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The Good Friend is a brand new thriller / psychological drama novel by Jo Baldwin about love, lies, and obsession.
Once upon a time they were best friends.
They were all friends.
So when Jenny moved to Australia to focus on her swimming career, she not only lost Kath, but her soulmate Tom. It was for the best. Or so they said.
The Good Friend is about Jenny, her ex-boyfriend Tom, and her best friend Kath, who also happens to be Tom’s wife. Jenny decides to visit Kath and Tom in rural France. Initially, the two women instantly reconnect and enjoy the friendship they had as teenagers. However, some strange and malicious behaviour soon leads Jenny to suspect something is wrong with her friend.
I really enjoyed The Good Friend. A lot.
As I was reading, I was struck by the lengths a supposed friend goes to in order to destroy somebody else’s life. It was incredibly uncomfortable to read, but enthralling at the same time. This was helped by the fact that the chapters end on cliff-hangers, to increase tension.
I thought the writing was good, particularly Baldwin’s creative use of imagery, which really helped to make the descriptions as vivid as possible.
I loved the Kath’s deviancy (I do like a well-fleshed out villain), even if some of her actions were a little predictable.
Personally, I think Kath could have been even more manipulative and obsessive. For example, if Kath had begun to dress like Jenny, or copy her body language slightly, this would emphasise just how obsessed Kath is with Jenny’s life and Jenny’s personality, making The Good Friend an even creepier read.
Following on from this, I thought Jenny was a little too self-aware at times of Kath’s manipulation over her life and family. I think it would have been more sinister to reveal Kath’s true intentions, if Jenny had been kept completely unaware to begin with, thinking Kath was just being a Good Friend.
These are small criticisms however, as I did really enjoy reading The Good Friend and would definitely read a sequel, if it existed.
The Good Friend was released on 21st February 2019 and is available to buy as a paperback from Amazon.co.uk.
Star Rating: 4.5/5 Stars