The Best Friend by Shalini Boland – review.


‘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 realise 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 ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will have you up all night reading. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Wife Between Us this book is for you.

About the author

Shalini Boland is the million-copy, USA-Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers: ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’, ‘THE BEST FRIEND’, ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (optioned for TV by Legendary Studios), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’, ‘THE CHILD NEXT DOOR’, ‘THE SILENT SISTER’, ‘THE PERFECT FAMILY’, ‘THE MARRIAGE BETRAYAL’ and ‘THE OTHER DAUGHTER’.

ONE OF US IS LYING is out now!

Her titles are published by Bookouture, Grand Central (USA), and Tantor.

Shalini lives by the sea in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and sorting endless baskets of laundry).

Be the first to hear about her new releases here:

She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

My thoughts

I whizzed through this book! Couldn’t put it down, so it has to be an ‘absolutely brilliant’ from me. On the second night of reading ‘The Best Friend,’ I stayed up until half one in the morning as I had to know what was going to happen next – and believe me, it couldn’t wait.

I loved the start. New school for Louisa’s little boy. Worries about fitting in; the other parents; making friends. I think we’ve all been there. Louisa’s feelings at this point are relatable to any parent. So far, so normal – but then, the ripples of ooh-err-what-hmm, start to come into play. Are they warranted? Or, are we buying into some sort of paranoia? I loved how this book just lured me in and I couldn’t decide. Then the heat was turned up to the point of no return, but for who? The lovely new friend Darcy, or Louisa.

I’ll just mention the gorgeous Sandbanks (Poole) setting. The descriptions were perfect, allowing me to immerse myself in the setting. I managed to visualise the streets, the beach, and Darcy’s beautiful home.

Shalini has an easy-to-read writing style that makes me forget that I’m reading. The images form in my head with ease. And that ending, what an explosion! Wow! It’s a definite must read for any fan of the psychological thriller genre. Fast, furious, twisty and sinister. Loved, loved, loved it!

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
This entry was posted in Book Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to The Best Friend by Shalini Boland – review.

  1. Pingback: The Wife by Shalini Boland – review. | Carla Kovach – Author

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s