Book Reviews

Friends Like These by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez // Book Review


Twisted secrets that will have readers guessing with every flip of the page. Perfect for fans of GONE GIRL, WE WERE LIARS and Karen M. McManus.

An end-of-summer party.

A prank gone wrong.
A body on the beach.
Who’s to blame?

Tegan Sheffield’s annual end-of-summer beach party is the only way to start their senior year. At least that’s what Jake Healy tells his girlfriend Jessica Sanchez.

But when a video prank from the party goes viral and a body is discovered at the beach, Jake and Jessica find themselves at the centre of a national media storm and a police investigation.

It’s a race to uncover the truth before the killer strikes again.



Keep your friends far away and your enemies even further away or however the saying goes, in this complex multi-pov story of toxic friendships, overwhelming grief and abusive relationships.

This story has the unusual choice of showing the effects of drug induced sexual assault from the perspective of a teen boy. Jake Healey is such a complex, needy character and it was devastating to see him slowly come to terms with his assault, initially feeling that he had cheated on his girlfriend.

The story did fall of a bit at the end as it revealed the real culprit, becoming a bit more like the standard young adult crime novels. I still think it was a good reveal though, that a lot of readers wouldn’t have guessed and the story was wrapped up really well. 

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