My thanks (and desperate apologies for posting late) to Danielle Price for inviting me to join the blog tour for The Loyal Friend by A.A. Chaudhuri published by Hera Books.
She has your back.
And may stab you in it.
Wealthy, pampered Susan is living the perfect life in leafy Kingston. She’ll never let anyone see the darkness she’s concealing behind the diamonds and rosé.
Grace is new to the group, seemingly the perfect wife and mum. Yet no one knows the truth of what’s happening behind closed doors.
Loner Natalie hides the pain of her childhood behind a carefully ordered life. But how long can the past stay hidden?
Three unlikely friends, brought together for a weekly class run by beautiful, friendly, instructor, Jade.
But when Jade goes missing in mysterious circumstances, the group starts to unravel. And as their darkest secrets come to light, it seems that no one can be trusted. Even their closest friends…
A heart-in-your-mouth thriller that builds twist after twist, culminating in an unforgettable ending. This shocking, tense and gripping read will delight fans of T.M. Logan, B.A. Paris and Big Little Lies.
Our Author – A.A. Chaudhuri
A. A. Chaudhuri is a former City lawyer. After gaining a degree in History at University College London, she later trained as a solicitor and worked for several major London law firms before leaving law to pursue her passion for writing. She is the author of The Scribe and The Abduction, books 1 and 2 of her Kramer & Carver legal thriller series featuring the feisty Maddy Kramer, also published in audio. Her first psychological thriller with Hera Books, She’s Mine, was published on kindle, paperback and audio in August 2021, her second due to be published in June 2022. Represented by Annette Crossland of A for Authors Literary Agency, she lives in Surrey with her family, and loves films, all things Italian and a good margarita!
My Review – The Loyal Friend
We meet the four main character, all women – Jade’s just started works as a fitness instructor in the gym where they all meet, little do they know their lives are already embroiled. Natalie is a quiet and meek librarian, Susan is a woman on the edge – she’s so close to losing everything – including her husband. Then there’s Grace, who appears to be the perfect wife and mother. The story is told through each of these characters points of view, with chapters by each, as their secrets and lies come to light.
The story takes you to and fro in time, going from Natalie’s childhood, to current day and each chapters takes you deeper into why the four are where they are in the stages of their lives and when Jade doesn’t show up to teach her class at the gym the Police get involved and the lies each tell roll them further into the web of lies that been building for years.
Natalie’s brother died in jail, she’s been alone since. And Susan’s upbringing makes her spend money frivolously on things she doesn’t need. Long suffering Grace needs to get her life back on track. And Jade has secrets that bind them all.
Can Jade get her revenge? Will she earn back the respect she believes she deserves?
A exciting and well plotted psychological thriller and a half, from page 1 to the bitter end it’s characters race through their memories and pasts explaining why they are where they are at right now. Taking who and what they needed along the way.
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