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Initial Thoughts: I had won this novel from the Goodreads giveaway. At first, I was not very keen on the title. The title Best Friends Forever reminds me of a children’s picture book or a light-hearted novel about best friends. Instead, this novel is a murder mystery thriller along the lines of Herman Koch’s The Dinner and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

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How well do you really know your best friend?

Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have a friendship forged in shared confidences and long lunches lubricated by expensive wine. Though they’re very different women—the artsy socialite and the struggling suburbanite—they’re each other’s rocks. But even rocks crumble under pressure. Like when Kat’s financier husband, Howard, plunges to his death from the second-floor balcony of their South Florida mansion.

Howard was a jerk, a drunk, a bully and, police say, a murder victim. The questions begin piling up. Like why Kat has suddenly gone dark: no calls, no texts and no chance her wealthy family will let Alice see her. Why investigators are looking so hard in Alice’s direction. Who stands to get hurt next. And who is the cool liar—the masterful manipulator behind it all.” Goodreads

The Review

Most of the time, I tend to avoid murder-mystery novels (or movies). It is not that I am not interested in the genre, they usually all tend to be predictable. The moment it becomes blatantly obvious who the killer is, I begin to yawn. With the title Best Friends Forever, and the lack of reviews on Goodreads (the novel will be released on January 23, 2018), I had completely lowered my guard down. I figured I would probably guess who the killer was once I was fifty percent of the way through. Well, I was wrong.

Alice is a stay-at-home mom who used to be a math professor, and Kat is an artist socialite with taste for extravagance. These two women from very different backgrounds are best friends and each other’s confidents. When Kat’s husband, Howard, falls to his death from a balcony, police suspect fowl play. Their number one suspect is none other than Kat’s best friend, Alice. When Alice desperately tries to reach out to Kat, Kat is not answering any of her calls. So much for being best friends.

This novel captured my attention right from the prologue:

In real life, of course, there are no such thing as Knights, those absolute keepers of the truth.” – Best Friends Forever, Margot Hunt

My own skepticism cautioned me not to automatically deem this novel excellent and well-written, although at that point I was ready to give Hunt points for making me consider the narrator’s words over and over. I was puzzled over that remark, and it felt as if fireworks were going off in my brain (in a good way, of course).

The first-person narration style was excellent. The novel is told through Alice’s perspective. Of course, because her name is Alice, I immediately felt empathetic for her. I felt as if I were living in Alice’s mind. I could imagine living in a world of logical puzzles and factual evidence. Like Alice, I was trying to piece events together trying to find some sort of clue that would lead me to find out who murdered Howard. I could also very clearly imagine Kat’s personality and appearance. I saw her as a combination of people I have met.

At first, I thought this was a clichéd mash-up of Herman Koch’s The Dinner and Gone Girl. While there are some similarities at the start, this novel takes a completely different turn. From the beginning till the end, this was a fast-paced page turner that kept my eyes whizzing across the page. Once I reached the fifty percent mark, I couldn’t stop reading until I found out who Howard’s killer is.

This was truly an immersive experience and lots of fun. I would definitely recommend!

Final Rating:

A- Cat
About the Book
Title: Best Friends Forever
Author: Margot Hunt
Series: N/A
Year Published: 2018
Pages: 336
Genres & Subjects: fiction, suspense, thriller, mystery

Until Next Time,

-Alice