The Best of Friends – Lucinda Berry

An unthinkable tragedy forever changes a group of teens and turns family against family in this edge-of-your-seat thriller that begs to be read in one sitting.

Best friends Lindsey, Kendra, and Dani endure every parent’s nightmare when a tragic accident befalls their teenage boys, leaving one dead, another in a coma, and a third too traumatized to speak.

Reeling from the worst night of their lives, the three mothers plunge into a desperate investigation of the bizarre incident. How could something so horrible happen in their wealthy Southern California suburb?

They soon discover that the accident was just the beginning, and troubling discoveries lead to chilling questions: Do they really know their children? Do they even know each other? As more secrets surface, a fog of doubt and suspicion threatens to poison their families, their friendships, and the whole community.

With the illusion of happiness and safety long gone, these women must now confront the hazards of heartbreak, the consequences of jealousy, and the dangers of living double lives.

Book Info: Print length: 285 pages. Publisher: Thomas & Mercer. Publication Date: 18 Aug 2020

Dr. Lucinda Berry is a former clinical psychologist and leading researcher in childhood trauma. Now, she spends her days writing full-time where she uses her clinical experience to blur the line between fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys taking her readers on a journey through the dark recesses of the human psyche. Her work has been optioned for film and translated into multiple languages.

If Berry isn’t chasing after her son, you can find her running through Los Angeles, prepping for her next marathon

My Review:

I’ve read/listened to 3 of Lucinda Berry’s books, so I knew I was going to enjoy The Best of Friends (and if you have Kindle Unlimited it’s FREE!).

To say this story starts with a bang is an understatement! Lindsay, Dani and Kendra have been bestfriends forever. They all live near each other with their husbands and children and are basically inseparable. Their teenage sons Sawyer, Jacob and Caleb are equally as close and as well as being on the school soccer team together, they spend their time partying and hanging out at each others houses.

However, a tragic accident happens one night leaving one child dead, the other in a coma and the sole survivor refuses to speak. As a mother, I read this book with my heart in my throat. This is every parents worst nightmare and as we get to know each mother in more detail, it’s impossible not to feel sympathy for them all.

From the grieving mother, the mother who refuses to believe her son won’t wake from his coma and the mother of the surviving boy, each emotion was raw and unflinching. My heart broke over and over again trying to not imagine how I would feel if anything happened to my children.

Throughout the story we try to work out what really happened on that night and even though I am amateur armchair detective, I did have my suspicions halfway through which were correct, but this didn’t spoil the book at all.

Overall, I was kept glued to the pages and thoroughly enjoyed the book. I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading more from Lucinda.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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