Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: The Friend by Teresa Driscoll (audio)

Title: The Friend
Author: Teresa Driscoll
Narrator: Henrietta Meire
Published: March 2018, Brilliance Audio
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes
Source: Publisher

The chilling new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of I Am Watching You.
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.

My thoughts: Theresa Driscoll is a new-to-me author but this will certainly not be the last time I pick up a book by her because...WOW, was this an edge-of-your seat, chilling psychological tale from start to finish. I was captivated all the way through and had a hard time putting this one down!

I loved the way this story was told - starting in the present where Sophie is on the train getting news of an accident involving her son and his friend. The problem is that both boys are injured and the hospital doesn't know which boy is which as the other adult, Sophie's friend Emma, is also injured. As Emma starts her journey home, hours away, she is stuck with her memories of meeting Emma...and so the book moves back to the past when that friendship began.

Doesn't that just intrigue you? And let me tell you, the intrigue doesn't stop there. While most of the story is told from Sophie's point of view, occasionally we get of the other character's view points. This book is full of twists and some quite scary moments that will certainly leave you gasping for breath. The panic and emotions felt throughout this book are palpable. This is what makes the book stand out - it's creepy, yet it's also incredibly intense.

This book will play on your emotions and leave you questioning whether this new friendship that Sophie has really is all that it appears to be. And that ending - it certainly surprised me! I definitely did not see that coming at all. This book is one cleverly written, tightly woven tale full of tension and suspense that kept me engaged throughout. I think having Sophie stuck on a train for the majority of the story just ramped up the tension to the extreme - well played, Teresa, well played!

Audio thoughts: I have always enjoyed listening to psychological thrillers on audio - they just seem to keep my attention, and this one was no exception! I've listened to Henrietta Meire before, so I knew I had a good narrator and I was right. She did a great job with the voices, and her tone and pacing were just right. 



  1. Does sound good! Glad you enjoyed it and I'll put it on my list for audio.

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