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…
A gritty, utterly addictive thriller set in Scottish gangland – fans of Roberta Kray and Jacqui Rose won’t be able to put it down.
I am such a fan of this authors books and she just keeps getting better and better!
Whilst part of the story is set in sunny Spain, the majority of the story is centred in Glasgow. Glasgow can be such a lovely city but as with any city, it isn’t without it’s issues. Rife with drink and drugs, it isn’t helped with all the gang warfare going on.
Roxanne was a character who I couldn’t quite make my mind up with. She hasn’t had the best of starts to life and at times I felt sorry for her and wanted to try and understand her but the more we get to see of her, the less empathy I started to feel towards her.
There are quite a few characters in the story as we get to know a bit more about the men in these women’s lives. All seem to be hiding secrets and it makes for some enthralling reading learning more about each character. The more we learn, the more sinister the story gets.
The New Friend will make you think twice about making new friends and have you questioning yourself at how well you really know the people in your life. With every chapter it felt like there was a new revelation that could not only rock the characters’ worlds but it sure shook up the readers also. It makes for a tense read that kept me on edge as to how it would end for everyone involved. The one thing you can be sure of is that nothing good ever comes out of a life of crime! Dark, tense and thrilling, loved it!
My thanks to Hera Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book and to Zooloo’s Book Tours for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.
Alex Kane is a psychological thriller writer who lives in Glasgow. She is a huge fan of the genre, with her favourite authors in the genre being Lisa Hall, BA Paris and Sarah Stovell. If she is not writing, she can be found playing with her cat, reading, or drinking tea and/or gin (sometimes all of the above).