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,
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 . . .
The Rumour meets The Holiday in this compulsive thriller with a toxic friendship at its heart that keeps you in the dark until the final breathless pages.
Bec and Izzy’s friendship has always been somewhat fiery, but regardless of their differences they have always stood by one another through all that life has thrown at them. When Bec gets engaged to Ed, the first person she wants to tell is Izzy, but Izzy’s reaction leaves Bec upset and confused by her best friends lack of enthusiasm for her.
When Izzy is later found dead at the bottom of the stairs in her beautiful home in Clapham, it is clear that Bec has reasons to want her dead, but we are left questioning who is actually responsible for this horrendous crime, and what their motives are.
This is a thriller unlike any other I have read before. The story starts with us learning of Izzy’s death, but at this point we know little else about what has actually taken place behind the door of her townhouse. Then we get to visit the Bec and learn more about her rather difficult friendship with Izzy, as well as seeing some of the girls fallouts over the years.
Izzy is far from being a supportive friend, and this is something that really seems to drag Bec down with every passing chapter. The story quickly picks up its pace and it isn’t long before you find yourself well and truly invested in the lives of these characters, as well as uncovering what actually happened to Izzy that fateful day.
There is certainly no denying the fact that these women have an extremely toxic friendship, but the many things that life has thrown their way has played a huge roll in forcing them to stand by one another over the years, something that ultimately leads them to the events we see unfold within the pages of this book. With a cast of well fleshed out, realistic characters and fascinating dialogue provided by the author, this is without a doubt one of my favourite reads of 2021.
About the Author
Polly Phillips currently lives in Australia, although she is originally from the UK. My Best Friend’s Murder won the Montegrappa Writing Prize at the Emirates Literature Festival in 2019.
Polly has worked as a journalist in Australia, Dubai, Denmark and the UK. My Best
Friend’s Murder is her debut novel.
*Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours, Simon & Schuster and Polly Phillips for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*