BOTM, Fiction, Mystery/Thriller


Rating: 5 out of 5.

GENRE: Thriller



Emily is having the time of her life—she’s in the mountains of Chile with her best friend, Kristen, on their annual reunion trip, and the women are feeling closer than ever. But on the last night of the trip, Emily enters their hotel suite to find blood and broken glass on the floor. Kristen says the cute backpacker she brought back to their room attacked her, and she had no choice but to kill him in self-defense. Even more shocking: The scene is horrifyingly similar to last year’s trip, when another backpacker wound up dead. Emily can’t believe it’s happened again—can lightning really strike twice?

Back home in Wisconsin, Emily struggles to bury her trauma, diving headfirst into a new relationship and throwing herself into work. But when Kristen shows up for a surprise visit, Emily is forced to confront their violent past. The more Kristen tries to keep Emily close, the more Emily questions her motives. As Emily feels the walls closing in on their cover-ups, she must reckon with the truth about her closest friend. Can Emily outrun the secrets she shares with Kristen, or will they destroy her relationship, her freedom—even her life?


Have you ever had a friend who was just a little too clingy? Always trying to monopolize your time and build her world around your relationship? I have. I thought my situation was difficult, but Emily’s story definitely takes the cake. It’s similar to Single White Female, but it’s told in a way that you won’t be able to tell the villain from the victim.

I read plenty of thrillers this year, and two of them were about friends on vacation. This one was by far the best.

I can’t say too much without giving it all away, but that ending absolutely left me shaking. If you need an edge-of-your-seat thriller to get you through the cold winter months, this one is for you!

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