Title: Her Best Friend by Sarah Wray
Date Published: 28th November 2017
Genre: Psychological Thriller.
Two girls. A murder. And a secret that binds them forever.
As a teenager, Sylvie Armstrong’s life was shattered when her best friend, Victoria Bland, was murdered. The killer has never been caught – and Sylvie has never spoken about what happened that day.
Now, two decades have gone by and after the death of her mother, Sylvie is forced to return to her home town, along with her newborn daughter – only to be confronted by the secrets that she has been running from for twenty years.
But then Sylvie receives the locket Victoria was wearing on the night she died – and it becomes clear that somebody knows what really happened to Victoria.
As Sylvie struggles to discover the truth behind the lies, she finds herself in increasing danger from those who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets. Someone who threatens not only Sylvie, but everything she loves…
Another book down from my extensive tbr list! I might be able to get it under control sometime soon *laughs manically*
Sylvie has not been back to her home town of Conley since her best friend Victoria was murdered, until her mother’s death. With her newborn daughter in tow she begins to clear her mum’s house out. She runs into Victoria’s parents who tell her there’s a documentary being made trying to shine some light on Victoria’s murderer.
What really happened to Victoria that night?
The story is told from Sylvie and Sam’s view points, with chapter interspersed with flashbacks from 1995. I think this is third book I’ve read lately that has some aspect of ‘true crime’ in it. Sam, a former journalist, is looking for Victoria’s murderer and making a documentary in the process. It’s classic amateur detective trying to solve a murder stuff, I didn’t really get a psychological thriller vibe from it although it’s still an enjoyable read.
The characters were well rounded and individual from Sylvie, the neurotic new mum, to her old friend Michelle who was a little weird and creepy at times.
I really enjoyed the flashbacks. I liked getting to know a young Sylvie and Victoria who frankly was not that nice a person, but she really reminded me of girls from when I was a teenager.
Unfortunately even though the story started off so promising, the ending fell a bit flat and predictable.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.