It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour My Best Friend’s Murder by Polly Phillips.
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. Follow @perthectpolly on Twitter
About the book
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, it’s me. 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. Best friends, childhood friends. Part of each others lives in every way and they have no secrets, right? Hmm perhaps the reports of their excellent relationship are exaggerated or viewed through a tinted lens.
Izzy has everything. Child, handsome husband, career, money and connections. So many advantages in life can make other people jealous, even people who are supposed to be their best friends. Maybe Bec hasn’t quite gotten over the fact Izzy turns everything she touches to gold.
Does it all get too much for Bec or is there something else going on? How does Izzy end up the victim of a crime or an accident?
It’s a really engrossing dark domestic thriller. The two main characters have a unique bond which is also completely toxic, so much for sisterhood and friendship. There is a clear imbalance in their relationship, but only one of them is actually aware of how malignant it is.
Phillips plays on the elements of friendships and how many people are often unaware that friendships can be toxic, much like romantic relationships can be, and don’t always recognise when they are in the middle of one. Negative nuances are mistaken for offhand jokes or rather the receiver doesn’t acknowledge what others interpret correctly for instance.
I liked the fact the ending was completely out of left field, although given the way the rest of the read was captivating enough to keep readers engaged until the end – it wouldn’t have mattered whodunnit.
Buy My Best Friend’s Murder at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Simon and Shuster UK pub date 8th July 2021 | Paperback Original | £7.99 | Publishing in Ebook and Audio onn 21st January 2021. Buy at Amazon com.