Today I am reviewing The Friend by Charlie Gallagher. This was released on the 1st of April, published by Avon Books.
A Stranger. A promise. A deadly game.
Danny and Sharon Evans are desperate for answers. Why did their seemingly happy daughter try to take her own life?
When a stranger approaches Danny, saying he knows who’s to blame, Danny is tempted, despite Sharon’s reservations. And when his new friend offers them revenge, how can he walk away?
But little does Danny know he is being invited to play a terrible game. A game that won’t just change lives – it will end them.
DI Joel Norris knows this is no ordinary case when two seemingly unconnected murders hit his desk within a matter of days. But how far is he willing to go to solve the puzzle?
Dark, gripping and unforgettable, The Friend will keep fans of Harlan Coben and Matt Brolly on the edge of their seats.
This is one edge of your seat read. Only the fact that I know it would mean my review would not be published if I did, is preventing me from throwing in a couple of expressive swear words to highlight the tension of this story!
I was immediately invested in the story and its characters and was completely engrossed by it. Charlie Gallagher knows how to weave a tale and he had me furiously flicking those pages on my Kindle. It has been expertly plotted, executed and with it being so sinister, definitely makes for a very addictive read.
There are a few characters to keep you on your toes but Charlie Gallagher has done a great job of making it clear who each are and the role that they play. I really felt for Danny’s character and he really pulled on my heartstrings.
Charlie Gallagher is a new author to me and The Friend has been such a great introduction to his work. Given his background as a police officer, he knows his stuff and has produced a very real, compelling and terrifying read.
The Friend is a very dark actioned packed thriller that will definitely get your heart pumping. A tale of manipulation, revenge and justice, it is a must read for crime thriller fans. It was a pleasure to read and review The Friend which I recommend.
Thank you to Charlie Gallagher, Avon Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Friend, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Charlie Gallagher
Charlie Gallagher has been writing for twenty years, most of that time as a hobby but with the dream of one day ‘doing it properly.’ Alongside this hobby it was necessary to have a day job which, for thirteen years, was as a serving U.K. police officer.
This career in policing opened up a whole new world of experiences and opportunities and he is now fortunate enough to be able to channel those experiences into stories on a full time basis.
Whilst a police officer, Charlie worked as a response officer, a member of a specialist tactical team, a detective and in a regional counter terrorism unit.
His books are thrillers and, rather unsurprisingly, policing and crime are central to the stories.
Charlie lives on the south coast of the U.K with his wife and two daughters, a springer spaniel, a tortoise and a cat with a far higher number of twitter followers. Charlie is published by Joffe Books and Avon, Harper Collins.