss important plot points. The narration was good. The suspense built up in a way that made me want to keep listening to the very end. Overall, a well-done suspense novel that focuses on character development and plot, rather than police procedural. Recommended.

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16 of 17 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 07-09-18

Better than her first novel!

Teresa Driscoll's first novel titled I Am Watching You earned 2 stars, so I decided to give her a second chance with THE FRIEND. THE FRIEND is better but still not very good. Like her first novel the author writes this in the first person of the protagonist. Like her first novel the protagonist here does lots and lots of navel gazing in telling the story. What saves THE FRIEND is the conclusion which brings the story together and almost makes the 7 hours of boredom worthwhile. In any case I'm finished with author Teresa Driscoll.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By David M on 03-22-18

Another great book from Teresa Driscoll

After listening to "I am Watching You" I have been waiting for this new book by the same author. It did not disappoint. There were some commonalities but I'm pleased to say that it is a completely fresh story full of intrigue and suspense.
The police investigation in this story plays only a small part, the story is almost all about Sophie and her family who moved from London to the rural South West where they meet Emma (the friend). The suspense is largely delivered by the use of multiple time frames. There are so many different time frames towards the end of the book, jumping back and forth that it took some concentration. The final epilogue tied up all the loose ends in a very satisfactory way.
Luckily there was a lot more to the story than they give away in the official trailer. It is not all about the girl on the train trying to rush back home, far from it.
I'm not sure I liked the narrator's voice much. It mostly sounded clipped and angry when I think she was really trying to convey a tone of distress.
In all, a good read/listen. I would recommend it.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs H. on 05-04-18

An OK listen

I found this book OK. The storyline was fairly good, a little loose at the end but it kept me interested.

I struggled with the narrator. She had an awful voice, felt far too harsh and rushed. Wouldnt listen to her again unfortunately.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Ms Rosalind Hearder on 08-13-18

Kept hoping the protagonist would die...

I love easy, brainless thrillers. But this was a struggle to get through. Awful, hysterical fever pitch narration. Predictable and ultimately boring plot. The main character was whiny, self-pitying, thick, annoying and made everything about her. Typically weak, one-dimensional male characters. The 'villain' was the only interesting character! Don't bother.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adrianna Strafella Coyte-King on 07-03-18

Intriguing

Unexpected twists. Kept me listen from beginning to end in anticipation. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book.

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