Today I am sharing my review for The Silent Friend by Diane Jeffrey. This was released on the 4th of November, published by HQ Digital.
The Silent Friend by Diane Jeffrey
Release Date: 4th of November 2020
Print Length: 312 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: HQ Digital
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One night changed everything.
For Laura and Sandy, one tragic event changed the course of their lives forever.
Now they are the only ones who understand each another, drawn together by the night that changed everything.
But one of them is keeping a secret that could destroy their fragile friendship. Only she knows just how closely their lives are linked.
I can’t believe I have never read a book by Diane Jeffrey before! What a massive rock I had been hiding under all this time! Well, I am so glad that The Silent Friend popped up on my radar so I could crawl out from underneath it and be introduced to another fantastic author!
The Silent Friend is not the story I expected it to be, but ended up being so much more. While the blurb does not mention the catalysis of the story, I do have to say that it does deal with a mass shooting, so for those of you that have been affected by this, it may be a trigger for you.
The story is an interesting exploration of the impacts to relationships of family and friends as a result of a terror attack. It plays out over duel timelines with the narrative alternating from the present to the recent past and even though it is at times a tough read, I like how Diane Jeffrey focused more on the emotions of the characters than of the act itself.
I really enjoyed Diane Jeffrey’s style and through writing that is so vivid, I felt like I was also part of the story experiencing it with the characters. The writing is on point, the narrative is strong and it is just so raw and honest. She really goes deep into the psyches of the two main characters, who have both been incredibly well written.
The Silent Friend is one of those books that gets under you skin and will stay with you for a long time to come. It is highly emotive, powerful, compelling and it just takes you over. I am so glad that I have now been exposed to Diane Jeffrey’s work and I look forward to reading more from her.
Thank you to Diane Jeffrey, HQ Digital and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Silent Friend, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Diane Jeffrey
I was born in 1973 and grew up in North Devon in the UK. I spent a lot of my childhood in the water: either in the swimming pool or the Atlantic Ocean, as I swam competitively and also did surf life saving for several years. I was actually the first female lifeguard to work on the beaches in the UK. This is probably my main claim to fame!
After obtaining a BA joint honours degree in French and German from the University of Nottingham, I decided to become a teacher. As I felt that I wasn’t fluent enough in French or German to teach either subject, I moved to France, where I became an English teacher. I now live in Lyon with my husband and our three children, black Labrador and cat.
I’ve always wanted to be an author and I started writing poems and short stories at about five years of age. After lots of rejection letters and emails over the years from agents and editors, my debut novel was published when I was 43, which just goes to show: you should never give up!
I have written four psychological thrillers, all published by HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins, and all bestselling ebooks: Those Who Lie (2017), He Will Find You (2018), The Guilty Mother (2019), a USA Today bestseller, and The Silent Friend (2020). I am currently working on my fifth novel.
When I’m not teaching or writing, I run (a little) and swim (a lot). I devour chocolate, books and beer. I love holidays and travelling. Above all, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
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