Friday, June 29, 2018

The Friend

Book: The Friend
Author: Teresa Driscoll

On a train with her husband, miles from home and their four-year-old son, Ben, Sophie receives a chilling phone call. Two boys are in hospital after a tragic accident. One of them is Ben.

She thought she could trust Emma, her new friend, to look after her little boy. After all, Emma’s a kindred spirit—someone Sophie was sure she could bare her soul to, despite the village rumours. But Sophie can’t shake the feeling that she’s made an unforgivable mistake and now her whole family is in danger.

Because how well does she know Emma, really? Should she have trusted her at all?

Time is running out. Powerless to help her child, still hours from home, Sophie is about to discover the truth. And her life will never be the same.-Goodreads

Review: Sophie is a stay-at-home mom to 4-year old Ben. When single mom Emma moves into the village with a young son, they become friends. Emma rubs everyone the wrong way but Sophie can't see it-she's thrilled to have a new friend and someone for Ben to play with. Told almost exclusively from Sophie's point of view, we follow a present day time frame where Sophie is on a train and has discovered something has happened to Ben and another timeline, a few months earlier, as the women develop their friendship. 

I enjoyed this book but there was a big miss here with Emma. This book is almost entirely Sophie's point of view (with a few chapters from Emma and Sophie's husband). I think a more even split with Emma would have spiced things up quite a bit. 

Grade: 3/5

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