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The Best Friend

By: Shalini Boland
Narrated by: Katie Villa
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Publisher's Summary

"I can tell we’re going to be the best of friends...."

When Louisa Sullivan takes her little boy to his first playdate at a new friend’s house, she doesn’t realize life is about to change for her family. Because she’s about to meet Darcy Lane.

Darcy is a woman who has everything—a dream house, a powerful husband, and enviable wealth. 

She’s the perfect wife.

The perfect friend.

The perfect liar.

From the top 10 best-selling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will have you up all night. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and The Wife Between Us, this book is for you.

©2022 Shalini Boland (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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kept me interested

Great setting, storyline, character development. Flowed very easy and kept my interest. This is the typical badgirl / good girl storyline but was told in a refreshing way.

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What a waste of money and time

The worst book since a loooong time: no plot, no style, not story, just booooooring!
Do not buy!
Magdalena Biela, Finland

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Good read

Overall not bad. At first the main character annoys you because of how naive and weak she is until you see her character starts to grow. But i guess thats how life is your experiences mold you and let you gain insight sight.

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I wanted to love it

There were SO many times throughout this book that I felt like stopping & returning it. The narrator was wonderful but the story was very predictable. Louisa was so frustrating. How can anyone be that naive????

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Good Read

It was a good Read but pretty predictable for the most part. I think her husband should have been more supportive .

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Loved this book....

I am definitely a fan of this writer. Great story.
Will look forward to reading more of this author's work.

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the narrator shouldn't be punished for this traves

travesty, is the word . apart from the narrator, the story was just ...OK. I'll be gentle. I had to really go back to confirm the timeline of the story. I have never met anyone in my life who'd be so meek. that husband would've stayed gone. I am just so disappointed

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Come on!!!

Why are all of the main characters so idiotic??? Spoiler alert! But what woman would purposely send her husband running with another woman???

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Twista!

Thid is My favorite narrator first, I search for books she narrates.. Secondly this book was a great listen. Never a dull moment. worth the credit! First time with the author I'll be looking at other books she's written.

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Love Shalini!

Yes, her books follow a formula and seem to all glide along a similar storyline, but that’s what makes her reads so successful. She’s got it all down pat and wrapped up in a shiny bow. I can tell you from experience that although the plot of The Best Friend is far fetched and unlikely, I had a best friend who turned out to be a narcissistic manipulative con artist, so these things DO happen - maybe not to the point of murder… right? Well done Shalini. You’re my new favorite author.

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  • Kerri H
  • 07-10-22

Great tale

Have definitely read it before but enjoyed listening even though I knew what happens! Great narration

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  • nutster
  • 10-30-22

Gripping from first chapter

A brilliant thriller with unexpected twists and turns keeping me wanting to never put the audible book down

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  • Janey H
  • 09-01-22

Fabulous Listen

I have finished this book after 2 days. A brilliant story which although took a few chapters to get into was just brilliant. This is the third book I have listed to by Shalini Boland and have already downloaded my fourth. Brilliant narration by Katie Villa too.
Highly recommend.

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  • jill penny
  • 12-01-22

Soul crushingly dull

Fell asleep after Chapter 3. Woke up to a slasher fest. Awful. Never again.

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  • Heather Wight
  • 11-12-22

The Best Friend

Well I was captured by this story and the fantastic narration until the last few chapters when it turned quite ridiculous! However I had kind of predicted the way it would go but it was a bit daft all the same. Enjoyable though and it shouldn’t deter anyone who was thinking of choosing it.

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  • A PLC
  • 11-01-22

The story could be written by a 6 year old!

I struggled to finish this. Extremely boring, slow and predictable . No idea how it got the high ratings. The narrator is very good though. But the story is lacking humor, suspense...basically it's the most boring reads I've experienced for months

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  • Barry
  • 07-22-22

rubbish

Way over the top, boring, predictable and ridiculous, cant be bothered to finish it. Totaly unbelievble

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  • French in London
  • 07-11-22

Wingy main character

Very annoying and wingy main character. Completely improbable storyline. The husband is painfully stupid. The worst of Boland’s books I’ve listened to. I fast forwarded to the end and was relieved when I reached it.

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  • Louise
  • 06-13-22

A bit silly and too far fetched at times.

I try not to give anything away when I review a book as I hate it when someone puts ‘rubbish ending’ or ‘she dies in the end’ so I’ll just say that it’s got a very silly protagonist telling the story. I wanted to shake her & say stop being so dopey. I finished it but that was mainly in respect to the excellent narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-22

Has Shalini read / watched fifty shades of grey ?

The Best Friend I had somewhat guessed just under halfway through listening to this one from Shalini whst the outcome would be some what. when the fostering and adoption came into the book a jealous other child who had been in foster care and overlooked for another one. Of course there are vast differences in books I won't say too much for it to be a spoiler alert. I still quite enjoyed it not nearly as much as some of the others but still a decent listen. narration was fantastic as always from Katie villa

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-22

lame

very long, boring and predictable.
love how the villain has to explain the entire plan and motive behind said plan when she should have just done it
very Scooby doo

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  • jodie bland
  • 11-27-22

Loved it!

This story is narrated well. The storyline kept me interested and wanting to listen without a break. I will read more by this author!