This is going to be a tough review to write. Only because this book is so brilliant, so twisty, and so clever I don't want to include ANY spoilers and potentially ruin the read for you! Because you will read this book... you have to. I say so.
A couple of weeks back, Sam over at Sleepy Sam Reads asked if I would like to do a buddy read with her. After some discussion we decided to give The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite a bash. This is a book I've had on my Kindle since it came out in July and had been desperate to read.
As it turns out, I'm not so good at buddy reads.
It all started perfectly fine and normal, I read up to the end of Chapter 7, let Sam know, and then waited for her to read to the same point so we could chat... I think I lasted maybe half a day and then had to carry on. Chapter 7 ends on a cliffhanger, it's just when the book starts to get juicy - I couldn't stop thinking about it, I had to know what was happening! Anyway, long story short, I finished the book LONG before Sam and our first buddy read was a fail due to my impatience - better luck next time?
ANYWAY. The book.
The story centres around Alex, a 40-something recovering, adult-onset anorexic. Her husband has left her, her children no longer speak to her and she lives alone. As a member of a local support group she befriends Carrie. Carrie is a vibrant young lady who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. As the story and their friendship progresses it becomes apparent that everything is not as it seems for both Alex and Carrie.
It's a twisty, turn-y, tie you in knots psychological thriller. One of the books of the year for sure.
Ever seen Hustle? The Con is On? I'll stop the review here...
Check out Sam's review over at Goodreads
A completely awesome 4.5 stars!