Official Review: Killing Your Best Friend by Valda Taurus

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Official Review: Killing Your Best Friend by Valda Taurus

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[Following is an official review of "Killing Your Best Friend" by Valda Taurus.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The title Killing Your Best Friend, The Mystery of Our Psyche and Hidden Romance caught my attention rather easily. After checking the information on the book and the author, Valda Taurus, I expected a story about the inner workings of a character's mind. This book was exactly that and so much more.

The narrative is told in various perspectives of the main protagonists: Tammy, the neighbor; Marta, the wife of murder suspect Alexander, and Detective Andy Mohr. The story starts with Tammy awake with insomnia, looking out her bedroom window. She sees light from the neighbor's workshop and knows something is wrong. From this point, Taurus starts implementing twists and turns of suspense that kept my attention to where I couldn't stop reading. The morning after Tammy sees the lights, the police are knocking on her door. Her neighbor, Alexander has been accused of murdering his best friend. The automatic guilty label is placed upon him as he had just been released from prison for a previous murdering his best friend over fifteen ago.

Automatically, this seems like a conspicuous detailed insight into what made Alexander snap. Then add the private attorney/Detective Mohr, causing a change of direction. He advocates for the man that states "I did not do it" by diving into a full-fledged investigation, despite the disbelief of the local police captain, Hogan.

This is definitely a book that would be thoroughly enjoyed by readers that like mystery and suspense. The supporting characters that jump in and out of the story were more additions to the twists and insights of what happened the night of the murder. One moment I would think Tammy had possibly had an affair with Marta's husband, only to find another detailed revelation that changed my mind. Taurus effectively kept the pace of the story so it flowed smoothly. Each character was described in detail where it was easy to relate to their experiences without being overly wordy.

I did find several errors but they didn't detract from the quality of this psychological suspense novel. There are instances of profanity and a reference to BDSM, so I wouldn't recommend this for young readers. I am rating this a 3 out of 4 stars. The ending was a bit abrupt, and I think that a few more pages could have given a better resolution overall. I recommend this great thriller to any mature reader that likes being kept on their toes with plot twists. I hope that Taurus continues writing as she had all the elements of a great mystery novel captured in this book.

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Post by JKO »

I am a fan of mystery and suspense. This brilliant review suggests that I won't be disappointed reading this one. I can't wait to see what happens. Great review!
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Post by Kachi_Ejiogu+_ »

The author was able to quash your predictions, developed identities nicely coupled with mystery and suspense. Sounds like an incredible storyline. Honest review. Thank you.
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Post by NetMassimo »

The title is intriguing already and what you wrote about this novel just confirms it. I like good mysteries so this one definitely caught my attention. Thank you for your informative review!
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Post by Splendour0606 »

The caption of the book caught my attention and your review convinced me even more. I will add it to my list.
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Post by Maria Andrea Fernandez »

You're right. It's one intriguing title! I love well-developed psychological mysteries. Thanks!
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This is mystery and suspense on steroids. Who will save Alexander because I'm convinced that he didn't do it.

Thanks for this review.
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Truly the type of book that will keep me on the edge of my seat.
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Post by Zee_Zee »

The book title got me. The content of this book would very well feed my curiosity with it's twists. I'd gladly add this book to my shelf. Thanks for this review.
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Post by Dannyphery »

The title of this book got me intrigued. Love the mystery and suspense. Sounds like a nice twist.
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Post by LinaJan »

It has just been placed in a prominent place on my 'to read' shelf! Reading your review, it certainly sounds like a great adrenaline-filled ride to me! It does not get much better than a psychological thriller :D Thank you for such a thorough and inviting review!
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I have to read this. Suspense filled, mystery, I am so game!.
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Post by Michael40 »

This is a great book, and I really do mean it is a great. It has got suspense and mystery, and it will be loved by mystery and suspense readers. The twists and turns also make the story incredulously interesting. Thanks.
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Post by Yvonne Monique »

The book title is definitely an eye-catcher and your review made the book sound even more interesting. Good job!
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Post by Amy+++ »

You have caught my attention. This book sounds like it would keep you on the edge of your seat. Great review!😉
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