How To Kill Your Best Friend

Berkley. Aug. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9780593098691. $27. SUSPENSE
Elliott’s new novel asks: What would you do if you knew, deep down, that your best friend was a sociopath? It opens with a group of friends gathering at the luxury island resort owned by Lissa and her husband. Since their college swim team days, the group have remained steadfast friends and an integral part of one another’s adult lives. But they are not gathering to celebrate; instead, they are mourning the loss of Lissa. Lissa apparently drowned while swimming alone at night, but her body has not been found. Her husband is devastated, but Lissa’s best friend Georgie is filled with questions. How could such a strong swimmer drown? Why was Lissa swimming at night? Feeding Georgie’s suspicions are memories of Lissa’s unnerving behavior during their youthful escapades. Georgie has always been fearful of Lissa’s actions. She knows that Lissa has an unwavering sense of right and wrong and that she believes in avenging injustices. Georgie becomes even more disturbed when the resort’s guests find warning messages, the workers start disappearing, and someone seems to be trying to prevent Lissa’s friends from leaving. Is Lissa really dead, or is something else more insidious going on?
VERDICT Elliott’s latest (after The Missing Years) is a great thriller with lots of red herrings and a blindsider of a twist ending.
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