Title: My Best Friend’s Secret
Author: Emily Freud
Publication Date: 22nd July 2021
Kate Sullivan has a beautiful home, a job she loves and a handsome fiancé: all she’d ever dreamed of since getting sober and painstakingly piecing her life back together.
But a chance encounter with her old best friend Becky threatens Kate’s newfound and fragile happiness. Kate remembers nothing of their last drunken night out, the night Becky broke off their friendship without warning or explanation.
With Becky back in her life, Kate is desperate to make amends for the past. For the closure she craves, Kate needs to know what she did that ruined everything. But what if the truth is worse than Kate could have imagined?
I love books that involve an exploration of female friendship and My Best Friend’s Secret does that and much more just beautifully. The story follows Kate, a recovering alcoholic who has painstakingly rebuilt her life and now has a great job, home and fiancé. However – when Becky, Kate’s former best friend, turns up in her life after a ten year absence Kate is forced to look back at the wreckage of her drinking days and attempt to piece together whatever dark event ruined their friendship.
I flew through My Best Friend’s Secret, totally engrossed in Kate’s story. The way addiction is portrayed as a lifelong and constant struggle is moving and genuine. There’s also an emphasis on how alcoholism has a detrimental impact on not only the person themselves but on their friends and family. I felt so much empathy for Kate as she desperately tried to stay in control of her impulse to self destruct and put herself down whilst she attempts to make amends with Becky and find out what happened the night their friendship ended. The plot clips along at a fantastic pace and there were several developments that I didn’t see coming at all whilst an unsettling atmosphere of tension permeates the whole novel. My Best Friend’s Secret is a sensitively written and consistently compelling thriller which I highly recommend!
I kindly received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.