The Best of Friends by Lucinda Berry (Audiobook)

Published: August 18, 2020

Brilliance Audio

Listening Length: 8 hours

Narrators: Amy Rubinate, Tara Sands, and Coleen Marlo

Genre: Psychological Thriller

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I purchased this audiobook on Audible.

Dr. Lucinda Berry is a former clinical psychologist and leading researcher in childhood trauma. Now, she spends her days writing full-time, where she uses her clinical experience to blur the line between fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys taking her readers on a journey through the dark recesses of the human psyche. Her work has been optioned for film and translated into multiple languages. If Berry isn’t chasing after her son, you can find her running through Los Angeles, prepping for her next marathon.

An unthinkable tragedy forever changes a group of teens and turns family against family in this edge-of-your-seat thriller that begs to be read in one sitting.
Best friends Lindsey, Kendra, and Dani endure every parent’s nightmare when a tragic accident befalls their teenage boys, leaving one dead, another in a coma, and a third too traumatized to speak.
Reeling from the worst night of their lives, the three mothers plunge into a desperate investigation of the bizarre incident. How could something so horrible happen in their wealthy Southern California suburb?
They soon discover that the accident was just the beginning, and troubling discoveries lead to chilling questions: Do they really know their children? Do they even know each other? As more secrets surface, a fog of doubt and suspicion threatens to poison their families, their friendships, and the whole community.
With the illusion of happiness and safety long gone, these women must now confront the hazards of heartbreak, the consequences of jealousy, and the dangers of living double lives.

“Can we move on?”

Kendra, Dani, and Lindsey have been best friends since they were children. They have grown up together, fallen in love together, got married together, had babies together, and are currently raising their children together. Everything appears to be perfect, picturesque, and everything a life should be. Until the night, there are two bangs, and everything changes.

Whew. This was heavy. Trigger warning for gun violence, domestic violence, gaslighting, and bullying.

This story captivated me from chapter one. It starts with a bang and doesn’t let off the gas until the epilogue.

The characters were very well done; Lucinda Berry is a master at creating characters that have so much depth and dimension to them. Our three main characters, and narrators, are Kendra, Dani, and Lindsey.

Each of these women is dealing with someone tragic. So brutally heartbreaking that no one else could even begin to understand. The way grief was written and devastation was portrayed was beautifully done.

When a tragic incident threatens to ruin the seemingly perfect lives of Kendra, Dani, and Lindsey, what they learn in the coming weeks and months threatens to rip them apart forever.

Lucinda Berry has, yet again, created an intense story filled with trauma, pain, and secrets. Just when you think you have your tribe, you learn you can’t always trust those closest to you.

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