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.

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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…

My Review

I’ve often wondered what it must be like to be the parent of the bully rather than the victim. No-one feels sorry for you. They look for blame. What did the mum or dad do wrong to bring up such an awful child? They must have gone wrong somewhere.

But for Sandrine we are taking this to another level. Not only has she lost her son, but he was the perpetrator of the most heinous crime imaginable. No-one sympathises with her. It must be her fault and that of her husband. She is reviled, paint is daubed on her front door and even her friends want nothing to do with her.

The Silent Friend is a bit Jodi Picault – asking us to question sides, to examine the dynamic, to sympathise with those we could hate. At times it’s a difficult decision. I really felt sorry for Sandrine. She is more than a victim. She’s the parent or wife of that killer, the one that makes the headlines, the Peter Sutcliffes and the terrorists, and no-one believes they didn’t know. She’s not Rose West, she’s the one who didn’t aid and abet, who didn’t spot the signs, the one everyone blames and no-one trusts.

Laura was there at the concert when it happened. She escaped but why did the terrorist choose her? She’s just an ordinary twenty-something from Northern Ireland visiting Lyon with her friends to see her favourite band The Naturals play at a concert.

This is a story about race and religion and prejudice, as well as about hope and friendship. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It beautifully portrayed forgiveness, friendship and grief.

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About the Author

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. Click on the link to visit Diane’s website:

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