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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Friend by Dorothy Koomson, read by Jennifer Saayeng, Angela Griffin, Christina Cole, Shelley Conn, Susy Kane and Sam Dillon.

What secrets would you kill to keep?

After her husband's big promotion, Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with their three children, ready to start afresh. But their new neighbourhood has a deadly secret.

Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent, was almost murdered in the grounds of the local school - the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her children.

Already anxious about making friends when the parents seem so cliquey, Cece is now also worried about her children's safety. By chance she meets Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, three very different school mothers who make her feel welcome and reassure her about her new life.

That is until Cece discovers the police believe one of her new friends tried to kill Yvonne. Reluctant to spy on her friends but determined to discover the truth, Cece must uncover the potential murderer before they strike again....

From the best-selling author of That Girl from Nowhere and When I Was Invisible comes a thrilling new novel that will have you questioning the line between right and wrong.

©2017 Dorothy Koomson (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Well Performed And Not Too Silly

If you could sum up The Friend in three words, what would they be?

Whodunnit amongst friends

Would you recommend The Friend to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, if they're looking for an easy listen. It's not thrilling or a rollercoaster ride, but it's well performed by each of the narrators and not too daft or mushy as this type of story often is. I'm probably a harsh critic and when I'd finished listening I thought that was ok and I didn't regret using my credit on it.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrators were good, not over the top but they brought life to each character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Apart from the fact that it's 15 hours long it's not on the edge of your seat stuff that made me desperate to finish it, but having said that it was enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

My genre is crime and thriller but from time to time I listen to something different. The story isn't complicated and doesn't tax the brain, but it's performed well so it's worth a listen.

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Excellent story...had me wanting more

I loved this story, kept my interest right until the end. It’s a long book to listen to, but the twists and turns of all the characters was great. Loved the difference between the ladies and how as friends they worked. Totally recommend this and all Dorothy Koomsons books.

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Interesting and different.

Narration excellent, story was different, predictable in places but some parts surprising. Definitely worth a listen.

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gripping

At first the book was confusing as it's different characters for different chapters but once I got into it, it was really gripping!!!

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Loved it.

Gripped from start to finish. Brilliant story.
I don't understand why people put all the plot etc in reviews.
You just need to read it.
Dorothy Koomson is an amazing author.

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Really enjoyable

A great story, chronicling fairly complex but intertwining lives. The women are very different but each has personal weaknesses. Weird to think of people living their lives with a mask on their past. A good listen and the various narrators are superb. Loved it!

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Another great story from Dorothy!!

Great story the narration was very good with different narrators voice in different characters the story was also took unexpected turns.

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Most boring book...

Had to abandon after 4 hours: this was the most dismally boring book. Spoiled, self-absorbed characters without an iota of interest about them. Soap opera delivery from light TV actors. I could not care less what happened to Banal Woman 1 and how that affected Banal Women Who Aren’t Getting What They Deserve In Life 2-4. Zzzzz

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Is forgotten how good she is!

I binged on Dorothy’s books years ago and for some reason had a break. This was excellent return and she did not disappoint me. Narration was great and having different voices really did bring them all alive. Another binge coming on ...

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The Friend

Lots of twists and turns, gets you interested and keeps you there all the way through. Excellent narration.