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Today I am so thrilled to be reviewing The Loyal Friend by A.A. Chaudhuri. This is released on the 23rd of June, published by Hera Books.


Wealthy, pampered Susan is living the perfect life in leafy Kingston. She’ll never let anyone see the darkness she’s concealing behind the diamonds and rosé.

Grace is new to the group, seemingly the perfect wife and mum. Yet no one knows the truth of what’s happening behind closed doors.

Loner Natalie hides the pain of her childhood behind a carefully ordered life. But how long can the past stay hidden?

Three unlikely friends, brought together for a weekly class run by beautiful, friendly, instructor, Jade.

But when Jade goes missing in mysterious circumstances, the group starts to unravel. And as their darkest secrets come to light, it seems that no one can be trusted. Even their closest friends…

A heart-in-your-mouth thriller that builds twist after twist, culminating in an unforgettable ending. This shocking, tense and gripping read will delight fans of T.M. Logan, B.A. Paris and Big Little Lies.

“She has your back…And may stab you in it…”

There are so many things that I got out of reading The Loyal Friend, but the best thing is that I now have a new author to add to my list of favourites! A.A. Chaudhuri absolutely slays with this book! What an amazing talent!

Right from the outset this story caught me in its clutches and there was no way it was going to let me go until I finished it, which I did in only a few hours! Chaudhuri really knows how to weave a tale and keep the reader hooked and engaged as she brings everything vividly to life.

The characters are all intriguing and through each of their points of view we get to know their darkest secrets, each as shocking as the last. I was consumed by Jade’s disappearance and who was behind it, but I could not have predicted how it would all unfold. The twists are off the charts and blew me away!

And that ending! Hands down, it is up there as one of the best I have read. It took me the better part of an hour to pick my jaw back up off the floor and for my heart to stop racing. There is no way I will be forgetting it in a hurry!

An absolute must read, The Loyal Friend is a gripping edge of your seat thriller that I can not recommend highly enough and it will most definitely be part of my best books read for the year!

Thank you to A.A. Chaudhuri, Hera Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Loyal Friend, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


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A.A. Chaudhuri is a History graduate and former City lawyer. Born and raised in Portsmouth, Hampshire, she now lives in Surrey with her family, where she writes full time.

THE SCRIBE and THE ABDUCTION, published in July and December 2019 by LUME BOOKS, are her first crime book series, plunging readers into London’s glamorous legal world and featuring series’ heroine, Maddy Kramer, fiction’s first female City lawyer amateur sleuth, who teams up with charismatic DCI Jake Carver to solve a gruesome series of murders and a puzzling abduction. Both books were published in audio by Isis Audio in January and March 2021.

She also contributed a short story, The Encounter, to Lume Books’ crime anthology. GIVEN IN EVIDENCE, published May 2020, and had two short stories published on the CWA website.

Her first psychological thriller with HERA BOOKS, She’s Mine, was published in August 2021, her second, entitled The Loyal Friend, will be published in June 2022.

Besides being an avid reader, she enjoys fitness, films, anything Italian and a good margarita.



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