The best friend

Jessica Fellowes

Book - 2022

"Following the intense, toxic friendship of two kindred spirits across their lifetimes, The Best Friend is a dark, suspenseful novel and first standalone from Jessica Fellowes, New York Times bestselling author of the Mitford Murders series and the companion Downton Abbey books. Bella and Kate. Kate and Bella. From childhood they were bosom friends, Bella sensible and cautious, Kate gregarious and just a little dangerous. Yet in spite of their intimacy, their trust is fragile. Men came into... their lives and things changed: a black seed was set in the heart of their relationship. Over decades, acts of both cruelty and love ferment until one shocking event tests them more than ever. Neither will escape unscathed. Reminiscent of Elena Ferrante and Sally Rooney, and for readers of Leila Slimani's The Perfect Nanny and Ashley Audrain's The Push, The Best Friend explores the darkest corners of female friendship, a place where loyalty and betrayal intersect with deadly consequences"--

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Subjects
Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Psychological fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Minotaur Books 2022.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
309 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250831804
1250831806
Main Author
Jessica Fellowes (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Bella and Kate met when they were six and became best friends. As a teenager, Bella struggled with a difficult home life and feelings of inferiority, believing that Kate was prettier and more popular. Then Kate moved away and didn't tell Bella where she was going. Years later, Kate reappears in Bella's life; both women are now married. Kate is a successful actress and Bella is a flourishing artist. But as pleased as they are to be reunited, Bella feels slightly uneasy, an emotion that seems justified when a terrifying incident occurs during a party. The two become estranged again, but when Bella's husband disappears, Kate almost miraculously reappears to take care of Bella. Then terrible disaster strikes, and the two friends are torn apart in a way neither could have imagined. Bella puts Kate out of her mind, but decades later, when Kate needs her desperately, Bella is again there for her lifelong friend. This is a gripping story of a decades-long friendship that hints at obsession, dark secrets, and desperation and yet is also joyous, moving, and heart-breaking. A gripping, unsettling page-turner. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Set in England and spanning 76 years, this searing domestic noir from bestseller Fellowes (the Mitford Murders series) chronicles shy protagonist Bella's toxic relationship with narcissistic, charismatic Kate. The girls meet at age six and are inseparable until they're 17, when Kate kisses Bella's crush and then moves away without disclosing her new address. At 42, Kate—a married actor with an eight-year-old son—moves to Bella's neighborhood. Though Bella—a married painter with a nine-year-old daughter—still harbors hurt, resentment, and distrust, she's unable to resist the pull of Kate's orbit. The pair fall back into old patterns, with Kate manipulating Bella at every turn, but then Kate's actions kick off a devastating chain of events that changes the trajectory of both women's lives and causes ripple effects for decades. The tragic tale unfolds largely via revelatory snippets of conversation between the keenly drawn characters, lending a voyeuristic air. Fellowes paints an unflinching portrait of female friendship that should appeal to fans of Julie Mayhew and Leïla Slimani. Agent: Eugenie Furniss, Peters Fraser and Dunlop. (U.K.) (Sept.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Even though they are best friends, the trust between Bella and Kate is fragile, especially when men came into their lives, and, over time, acts of both cruelty and love ferment, until one shocking event tests them more than ever. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Following the intense, toxic friendship of two kindred spirits across their lifetimes, The Best Friend is a dark, suspenseful novel and first standalone from Jessica Fellowes, New York Times bestselling author of the Mitford Murders series and the companion Downton Abbey books. Bella and Kate. Kate and Bella. From childhood they were bosom friends, Bella sensible and cautious, Kate gregarious and just a little dangerous. Yet in spite of their intimacy, their trust is fragile. Men came into their lives and things changed: a black seed was set in the heart of their relationship. Over decades, acts of both cruelty and love ferment until one shocking event tests them more than ever. Neither will escape unscathed. Reminiscent of Elena Ferrante and Sally Rooney, and for readers of Leila Slimani's The Perfect Nanny and Ashley Audrain's The Push, The Best Friend explores the darkest corners of female friendship, a place where loyalty and betrayal intersect with deadly consequences"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Following the intense, toxic friendship of two kindred spirits across their lifetimes, The Best Friend is a dark, suspenseful novel and first standalone from Jessica Fellowes, New York Times bestselling author of the Mitford Murders series and the companion Downton Abbey books.Bella and Kate. Kate and Bella. From childhood they were bosom friends, Bella sensible and cautious, Kate gregarious and just a little dangerous.Yet in spite of their intimacy, their trust is fragile. Men came into their lives and things changed: a black seed was set in the heart of their relationship. Over decades, acts of both cruelty and love ferment until one shocking event tests them more than ever. Neither will escape unscathed.Reminiscent of Elena Ferrante and Sally Rooney, and for readers of Leila Slimani’s The Perfect Nanny and Ashley Audrain’s The Push, The Best Friend explores the darkest corners of female friendship, a place where loyalty and betrayal intersect with deadly consequences.