by Ruth O’Neill
Genre: Contempory Thriller
Some secrets never leave us alone…
Gemma Peacock’s life was perfect – or at least, she thought it was. She had a home she loved, a job she enjoyed, and a husband she adored. The only cloud on the horizon was the continuing tension between Gemma and her mother-in-law, but that’s the same for everyone, right?
After the death of her beloved husband, Ritchie, everything begins to fall apart.
Indiana Manors’ life, on the other hand, is far from perfect – but she knows just what she has to do to fix it. Befriend Gemma Peacock – and destroy her.
Befriended is an exciting, contemporary thriller that will keep you on the very edge of your seat. This book will toy with your emotions time and time again – and keep you coming back for more.
Karen’s Book Buzz Blog
This cover is probably one of the most vivid I have seen. It instantly attracts you to it and everytime I saw it, I had to comment. Then one day on Istagram, the author asked if I would like to review it. I generally always say no because I like to choose my own books and there is nothing worse than agreeing to read and review a book only to discover you don’t like it. It takes the pleasure out of something I love doing.
For the first couple of paragraphs, I thought this was going to be one of those hard books. The main character, Gemma had lost her husband in a tragic car accident and it began on the day of the funeral. Using a few words to describe grief is powerful. After paragraphs of it, I began to regret my decision.
However, I said I would read it and it would take me longer than usual – then something changed. Gemma meets the manipulative Indiana who has a plan for Gemma as she tries to work herself into Gemma’s life. A psychological thriller, I wasn’t expecting. The book took a turn I hadn’t expected and it piqued my interested.
Indiana was doing the things I expected her to do, alienating Gemma’s best friend and a potential boyfriend by telling lies of how it was best to leave Gemma alone with her grief.
Then the story twists again. Indiana has a bipola disorder, and mental illness issues are highlighted. Gemma, instead of turning away like in all good thrillers, wants to help. This makes the story even more interesting as the author reveals innocent characters mentioned earlier, that turn out to be much more involved than I first imagined. A quarter way through the book, I was totally hooked.
It’s great and clever story telling. When you think you have a simple plot, and turns out to be whole lot more, you can’t get better.
Usually, I come across one or two errors, little typos that are always present in books. I didn’t find one, and this is a big read. The only thing that caught my attention was Gemma getting ready for a date, showered, and shaved her legs and arms. Do women shave their arms? I’ve never heard of that before, and wondered whether she meant underarms?
Another, highly recommended story.
#mental illness #psychological #thriller #bipola