The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite @BCopperthwait @Bookouture #bookreview #thriller

Title: The Perfect Friend

Author:  Barbara Copperthwaite

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: July 5, 2018

Page Count: 320

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

She’ll do anything for you…

My name is Alex, and my world has been shattered.
My husband has left me.
My children won’t speak to me.
My friend Carrie is the only person I have.
She’s the only one I can trust to keep all my secrets.
She’d never do anything to let me down.
Would she?

This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed DoorsSometimes I Lie, and The Girl on the Train will be captivated.

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The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite is a psychological thriller that follows two friends, Alex and Carrie. Having read a couple of other novels from the author I knew I wanted to read this one but a big plus for having a character with my namesake in the book because I really have a tendency to grab those!

The ladies, Alex and Carrie, met while at a support group and were drawn to one another. Alex’s husband has left her and her two children, twins, will not even speak to her and has developed anorexia from all of the stress. Carrie has been battling cancer for a while and this time it has caught up with her and the end is getting near.

One would ask how in the world could a story about two best friends that need each other for support could fall into the psychological thriller category? But this being a novel from Barbara Copperthwaite I knew there was going to be some twists and turns coming. I’ve gotten to the point that going in to one of her novels that I just don’t trust her characters but I do enjoy the ride waiting to find out what they’ll have in store for me. Again this would be another that you have to dive in and uncover all of those secrets and when you think you are done just think again.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Barbara is the Amazon and USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers INVISIBLE, FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD, THE DARKEST LIES, and HER LAST SECRET. Her latest book is THE PERFECT FRIEND.

More importantly, she loves cakes, wildlife photography and, last but definitely not least, her two dogs, Scamp and Buddy (who force her to throw tennis balls for them for hours).
Having spent over twenty years as a national newspaper and magazine journalist, Barbara has interviewed the real victims of crime – and also those who have carried those crimes out. She is fascinated by creating realistic, complex characters, and taking them apart before the readers’ eyes in order to discover just how much it takes to push a person over a line.

When not writing feverishly, she is often found hiding behind a camera, taking wildlife photographs.

To find out more about Barbara’s novels, go to or follow @BCopperthwait on Twitter. To find out more about Barbara go to

26 Comments on “The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite @BCopperthwait @Bookouture #bookreview #thriller

    • You are quite welcome Barbara! I would have grabbed it regardless but you do get bonus points for your character naming in this one. LOL Although I’m still sticking with Mouse being my favorite character out of your books so far. 🙂

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  1. Carrie LOL the book had your name in it! I never never read a book with a female character with my name I have with a male character with my name but spelled differently and that was a little awkward! Fabulous review I will be reading this this week! 💕

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    • Thanks Berit! I’ve actually seen a lot with a “Carrie” in them but you might consider it a good thing you don’t when you think of the most famous Carrie out there…. none other than Mr. King’s prom going version. It’s always nice to hear that one brought up. LOL

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    • Thanks! I do think I remember tempting you with one of the earlier books so I suppose you can blame me for this click too. LOL

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  2. Great review Carrie,just started reading this last night so still trying to figure out where its going.Glad to see that you enjoyed it.I’m curious about the secrets that you mentioned.Can’t wait to find out more 🙂

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    • Thanks Diana! It is one that makes you wonder if you picked up a different genre when it starts off, hopefully you enjoy it though. 🙂


  3. I have never read anything from this author, but I am planning to read this one. Great review Carrie. It is nice that there are some surprises and originality with this story.

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  4. Hi Carrie 🙂 you already had lots of followers 🙂 my blog only get 7 followers 😂😂😂

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    • Ah I’m sure you will have more join you the more time you spend on WordPress, I’ve been blogging for a few years now. 🙂


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