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The Silent Friend

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Highly recommend this book! This was my first book to read by this author and I can't wait to read more! The characters and the story stay with you long after you finish the book. One of the best books I have read in a long time.
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Wow! This book kept me up late into the wee hours at night and I was totally into this book. Laura takes a trip to France with her friends and the unthinkable happens when they go to a concert. Laura and her friends find themselves in a horrific situation in the midst of a terrorist attack and are held as hostages and it all unfolds unlike anything I’ve ever read! I felt EVERY SINGLE emotion while reading this book. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
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This is Suspense/Hard Hitting Fiction. This book is not a mystery/thriller. I hated the beginning, and I almost DNF this book. Around 15% the book took a turn and I got pulled into it finally. This is one of those books that really makes you think, and I really love those books. The characters in this book is not super lovable, but they where living through something very hard to life through. I love seeing this event through both sides eyes, and I love the feelings this book pulled out of me. I received an ARC of this book. This review is my own honest opinion about the book like all my reviews are.
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Thank you Netgalley and Harper 360, HQ Digital for the arc of this book. It's a good thing this book was written so well because it was a tough, tragic story and a lesser author would not be able to pull it off. Kudos to Diane Jeffery.  Laura and Sandrine were completely different characters and I couldn't help rooting for them both. I didn't love the epilogue because it felt like it was just tacked on.
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This book was a page turner from beginning to end. This book will have you guessing until the end. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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This book was not at all what I expected, which was a mystery/thriller. It is a much more serious novel about a terrorist attack, told from differing perspectives of those involved. It was difficult to read at times, and not particularly enjoyable, but it was well done and worth reading. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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What did I just read? 

The Silent Friend, was incredible. Filled with twist after twist, the excitement and anticipation for what would happen next had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. This was my first novel by Diane Jeffrey, but it will not be my last. Diane Jeffrey's talent is present as soon as you start reading. Her style was fluid, character description was on point and the story line was out of this world. I am an instant fan. 

Laura is SO excited to go on a dream vacation to France. Laura and a group of friend are going to be seeing their favorite band preform . What could go wrong? 

How about everything...... 

Laura can not forget what happened that night. Struggling, she finds a support group online and connects with Sandrine. Sandrine and Laura become instant friends as they form a connection through understanding one another. 

The thing is, one of them is holding on to a deep dark secret. Not everyone is who you think they are. Once the secret is exposed there is no going back................. 
 
This is an absolute must read and needs to be on everyone's pre-order list. You do not want to miss this one!
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I absolutely love the plot of this story. Diane Jeffery flawlessly weaved such a wicked suspense novel, you won’t be able to unravel until the end. Her characters are so well created and masked you won’t know who to trust
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book. 

A trip with friends turns into Laura's worst nightmare when the concert they are at is attacked by terrorists. The night haunts Laura and she joins a message board to help cope with the trauma. She connects with Sandy, whose son died that night. Sandy, however, has secrets.  

I thought this book was well thought out and dealt with tough subject matter fairly well. The characters were relatable and fleshed out. I liked the timeline and how even though it jumped around, the way it did so always made sense within the narrative and it was easy to stay focused.
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When I first saw the description do this book on Net Galley, I mentioned to a friend that this seemed like the European version of the Netflix show Dead to Me. I soon realized that I was right, but this book takes the concept to a new level. The story hurts my heart to read, from both sides, but it also shows perspectives people may not think about in the unfortunately growing number of similar situations today. 

The story was very well written, but the early chapters jump around in a way that makes the story harder to get hooked on until you understand the situation Laura has been in. 

I like the journey the author takes Laura on to her healing, and on the flip side, the journey Sandrine must take as the mother of someone who has done something unthinkable. 

The book was very well written and I stayed engaged with the story until the very last chapter. I understand the desire for the author to wrap the book up in a pretty bow and give it the happiest ending possible, but I think it took away from the story. I wish the book had ended differently because it feels to me like it just skips forward a year and all of a sudden everything is forgiven. It just didn’t seem realistic.
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This is a thought provoking story. I read this book every chance I got even while conversing with others. The main characters are heartbreaking as they struggle to deal with a horrific tragedy. The reader knows something is about to happen from the beginning. The suspense builds then takes your breath away. The manner in which the story is written carries the reader easily from chapter to chapter.  I have three words to tell readers out there. Read this book!
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The Silent Friends tells the story of Laura and Sandrine.  Laura is a young Irish woman who is looking forward to attending a concert with her friends during their holiday to France.  Sandrine is a French wife and mother to two teenage boys.  The two women have nothing in common until a terrorist attack at the hands of Sandrine’s son brings them together.  Laura is struggling with survivor's guilt and Sandrine is dealing with both the loss of her son and her immense guilt for his actions.  Sandrine creates a website to help bring victims together and ends up connecting with Laura.

I'm not sure what to think of this book.  It was interesting and sad, but it wasn't really the gripping thriller it's made out to be.  I enjoyed reading each characters' POV and going through their struggles and triumphs with them, but overall it just wasn't that page turning.

I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Digital for this ARC.
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So...is this supposed to be a thriller?  Because it's totally not.  

It is a good book, but it's about overwhelming grief, horrific terrorism, bias, and all those things.  But not a thriller.

Read this when you want to cry, because you totally will.  But don't read it for an entertaining thrill ride.

*ARC via Publisher
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Laura & her friends Claire, Ava & Sarah are all traveling to France to go to a concert a local band is playing. Laura doesn’t like flying & has a bad feeling over all about this trip. While at the concert & terrorist attack unfolds & Laura is lucky enough to make it out alive. But to what cost? She finds herself confiding in an unlikely friend. But Laura doesn’t know the full truth of this friend & if she did, there is no way she’d talk to his woman. Right?

This is not normally a book I would read. This is much different from the normal thriller I gravitate towards. However, this book was extremely entertaining to say the least. I found myself finishing the book in 2 days. The two perspectives were well thought out & eye opening. Laura & Sandrine were both likable characters. I found this read to be interesting. There aren’t many books out there, if any that I’ve read, with this plot. Finally something different & new (for me)! I needed this break of The Who Dun it’s. 

I would recommend this book. It is not necessarily “edge of your seat thrilling” but it is a good read.
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Excellent story! Totally engrossing!.  Looking forward to reading more by this author! Could not put this down!
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