The Good Friend by Jo Baldwin

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: RedDoor Publishing

About The Book

Once upon a time they were best friends. They were all friends. So when Jenny moved to Australia to focus on her swimming career, she not only lost Kath, but her soul-mate Tom. It was for the best. Or so they said. Now, eight years later, Jenny seeks out her childhood friend and heads to rural France where Kath has settled. At first the women fall back into a close relationship, but before long strange and malicious behaviour leads Jenny to realise the truth: that Kath has played a clever game all along to manipulate and control those around her. And Jenny is her biggest victim.
Set against the glorious backdrop of the Languedoc lavender fields, The Good Friend is a beautifully written psychological drama about love, lies and a dangerous obsession. Because once the truth is revealed, there’s no going back…

My Thoughts

This is a story of friendship, love and lies; Jenny, Tom and Kath had a past, but now their lives have changed completely and their reunion will not be as idillic as anyone would expect. Because Jenny has some questions about their past, Tom has some regrets and Kath has a secret agenda. Do you believe in good friends?
This is the story of Jenny, how after a few years without seeing her friends decided to spend a few weeks with them at their rural house in France. Since the beginning you can feel the tension between Tom and Kath, their marriage is not going well, but Kath tries to make Jenny jealous of their life every time she can. I didn’t like much Kath, I would cut her “subtile” attacks since the beginning, because even if Jenny is trying to be a nice host, she still have feelings for Tom, he was her first love!
This is not a mystery book, you guess since the beginning what’s happening, what you don’t know is the why and what is everything leading to. But let me say that this is enough to keep the reader eager to know more about the characters and be charmed by the landscape. And never forget the quote: “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
This had been a quick read, easy to enter to this toxic relation were no one knows how it will end, be prepared for a few twists during the story, and a surprising ending!
Ready for “The Good Friend”?

About The Author

Since completing a degree in French, Jo Baldwin has spent a large proportion of her life in France, first in Paris where she worked in magazine publishing, and later in the Languedoc where she has a holiday home. Jo now lives in Oxford with her husband and three children and works in educational publishing.