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The Perfect Friend

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,774 ratings  ·  318 reviews
She’ll do anything for you…

My name is Alex, and my world has been shattered.
My husband has left me.
My children won’t speak to me.
My friend Carrie is the only person I have.
She’s the only one I can trust to keep all my secrets.
She’d never do anything to let me down.
Would she?

This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last pag
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 5th 2018 by Bookouture
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
When everyone knows you are a liar, don’t expect them to believe you when you tell the truth…

4.5 telling-lies stars!

Wow, what a twisty read The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite is!!! About 20% in, I found myself thinking, what is this book? And then by 50% in I could barely put the book down! This was my first book by Copperthwaite, but several reviewers who’ve read her other work say that readers should always expect twists and secrets and lies. And boy, were they right!!!

About the B
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Perfect Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

“I lie to myself all The time. But I never believe me.“

This book was quite the ride! Two unreliable narrators for the price of one, got to love that! Barbara Copperthwaite how in the world do you come up with this stuff, this was crazy! Also how long did it take you to learn to spell that last name? that last name is crazy long! Do you ever look at somebody’s last name and think... thank goodness I did not need to learn to spell that in kindergarten... my last
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 beguiling stars to The Perfect Friend! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Alex has lost it all. Her husband has moved out, and her children want nothing to do with her. All she has is her closest friend, Carrie, who she trusts implicitly. But should she?

Alex has anorexia, and she meets Carrie in a support group. Carrie has terminal cancer and likewise has no one to depend on other than Alex. It’s the perfect storm of circumstances to unite two needy best friends. Carrie also wholeheartedly trusts Alex, but should sh
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite is a psychological thriller that follows two friends, Alex and Carrie. Having read a couple of other novels from the author I knew I wanted to read this one but a big plus for having a character with my namesake in the book because I really have a tendency to grab those!

The ladies, Alex and Carrie, met while at a support group and were drawn to one another. Alex’s husband has left her and her two children, twins, will not even speak to her and has deve
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
This book can be divided into three distinct parts. That’s exactly the impression I had reading this one.

The beginning: A slow start for me, not really feeling a connection, and unable to see any true direction.

We are introduced to Carrie, a young woman in a support group. Living in constant fear, forever looking over her shoulder. Also attending the support group is Alex, nearly old enough to be Carries’ mother. But somehow the stars align and these two lost souls meet up.

The middle: Alrig
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read
3.65 Stars* (rounded up).

Alex and Carrie meet at a support group. Alex is an anorexic. Her family no longer wants anything to do with her and because of that she becomes a shell of her former self. She is also a compulsive liar and she admits it. (Funny, I’m not sure I would if it were me!) Carrie is suffering from terminal cancer and has no one, that is until Alex takes her under her wing. They immediately become the best of friends, with Alex wanting to make Carrie’s last days, her best days.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secrets, lies, manipulations and more secrets.

“… I am a liar. There isn’t a single aspect of my life that isn’t ruled by deceit. It seeps into everything, a poison that weakens, taints, kills all it comes into contact with. The biggest distortions are those I tell myself…”

Alex who is estranged from her husband and children, is suffering from anorexia. She meets Carrie, who has terminal cancer during a support group get-together and takes her under her wing and becomes her new best friend. She w
Louise Wilson
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
My name is Alex, and my world has been shattered. My husband has left me. My children won't speak to me. Carrie is the only person I have. She's the only one I can trust to keep all my secrets.

Alex has anorexia. She met Carrie at a support group. Carrie has terminal cancer and she has no one she can depend on. Carrie is trying to make the most of whatever time she has left. Alex is estranged from her family. She is also old enough to be Carries mother. But despite the age gap, the women have bec
Sherri Thacker
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!!! This book!!! Holy cow!!!!! So many lies ... who can be trusted? NO ONE!! I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next but i had to keep reading!!! So many twists and turns throughout the whole book. When I thought one thing, it was another!! And on and on and on. This was a great book. Well written. There are some heavy subjects throughout - anorexia, cancer, physical abuse ... so much packed in this book. It’s due out July 5, 2018. I highly recommend this one if you’re looking for a psyc ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite is quite a clever mystery, and though it started a bit slower than I expected, the pace really picked up about halfway and I had a hard time putting it down then!
The story starts with Alex, a woman going through a rough time. She is not in good health and is trying to recover as she deals with some overwhelming personal issues. I don't want to give away too many details regarding the plot, because there were quite a few twists I wouldn't want to spoil
THE PERFECT FRIEND is a dark psychological thriller by Barbara Copperthwaite. This book is full of twists and lies, and lie have you on hold until you read the last page. Who can you trust?

Two women, Alex and Carrie become best of friends after meeting in a self-help group. Alex suffers from anorexia and has no family to lean on, and Carrie is suffering from terminal cancer and also alone. They were there to help each other. Alex would do anything for Carrie, but when Alex tells Carrie her deepe
I've been meaning to read a book by Barbara Copperthwaite for quite some time, so I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to read "The Perfect Friend" (Available on July 5th!)

Alex is suffering from Anorexia, and no longer has a relationship with her husband or twins.

Carrie has been diagnosed with terminal Cancer.

They meet in a support group, and Alex feels almost maternal towards Carrie. She makes it her mission to make the rest of Carrie's life, all that it can be.

But, Alex is a self procla
Jill McGill
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Secrets and lies! Nothing is what it seems... Or is it?

The book follows two women, Alex and Carrie, who met in a support group. They became best friends from the first day they met. With Alex suffering from anorexia and her family not speaking to her, and Carrie dealing with terminal cancer and being all alone, they were each other's support system. They really are perfect friends... But should they be? Alex would do anything for Carrie, after all, they are best friends! But, can she really be t
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
A trauma support group provides the meeting place for Alex and Carrie, the main characters in The Perfect Friend. As they interact in each other’s lives they form a friendship but not a perfect one. Carrie and Alex lie to each other, to themselves and to those around them.
Issues of cancer, anorexia, spousal abuse, and death normally evoke feelings of compassion and concern. Not this time. By the time their interaction ends, neither character is likeable or redeemable. To remedy this, the author
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐️

The Perfect there such a thing?

Alex is a self proclaimed liar, recovering from adult onset anorexia after her husband left her, her two children following him. It is at a support group where she meets Carrie, suffering from terminal breast cancer. The two quickly develop a mother-daughter type relationship, with Alex eager to atone for her past by helping her new friend in her hour of need, at the expense of concentrating on the complex issues that led to anorexia taking her li
5 Perfect Stars

“I am a russian doll of secrets, so many cradled one inside the other, all looking like me but diminishing until what is left is so tiny I fear I am disappearing.”

Wow. This book will stick with me long after today. What a rollercoaster of emotions topped off with twists and turns that threw me all over the place. In the wee hours of this morning, as I was still reading, my mouth agape, I actually said out loud, “Wait. No. Wait. What??!!” When you get to this part you may think tha
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been meaning to get around to reading some Barbara Copperthwaite and now I have finally tried one of her books!

"The Perfect Friend" is dark, captivating and positvely brimming with secrets and lies. Seriously, you cannot afford to trust anyone who is present here! An exciting psychological thriller that in parts was harrowing and emotional, Copperthwaite is a skilled writer and plot-master. I was sold from the first few pages and this continued right until the explosive and stunning fina
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
What is the Perfect Friend? Alex thinks she has found it in Carrie when they meet in a support group. Alex has lost her husband and her kids won't talk to her. She is an anorexic who feel helpless and lost. Then Carrie joins the group. Carrie is 20 years younger than Alex and is dying of terminal cancer. They find a friend in each other, and for Alex she has the chance to mother somebody and help them, something her own children will not let her do.

It is hard to write much more without giving an
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG,this enthralling thriller has more twists and turns than the tropical ice lollies that I can't stop devouring at the moment.This is a mesmerizing tale of manipulation,secrets,lies,denial,anorexia,abuse and deception.These are so many twists and turns in this story that by the time you get to the end you are left feeling positively dizzy. There was one twist that caused me to almost drop my kindle in shock. I had to take my glasses off,give them a good clean and then 're-read that part to dou ...more
Alan Cotterell
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019
What on earth was that

When I read in the blurb, for fans of Behind closed doors (which I loved), and sometimes I lie (which I hated ). I was a little bit apprehensive, but reading some of the previous reviews I thought can't be too bad. .. I was wrong! I did manage to finish it, which is the main reason it gets 2 stars not 1.
Probably the biggest load of. ... I have read in a while. Definitely a very similar story to Sometimes I lie, that's not good in my opinion. You will probably disagree,
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Alex and Carrie meet in a support group and strike a deep friendship.Alex’s husband has left her and her kids don’t talk to her due to which she suffers from eating disorder while Carrie has been battling with cancer all alone. Alex automatically takes over the role of a mother to Carrie and tries to make her last days as happy as possible.

The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperwhite is a psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns . It is very difficult to say much more about the story wi
Melissa In The City
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, arc
I just read my new favorite book of 2018!
This book was so amazingly written. Every detail, twist, character, and lie were all woven together so intricately, but with purposefully placed threads that were already unraveling. Turning each page, unraveled these threads one by one.
I'm in awe of how the author put this all together. She combined all the things that make a psychological thriller keep you up all night but she managed to flip everything you think you know...quite a few ti
Julie Lacey
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book.
You really get drawn into the lives of Alex and Carrie and really feel for them both.
Alex is anorexic and attends a support group where she meets Carrie who is coping with cancer.
There’s a twenty year age difference and Alex admits she wants to mother her.
This is a tricky one to review as I don’t want to give anything away as the book is full of twists and turns.
I found the story quite intriguing and it makes you think about people you’ve met in the past and the effect
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I really enjoy this authors books and this is yet another one to add to the list.

Alex has issues, she has an eating disorder which she attends a group which is where she meets Carrie. There is quite an age gap between the two women but I enjoyed the sort of mother/daughter/friend relationship that they have. I did wonder why this lovely woman would be alone and have such an estranged relationship with husband and children. This slowly gets unravelled the further into the story we go.

Carrie comes
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This psychological thriller took me on a roller coaster ride of twists and turns. Alex freely admits she is a liar – she lies to everyone about her anorexia, she lies to the reader, and she lies to herself. What is she looking for in her friendship with Carrie, a women dying from cancer who she met in a self-help group? What does Carrie need from Alex? The Perfect Friend explores the dynamic between the two women. I really enjoyed the development of the psychology of each woman and how they affe ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Barbara, you wee genius, you! Bloody hell!

In case you didn’t know, I’m a massive fan of Barbara Copperthwaite’s books. As soon as I finish one of her books, I eagerly begin to anticipate the next one. So when the opportunity to read The Perfect Friend early came my way, I threw my schedule right out of the window and quickly lost myself between the pages of this devilish plot.

The story is told through Alex. Her husband left her, her children don’t speak to her and she suffers from anorexia.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review can be found on my blog here:

The Perfect Friend follows the story of two females, Alex and Carrie. They meet one day in a support group and quickly become friends.

Alex's husband has left her along with their two children, a boy and girl who are twins, and neither of them will speak to her. Alex is devastated. What happened to her family? What could she have done so terrible that even her own children want nothing to do with her?

Stacey Camp
**4 Goodreads Stars**

From the outside, Carrie and Alex's relationship seems healthy: two survivors who found each other at a support group for people suffering from all kinds of afflictions. Carrie, who is 24 years old, is in remission from a cancer that completely ravaged her body. Alex, who was abandoned by her twins and husband, is recovering from anorexia: a disease that started as a way to cope with the depression and sadness of being neglected by her family.

Both Alex and Carrie have more i
Frank Phillips
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I gave this 3.5 stars but rounded up to 4 stars. I listened to this one on audiobook and really enjoyed it for the most part, however at times felt a bit lost, trying to keep the two characters straight, which was tricky as the book jumped back and forth perspectives as well as time periods. Other than that struggle, this was a highly amusing, dark and devious little read! I thought I knew what was going on, but was relatively shocked by the way things concluded. This author certainly has my att ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
This was my first Barbara Copperthwaite book. Having heard lots of praise for her previous work, I had high hopes to start with, and amazingly, this book stoop up to the expectations!

I have to admit, while reading the fist half of the book, I thought this was going to be just another average story. Luckily, I was wrong! My opinion quickly changed after the first twist was revealed, and then another one and then another... There were so many layers of lies in this book that when I though I knew w
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