Do not adjust your sets. You are not seeing things and this is not a duplicated post!. Today it is Mandie’s turn to share her thoughts on Rachel Amphlett’s brand new psychological thriller, The Friend Who Lied. The book that is so good, we’ve featured it twice! Thanks to Sarah Hardy at book On The Bight Side Publicity for asking us. Before you find out what Mandie thinks, here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
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Lisa Ashton receives a last-minute reprieve from death two weeks before her birthday. Regaining consciousness, she is horrified to learn one of her friends has been killed – and saved her life.
As she recovers, she uncovers a trail of carefully guarded reputations, disturbing rumours, and lies. Soon, Lisa begins to wonder if one of her friends is hiding a terrible secret.
Because five of them entered the escape room that day, and only four got out alive.
And someone is determined to cover their tracks before she can find out the truth.
Can Lisa find the killer before someone else dies?
Every now and again I feel that I just collect books, fully intending to read them but not being one of the quickest readers and with life sometimes getting in the way they just seem to pile up leaving me feeling guilty. Having finally found a bit of time to myself I jumped at the chance to read the Friend Who Lied. This book not only helped restore my real love of reading but kept me so intrigued by it that I devoured it in one day.
We meet Lisa who has been handed a gift that will mean that she now has a chance to grow old. This gift however has come at the cost of Simon one of her group of friends. As she recovers and tries to fill in gaps in her memory, she senses that her remaining friends are keeping secrets and avoiding her. As the cracks begin to show in their once tight group and past events start to surface, like Lisa you are left trying to work out what really happened that day.
With the story being told from the viewpoints of Lisa, Dave, Bec and Hayley you start to doubt who you can trust and which one of them is being the most truthful. For friends they certainly liked to have something on at least one of the others in the group, almost as an insurance policy if things became really tricky. Each one of them clearly has a reason for not liking Simon, and even though he was the actual victim, he really didn’t seem to have any redeeming qualities so it was hard to feel sorry for him. The police investigations at times had me wondering if there was more to his death or if it was just an accident. As the story progressed and questions were answered, things started to make sense.
If there was one thing that niggled me a bit about the book it would have to be the ending. With the story being told from four different perspectives it would have been hard (and very long) to tie up each narrative individually. It made sense for the story to be wrapped up by the same person who started it, but if I am honest I would have enjoyed the book just as much without that final chapter as it just seemed a bit quick. That being said The Friend Who Lied as a fantastic psychological thriller that will engage the reader and I would happily recommend to anyone who is a fan of this genre.
About the Author
Before turning to writing, USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.
She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor and English Spy Mysteries espionage novels and theDetective Kay Hunter British police procedural series.
She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.