The Loyal Friend – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Loyal Friend

Author:- A.A. Chaudhuri

No. of pages:- 341 pages

Date published:- will be published on June 23rd 2022

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall:- 5/5

She has your back.

And may stab you in it.

Wealthy, pampered Susan is living the perfect life in leafy Kingston. She’ll never let anyone see the darkness she’s concealing behind the diamonds and rosé.

Grace is new to the group, seemingly the perfect wife and mum. Yet no one knows the truth of what’s happening behind closed doors.

Loner Natalie hides the pain of her childhood behind a carefully ordered life. But how long can the past stay hidden?

Three unlikely friends, brought together for a weekly class run by beautiful, friendly, instructor, Jade.

But when Jade goes missing in mysterious circumstances, the group starts to unravel. And as their darkest secrets come to light, it seems that no one can be trusted. Even their closest friends…

A heart-in-your-mouth thriller that builds twist after twist, culminating in an unforgettable ending. This shocking, tense and gripping read will delight fans of T.M. Logan, B.A. Paris and Big Little Lies.

This psychological thriller will actually put you on the edge–this was actually really good!

The story starts with Natalie’s roommate, Jade gone missing. Jade, Natalie, Susan and Grace have all met each other at a gym and the story is told from each of these women’s perspectives, dividing between then and now. One of them could be a suspect with their own agenda of wanting Jade gone.

This thriller is actually fast paced which makes it more intriguing and interesting. What makes this thriller more fascinating is the fact that, Natalie, Susan and Grace could be all suspects. Natalie is a very unreliable character with troubled childhood and a problem of sleepwalking. Susan and Grace’s husbands seemed to have had a tordid affairs with Jade which made both the women suspect as well. There were twists and turns, which is a plus sign of a thriller that made the reader wonder who could actually be the suspect and what really happened to Jade. The ending was what left me unexpected and this all made this book a great thriller to read.

If you are looking for twisted thriller which is unputdownable and will keep you on the edge, I would recommend this one–worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Hera for ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

A. A. Chaudhuri is a former City lawyer. After gaining a degree in History at University College London, she later trained as a solicitor and worked for several major London law firms before leaving law to pursue her passion for writing.

She is the author of The Scribe and The Abduction, books 1 and 2 of her Kramer & Carver legal thriller series featuring the feisty Maddy Kramer, also published in audio.

Her first highly acclaimed psychological thriller with Hera Books, She’s Mine, was published on kindle, paperback and audio in August 2021 and in April 2022 was named the LJ Ross Book Club pick of the month. The Loyal Friend will be published on 23rd June 2022 and has already received widespread praise.

Represented by Annette Crossland of A for Authors Literary Agency, she lives in Surrey with her family, and loves films, all things Italian and a good margarita!

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