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The Friend

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,523 ratings  ·  252 reviews
What secrets would you kill to keep?

After her husband’s big promotion, Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with their three children, ready to start afresh. But their new neighbourhood has a deadly secret.

Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent, was almost murdered in the grounds of the local school – the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Century
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Amanda
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Having a Dorothy Koomson book to read is such a pleasure. Part of me wants to saviour it but I could not resist and found it so difficult to put down once I started it!!

Yvonne is attacked on the school grounds and is in a coma, her closest friends should be offering support to husband Trevor and their children Maddison and Scarlett but they have their own worries and secrets!!

Cece has moved from London to Brighton as her husband Sol has been prompted at work. The children have settled into their
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Ken
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book opens with a newspaper report detailing that Yvonne Whidmore has been attacked and left for dead outside Plummers Prep School.
At the same time Cece moves to Brighton with her husband Sol and enrol’s their two boys at the same school.
Cece becomes friends with three of the mothers, Hazel, Anaya and Maxie.
Cece is adjusting well to her new life until she finds out that her new friends are amongst the suspects of the recent attack.

The narrative switches between the various female characters
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Amanda
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having a Dorothy Koomson book to read is such a pleasure. Part of me wants to saviour it but I could not resist and found it so difficult to put down once I started it!!

Yvonne is attacked on the school grounds and is in a coma, her closest friends should be offering support to husband Trevor and their children Maddison and Scarlett but they have their own worries and secrets!!

Cece has moved from London to Brighton as her husband Sol has been prompted at work. The children have settled into their
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Karen
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a while since I last read a Dorothy Koomson book – not because I don’t enjoy them, I do very much, but I guess there are just so many other books on the reading pile. When I saw this one on my Lovereading review list, I was sold on the synopsis and jumped at the chance to request a copy.

The Friend begins with Cece and her three children joining her husband Sol in Brighton. Sol had been living in Brighton on his own for the previous three months following his promotion and Cece is
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Alice Mc
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I've read and enjoyed a Dorothy Koomson book before, and I thought this would be a fun read - which is was. A who-dunnit based around a private school and the parents that frequent the school gates... and it's obvious from the beginning that three friends know more than they are letting on.

The main character, Cece Solarin, is a wife and mother who has just moved to Brighton and her children have enrolled in the school. But despite its good reputation, Plummer Prep has recently become the scene
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i.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found it entertaining but I wouldn't say it's a must-read. It focuses mainly on the friendly and sometimes not so friendly relationship of a group of women, the secrets they keep and the lies they tell to protect themselves. All of them are strongly influenced by the men in their lives, for the better and for the worse. I think the female characters should have been a bit more independent.

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Rachel Hall
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After being hugely impressed by Dorothy Koomson’s The Beach Wedding, released as part of the Quick Reads 2018 series, I was keen to experience her writing over the course of a full length novel and chose The Friend. Thankfully my high expectations were rewarded by this mix of women’s fiction, intrigue and domestic drama with some characters that were developed credibly over the course of the story. Whilst I would recommend The Friend heartily I did find it something of a slow starter, with the ...more
Megan Jones
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with her three children following her husband's big promotion. Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent was left for dead in the grounds of the local school - the same school where Cece's youngest children are enrolled. By chance Cece meets and befriends Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, three very different school mothers who make her feel welcome. However, Cece discovers the police believe one of her new friends was responsible for the attack on Yvonne. Cece ...more
Babus Ahmed
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Local mother and homemaker Yvonne is brutally attacked and left in a coma on the premises of Plummer Prep, a school her children attend and where she is head of the Parents’ Council. Yvonne is known to be a perfectly well-turned our vibrant mother of two. The community is baffled but Yvonne’s friends seem to be cagey and distant after the attack. Cece has moved the Brighton and her twin boys are enrolled at Plummer Prep, she has no idea of the attack and once she dies she curiously befriends the ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did not see that ending coming at all, it has taken me completely by surprise as at no point did I think things would take that turn.

Before you get to the ending though you have a book that is continually slowly building the tension, and wow does it suddenly get to you this book.

For a fair bit of it I was overwhelmed, 4 main view points, time limes jumping about the place, but not only 4 characters but all their separate families too, its a lot of characters, personalities to try to learn
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Jo
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a slow burner for me - thought it took a while to get going before the story finally dragged me in. You know that something has happened to Yvonne to leave her in a coma but the whole truth comes out slowly making you want to carry on reading to find out. A fabulous mix of characters not all of them very likeable. What tangled lives some people lead.
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oh my goodness me, what a book!! Have you ever read a book which pulled you in, made you laugh, filled your eyes with grit, and had you wanting more, ALL within a few chapters? I HAVE, I HAVE!!!! ‘The Friend’ was that kind of book – I’m not even joking!

For me, Dorothy Koomson’s latest release had everything I could ever dream of in a book. There was mystery, romance, drama, crime, friendship woes, marriage woes..the
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Susan Atkin
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was very similar to Liane Moriarty's "Big Little Lies." Almost identical in fact which is way I couldn't rate it 5 stars. However, it was certainly a page turner and kept me wanting more. I have read most of DK's book but was disappointed with her last one so was pleased that she is back on form again. Not a thriller as such more of a mystery.
Heather Withington
3.5 stars

Hmmm ok, so the for 80% of this book is definitely readable. The different POV's and timelines take a bit of getting used to and certainly takes some concentration. However, get past that and it is a complex story that moves at a steady pace towards the climax, you are never really sure of who could be behind it, and nearly everyone becomes a suspect at one point. As secrets are found out (trigger warnings in place) we develop suspicion and even sympathy for the three women at the
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Jo Ring
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very very good. One of her best.
Jacqueline
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dorothy-koomson
Loved it! Couldn't put it down
Bookaholic
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love Dorothy Koomson so when i had the opportunity to review her book I was very excited. I am pleased to say the book didn't disappoint. Kept me enthralled the whole way through
Alma
May 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was a book club read so it was not my choice however I always reserve judgement as I have been pleasantly surprised in the past by book club choices. Not so this time for me. Although there are many people who enjoy this type of novel I do not like novels that include a group of females who are supposed to be friends yet talk about each other behind each others backs ( I hear enough of this in the office I work in). Yes they might all have secrets that they do not want exposed due to the ...more
Jules (Never enough time to read)
I really enjoyed it, I loved all the secrets and hidden pasts.

I would definitely recommend it.

Sara Eames
3.5 stars

What to say about this book? Well, it was good in parts - but, oh, so slow in others. In terms of plot, the first third of the book is a slow build-up (and, when I say slow, boy do I mean slow) and it is so frustrating with hints about secrets. Seriously, I must have read the phrase "if only they knew her secret" (or something very similar) on practically every other page for the 1st 100 pages. It began to get annoying and wasn't enough for me to be gripped. But I kept reading, if only
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Lisa
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just when you think Dorothy Koomson can't top the last book of hers I really liked, she writes another sensational read! What I like a lot about Koomson is that her stories aren't too similar to each other- despite repeatedly using the same locations of Leeds, London and Brighton in most of her books. Having said that, I definitely feel that I should go and check out Leeds and Brighton after reading her works! I started off slowly with this book whilst reading other smaller books but once I ...more
Angela Free
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This did take me a few chapters to get into, I struggled at first with who was who. But once I got into it it was a really good read. Very different from Dorothy's other books, this one is more of a thriller.
Tracy Smith
Mar 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Do not buy this

Rubbish plot and story line struggled to get into it I love my books and can read anything but this was hard work
Laura
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is an absorbing, intriguing novel which centers largely around friendship, betrayal and secrets... lots of secrets!

The characters really make this novel; Dorothy Koomson has created a varied and interesting cast of people, all with their own problems and worries, and so as the reader I couldn't help but find myself caring about some of them. There are a lot of names and relationships to get to grips with, especially at the start when the narrative suddenly
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Jo
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read a couple of Dorothy Koomson books to date, but 'The Friend' has to be one of her best to date!

Cece and her three children, daughter Harmony, and twins Oscar and Ore have moved with her husband's job, to Brighton. In doing so, she has been forced to give up her own job back in London and suddenly finds herself adrift in a new place. Cece gradually befriends Maxie, Hazel and Anaya, young mums with children at Plummers Prep, the smart private school which Oscar and Ore are enrolled in.
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Alfred Nobile
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg what a read!. I received this book as an ARC for an honest review.
This was was a superb read. You are kept guessing and when you think you have it sussed the proverbial curve ball is thrown.
Four friends Yvonne, Maxie, Anaya and Hazel discover that their friendship is less than perfect when Yvonne is badly beaten and left for dead in the school playground.
Into this situation comes Cece, who after her husband's promotion and keen to make friends meets Maxie, Anaya and Hazel at the school
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Carol Peace
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cece Solarin has followed her husband to Brighton where he has moved due to work promotions, she is very apprehensive as she knows no one there and she has had to give up her job for the move. Cece has taken her two boys to their new school and feels that everyone is looking at her as she is the 'new' mum at the school gate. She already feels bad as her oldest child 'Harmony' has had to go off to school herself because her husband didn't take the time to be there.Cece finds out that three weeks ...more
Cookie6102
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cece Solarin moves her family from London to Brighton in order to support her husband's professional advancement; she gives up her own career, her home, her friends and now must make a new life surrounded by strangers. Readers eventually come to learn of a vicious attack at Cece's children's new school that leaves one parent clinging to life. The mystery grows because the police do not have tangible leads; however, some of the other mothers are behaving rather oddly after the attempted murder. ...more
Mary Arkless
Borrowed from the library.

Your husband gets a promotion to a city that is just far enough away that a commute is not practical. He tries it anyway, but it doesn't work. He then tries staying down there for a longer stretch of time and coming home on the weekend, but that doesn't work, either. So, you decide to buy a house down there and move the three kids, but that also means you have to quit your job and move away from your family who are your support network. You arrive on a weekend and
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Squid McFinnigan
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, I liked this book. I enjoyed the way the book was written, the wording and the authors voice. There were some very good parts to it and a few little things that distracted from my enjoyment.

For my tastes, the beginning of the book was somewhat jumpy. We bounded quickly from one character to another, and also from one time to another. None of the five main characters (with the exception of Yvonne) were formed enough in my mind to stop me getting lost. I guess this is a bit of reality; as
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Hello, my name's Dorothy Koomson and I'll try to make this bit that's all about me as interesting as possible.
I wrote my first novel called There's A Thin Line Between Love And Hate when I was 13. I used to write a chapter every night then pass it around to my fellow convent school pupils every morning, and they seemed to love it.

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