Friday, January 13, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Best Friends Forever


I emerge from the trees, drenched in sweat, my voice lost as I take in the scene in front of me. The blood. The body. Emma’s eyes meet mine for a second. “It was an accident,” she whispers.

Emma and I were childhood best friends. We did everything together. Until that terrible night in the woods.

I couldn’t tell anyone what I’d seen. We never discussed it, but our bond was too strong; I could never betray my best friend. Even if she had killed someone.

But I also couldn’t stay in town and watch her live a normal life, knowing what she’d done. So I left.

Now, ten years later, I’m back. The guilt and the fear have stayed with me. And I have realized I need to reveal the truth if I’m ever going to move on.

But I never get the chance. Because the day I turn up, Emma is found dead, and the way she died means I start to doubt everything I thought I knew about that night all those years ago.

As my grief turns to anger at all those lost years of friendship, I realise with horror that Emma might not have been the only killer. Someone else is out there. Someone who was close to us both, someone who knew the smallest details of what had happened back then. Who from our small town could have murdered not once, but twice? And who’s next…?

An utterly gripping and compelling psychological thriller with twists and turns to die for. If you love Karin Slaughter, Paula Hawkins and Freida McFadden, you’ll love Best Friends Forever.



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Best Friends Forever
Author:  Shannon Hollinger
Publisher:   Bookouture 
Genre:   Psychological Thriller 
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   341
Date of Publication:   January 12, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars 

Kate and Emma’s relationship as best friends ended one unforgettable and tragic night. Kate spied Emma standing over the body of a friend of hers so Kate fled town. She left Emma, her family, school. It has been ten years since Kate left, but she is back due to an accident her mother has had. Another terrible death occurs almost as soon as Kate returns home. Meanwhile a series of dangerous events begin to occur, leaving Kate desperate for answers. Not only does she want the past cleared up, but she needs to know what is going on now. 

When a vagrant is murdered, Kate learns that similar murders have taken place just about every year she has been gone. Similarities in their murders lead Kate to think that their deaths are connected and this brings to mind seeing Emma standing over that body years ago. Could Emma had been behind all of those deaths? 

Meanwhile, those tragic events from a decade ago rendered Kate’s sister Lily mute, and that has never changed. Something begins to unfold in this vein, but the reader will have to pay extra close attention as answers are being worked out. 

What a thrilling story that kept a fast pace, more than a few surprises and a truly unexpected and shocking ending. I had Best Friends Forever as an audiobook for review. It was expertly narrated by Kate Handford in a delightful way. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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With degrees in Crime Scene Technology & Physical Anthropology, Florida author Shannon Hollinger hasn't just seen the dark side of humanity - she's been elbow deep inside of it! She finds writing to be a much cleaner way to spend her time than the autopsy suite. Most days it smells better, too.

Her debut novel, the psychological thriller Best Friends Forever, is the first of a five-book deal with publisher Bookouture.

Her short fiction has appeared in Suspense Magazine, Mystery Weekly, and The Saturday Evening Post, among a number of other magazines and anthologies, and her story Lady Killer was a finalist for the 2021 Al Blanchard Award sponsored by the New England Crime Bake.

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