She’s the friend you trust with your life. But can she trust you with hers?When the police knock on my door to tell me that my best friend Kiara has taken her life, my world shatters.Ever since we met at university along with my husband, Nathan and her ex-husband David, the four of us have been inseparable. I can’t believe that, suddenly, she’s not here.The police say that Kiara fell from the balcony of her small, pristine apartment. But I refuse to accept that she jumped.I thought I knew Kiara better than anyone. But I soon find out my friend was keeping some big secrets.Talking to her ex-husband, David, I’m shocked. Was she really having an affair, like he claims?Searching for evidence, I let myself into her apartment. My heart races as I find her diary and I read the name of her last appointment – Nathan. Why would she be meeting with my husband? And why didn’t he tell me?It soon becomes clear that everyone around me has been hiding the truth, and when the police call again and ask me to look at security camera footage from the night Kiara died, fear floods through me as I recognise her final visitor. Can I trust anyone in my life? And if someone did push Kiara that night, could I be next?
Do I really know you? This is a very good question and in my opinion the answer is always ‘no’. You can know a lot about someone, but never everything. Why is that? Is it because the other person does not want you to know every detail? The answer to that is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Crystal clear, right? 😉
Yes, because it is not necessary to share everything with other people. Everybody is entitled to keep some things private.
No, because I don’t think you know yourself 100 percent. What you thought you would never want or do now, might be what you do want or do at a later time. People change and that’s why you never really know someone, not even if you see them every day, year after year.
Sometimes you hide things because you feel guilty or ashamed. Sometimes it’s because you don’t want to hurt someone. Sometimes it’s just because you want to do it your way and be selfish.
I would like to compare this story to a mountain pass in the Alps between France and Italy called the Col de Tende or the Colle di Tenda. The road includes more than 48 hairpin turns and I had the feeling there were as many in this book. 😊
I did not know who to believe. I had figured out one aspect of the story, but I was groping in the dark trying to find the answers to the other questions in my head until the bitter end.
A great book by an amazing storyteller. 5 stars
About the author
Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, writes taut, twisty psychological thriller. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies where she completed her MA in Creative Writing. Sheryl has also obtained a Certificate of Achievement in Forensic Science and – according to readers – she makes an excellent psychopath. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller THE INVITE comes to you from BOOKOUTURE. Her previous works include the DI Matthew Adams Crime Thriller series, along with contemporary fiction novels, The Rest of My Life and Learning to Love.
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