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  • Loved this book

    The first thing that endeared this book to me was the setting I lived in Tynemouth years ago and reading the book was like visiting it again It was wonderfully descriptive The twists and turns of the storyhad me enthralled until the very last page The casual bombhells that the author drops during the telling of the tale had me going back a few pages to make sure I had read it correctly. I generally read in bed and The Perfect Friend had me looking forward to bedtime.

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  • Turns your mind upside down and inside out!

    Wowee, when it comes to twistiness, this author has got it sussed! What a great read this is, bending your mind this way and that until you don't know which way is up and by the time I got to the end I felt like my mind had been in the tumble drier. The story follows Alex and Carrie and events which call their friendship into question. You know, I can't say much more than that because it would give the game away! Suffice to say, not much about this people is what it seems! The writing flows along at a great place, the writing is concise and so easy to read you just get wrapped up in the story. And the plotting is fabulous. I had completely misread the situation. Wonderful stuff. I will definitely be reading more by this author!

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  • I was truly left reeling after reading this book!

    4.5 Stars Alex Appleby is a successful dressmaker. but she is a broken woman. Her husband has left her and her children no longer speak to her. She is part of a support group as she is suffering from adult-onset anorexia. One of the participants in the group is Carrie, a woman dying of cancer. Alex has taken Carrie under her wing and Carrie is now like a daughter to her. The friendship goes far, far deeper as it becomes a case of "Operation Protect Carrie" as Carrie has suddenly been receiving threatening packages that Alex has been hiding from her. Is Carrie in danger, and now Alex too? What is in Carrie's past that puts her in danger now? What about Alex? There are things about her past that she is hiding, even at the cost of her own health. The Perfect Friend is a book full of twists and turns. I have to admit to being very curious about Alex's altruistic motives from the very start. Alex, in her very private thoughts, was a liar, ruled by deceit. Every time I thought I had a bead on the truth behind Alex's life, I began to doubt Carrie's. I was completely thrown about! Talk about a psychological thriller! This book is that and much, much more. It is truly a "bitter taste of betrayal, secrets and lies". I was truly left reeling after finishing this book. Every time I thought I figured out what was happening with the story, I discovered that I was wrong. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough as I was trying to unravel the mysteries. This is Barbara Copperthwaite's fifth psychological thriller and she did a marvelous job at keeping me on my toes. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion. Date of publication: July 5, 2018

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  • You Don't Really Know Her Like You Thought You Did

    Barbara Copperthwaite is a master of the psychological thriller model. If you are like most people, you take on face value what you are told, and the narration is so simple, so natural, you don't suspect anything is awry as the story begins to unfold. But this is set up with a narrator who tells you up front she is a liar. Alex certainly looks like an anorexic and has the recent serious history to prove it. She's attending a support group where she's met Carrie. Poor Carrie, a woman half her age who is terminally ill with cancer. Alex feels an affinity for her immediately, the mother in her kicking in. They are both suffering, as Alex's husband took their kids and left. The author weaves some of Alex's backstory in an out of the progression of Alex's treatment. The formative years. And there are pieces of Carrie's story--how does a young, healthy woman confront the time she perceives is left to her. Gradually suspicions begin to percolate and they don't stop with Carrie. Your trust is beginning to erode with both of them. Two and two aren't adding correctly. First person switches from the original narrator to Carrie. If you didn't like Alex before, now you won't like Carrie. They only have each other, but that unconditional love and support is beginning to look as if it's built on shaky ground. There are twists and switchbacks, little twice-told tales that confirm what you thought you knew. The plot is fraught with tension and then the legs are swept out from under you. Yes, it's possible that you suspected a few real truths along the way. I discovered I was wrong about fifty percent. This one will keep you guessing until the end. I'm betting you can't predict all of it and in the meantime, it's a nail-biting, entertaining read. I was granted an ebook download by the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciate the opportunity to read and review. Recommended for mystery, suspense, psychological thriller fans.

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  • Lies Lies Lies!!!

    When everyone knows you are a liar, don’t expect them to believe you when you tell the truth… Wow, what a twisty read The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite is!!! About 20% in, I found myself thinking, what is this book? And then by 50% in I could barely put the book down! This was my first book by Copperthwaite, but several reviewers who’ve read her other work say that readers should always expect twists and secrets and lies. And boy, were they right!!! About the Book Alex is trying to rebuild her life. Her husband has left her. Her kids won’t speak to her. And alone in the world, Alex turns to restricting her eating in order to gain some semblance of control over her life. And then she makes friends with Carrie. Carrie is the best friend and daughter that Alex desperately wants back in her life. And Carrie also has terminal cancer... Alex finally feels needed. Alex is the perfect friend for Carrie, but Alex is also a self-proclaimed liar. Alex becomes more and more dependent on her relationship with Carrie. But is Carrie the friend Alex thinks she is?? Reflection I hate to say this, but I actually can’t say much about this book! I know, I know, it drives me nuts when reviews say that. But this one will go in its own direction and I am terrified of spoiling it! Just enjoy it. Get through the beginning (which is covered in my recap). Once the twists start, they won’t stop. I’m actually so excited for people who haven’t read this book yet! Alex is a fascinating character. She calls herself a liar. She says she can’t be trusted. But she also is incredibly honest at times. Alex is so vulnerable. She is a person who is almost overwhelmed by life. She uses external control to manage her darkest demons. She has almost too much love to give. Her relationship with Carrie is completely bonkers. But there is something sweet about their friendship. There is something hopeful about two lost souls finding one another at the their time of need. But then, you can throw all of that out the window once those secrets start coming out! No one is telling the full truth. But the key is figuring out what are the secrets and what are the lies!! Thank you to Bookouture and to Barbara Copperthwaite for a copy of this book to review.

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