Keep Your Friends Close, a review by Shelley

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KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE
Lucinda Berry

Thomas & Mercer
Publication Date: November 7th, 2023
287 Pages
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Yes one star but I am going to start off with the good stuff. Told from multiple points of view and we have Now and Then chapters, this is my favourite format style, especially for thrillers. None of the characters were likeable but in this case, it’s a good thing because they are all suspect but for them to call each other friends is a stretch, there is nothing friendly about this bunch.

This book started off well enough and I was clicking along at a good pace. It claims to be a fast-paced thriller and it meets the criteria but I had some HUGE problems with this one. My biggest problem was with how mental health issues were portrayed. It wasn’t very realistic and was so over the top by the end that I felt angry. But let’s just say the author did that for entertainment purposes…I get that so I figured this was a pretty decent three-star read and the reveal was a surprise because the author threw in so many red herrings it was impossible to guess and I liked that. There were a bunch of other problems I had with the plot…

SPOILER A killer lesbian wife who goes off the rails, the affair of the second best friend with her best friend’s husband who turns out to hate them both and runs away, the madame of the neighbourhood running an escort service and best of all… embryo theft…Not just one but she stole two embryos! END SPOILER

…that were so stupid and so cringy I was shaking my head and rolling my eyes so much my family thought I was having a seizure. It was all just so unhinged and wildly unbelievable. I have no idea how this book has such high ratings, it was so dumb.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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