Friends Like These
Updated: Nov 28, 2021
By Kimberly McCreight
(or 4 out of 5 stars)
Solid Mystery Will Keep You Guessing
Ms. McCreight does it again with another WTF is going on here? mystery novel!
Here we have a group of college friends- Stephanie, Jonathan, Maeve, Derrick and Keith- bonded together by a dark secret from their past. They gather for a weekend to stage an intervention for one of the members of the group. What could go wrong? Pretty much everything.
You Know the Saying
With friends like these, who needs enemies?
As it applies here- totally true. But as the book progresses it becomes clearer that each character is their own worst enemy.
My instinct is always to try to love the lead characters in my reading. Pretty quickly I realized that would not be possible here. In fact, as the book progresses you like each character less and less. This quickly becomes part of the fun/fascination in the storytelling.
Told through Eight Points of View
Yep, you read that right- EIGHT! At least I think eight. There might be one or two I forgot.
You get the opportunity to piece together what happened in the past that has haunted these friends and what is going on in the present that has left one of them dead. Add to the group, Julia Scutt the police detective investigating the present-day death. The dead girl, Alice who was among the original friend group in college. And the tag-along-for-the-weekend-totally-annoying friend, Finch. Each narrative gives you a little more information on the crimes. It was fun to travel through the twists and turns of this mystery with each of them. Each character adds more to the story with their own unique POV's and personalities.
There are four dead folks to deal with in this mystery. Three from the past, one from the present. Three directly related to the unlikable friends, one not at all related.
How we learn about the crimes, their resolutions and all the "fun" along the way is a testament to Ms. McCreights storytelling ability.
This book has...
And best of all...
A very satisfying ending! All storylines are wrapped up in a pretty package with a big bow on top.
If you love mystery/thrillers and aren't put off by multiple POV's and timelines, this book is a definite recommended read!
Have you read it? Are you planning on it? We'd love to hear your thoughts! :)