Sunday, 9 September 2018

Book Review: Friend of the Family by Tasmina Perry*

She thinks your life is perfect. 
She thinks you don't deserve it.
Your job
Amy is more than happy to offer the daughter of an old friend work experience at her London magazine. Josie is young and ambitious. She just needs a foot in the door.
Your home
When Josie arrives, she swiftly makes herself indispensable at work and at home. And when childcare falls through before a long-awaited university reunion in Provence, it begins to look as if Josie may be staying longer than Amy had bargained for.
Your husband
In the heat of Provence, Josie's presence starts to unsettle Amy, especially around her husband. As cracks begin to appear in Amy's perfect life, she cannot shake the feeling that the family friend may not be a friend at all...

Let me start by saying a great big thank you to the lovely team over at Headline Publishing for sending me an ARC of Tasmina Perry's new novel, Friend of the Family* (out now.) 

I've eyed up Tasmina Perry's novels in the past, particularly The Pool House, but have never picked one up before now. Perhaps because I suspected, and rightly so, that once I picked one up, I wouldn't be able to put it down again!

Friend of the Family was truly a gripping, riveting read. From start to finish, I was drawn in by the glitz and the glamour of Amy's lavish life in London, underscored as it was by the thinly veiled threat to her job, her home, her security. 

This is a book that I thought I had all figured out. I was so sure I knew the answer to the riddle; who wanted to destroy Amy? But it turns out I was only half right. And there's something oddly satisfying about knowing you were on the right track, but missing some key details. 

I would highly recommend Friend of the Family to anyone looking for a gripping, thrilling read. Perfect to read on the sun lounger on your holidays, or curled up by the fire when it's throwing it down outside. I guarantee that once you pick this book up, you will not be able to put it back down again. So settle in for an all-dayer with this one! 

Rating: ****

Have you read anything by Tasmina Perry? 

*This book was sent to me in exchange for a review. All words and opinions, however, are my own

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