There are so many ways to kill a friendship . . .

You’re lying, sprawled at the bottom of the stairs, legs bent, arms wide. And while this could be a tragic accident, if anyone’s got a motive to hurt you, it’s me.

Bec and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. They have been through a lot together – from the death of Bec’s mother to the birth of Izzy’s daughter. But there’s a darker side to their friendship, and once it has been exposed, there is no turning back.

So when Izzy’s body is found, Bec knows that if the police decide to look for a killer, she will be the prime suspect. Because those closest to you are the ones who can hurt you the most . . .

#MyBestFriendsMurder @perthectpolly @simonschusterUK

My Review

When I started reading, I commented that I didn’t like any of the characters apart from Missy the dog. By the end I liked them even less (apart from Missy again and maybe Tilly). The main characters – and even some of the less important ones – are as toxic as the relationship between Bec and her ‘best friend’ Izzy. I’d rather have no friends than have one like her.

Izzy is married to Rich, who Bec knew from childhood and has always been secretly in love with. They have a four-year-old daughter called Tilly. Bec is engaged to Ed, who is a bit of a prat really, but they have a gorgeous Bassett Hound called Missy, who doesn’t feature nearly enough for me. Bec also has a brother Rob who is in a relationship with a film star (also a secret).

Rich has two snooty brothers who he rarely sees and a father who wants him to get a better career. Rich just wants to be a writer and is working on his first novel. His mum isn’t that much better. Izzy’s parents, especially mum Glenda are awful.

Izzy is practically perfect in every way (apologies to Mary Poppins). She’s beautiful, slim, well-dressed, throws wonderful parties and runs a 10k effortlessly. You get the picture. Yes we hate her already and want to slap her. No-one is that great.

But Bec worships Izzy even though she treats her so badly. To say their relationship is toxic would be an understatement. Bec brings flowers to a party – Izzy bins them. Bec buys Tilly an amazing Christmas present – Izzy goes mental and says it’s too much.

They are all ghastly but it’s still very entertaining. We know that at some time Izzy will die (it’s in the opening chapter and in the book description), but it’s not until the end we discover the how and the why. Great debut novel.

Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, the author and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.

About the Author

Polly is originally from South West London but after visiting Australia in 2011, she fell head over heels for the lifestyle, even though she doesn’t drink coffee and rarely goes to the beach! Polly currently lives in Perth with her husband, daughter and much-loved dog. My Best Friend’s Murder won the writing prize at the Emirates Literature Festival and is her debut novel. She hopes that after they read it, her friends will still be talking to her…

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