Blog Tour: The Silent Friend
Tragedy brought them together. The truth will tear them apart.
It’s supposed to be Laura’s dream holiday: a trip to France with a group of friends to see their favourite band play live. But the holiday quickly turns to disaster, and Laura is left haunted by terrifying images from the worst night of her life.
When Laura finds an online support group for victims like her, she’s not convinced it will help. But when Sandrine replies to her message, she seems to understand what Laura’s going through, in a way that no one else can.
Soon, Laura and Sandrine are sharing their deepest thoughts and feelings with each other. But one of them has a terrible secret – she isn’t who she says she is. And once the twisted truth is revealed, there’s no going back…
I read and reviewed this book as part of the #damppebblesblogtours all of the views expressed below are my own. Thank you to Diane Jeffrey for my copy of the book and Emma Welton from Damppebblesblogtours for organising this tour.
The Silent Friend by Diane Jeffrey is one of the most intense and captivating books that I’ve read in a while. I powered through it in two days and it was an emotional read. And it’s my first five-star rating on Goodreads!
It tells the story of Laura and Sandrine, two women linked by a terrorist attack in France. Although linked by this attack, the two women come from very different backgrounds and have two very different experiences of this terrible event. They find each other as they’re both trying to come to terms with this attack and in each other, they find a sort of peace.
The narrative is told from the perspectives of both women, so you get to know who they both are and how they've both been affected by this tragic terrorist attack in France. One of the big twists in this story happens quite early on, however, the story doesn't lose its momentum. It continues to grip you even after this big twist is revealed and the second big twist left me with my mouth hanging open.
I thought that Jeffrey dealt with some fairly difficult and traumatising themes in a thoughtful manner. She has created two very empathetic and realistic characters in Sandrine and Laura. Diane Jeffrey’s writing is vivid and evocative - I had tears in my eyes throughout. My heart was beating fast during the tense scenes in the novel - Jeffrey's descriptions transported me to the situation. And my heart absolutely broke for both Laura and Sandrine multiple times throughout their stories. Despite the difficult and upsetting event, The Silent Friend is a story of resilience in the face of diversity and the power that friendship (no matter what form it takes) really can help you in overcoming some of your most difficult moments. The Silent Friend is one of those stories that stays with you for a long time.
I enjoyed Diane Jeffrey’s writing in this novel so much that I actually bought one of her other novels, The Guilty Mother, and dove straight into it once I'd finished The Silent Friend.
Diane Jeffrey is a USA Today bestselling author.
She grew up in North Devon and Northern Ireland. She now lives in Lyon, France, with her husband and their three children, Labrador and cat.
Diane's is the author of four psychological thrillers, all of which were Kindle bestsellers in the UK, the USA, Canada and Australia.
THE GUILTY MOTHER, Diane's third book, was a USA Today bestseller and spent several weeks in the top 100 Kindle books in the UK.
Her latest psychological thriller, THE SILENT FRIEND, is set in Belfast and Lyon. It was published in ebook in November 2020 with the paperback and audiobook to follow in 2021.
She is currently working on her fifth psychological thriller.
Diane is an English teacher. When she's not working or writing, she likes swimming, running and reading. She loves chocolate, beer and holidays.
Above all, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
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Published by HQ in digital and audio formats on 18th March 2021