Today is my stop on the blog tour for The New Friend by Alex Kane, thank you to Zoé at Zooloos Book Tours for organising it and inviting me to take part and thank you to the author and the publisher for my copy.
Be careful who you let into your life
Arabella MacQueen had a tough start. Growing up surrounded by drugs and alcohol, getting into trouble as a teen, she’s now in her late-twenties and has turned her life around.
Until the fateful night that sees her imprisoned for 10 months.
She’s hit rock bottom … but unexpectedly forges a bond with cellmate Roxanne McPhail that lasts beyond the prison walls.
Now both women are free, and Arabella is excited about the future with boyfriend Eddie, with Roxanne at her side.
But Arabella doesn’t know the truth about her new best friend; about Roxanne’s reputation as the head of Glasgow gangland, about the violence in Roxanne’s past.
She doesn’t know that Roxanne has plans for Arabella that might lead her into some very dangerous places.
In this dirty game, Arabella is going to have to learn you can’t always trust those closest to you…
My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧🐧
My Thoughts: this was a gripping story once you got into it which made it really hard to put down!
The beginning of the book wasn’t an easy ride though, there were quite a few characters to be introduced to and to begin with there didn’t seem to be a link.. luckily they do all knit together quite seamlessly once the story really gets going!
Poor Arabella has had a tough life, starting as a child she got taken into care and nothing has been great since, just when she feels she’s got her life back on track her ‘friends’ make a reappearance and before she knows that’s happening she’s in prison! – there she meets Roxanne, who at the time seems like she is taking Arabella under her wing, but with Roxanne knowing she’s leaving prison just a few short days after Arabella could there be an ulterior motive?
Jez lives in Spain, had done since he went on a lads holiday 20 years ago and just never left! – he worked his way up and went from being a barman to the club owner, he’s just been stabbed in the back (figuratively) by a friend & is having to return to Scotland to confront him, will his past finally catch up with him whilst he’s there?
The action in this story is never ending and you never know who to trust, even the ones who seem innocent have secrets that they’re hiding!
I loved how everything came together in the end, it was definitely an ending that I didn’t see coming and would never have guessed!