With Friends Like These by Keri Beevis (Audiobook)
Audible Release: June 21, 2022
Listening Length: 8 hours 50 minutes
Narrator: Joshua Manning
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this audiobook for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Keri Beevis lives in Norfolk, England, with her two naughty kitties, Ellie and Lola, and a plentiful supply of red wine (her writing fuel). She loves Hitchcock movies, exploring creepy places, and gets extremely competitive in local pub quizzes. She is also a self-confessed klutz.
“It’s probably the shock, too.”
A group of friends decides to stay in a remote cottage to celebrate Griff’s birthday. Despite not staying as close as they had once been, everyone shows up ready to have a good weekend. Until Billy shows up with a dead body. Suddenly, everyone’s plans are changed, and it’s a fight for their lives.
I might have enjoyed this more as a book I read than a book I listened to. While the narrator did a good job performing the book, I found the storyline difficult to follow as timelines weren’t made clear.
Several times I was confused because the book had gone back in time, which wasn’t obvious. I also felt the book went on longer than necessary when the chaos exploded.
I might have to try this again as a book I read to see if I enjoy it more. The plot was decent, and the pacing moved along quickly, but there were times I didn’t know where we were in the timeline, and I tuned out.
There weren’t really any great characters in this book. Everyone had secrets and ulterior motives, and as intertwined with the hit and run, things got more complex.
I found the narrator talented. He did a great job bringing the characters to life, and there were many people to keep straight. I enjoyed his voice and the cadence in which he read the novel.
I wish things had been a bit clearer, but overall, this was really just okay for me. I was happy when it was finished. I felt the story was dragged out longer than necessary, and the plot was reasonably repetitive from the middle through the end.