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[PDF] ✑ The Best of Friends ✪ Lucinda Berry – Pcusati.info 3.5 Stars First, a thank you to netgalley and Thomas Mercer for this ARC A little bit of a heavy read, especially for a parent The book centres around 3 women who have been friends since childhood Their 3 sons have been friends since birth One night a shooting happens and 1 son is left dead, 1 son is left in a coma, and 1 son is left non verbal The incident opens up a huge investigation with the police and a messy situation with the 3 women and their families Nothing is as it seems on 3.5 Stars First, a thank you to netgalley and Thomas Mercer for this ARC A little bit of a heavy read, especially for a parent The book centres around 3 women who have been friends since childhood Their 3 sons have been friends since birth One night a shooting happens and 1 son is left dead, 1 son is left in a coma, and 1 son is left non verbal The incident opens up a huge investigation with the police and a messy situation with the 3 women and their families Nothing is as it seems on the surface and secrets are revealed.I found the story to be the kind that kept me wantingas I turned the pages, but by the end, I realized it fell flat and I expectedI kind of predicted it BUT there was 1 small surprise at the end that I did not expect which is why I gave the extra.5 stars I could not keep up with which son belonged to which family I had to write down the parents names and which son belonged to them as I was reading so I could reference from it I know this is my issue, but I found it took away from the enjoyment of reading the book A tragedy involving three teenage sons of lifelong friends remains an open ended mystery We know the end result, but we don t know what happened or who, if anyone, is at fault The sole survivor is so traumatized he can t speak about it.As each family attempts to grasp the shocking turn of their lives, at the heart is a story of relationships between friends, family members, husbands and wives, sons and daughters.I thought this may be too sorrowful to read during these stressful times, but an A tragedy involving three teenage sons of lifelong friends remains an open ended mystery We know the end result, but we don t know what happened or who, if anyone, is at fault The sole survivor is so traumatized he can t speak about it.As each family attempts to grasp the shocking turn of their lives, at the heart is a story of relationships between friends, family members, husbands and wives, sons and daughters.I thought this may be too sorrowful to read during these stressful times, but an underlying lifting sentiment was surprisingly affected by the author That s talent This was a fast read and flowed easily My first novel by Lucinda Berry, but it won t be the last as I ve happened upon an impressive New to me author.Thank you to Netgalley, Thomas Mercer, and Lucinda Berry for my advance copy An Unthinkable Tragedy Forever Changes A Group Of Teens And Turns Family Against Family In This Edge Of Your Seat Thriller That Begs To Be Read In One SittingBest Friends Lindsey, Kendra, And Dani Endure Every Parent S Nightmare When A Tragic Accident Befalls Their Teenage Boys, Leaving One Dead, Another In A Coma, And A Third Too Traumatized To SpeakReeling From The Worst Night Of Their Lives, The Three Mothers Plunge Into A Desperate Investigation Of The Bizarre Incident How Could Something So Horrible Happen In Their Wealthy Southern California Suburb They Soon Discover That The Accident Was Just The Beginning, And Troubling Discoveries Lead To Chilling Questions Do They Really Know Their Children Do They Even Know Each Other As Secrets Surface, A Fog Of Doubt And Suspicion Threatens To Poison Their Families, Their Friendships, And The Whole CommunityWith The Illusion Of Happiness And Safety Long Gone, These Women Must Now Confront The Hazards Of Heartbreak, The Consequences Of Jealousy, And The Dangers Of Living Double Lives The Best of Friends wasted no time in grabbing my attention The action starts in the very first sentence and doesn t let up from there I was captivated, wanting to know what happened, to whom, and why Kendra, Lindsey and Dani have been best friends since they were children They grew up, married, moved close to each other, and had children Their sons, Sawyer, Jacob and Caleb also became best friends, and life was pretty good for everyone Except that it really wasn t There were secrets in e The Best of Friends wasted no time in grabbing my attention The action starts in the very first sentence and doesn t let up from there I was captivated, wanting to know what happened, to whom, and why Kendra, Lindsey and Dani have been best friends since they were children They grew up, married, moved close to each other, and had children Their sons, Sawyer, Jacob and Caleb also became best friends, and life was pretty good for everyone Except that it really wasn t There were secrets in each family that just didn t seem that important, until one of the boys dies from a gunshot wound, one is left on life support, and one is intensely traumatized What happened The parents, grief stricken and looking for answers, find their worlds spinning out of control As they work with the detective to get to the bottom of that horrible night of the shootings, other problems in their lives start to become important, and their eyes are opened to things kept buried or never known until now I was intrigued with this story from beginning to end, as the author, Lucinda Berry, releases only small tidbits throughout to let you know what might or might not be the answer to the what, who, and why of everything I was never able to figure out exactly what happened until she made it clear, and even when I finally learned the truth, there was onesurprise at the end that I never saw coming There were so many pieces to this story, and the author tied them together skillfully, never losing my attention What a gripping tale My thanks to NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer for an ARC in exchange for my honest review 4 stars 4.5 stars Review to come, but here s a spoiler this book made me a Berry fan Unbelievably stirring and compelling straight out of the gates Such a page turner of a read.The lives of three best friends Kendra, Lindsey, and Dani are disrupted when a tragedy strikes What takes place is the unraveling of each of their marriages, and the revealing of secrets that were kept hidden for years.As each woman struggles with their own loss, you are swept up in all the emotion, trauma, and psychological dilemmas that each of them faces.Difficult to put down An excellent novel a Unbelievably stirring and compelling straight out of the gates Such a page turner of a read.The lives of three best friends Kendra, Lindsey, and Dani are disrupted when a tragedy strikes What takes place is the unraveling of each of their marriages, and the revealing of secrets that were kept hidden for years.As each woman struggles with their own loss, you are swept up in all the emotion, trauma, and psychological dilemmas that each of them faces.Difficult to put down An excellent novel and will be sure to keep the author, Lucinda Berry on my radar Five star read Thank you NetGalley and the publisher Thomas Mercer for the opportunity to read this book in exchange from my honest review I have no doubt that this will be on my top 10, maybe even top 5 list of BEST BOOKS OF 2020 I was gripped by this story of Kendra, Dani and Lindsey, who have been best friends forever Now they have children of their own, and each of their teens are best friends to each other One night, a horrific event takes place while the teens are hanging out One ends up dead from a shotgun wound, another is in coma due to a shot to the head, and the other is alive but seemingly unable to talk and explain I have no doubt that this will be on my top 10, maybe even top 5 list of BEST BOOKS OF 2020 I was gripped by this story of Kendra, Dani and Lindsey, who have been best friends forever Now they have children of their own, and each of their teens are best friends to each other One night, a horrific event takes place while the teens are hanging out One ends up dead from a shotgun wound, another is in coma due to a shot to the head, and the other is alive but seemingly unable to talk and explain what happened This creates a domino effect in the lives of the three women and their families This is an unputdownable drama that doesn t stop pulling you until the very last page, which has a surprising little twist The beautifully smooth and descriptive writing by Lucinda Perry makes a great reading experience and very difficult to set the book down I absolutely loved THE BEST OF FRIENDS, and can t wait to readfrom this author Thank you to Thomas Mercer, author Lucinda Berry, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Coming soon to a bookstore near you Or wherever it is, you buy books.Expected Publication Date August 18, 2020Secrets abound in Lucinda Berry s upcoming thriller, The Best of Friends.So many secrets, in fact, that my head is spiraling a bit and not in a good way Aye, aye, ayeKendra, Dani, and Lindsey, best friends since childhood and mothers to three teenage boys, experience a tragedy that is every parent s worst nightmare After a hard night of partying, a terrible accident involvi Coming soon to a bookstore near you Or wherever it is, you buy books.Expected Publication Date August 18, 2020Secrets abound in Lucinda Berry s upcoming thriller, The Best of Friends.So many secrets, in fact, that my head is spiraling a bit and not in a good way Aye, aye, ayeKendra, Dani, and Lindsey, best friends since childhood and mothers to three teenage boys, experience a tragedy that is every parent s worst nightmare After a hard night of partying, a terrible accident involving the young boys occurs In a matter of moments, one boy is dead, another is in a coma, and the third is unable to communicate, having withdrawn inside himself It s a horrible nightmare one that I, personally, cannot contemplate too deeply as a mother of two young boys And I would be remiss if I did not forewarn readers that the subject matter of this novel is very disturbing at times and may make for a difficult read, particularly for those who are parents.So, what happened that night Wellyou will have to read the novel to find out The Best of Friends opens with a prologue that is dramatic and intense The reader is immediately inserted into the panic that Kendra experiences the night of the accident, feels her fear One is very quickly absorbed into the narrative and then it all, unfortunately, turns into one big mess.And all the messiness, my friends, is a result of the writing First off, Berry s writing is simple and pedestrian The novel does not require much thought from the reader, as Berry s writing style lacks any sort of real nuance or complexity Secondly, the novel is in serious need of character development and voice distinction The story is told from the points of view of the three mothers, through alternating chapters, and in all honesty, I struggled to keep the characters names straight and to remember whose viewpoint I was reading Juggling three viewpoints and voices should not be this tough to do But in this case, it is tricky because Kendra, Dani, and Lindsey are basically the same woman, just in triplicate.Thirdly, and related to the above mentioned problem in what I believe is a misguided attempt by Berry to write the novel in a fashion similar to Liane Moriarty s Big Little Lies, she initially withholds too much information about the women and their lives from the reader Berry takes her timeWAY too much timeand s l o w l y unfurls the defining details of the characters, their lives, their hidden scandals and secrets But she doesn t reveal enough to the reader in the very beginning so that a clear mental image of the three women can be formed in one s mind It is extremely difficult to fully connect to the story and the characters because of this.And lastly, I feel like Berry throws random, out of the blue, jarring facts about the characters into the narrativeonly to then, very oddly, never mention them again It s as if she wanted to desperately up the shock factor and the scandal, and then forgot to fully weave all of the dangling loose ends into the story For example, almost 3 4 of the way into the book, Berry slips in the fact that one of the women has an eating disorder but then that s it The reader never learns anything else about said eating disorder AT ALL Ummreally An eating disorder is not something that should be haphazardly tossed into a narrative, only to then be instantly forgotten.There is also an allusion to a character maybe, possibly, having a drinking problembut I have no clue as to whether it was ever fully clarified in the story And at the very end of the novel, a reference is made regarding an event that happened during the women s junior year of high school But for the life of me, I don t believe we ever find out what actually transpired I ve even skimmed back through the novel and searched, in an attempt to find an earlier reference to that particular night that I may have read and then misplaced in my mind I have found nothing and am still left scratching my head about it If anyone finds another reference or an explanation of the event, will you please let me know And after all thatafter wading through the novel s extremely messy and disorganized narrativethe big reveal of the who and the how and the why of the tragic accident involving the three teenage boys is a bit of a letdown It is so anti climactic, in fact, that I was even taken aback while reading it, not having realized and being surprised that I had, indeed, arrived at the grand finale.Sigh Tis disappointing, I know.Oh I must also mention the epilogue so unbelievable and utterly ridiculous Even now, I am shaking my head in disbelief The Best of Friends earns two stars from me, as my interest was held well enough that I was inclined to at least see it through to the end But unfortunately, I am unable to recommend it I received an Advanced Readers Copy from NetGalley and ThomasandMercer in exchange for an honest review All opinions included herein are my own. This is a heartbreaking story of friendship and motherhood and I would be lying if I said that it didn t bring me to tears As a mother of a teenage boy, well, this just really hit close to home Lindsey, Dani, and Kendra have been life long best friends They used to fantasize at sleepovers about how they would all live nearby one another, get married, and have children They would have family vacations, backyard barbecues, holidays, and basically all the milestones that life brings you they wo This is a heartbreaking story of friendship and motherhood and I would be lying if I said that it didn t bring me to tears As a mother of a teenage boy, well, this just really hit close to home Lindsey, Dani, and Kendra have been life long best friends They used to fantasize at sleepovers about how they would all live nearby one another, get married, and have children They would have family vacations, backyard barbecues, holidays, and basically all the milestones that life brings you they would share together As luck would have it their dreams came true Sawyer Kendra s son , Jacob Lindsey s son , and Caleb Dani s son have grown just as close as their mothers They are your typical teenage boys that enjoy playing soccer, video games, and partying however one night proves fatal Sawyer lays dead, Jacob is in a coma, and Caleb won t speak Questions and blame threaten everything these women hold dear including their friendship For the first 30% of this book I was so confused The mothers and sons were interchangeable and I had a hard time keeping up with who was who but I did eventually settle in okay and once I was in I couldn t stop turning the pages The ending I began to see coming and it is just heartbreaking I had to tissue up for those last few chapters I do have a small gripe with the epilogue it seemed a bit too contrived of a twist Tragedy can strike anyone in an instant so all I can say after reading this is go home, hug your kids, and tell them how much you love them 4 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Mercer fro providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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