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.
Killing Your Best Friend
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