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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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Very enjoyable

Listened to this over three days as I kept wanting to know what happened next. Superbly written and narrated. Would definitely recommend this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • mary
  • Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 29-01-17

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.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Overall excellent book

It took me a little while to get used to the narrator, some of her accents were a little confusing but I loved the story

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Predictable

Sadly predictable and the narrative is tedious. It’s pronounced says not ‘sez’. I’m not sure why it’s called ‘the best friend’ as clearly, from the beginning they’re not friends.

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Good

Not as good as Child next Door but still a good read , narrator helped it to be a good listen

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Great

Great read Great narrator and I will be looking for books with the same narrator x

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Good Thriller

Sometimes you have to suspend your disbelief, particularly regarding Louisa's husband's inability to believe his wife, but aside from that a very good read

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  • Tony M
  • 30-07-17

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.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Lauren Hanejko
  • 15-02-17

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.

39 of 41 people found this review helpful

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  • Kerstin H
  • 14-02-17

started good but..

the book started out pretty strong and kept my interest, preventing me from falling asleep behind the wheel... I spend many hours every day in commuter traffic in the Bay Area and tjank god for listening to audio books.
Started good but then the story got more and more stupid. Alsi the main character Louisa was getting on my nerves, so annoying and so whiney.
If you want to listen/read a GREAT book check out "Find Her" by Lisa Gardner!!

65 of 70 people found this review helpful

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  • Denyece Roberts
  • 08-01-17

The book was amazing it kept you on your toes I was shocked at the end good choice good plot Amazing

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in psychological thrillers I would also recommend this book to mental help and social work profession is alike I chose the rating of five because the book kept you on edge and it kept your interest

38 of 41 people found this review helpful

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  • Natasha
  • 15-01-17

Gripping!!!!!

If you are looking for a book in which you cannot put down, this is it. The performance by the narrator was outstanding, I will not hesitate to add another book to my collection containing this narrator. The storyline was gripping from the beginning to the end. Shalini's main characters was excellently played out. I was surprised at th ending, didn't see it coming.i will recommend this book right away, just get it!!

37 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • 04-02-18

Most of the book and narration were boring!

The female antagonist in The Best Friend is truly evil; she's like Amy Dunne on steroids. Despite the boredom I'm glad I finished the novel. The last 3 hours of The Best Friend are really, really good, if you can stay with it through the first 4.5 boring hours. I recommend this novel only for those who like intense psychological thrillers.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • elizabeth
  • 10-08-17

To be fair, I stopped listening after 30-45 min

I had to stop. This book started out with such boring stereotypical flimsy characters I just couldn't stand it. Add to that that the narrator spoke in a monotone and it just wasn't for me. The lead character is an insecure bored lady with overwhelming love for her child and husband. She gets bullied by her husband, by her "new best friend", and buy it sounds like just about all of England's class standards. I don't know how the book turns out, I don't care how the book turns out.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-03-17

Better then I thought

Really great! I usually get bored when I know what will happen in a book. This one kept me interested and wanting to listen to every word.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-17

Awesome story!

Could not put it down! I is an excellently crafted thriller. Can't wait to read more by the author!

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Ryder
  • 03-08-17

Kept Me Interested!

Bought this as the daily deal, and wasn't really expecting that much, but must say that I actually liked it. Even though I figured out what was happening pretty early in the story, it was still quite good, and made me want to listen to the whole audiobook in a single sitting. Scary to think that one person can enter your life with ill intent, and shake it all up. Thoroughly enjoyed the narration. Each of her voices for the characters was easily identified and believable. Don't know if I will keep this book, since probably won't reread it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful