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The Best of Friends

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An unthinkable tragedy forever changes a group of teens and turns family against family in this edge-of-your-seat thriller that begs to be heard in one sitting.

Best friends Lindsey, Kendra, and Dani endure every parent’s nightmare when a tragic accident befalls their teenage boys, leaving one dead, another in a coma, and a third too traumatized to speak. 

Reeling from the worst night of their lives, the three mothers plunge into a desperate investigation of the bizarre incident. How could something so horrible happen in their wealthy Southern California suburb? 

They soon discover that the accident was just the beginning, and troubling discoveries lead to chilling questions: Do they really know their children? Do they even know each other? As more secrets surface, a fog of doubt and suspicion threatens to poison their families, their friendships, and the whole community. 

With the illusion of happiness and safety long gone, these women must now confront the hazards of heartbreak, the consequences of jealousy, and the dangers of living double lives.

©2020 by Heather Berry. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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disappointing listen

I love all of Berry's books and Inwas very excited when this pre-order landed in my library. however, I found this very pedestrian and boring. Very dissapointed and annoyed that I've wasted a credit on it.

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  • Corinne
  • 18-08-20

I'm only 1/4 of the way in...

And I'm already hooked!!! Let's hope there rest of the book keeps the same pace.... 🤞🏼😍

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  • A Customer
  • 15-09-20

Synopsis is well-written but misleading. Minimal mystery. Women’s fiction w angsty melodrama.

Here’s my first bit of advice: Listen to the Audible version & pass on Kindle. I was eager to read about three distraught mothers who investigate the tragedy that left one of their sons dead, another brain dead, and the third psychologically damaged. The prologue hooked me, as did the first 25 pages—but at 10% into the book, there are already 16 characters, not counting tertiaries. This is set in an upper-middle class, very White neighborhood in SoCal—with McMansions, privileged children, clueless parents, spoiled athlete sons, private schools, drugs, and alcohol abuse. Yes, cliches galore. Five eye roll emojis for the kids’ names: Sutton, Wyatt, Caleb, Sawyer, Reese, and Luna. Happily, one is named Jacob. As a whole, the mom characters are unsympathetic, as are their sons, but I did like Luna, a college age teen. Character development is minimal, although very short chapters feature the moms’ POVs. Goodread reviewers pointed out that their voices are too similar, so before frustration set in, I switched to the Audible version. Problem solved! Three narrators—Amy Rubinate, Tara Sands and Coleen Marlo—are skilled voice-actors who give the moms distinctive voices. This book has many hanging threads. Which mom had the terrible eating disorder? Who had a drinking problem? What was the horrible situation one mom experience whilst in high school? Who else was involved? How were the women affected by these problems? Or did the author just decide to toss in the kitchen sink for padding? Minus 1/2 star for the ridiculous epilogue, which could have been omitted. Docked another 1/2 star for the unbelievable and seemingly supernatural “miracle”—which grants a sort of HEA to one family. I’m in the minority of reviewers, so if you enjoy women’s fiction or domestic drama, please read this w a shaker of salt. Trigger warnings: suicide, murder, domestic abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, subplots that go nowhere.

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  • MA Reviewer
  • 08-09-20

BEST OF FRIENDS was not the BEST....

Lucinda Berry, did you really write this book? Lucinda Berry's "When She Returned" earned a 5-star rave review from me. Unfortunately, "The Best of Friends" did not seem like it was written by the same author and was certainly not "the best" effort by this author. Just like "When She Returned", this book revolved around a horrific event. This, however, is where the similarities of the two books ended. When I listened to "When She Returned"., I remember that I was unable to stop listening to it. While listening to "The Best of Friends", I kept on wanting to abandon the book. Unfortunately, I listened to the book in its entirety, optimistically hoping that it would get better but it never did. I am unable to comment on the character development of the three best friends showcased in this book --- because character development did not exist. Quite frankly, it was hard to keep who-was-who straight. And the book just dragged on-and-on-and-on. ...with a "surprise ending" that was very predictable. UGH! Looking at the half-full cup, the narrators did a superb job. Sooooo disappointing!

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  • Brenda Kimbrough
  • 23-08-20

Slow, slow, slow. Boring.

I expected an interesting story due to the summary. I kept waiting for things to pick up and get a bit mysterious. Never happened. Boring and depressing. I would return it, but have listened too long For it to seem legitimate.

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  • Sheila S
  • 23-08-20

Melodrama

There were so many characters here that I had to develop a chart to keep everyone straight. Despite my confusion, the storyline was initially engaging. This was a tough tale to resolve, and the ending seemed rushed and unsatisfying. Overall rating: 3.5 stars rounded up

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  • Christina Moore
  • 24-10-20

Amazing!! Please please read this book! If you have children it’s so gripping and emotional!

I was obsessed each morning and after work to get on audible and listen to this book!

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  • Renee Elizabeth
  • 11-10-20

fantastic!

incredible story. Wow! I loved this audiobook! My sister recommended this author to me and I am sure glad she did. Narration was spot on.

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  • Rebecca Knooihuizen
  • 06-10-20

It's just not a good book

Nobody has a personality. "Mystery" just ok enough to finish 2nd half at 2x speed.

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  • Schase
  • 30-09-20

Another great book!

Loved the first book I read by Lucinda Berry. Couldn’t stop listening. Loved this one too. So many twists and turns and unexpected outcomes that you don’t want to stop listening. The only thing I found difficult was keeping all the ladies straight - who was married to who and who had which kids! I’m awful remembering names so I had to make a cheat sheet to look at for every chapter and see which of the women speaking was with which family! But I loved the book - Great listen!

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  • Susan
  • 29-09-20

I should have known-women’s issues!

While I enjoyed the mystery surrounding the kids, I did not enjoy the women’s story (issues) surrounding it. The narration was irritating. I also found the substance abuse issue rather disproportionate. The women seemed not in the least concerned about their kids drinking but the drug used for ADHD sent the mothers and fathers into hysterics. While I don’t approve of abusing prescription drugs, I see adderall help many kids every day (when taken appropriately). I don’t know if this woman had a bad experience with the drug (as anybody can with any drug) but I hope the completely negative light she shed on this medication doesn’t stop moms whose children are truly ADHD and need the medicine to survive in school.