The Friend by Dorothy Koomson
After her husband’s big promotion, Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with their three children, ready to start afresh. But their new neighbourhood has a deadly secret.
Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent, was almost murdered in the grounds of the local school – the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her children.
Already anxious about making friends when the parents seem so cliquey, Cece is now also worried about her children’s safety. By chance she meets Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, three very different school mothers who make her feel welcome and reassure her about her new life.
That is until Cece discovers the police believe one of her new friends tried to kill Yvonne. Reluctant to spy on her friends but determined to discover the truth, Cece must uncover the potential murderer before they strike again . . .
It's hard enough being a newbie at your children's school gates and trying to make friends with the other mothers but when one of them is in a coma after being attacked in the playground and everyone around you is acting strange, well that's something else.
You will feel for Cece as she gives up her job moves frm London to Brighton where she doesn't want to be, to please her husband. You will get to know each of the mothers from the school gates as they introduce themselves to Cece. When you read that one or more of them could be implicated in the murder of another mother you won't know who to trust.
Cece also has her secrets, everyone has secrets in this story.
I'm not going into anymore of the storyline, it's better if you unfold it for yourself. You will stay up late into the night reading this,you will not be able to put it down.
Dorothy Koomson at her best!