Today I am reviewing on its publication day The New Friends by Daniel Hurst, published by Inkubator Books.
They are fun, wealthy, fabulous. Pray you never meet them.
Becky and Jamie are an ordinary hard-working couple trapped in the daily grind, dreaming of an easier life. On one of their rare vacations, they meet a wealthy couple, Phil and Mel, who seem to have it all – they are fun, well travelled, and very generous with their money.
But they are also very, very dangerous.
Because Phil and Mel are not who they say they are. And this is no random vacation friendship, they have chosen Jamie and Becky carefully, seducing them with the promise of a lifestyle just like theirs.
By the time Jamie and Becky realise what their new friends really want, it’s too late, they’ve lost everything, their hopes and dreams lie shattered.
The only question now is how far will they go to get even?
The New Friends – the stunning psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Passenger, The Boyfriend, The Promotion.
It is easy to be seduced by someone’s money and lifestyle when you struggle to make ends meet. This is the case for Becky and James when they meet wealthy couple Phil and Mel whilst on vacation. Unfortunately for Becky and James, their new friends have their own agenda and it is one that could just well destroy them.
I did like the premise that this story offered and I normally don’t like to compare to other books the author has written, but I found this one lacked the excitement that I am normally used to from Hurst. Everything was set up for it to be such a thrilling read, but after a strong start the deeper into the story I got, it just lost its momentum. In saying that, the book cover is awesome, the writing is still engaging, the pace is fast, the characters are well developed and it is still worth a read if it appeals to you.
Thank you to Daniel Hurst. Inkubator Books and Booksprout for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The New Friends, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s get to know Daniel Hurst
Daniel Hurst was born in the northwest of England, a part of the world famous for its comedians, pasties and terrible weather.
He has been employed in several glamourous roles in his lifetime, including bartending, shelf stacking and procurement administration, all while based in some of the most exotic places on the planet, like Bolton, Preston and South London.
Since following his lifelong passion for writing in 2020, he has amassed a loyal and devoted set of readers, and at one point in 2021, he had seven books in the top 100 of the Psychological Thriller Chart on Amazon.