Books-On-Tour - Her Closest Friend by Clare Boyd

I'm very excited to share my review of Clare Boyd's new novel, Her Closest Friend. Thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC.


Pop music blares from the radio. She sings drunkenly from the backseat. The thrash of windscreen wipers against the driving rain. The screech of tyres. A thud. 

Naomi and I are best friends.

School runs, dog walks, a shoulder to cry on over a glass of wine, we’re inseparable.

But now my husband has walked out, I need her more than ever.

I know she will help me pick up the pieces.

Because she knows about the lie I told to protect her.

She knows how much I’ve sacrificed for this friendship. 

And she’d never let anyone hurt me.

Would she?

This extraordinary page-turner will suck you in from the very first page and keep you gripped until the breathtaking finale. Fans of The Wife Between UsThe Girl Before and Gone Girl will adore this twisted tale of toxic female friendship.


I had never read a book by the author before and when I read the synopsis, it grabbed my attention. I had high expectations for this one but it somewhat ended up being a slow burn. Now, this doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the book, because I did. It's just I personally prefer action packed novels and I thought Her Closest Friend didn't have much twists and turns except for the ending. After reading the ending, my whole perspective of the book changed. Wow! It left me in tears and I had to re-read the epilogue a few times because of the abundance of emotions and rawness. 

This book takes on the subject of toxic friendship. We've all been there. Everyone has THAT friend that isn't really the best match for them. Who won't miss a chance to bring them down and make them feel bad. Thankfully, not to the extreme of Naomi and Sophie's relationship.

It doesn't take long to realize Sophie is unstable. From getting angry when her friend doesn't answer her texts quickly enough to stalking Naomi. Her jealousy over Naomi's perfect life and feeling like she owes her something is disturbing. 

The story goes back and forth netween both women. I liked that we got to see both Naomi's and Sophie's perspctives as the chapter alternated between their point of view.

Overall, even though it felt like the story was dragging at times, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Author Bio:
Clare lives with her husband and their two daughters in Surrey, where her little green shed at the bottom of the garden provides a haven for her writing life. Before becoming a writer, she enjoyed a career in television, as a researcher in documentaries and then as a script editor in drama at the BBC and Channel Four, where her love of storytelling took hold.

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