The Best Friend

  • by Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
  • 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer...wrong.
Louisa's new best friend has it all - the house, the status, the money. But she's also hiding a dark secret. And as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend's life, events take a chilling turn.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


This book plot is very similar to that of "Swimming Pool". Rich girl befriends poor girl but there is an agenda which slowly unfolds. So I found everything about the Best Friend predictable. It is the sort of book that is rattled off in a few days without much consideration to the intelligence of the reader. The plot is almost childish and the characters in the book so incredibly stupid that you wonder how they reached adulthood without being locked up for their own safety. I don't know how this got past an Agent. It is easily the worst book I have read in long time. And I'm easily pleased.
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- mary

Thoroughly Enjoyable

What made the experience of listening to The Best Friend the most enjoyable?

Great story, with a most conniving villain dressed up as one of the sweet and generous mothers at Louisa's young son's posh new private school, who is eager to bring Louisa into the fold. Louisa needs a friend and her husband needs some connections, plus their eight year old sons are best buddies- what more could she want?

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were the most entertaining part of the story, each one drawn with just the right amount of 'a little too much' to make it fun while keeping the twists and turns edgy.

What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ms. Maarleveld is an excellent narrator with enough range to handle several different accents plus males and children, smoothly and pleasantly. Great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end was unexpected and rewarding.

Any additional comments?

A fun book that kept me listening straight through. I recommend it.

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- Marisa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio