Their children are friends first. They instantly hit it off, as only kids do.
So the parents are forced to get to know each other.
But as they get closer, they start to take their eyes off their children.
And while they have been looking the other way, evil has crept in.
Every parent’s worst nightmare is about to come true…
It’s today, also my day of the Little Friends blog tour, thanks to Sriya for the invite on the tour and to Penguin for sending me out a proof to read in preparation. I’ve been so excited about sharing my thoughts. Little Friends is Jane’s fourth books that was published on the 20th of February in paperback, e-book and audible. You can grab yourself a copy here.
While working as a GP, Jane Shemilt completed a postgraduate diploma in Creative Writing at Bristol University and went on to study for the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa, gaining both with distinction. Her first novel, Daughter, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, shortlisted for the Edgar Award and the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and went on to become the bestselling debut novel of 2014. She and her husband, a professor of neurosurgery, have five children and live in Bristol.
I’ve read quite a lot of great things about Little Friends, I kept pushing it back and back with fear of being left with a huge reading hangover, i’m so glad that I did because I was left in quite the reader’ mess, in the best way! My mind was blown by this superbly written, taut thriller that has a spirally sinister core.
Everyone dreams of being a part of a perfect family, routines, 2.5 kids and a marriage that others would be jealous of. What happens when you can’t get that level of perfection? You paper over the cracks and hope that no one looks too closely. This is very much the theme that provides the basis of Little Friends, while the parents are trying to hold their domestic lives together, the kids have become bonded together, who is looking after them though?
Little Friends is an enthralling thriller that has a cast of characters that you don’t particularly like but with several you can identify some personality traits that bubble emotions to the surface. I loved the entanglement of character’s lives, while also enjoying the multi-narration and points of views from the trio of women within this read, as well as chapters from the children’s view points – it takes a true literary talent to do that without confusing the reader, Jane has succeeded! I was completely engrossed by the gripping web of darkness, secrets and lies, that entwine the characters together. I can’t stress how utterly gasp worthy this read is. The reader is taken on a brilliantly constructed sinister ride where you’re either going to hold your breath or breathe rapidly through the sharp turns – the whole book is a dark page turner and yes, I embraced the thrill.
I highly rate this thriller, it’s tension filled, clutching its readers in its wordy mitts and spat them out a shell of their previous reading selves. If you’re a lover of thrillers, i’d highly recommend this one.
Have you already read Little Friends? If so let me know what you thought in the comment section below. If you’ve missed the previous blog tour posts you can catch up now on Twitter using #LittleFriends.
Thanks for reading my thoughts on Little Friends!
Until next time,