on August 15th, 2019
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Have you ever wanted to kill your best friend?
Anna was the perfect wife. Perfect mother. Perfect woman. And now she's dead. Leaving behind her husband, David, and two young children their lives will never be the same. But Vicky will make sure life goes on...
These two women have been best friends forever, a lifetime of secrets lies between them and now Vicky is ready to step up into Anna's perfect shoes.
But not everything is as it seems and as David begins to question Vicky's motives for walking into his life things might just get a little murderous.
The question on everyone's lips is, who killed Anna? And what actually happened on the night she died?
Perfect for fans of The Rumour, The Silent Patient and The Suspect.
BFF’s is the story of two toxic women in a lifelong toxic friendship. Dawn Goodwin takes us back and forth between Anna and Vicky as they grow from children into women in their early thirties. Neither are necessarily likable, one a lot less than the other, but still watching their train-wreck of a co-dependent relationship was a bit unnerving and entertaining at the same time.
Anna and Vicky are the epitome of polar opposites. They come from the other side of the tracks from each other with Anna growing up privileged and “entitled” ( a trait I loathe). Vicky has little to no opportunity with most of her joy coming from her friendship with Anna. As the young girls develop into young women Anna suggests a sinister plan to help Vicky escape from the abuse she endures at home. With that, Vicky is bound to Anna in a wholly new way and Anna never misses the chance to hold it over her.
The story is told in past and present with the reader witnessing the transformation of their relationship. At one point my heart broke for Vicky ( and broke, and broke, time and again) and it was easy to empathize with her and understand how she comes to love and resent Anna in the same breath. I had little feeling for Anna. Not true – she would be fine one moment, then a complete witch in the next. So my feelings 95% negative.
But this is not just about them. There is a triangle with Anna’s husband David and as Vicky takes over Anna’s life (in her absence), you can see she’s learned a lot about deceit and manipulation from her friendship with Anna. This all plays out in a stunning way as Vicky gets too close, too obsessed, and takes things too far. She makes made choices that left her secrets open for discovery. Long after Anna’s death, she’s still being influenced by Anna’s misdeeds.
This is a well written and well-executed thriller story with characters that are easy to feel. The stress oozes off the page with an ending I never saw coming. 4 Stars and recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi