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If you suspected your best friend, the person you were closest to in the whole world, was a murderer, what would you do? Would you confront her? Would you help keep her secret? Or would you begin to feel afraid? Most importantly, why don't you feel safe now that she's dead? From the author of The French Girl comes a novel full of secrets, suspense, and deadly twists. Georgi If you suspected your best friend, the person you were closest to in the whole world, was a murderer, what would you do? Would you confront her? Would you help keep her secret? Or would you begin to feel afraid? Most importantly, why don't you feel safe now that she's dead? From the author of The French Girl comes a novel full of secrets, suspense, and deadly twists. Georgie, Lissa, and Bronwyn have been inseparable since dominating their college swim team; swimming has always been an escape from their own problems, but now their shared passion has turned deadly. How can it be true that Lissa, the strongest swimmer they know, drowned? Granted, there is something strange about Kanu Cove, where Lissa was last seen, swimming off the coast of the fabulous island resort she owned with her husband. Lissa's closest friends gather at the resort to honor her life, but Georgie and Bron can't seem to stop looking over their shoulders. Danger lurks beneath the surface of the crystal-clear water, and even their luxurious private villas can't help them feel safe. As the weather turns ominous, trapping the funeral guests together on the island, nobody knows who they can trust. Lissa's death was only the beginning....


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If you suspected your best friend, the person you were closest to in the whole world, was a murderer, what would you do? Would you confront her? Would you help keep her secret? Or would you begin to feel afraid? Most importantly, why don't you feel safe now that she's dead? From the author of The French Girl comes a novel full of secrets, suspense, and deadly twists. Georgi If you suspected your best friend, the person you were closest to in the whole world, was a murderer, what would you do? Would you confront her? Would you help keep her secret? Or would you begin to feel afraid? Most importantly, why don't you feel safe now that she's dead? From the author of The French Girl comes a novel full of secrets, suspense, and deadly twists. Georgie, Lissa, and Bronwyn have been inseparable since dominating their college swim team; swimming has always been an escape from their own problems, but now their shared passion has turned deadly. How can it be true that Lissa, the strongest swimmer they know, drowned? Granted, there is something strange about Kanu Cove, where Lissa was last seen, swimming off the coast of the fabulous island resort she owned with her husband. Lissa's closest friends gather at the resort to honor her life, but Georgie and Bron can't seem to stop looking over their shoulders. Danger lurks beneath the surface of the crystal-clear water, and even their luxurious private villas can't help them feel safe. As the weather turns ominous, trapping the funeral guests together on the island, nobody knows who they can trust. Lissa's death was only the beginning....

30 review for How to Kill Your Best Friend

  1. 5 out of 5

    MarilynW

    How to Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliott If you want to kill your best friend, the research of methods to do so has been done for you. Just check the beginning of each chapter to get the dope (poison is one of the methods). Nothing is foolproof though and that's the problem. Georgie, Lissa, and Bronwyn have been a close trio since their college days although Bron knows Georgie and Lissa had a bond that even she couldn't penetrate. All three were and still are excellent swimmers, having compe How to Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliott If you want to kill your best friend, the research of methods to do so has been done for you. Just check the beginning of each chapter to get the dope (poison is one of the methods). Nothing is foolproof though and that's the problem. Georgie, Lissa, and Bronwyn have been a close trio since their college days although Bron knows Georgie and Lissa had a bond that even she couldn't penetrate. All three were and still are excellent swimmers, having competed in college. They are very close to several of the guys swimmers/polo players from their college years and the group meet up several times a year. But Georgie missed the last meetup, the one where Lissa, the strongest swimmer of the group, drowned. It doesn't make sense that such a thing could happen. Several months after the drowning, the rest of the group is meeting up on the island of the beautiful resort that Lissa owned with her husband. We experience this story through the eyes of Georgie and Bron. No one is at ease, which is understandable since they are all meeting to remember their dead friend. Georgie and Bron have big secrets, known only to each of them. But so do Lissa's husband and the men of their group. Things begin to feel very dangerous when Georgie and Bron receive threatening messages. Not only that, Georgie starts getting emails from Lissa that had been caught in her work guarantee system and now she is sure that Lissa was up to no good before she died. Everyone looks suspicious of something, Georgie and Bron have close calls with danger, the weather turns bad, and now they are all stranded on an island that has turned murderous. Who is the anonymous person narrating the passages at the beginning of each chapter? Unreliable narration is a very real possibility. I enjoyed the mystery of this story very much, although this book holds some of the longest passages I've ever read. Also, so much focus on swimming slowed things down. We get lost in the thoughts of Georgie and Bron so often that they seemed to blend together at times. Still, this seems to be a very smart group, maybe too devious and clever for their own good. I really wasn't sure who did what until the very end and I liked the twists and turns my brain took, trying to "follow the money". Published August 17, 2021 Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for this ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Georgie, Lissa and Bronwyn have been Best Friends since their days together on their college swim team. In the years following school, their friendship group, which includes a few male swimmers, have remained close, frequently taking swimming holidays together. Lissa and her new husband recently purchased a beautiful island resort, somewhere in the South Pacific, and the group takes full advantage of the lovely waters there. On their most recent holiday at the resort, Georgie chose not to attend. Georgie, Lissa and Bronwyn have been Best Friends since their days together on their college swim team. In the years following school, their friendship group, which includes a few male swimmers, have remained close, frequently taking swimming holidays together. Lissa and her new husband recently purchased a beautiful island resort, somewhere in the South Pacific, and the group takes full advantage of the lovely waters there. On their most recent holiday at the resort, Georgie chose not to attend. She's now living in New York and it would have been an extremely long trip. That's the excuse she gave at least. She did have some other reasons for not wanting to go. It's on this occasion that Lissa, taking an unimaginable solo night swim in the dangerous waters of Kanu Cove, drowns. Her body assumed swept out to sea, is never recovered. Fisherman in the area did spot the body at one point, but before they could recover her, she slid back under the dark surface. Georgie is out of sorts from the very start. She arrives late, she didn't get the memo on the dress code for the memorial ceremony, and most importantly, she cannot believe that Lissa would have made that swim at night, alone, voluntarily. Bronwyn is out of sorts as well, but for different reasons. She's receiving threatening messages, she's distracted, constantly looking over her shoulder, but why? The group is set to stay at the floundering resort for a long weekend and a heck of a lot happens during that time. There's creatures surfacing from the depths, mysterious occurrences, flaired tempers, entirely too much booze and a storm of epic proportions. Will any of them get off the island alive? How to Kill Your Best Friend is the second novel I have read from Lexie Elliott. I absolutely love her writing style. While I did feel this was a bit of a slow burn, I didn't enjoy it any less because of that. I love the way Elliott builds her characters and the way she allows us to see inside their heads; learn about their pasts and motivations. I generally enjoy competition tropes, or tropes where characters are members of a team or club. This definitely had that dynamic, even though the women are well past school age. There's still something about the interactions of people that compete, or train together, that I just find so relatable. It's like when you are in that kind of relationship with a group of people, it can feel like you are closer to them than anyone else in the world. There's an assumption that you know everything about each other, but everyone's keeping secrets, aren't they? Additionally, I loved the setting. The close to abandoned resort. The fact that the characters were stuck there. No matter how uncomfortable they got, or how much they wanted to leave, that wasn't an option. Secluded locations allow for the tension to really build and Elliott captured that claustrophobic feeling so well here. Especially towards the end, as the weather picked up, so did the stakes. Overall, I thought this was a really well executed story. It was dramatic and tense, I had a lot of fun with it! Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Books, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I am a huge Lexie Elliott fan and will continue to pick up anything else she writes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    3.5 ⭐️ There are many ways that you can kill your best friend, if necessary... (Table of contents) Method 1: Accident Method 2: Poison Method 3:Hire a Hit Man Method 4: Electrocution Method 5:Shooting Method 6: Hit and Run Method 7: Strangulation Method 8:Drowning “It’s not the murder that’s the problem, it’s the getting away with it” 🙄 Lissa, Georgie and Bronwyn have been inseparable since dominating on their college swim team. But, now, Georgie and Bron are attending the memorial service for Lissa, the 3.5 ⭐️ There are many ways that you can kill your best friend, if necessary... (Table of contents) Method 1: Accident Method 2: Poison Method 3:Hire a Hit Man Method 4: Electrocution Method 5:Shooting Method 6: Hit and Run Method 7: Strangulation Method 8:Drowning “It’s not the murder that’s the problem, it’s the getting away with it” 🙄 Lissa, Georgie and Bronwyn have been inseparable since dominating on their college swim team. But, now, Georgie and Bron are attending the memorial service for Lissa, the strongest swimmer of the three, drowned in Kanu Cove. True-the Islanders warn of the strong current and the dangerous serpent, Kanu, who lives in the depths of the waters.. KANU TAKES WHO WANTS TAKEN But, is there SOMETHING sinister lurking off shore? Or is there SOMEONE sinister, strolling along the twisty, dimly lit pathways? Bronwyn is known as WYSIWYG Georgie is not as transparent. (I just gave you a hint as to what WYSIWYG means..) Each chapter begins with the clever musings of an undisclosed narrator-on how you MIGHT be able to murder your best friend.. Then the POV’s of both Georgie and Bron alternate- and it’s up to the reader to figure out if someone has a secret worth killing for-who that is- and who would kill their best friend ? This pace of this story is like a SLOW lazy crawl (swimmer’s term) and, and I felt like it took me longer than usual to read this... I think it’s because there is NOT a lot of action, till the closing chapters... Instead the revelations are revealed through many conversations and observations. So, if you are looking for a fast paced thriller-this isn’t for you. But, if you enjoy a mystery that unravels itself, a bit at a time, revealing a bit more with each METHOD of murder...than this one Is for you! 3.5 rounded down for the pace Lexie Elliott's latest will be available on August 17th, 2021. Thank You to Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for a candid review! Published to Edelweiss and Goodreads on February 10, 2021 Will publish to theblondelikesbookswordpress.com and Amazon closer to Publication date

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Pour yourself more wine, dunk your hand into your enormous pop corn bucket as you frantically flip your pages just like I’m doing now! This book is filled with entertaining mind games, surprise, interesting twists you mostly never see them come and hit you in your face so hard! This is wild, wild ride, my friends! Best swimmer friends gather to celebrate the loss of their friend Lissa who is drowned at Kanu Lake where is filled with mythical creatures like serpentine and the very same haunted p Pour yourself more wine, dunk your hand into your enormous pop corn bucket as you frantically flip your pages just like I’m doing now! This book is filled with entertaining mind games, surprise, interesting twists you mostly never see them come and hit you in your face so hard! This is wild, wild ride, my friends! Best swimmer friends gather to celebrate the loss of their friend Lissa who is drowned at Kanu Lake where is filled with mythical creatures like serpentine and the very same haunted place always likes to take and take! Lissa was smart woman who knew very well how dangerous swimming at this place alone in the night and she’s too skillful swimmer not to get drowned but here we go! She’s dead , isn’t she? We’re reading two best girlfriends’ narration: Georgie: living at the states, preoccupied, workaholic, cool business woman who was partners in crime with Lissa and Bronwyn seemed like the third wheel of their close connection. But it’s normal when three women form a special bond, always third one finds herself left behind when the other two share more intimate bound. Bronwyn seems like domestic, protective, loyal mother, efficient accountant who chose to resume peaceful family life on the contrary of Georgie who has connection issues and she hesitates to put a name to her relationship with Adam. Duncan is the also their other friend who went to same school with Lissa. And Jem is sad widower who already starts flirting with the hotel customers. It seems like he can deal with grief better than Lissa’ friends. Georgie keeps questioning the death of Lissa because some pieces don’t fit properly and Bronwyn looks agitated, resented. She’s keeping secrets and getting verbal threats ( a threat blaming her about Lissa’s death written on the mirror with lipstick) and Georgie gets papers via courier tells her to follow the money. Does someone play games with them? And the author starts throwing bombs into our laps because Lissa is not normal person: she may have borderline disorder and she can be really illogical, lethal punisher when things don’t suit her expectations. She can be really batshit crazy! I know Talking Head’s psycho killer start to blast in your head ( okay, it’s just me: because at the most agitated moments of the books I like to play theme songs in my head) Could one of them kill her because she was way too much dangerous? Who tries to play mind games with them? Definitely, yes, but who? It seems like the crystal clear water they swim or ultra luxurious villas they stay are not safe anymore. They get attacked at both places. Building high tension and claustrophobic atmosphere make you jumpy and push you turn pages a little faster. The beginning of the book may be slow burn and the psychological character analysis slowly develops but especially the last third is epic action packed thriller feast and twisty conclusion is amazing. I’m giving four satisfying, well developed characterization, web of lies, surprising, mysterious thriller stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    How to Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliott is a slow burning thriller. This thriller read is told from a dual perspective of two of the three best friends involved, Georgie and Bronwyn, alternating their points of view between each of the chapters. There’s also a list of methods for this madness of killing one’s best friend interspersed between some of the chapters such as opening with Method 1: Accident which will show murder is not always as easy as the books make it out to be! Georgie, Liss How to Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliott is a slow burning thriller. This thriller read is told from a dual perspective of two of the three best friends involved, Georgie and Bronwyn, alternating their points of view between each of the chapters. There’s also a list of methods for this madness of killing one’s best friend interspersed between some of the chapters such as opening with Method 1: Accident which will show murder is not always as easy as the books make it out to be! Georgie, Lissa, and Bronwyn were once the best of friends as they bonded in university over their shared love of swimming. The trio has now been split apart with the death of Lissa and Georgie and Bronwyn don’t know how to feel losing their best friend. The ladies have gathered at Kanu Lake to mourn their friend but Georgie cannot fathom how Lissa could have possibly drowned, the best swimmer among them. Things just do not feel right on the island despite the gorgeous surroundings or beautiful villas. So I’m not always a huge fan of a slow burn thriller like I found in How to Kill Your Best Friend but this one was not so bad. Perhaps it was the fact the mystery was taking place in a luxurious vacation type of setting which I always adore or the creative format with the murder lists interspersed between the chapters but whatever it may be I did enjoy waiting for the action to unfold. It could definitely have used a bit less focus on the swimming in the middle though. The other thing that I found with this one was I was quite sure I knew what would happen and was just waiting to find out the specifics at the end. So combine the slower pace and what seemed easy to solve for me as an avid read I ended up giving this one three and a half stars overall. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  6. 4 out of 5

    L.A.

    Exactly what so many have said....Disclaimer: I do not want to kill my best friend.... Now we have that out of the way.... Excellent edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller beginning on an island and a storm coming, so it's a good thing they wait the storm out because it gets really good towards the end. There were a lot of conversations with this group of friends that were swimming legends in college. They are gathering for a memorial to honor one of their friends that supposedly drowned. Lissa was an Exactly what so many have said....Disclaimer: I do not want to kill my best friend.... Now we have that out of the way.... Excellent edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller beginning on an island and a storm coming, so it's a good thing they wait the storm out because it gets really good towards the end. There were a lot of conversations with this group of friends that were swimming legends in college. They are gathering for a memorial to honor one of their friends that supposedly drowned. Lissa was an excellent swimmer so some found it almost impossible to believe she had drowned, but rumors abound about a possible murder or suicide. At the beginning of each chapter, a method is given how to kill your best friend by an anonymous author. Then each chapter is told in alternating narrators, Bronwyn & Georgie. These two might have been Lissa's best friends, but they were a dysfunctional group..... full of lies and deception. They apparently have trust issues with one another. There are many side stories going on which carries you through with each character’s view. Each character has something of their own to hide, so the atmosphere becomes sketchy when someone is watching them and leaving a trail of threatening notes. With another tragedy to contend to and near misses, it begins appealing to fear. With these toxic friends, walking through memories and scare tactics, you will not be disappointed with the ending. Thank you, NetGalley for this ARC for my honest opinion and review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    This is a well-written mystery-thriller about the death of one of a group of friends. Cleverly inserted throughout the book are various methods of potentially killing one's best friend. Whose ideas are these and why are they included? Who wants someone dead and why? I figured out really quickly where this was going and there was nothing very surprising for me. The cast of characters is rather large, and we alternate between two points of view--that of Bronwyn and that of Georgie. Both women have This is a well-written mystery-thriller about the death of one of a group of friends. Cleverly inserted throughout the book are various methods of potentially killing one's best friend. Whose ideas are these and why are they included? Who wants someone dead and why? I figured out really quickly where this was going and there was nothing very surprising for me. The cast of characters is rather large, and we alternate between two points of view--that of Bronwyn and that of Georgie. Both women have things they are hiding--some things from each other and some things the two of them are hiding from the rest of the group. When all is said and done I didn't really love the twists or the motives behind the various actions. I heard this is being made into a movie or series for HBO, and I think that might actually be a much better venue for this story. I spent so much of the time trying to figure out the connections between the various characters that seeing faces would really help to make things flow better. It's a very slow paced book, because from start to finish it only covers a couple of days and overall not much happens until the end. The slow set-up does make the book rather plodding for a while, it certainly would have benefitted from a "And Then There Were None" scenario or more clues and surprises unearthed along the way to keep it from being so predictable. Not a terrible book, but nothing captivating either. It's a decent, well-written summer mystery if you're looking for something to pass the time. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    This was my first book from this author, but it will not be my last. She managed to take a few tropes that I love and combine them with some tropes that I usually side eye in this kind of mystery thriller, but the result was a story that I really enjoyed and an authorial voice that totally won me over. I particularly loved one of our POV characters, Georgie, and overall, this was a satisfying thriller with interesting themes around the undercurrents between close friends

  9. 4 out of 5

    l a u r a

    DISCLAIMER: I did not pick up this book because I wanted to kill my (nonexistent) best friend… I promise ;) 4.75/5 :) The universe takes a perverse joy in making sure our secrets don’t stay secret for long. Toxic friendships, lies, deaths (and almost-deaths,) this book has it all to keep you on the edge of your seat. Told from Bron (Bronwyn) and Georgie’s perspective in separate first person pov. I really enjoyed seeing their different opinions and perspective on everyone and everything that h DISCLAIMER: I did not pick up this book because I wanted to kill my (nonexistent) best friend… I promise ;) 4.75/5 :) The universe takes a perverse joy in making sure our secrets don’t stay secret for long. Toxic friendships, lies, deaths (and almost-deaths,) this book has it all to keep you on the edge of your seat. Told from Bron (Bronwyn) and Georgie’s perspective in separate first person pov. I really enjoyed seeing their different opinions and perspective on everyone and everything that has happened and seeing the similarities and differences in their thinking and logic. We’re talking about killing Lissa here. Specifically, me killing Lissa. Me feeling forced to kill Lissa. Only now she’s already dead. I LOVED the different methods of killing your best friend put in there between chapters (not that I’ll ever use them,) and I thought that was a really creative idea and the way it connects with the events in the chapter before or after it was really clever as well. Also finding out who was writing it and why they were doing so adds to the mysteriousness of everything. I was literally suspecting everyone in the beginning because I had no idea what to believe and who to trust. Although as the story progresses, I wasn’t sure what I was suspecting them of. The burb said they were trapped on an island. So why did we find out they were (not really) stranded when the book is almost over?? Ok that’s an exaggeration but the blurb was a huge giveaway. And that was a disappointment for me. Not knowing what would happen next and what danger awaits them in the future kept me intrigued. Some scenes were obviously going to happen, but it’s what happens after and how everything falls into place and (possibly) gets resolved that’s surprising. I fall silent, tears running down my cheeks though I’m not sobbing. I stand in the kitchen, watching her leave. Her back is ramrod straight once again, and she doesn’t look back. She never looks back. But just when I thought everything had ended, something else popped up. And I was definitely not expecting that. QUOTES COLLECTION 🥺 【IN SHORT; A very intriguing story with dynamic characters.】 02/11/21 ━━━━━━━━━━━༻༻❁༺༺━━━━━━━━━━━ POV: you’re Georigie and you just arrived late to your best friend’s funeral wearing black while everyone else is already seated (and staring while you make your “grand entrance”) and all wearing white… feel that second hand embarrassment yet? ━━━━━━━━━━━༻༻❁༺༺━━━━━━━━━━━ It’s just like they say: it’s not the murder that’s the problem, it’s getting away with it. No, wait. The murder is a problem too. Judging from this quote from the very first page, I like this book already :) 02/05/21

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Wilson

    A very well done story. Well thought out and was a pleasure to read! I admit it started a bit slow for me, I set the book down a few days. After reading the synopsis again, my attention was drawn back. Once I picked it up again, I found the book at that point to be quickly gaining steam! And to my delight, the story came to have a strong intensity, compelling me to the end and needing to find out the truth. I will definitely be looking for more reads by this author. *Thank you to Berkley via Edel A very well done story. Well thought out and was a pleasure to read! I admit it started a bit slow for me, I set the book down a few days. After reading the synopsis again, my attention was drawn back. Once I picked it up again, I found the book at that point to be quickly gaining steam! And to my delight, the story came to have a strong intensity, compelling me to the end and needing to find out the truth. I will definitely be looking for more reads by this author. *Thank you to Berkley via Edelweiss+ for providing the advance digital reader copy*

  11. 5 out of 5

    Max

    All of us psychos who spend our free time reading mystery/thriller novels have at least at one point in our lives asked ourselves how easy it would be to kill someone. Is it as easy as the books make out, or would you be caught red-handed in only a couple of days? I really did enjoy the witty short segments of How to Kill Your Best Friend where a mysterious narrator overviews different methods of murder and how effective they are. Sadly, the actual story didn't live up to the short blurbs and I All of us psychos who spend our free time reading mystery/thriller novels have at least at one point in our lives asked ourselves how easy it would be to kill someone. Is it as easy as the books make out, or would you be caught red-handed in only a couple of days? I really did enjoy the witty short segments of How to Kill Your Best Friend where a mysterious narrator overviews different methods of murder and how effective they are. Sadly, the actual story didn't live up to the short blurbs and I found myself bored at many times. Definitely feels like it walks the line of being a YA novel and an adult novel at some points, creating a drastic tone difference between some chapters. I appreciated the whodunit aspect and returning some forms of the classic formula but the mystery wasn't engaging enough for me to keep a close note of all the clues and suspicions. In the end I decided that I wanted more of the snarky anonymous best-friend killer, but you can still find enjoyment out of the murder mystery aspect.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    What makes for a better thriller than a destination wedding? Well, it has to be a gathering at an exotic resort for the memorial of an old college friend. Georgie and Bronwyn give us their perspectives on this reunion to mourn their best friend Lissa. Joining them there are the three remaining men from their swim team days at uni. There are many surprises to be had during their stay including emails that are released from fire wall quarantine that were written by the deceased. Strange messages a What makes for a better thriller than a destination wedding? Well, it has to be a gathering at an exotic resort for the memorial of an old college friend. Georgie and Bronwyn give us their perspectives on this reunion to mourn their best friend Lissa. Joining them there are the three remaining men from their swim team days at uni. There are many surprises to be had during their stay including emails that are released from fire wall quarantine that were written by the deceased. Strange messages appear on mirrors. And, there is a mythical sea serpent in the mix. Interspersed between chapters are interludes about methods that could be used to kill your best friend. Who is doing the research? You will have to read the book to find out. I found the pacing to be spot on and the anonymous plotting just the right additional ingredient. Take this one along on your next trip to the pool or the beach. Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Behring

    I could not get into this book so I skipped to the end to find out what happened. The pacing was too slow and too much emphasis on swimming. I will admit the ending was pretty good so I gave it a better rating because of the ending. I would probably try to read this author again in the future.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Hiatt

    Meh. I was excited to read this since I really enjoyed Lexie Elliott's other two books, but it just didn't do it for me. There was nothing original here, rather it felt like a combination of The French Girl and The Missing Years crammed together into one book. This book is told from the perspectives of Georgie and Bronwyn, and I honestly have to say I was confused through most of the narrative. There was so little distinction between the voices of these two characters, I kept having to go back a Meh. I was excited to read this since I really enjoyed Lexie Elliott's other two books, but it just didn't do it for me. There was nothing original here, rather it felt like a combination of The French Girl and The Missing Years crammed together into one book. This book is told from the perspectives of Georgie and Bronwyn, and I honestly have to say I was confused through most of the narrative. There was so little distinction between the voices of these two characters, I kept having to go back and check if it was Georgie or Bronwyn I was reading. It was just a frustrating experience. Additionally (a really small thing but it bothered me)-the sea serpent thing was weird. If you're a fan of Elliott's other books definitely give a read and judge for yourself. There are several positive reviews for this one. It just wasn't for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    How could Lissa have drowned? She was a champion swimmer and knew not to swim in Kanu Cove in the dark, but she is gone. We meet Georgie and Bronwyn at Lissa’s memorial service, but something is wrong. Bronwyn received a note on the mirror in her villa that said she was at fault for Lissa’s death, and Georgie received a heavy packet of papers with only the words FOLLOW THE MONEY on every page. Bronwyn was nervous, and Georgie had no clue what her message meant. As we spend the days on the resort isla How could Lissa have drowned? She was a champion swimmer and knew not to swim in Kanu Cove in the dark, but she is gone. We meet Georgie and Bronwyn at Lissa’s memorial service, but something is wrong. Bronwyn received a note on the mirror in her villa that said she was at fault for Lissa’s death, and Georgie received a heavy packet of papers with only the words FOLLOW THE MONEY on every page. Bronwyn was nervous, and Georgie had no clue what her message meant. As we spend the days on the resort island, things seem to get more dangerous for everyone, and everyone seems to be acting a little strangely. Who can anyone trust? Who can we the reader trust as we try to figure out what’s going on? As you read, your head will be going back and forth between what’s going on, what really happened, and what is up with the characters. And…to add to the confusion, there is an unidentified person talking about ways to kill someone. I actually didn’t like the characters so they all were suspects in my mind. The story line was a little mixed up and slow, but it worked out in the end because of Ms. Elliott’s writing style and creativity. 3/5 This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. This is a good example on why you shouldn’t decide to read a book based on the title alone. I thought this would be fun and mysterious, but it was incredibly slow paced and a bit of a chore to get through. The story is told in alternating points of view between Georgie and Bronwyn, with a few anonymous pages thrown in. The anonymous POV pages describe the various ways in which you might kill your best friend, which I want I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. This is a good example on why you shouldn’t decide to read a book based on the title alone. I thought this would be fun and mysterious, but it was incredibly slow paced and a bit of a chore to get through. The story is told in alternating points of view between Georgie and Bronwyn, with a few anonymous pages thrown in. The anonymous POV pages describe the various ways in which you might kill your best friend, which I wanted to like, but ultimately found kind of pointless. The chapters from Georgie and Bron weren’t much better. There were tedious amounts of detail and nothing happened for long stretches of time. I predicted pretty much every single twist, except for one surprise right at the end. Overall, I found How to Kill Your Best Friend disappointing. The very slow pace and unlikable characters kept me from ever getting that invested in the story. I wish there had been more time spent exploring Lissa’s past and her relationships instead of just one or two stories and vague references to her unstable behavior. The only reason I’m giving this two stars instead of one is because it did manage to surprise me once at the end. Overall Rating (out of 5): 2 Stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    How to Kill You Best Friend is a compelling thriller full of secrets, suspense, deadly twists and about-turns which asks: what would you do if you suspected your best friend, the person you cared about the most in the world, was a murderer? Would you go up against her? Would you be willing to assist her in keeping her secret? Or would you become frightened? And more importantly, why don't you feel safe now that she's dead and gone? Georgie Ayers, Lissa Kateb, and Bronwyn Miller have been insepar How to Kill You Best Friend is a compelling thriller full of secrets, suspense, deadly twists and about-turns which asks: what would you do if you suspected your best friend, the person you cared about the most in the world, was a murderer? Would you go up against her? Would you be willing to assist her in keeping her secret? Or would you become frightened? And more importantly, why don't you feel safe now that she's dead and gone? Georgie Ayers, Lissa Kateb, and Bronwyn Miller have been inseparable since dominating their competitive college swim team; swimming has always been an escape from their own problems, but now their shared passion has turned deadly. How can it be true that Lissa, the strongest swimmer they know, drowned 3 months ago? Granted, there is something strange about Kanu Cove, where Lissa was last seen, swimming off the coast of the opulent and luxurious island resort in Southeast Asia she and her husband, Jem, co-owned. Lissa's closest friends gather at the resort to honour and celebrate her short life, but Georgie and Bron can't seem to stop looking over their shoulders. Danger lurks beneath the surface of the crystal-clear water and even their extravagant private villas can't help make them feel safe and secure. As the weather turns ominous, trapping the funeral guests together on the island, nobody knows who they can trust. The two women soon find themselves questioning the circumstances around Lissa’s death. It now seems as though her passing was only the beginning. This is a complex, intriguing, suspense-laden page-turner that is a character-driven psychological thriller. It delves into the past - the darker, more toxic side of friendship and will have you questioning everything you think you know. It revolves around tangled relationships, shifting perceptions, changing alliances and the memories—and people—that haunt us. Told from the first-person perspectives of Georgie and Bronwyn, this compulsive and wickedly twisty mystery involving a rumoured sea serpent, embezzlement and questions about the suspicious death of Lissa’s first husband, Graeme, who perished during anaphylaxis when he could not locate his EpiPen and devious, murderous games will have you glued to the pages from the very beginning. It's engrossing, unnerving and revelation follows revelation, with the pace increasing as the mysteries pile up, leaving you genuinely shocked at the end. An immersive, riveting and entertaining thriller about the cost of loyalty, growing apart and the unconditional support we often give to friends. Highly recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Georgie, Lissa and Bronwyn were very close friends during their college years. They were known for being on the swim team back then. Lissa had been the best swimmer. So, it’s a shock when they learn she died by drowning at her husband’s island resort. Georgie and Bronwyn are quite suspicious of the circumstances behind Lissa’s death, but they go to the resort to honor their friend’s passing. They are faced with bad weather and a sinister feeling during their stay on the island. They start to dig Georgie, Lissa and Bronwyn were very close friends during their college years. They were known for being on the swim team back then. Lissa had been the best swimmer. So, it’s a shock when they learn she died by drowning at her husband’s island resort. Georgie and Bronwyn are quite suspicious of the circumstances behind Lissa’s death, but they go to the resort to honor their friend’s passing. They are faced with bad weather and a sinister feeling during their stay on the island. They start to dig around for answers, but all they keep getting are more questions and secrets that are better off staying buried. For some reason the title and cover made me think this was more chick lit and a light mystery, but that’s not the case. It’s a tense drama that kept me wondering until the end. There were a few slow spots in the middle, but overall it was an engrossing read for me. I didn’t always like the characters but I couldn’t help wondering what was happening. I had no idea who to trust. The book is told in alternating POVs between Bronwyn and Georgie. I always enjoy alternating POVs as it gives the reader more of an idea of the character's motivation. I think it's a great and interesting technique. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author. I’ll be checking out her backlist. I do enjoy books that keep you guessing until the end. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy Sparks

    Enticing title, isn’t it? As author Lexie Elliott lists ways to kill your best friend and the pros and cons of each, she presents a mystery about university swim team members who reunite at an island resort for the memorial service of a group member who disappeared while swimming at night. After the service, they catch up with each other as they try to understand why a strong swimmer like Lissa would put herself at risk in the open waters near the resort she owned with her husband. Soon the remot Enticing title, isn’t it? As author Lexie Elliott lists ways to kill your best friend and the pros and cons of each, she presents a mystery about university swim team members who reunite at an island resort for the memorial service of a group member who disappeared while swimming at night. After the service, they catch up with each other as they try to understand why a strong swimmer like Lissa would put herself at risk in the open waters near the resort she owned with her husband. Soon the remote location, ominous messages, and their own secrets are exposed, as fellow swimmers Georgie and Bron try to figure out what’s going on before something terrible happens to them. The story is told through narrators Georgie and Bron, who bring different perspectives and knowledge that gives readers a better idea of what has been happening and why. Georgie is an executive who had distanced herself from the group by moving to New York and avoiding social gatherings with the others. Bronwyn tried to live as an ideal British housewife and mother whose past shows that it could be easier said than done at times. It’s easy to list some of the classic tropes Elliott uses to tell her tale, but that leaves out the unique flavor she adds with her own twists. The story includes long-kept secrets, toxic relationships, romance, and local folktales to deliver a fun vacation story that deftly ties up loose ends. One jaw-dropping resolution is unexpected yet fits completely within the story presented. It’s an enjoyable journey that’s great vacation reading - well, maybe not if you’re staying at a secluded resort with friends. Elliott identifies who has been considering killing their best friend and which option could have been a choice for this mystery. But if you’re thinking about killing your own best friend, make sure you read all of the Cons shown for each option. I suggest reading this fun book instead and living vicariously through the characters instead of carrying out your own plot.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    "It's not hard to commit murder, is it? It's the getting away with it that's difficult." 2.5 stars rounded up. This is my second book by this author and I'm not sure why, but I just can't seem to connect and love her stories. This is the perfect book for me, I should have been hanging on every word, racing through the chapters. I wish I knew why, but I struggled. I've been stumbling through this one for days - and I'm finally done. I guessed the twist early on so I just had to ride it out. I love "It's not hard to commit murder, is it? It's the getting away with it that's difficult." 2.5 stars rounded up. This is my second book by this author and I'm not sure why, but I just can't seem to connect and love her stories. This is the perfect book for me, I should have been hanging on every word, racing through the chapters. I wish I knew why, but I struggled. I've been stumbling through this one for days - and I'm finally done. I guessed the twist early on so I just had to ride it out. I loved Georgie and the lore of the island. I loved the island setting - and Jem and Adam. I wish I knew what was keeping me from really being pulled in and enjoying the ride.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lia (on hiatus)

    This title is just perfect!! When you procrastinate committing murder, you know something's wrong... 🌝 This title is just perfect!! When you procrastinate committing murder, you know something's wrong... 🌝

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dan Myatt

    Firstly thank you to First Reads for my advanced copy. I loved the premise of this book, friends bought together and a mystery slowly unravels. BUT I honestly was disappointed by the delivery. The pace was slow and events took far too long to occur, the twists were predictable and the ending done by other authors many times. That being said, the book was well written, the characters relatable and the setting definitely had me craving for a holiday. I found the swimming references a bit too heavily Firstly thank you to First Reads for my advanced copy. I loved the premise of this book, friends bought together and a mystery slowly unravels. BUT I honestly was disappointed by the delivery. The pace was slow and events took far too long to occur, the twists were predictable and the ending done by other authors many times. That being said, the book was well written, the characters relatable and the setting definitely had me craving for a holiday. I found the swimming references a bit too heavily inserted (and wasn't surprised to find out the author is a swimmer) Maybe I've been spoilt by reading the "group of friends trapped with a potential killer" genre over and over again, I don't know but this one just lacked something for me. I did enjoy the little chapter openers about how best to kill your best friend though and maybe if the wit of these had carried through more the book would have been a better read for me. A solid 3 star read but nothing more.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

    Ummmm....... With this title, how could you NOT be intrigued?! Y'all know your partners that see you reading all those thrillers and horror are a little bit afraid of you. 😉 Unfortunately, for me, the story didn't quite work. Resort, GOOD. Reunion of friends, GOOD. Celebration of life. NICE. And then about a quarter through.... a... monster/serpent in the water? WHAT. I legitimately had no idea what was going on and at that point, couldn't figure out why or what this would mean. But color me intri Ummmm....... With this title, how could you NOT be intrigued?! Y'all know your partners that see you reading all those thrillers and horror are a little bit afraid of you. 😉 Unfortunately, for me, the story didn't quite work. Resort, GOOD. Reunion of friends, GOOD. Celebration of life. NICE. And then about a quarter through.... a... monster/serpent in the water? WHAT. I legitimately had no idea what was going on and at that point, couldn't figure out why or what this would mean. But color me intrigued and so I continue to turn the pages. To be quite honest, I didn't like where the serpent part of the story went. I don't think we would've lost anything if it wasn't included. And admittedly, I don't mind suspending reality and you certainly need to with this storyline but I found myself side eyeing a few things along the way. I also figured out the "who" within the early chapters (GO ME!✌) but really wished I had been wrong. Ah well, win some, lose some! The author does keep you on your toes. Everyone is a suspect and, as always, secrets start to surface and strange things start happening around the resort. The story is fairly slow paced and I found myself wanting more of the snarky narrator who popped in occasionally talking about various ways to kill people. I think reviews are going to be all over the place with this one, and personally these kinds of books, whether they end up working for me or not, are my favorite... I love seeing which side I'm gonna land on. So, if this book sounds intriguing, don't let this review deter you. Elliott can definitely write and I enjoy her writing style alot.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Natasha | readwithnatasha

    This is my first thriller in a long while - I just got into a funk of not being interested in thrillers and being able to guess the twists. This is a weird book for me too because I read the first 60% fairly quickly, then the next 30% was slower and the last 10% was like almost painfully slow, which doesn't make sense because the last 15% is when all the action happens. It was like the moments between the actions that seemed to take forever. I mentioned that I guessed all the twists, except for This is my first thriller in a long while - I just got into a funk of not being interested in thrillers and being able to guess the twists. This is a weird book for me too because I read the first 60% fairly quickly, then the next 30% was slower and the last 10% was like almost painfully slow, which doesn't make sense because the last 15% is when all the action happens. It was like the moments between the actions that seemed to take forever. I mentioned that I guessed all the twists, except for the very last one - that was a surprise, but not enough to bring my rating from 3.5 to 4. It was enjoyable and reminded me of His & Hers (switching narrators with unidentified third narrator) and The Guest List (remote island with murders happening). I probably won't be recommending this to everyone though.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle | musingsbymichelle

    3.5 rounded up Imagine you’re on your way to a gorgeous island resort called Kanu Cove to be reunited with some of your closest friends— all but one that is, because you’re on your way to this island a little earlier than expected to attend your best friend’s funeral. Each section starts off with “way to kill your best friend.” At first, these seemed to cut the flow of the novel because the tone was so different from the main story and it wasn’t always clear how or even if the “how to kill” intros 3.5 rounded up Imagine you’re on your way to a gorgeous island resort called Kanu Cove to be reunited with some of your closest friends— all but one that is, because you’re on your way to this island a little earlier than expected to attend your best friend’s funeral. Each section starts off with “way to kill your best friend.” At first, these seemed to cut the flow of the novel because the tone was so different from the main story and it wasn’t always clear how or even if the “how to kill” intros fit the chapter(s) that followed. This ambiguity lends itself well to the mystery surrounding the death of Lissa despite being a distraction to me. It seems clear to Lissa’s best friend, Georgie, that Lissa did not complete suicide and the readers get to tag along as more and more questions arise and it seems that some of the friends’ lives are also at risk. As the story progresses more is revealed about the tangled web of Georgie, Lissa, and other close friend, Bronwyn’s friendship. Ultimately leading to the question, how much would you do for a friend? Although, the author flips this question on its head. There are a couple of red herrings, island folklore, infidelity, and jealousy. A pretty quick and thrilling read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    So, I love it when an author (without cheating) manages to play with my head - and the author managed that here! I really didn't know which best friend was maybe (or maybe not) trying to kill which other best friend. I didn't know who (or who wasn't) doing a very wrong thing with someone else. And I didn't have blasted clue about the truth of everything. I just know I kept reading and munching my popcorn. I loved this book. I loved that it was twisty without cheating and that the characters were ju So, I love it when an author (without cheating) manages to play with my head - and the author managed that here! I really didn't know which best friend was maybe (or maybe not) trying to kill which other best friend. I didn't know who (or who wasn't) doing a very wrong thing with someone else. And I didn't have blasted clue about the truth of everything. I just know I kept reading and munching my popcorn. I loved this book. I loved that it was twisty without cheating and that the characters were just so much fun! More, please!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Feinen

    Georgie and her University friends come together to lay their long time friend, Lissa, to rest. It's a memorial - her body was never found. Lissa drowned at Kanu Cove - according to local legend, Kanu takes who wants to be taken. Georgie refuses to believe Lissa would suicide - let alone swimming. Their group has swam together for decades - each an assigned position per their strength/ability. I appreciated this metaphor - as it played into the group's dynamics. Georgie pushes her friends to inv Georgie and her University friends come together to lay their long time friend, Lissa, to rest. It's a memorial - her body was never found. Lissa drowned at Kanu Cove - according to local legend, Kanu takes who wants to be taken. Georgie refuses to believe Lissa would suicide - let alone swimming. Their group has swam together for decades - each an assigned position per their strength/ability. I appreciated this metaphor - as it played into the group's dynamics. Georgie pushes her friends to investigate what really happened to Lissa. Bron provides insight into Lissa and Georgie's relationship as well as movement for the mystery surrounding Lissa's death. I felt this book moved too slow. I skimmed some areas detailing their swimming history, the suspense build. I did enjoy the ending - though one portion was setup nicely, the second was a great surprise.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Welp. There's that. Welp. There's that.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Georgie, Lissa, and Bronwyn have known each other since their days at university. All strong swimmers the friends were members of the competitive swim team. Lissa, a keen open water competitor drowned 3 months ago in Kanu Cove, an opulent island resort in Southeast Asia, co-owned by Lissa and her husband, Jem. When Lissa's friends and others, lads from various other uni clubs, join Jem for her memorial on the island they begin to question the circumstances surrounding Lissa's drowning. How to Ki Georgie, Lissa, and Bronwyn have known each other since their days at university. All strong swimmers the friends were members of the competitive swim team. Lissa, a keen open water competitor drowned 3 months ago in Kanu Cove, an opulent island resort in Southeast Asia, co-owned by Lissa and her husband, Jem. When Lissa's friends and others, lads from various other uni clubs, join Jem for her memorial on the island they begin to question the circumstances surrounding Lissa's drowning. How to Kill Your Best Friend points towards the darker, more toxic side of friendship. As the weather turns inclement the guests are trapped on the island. Georgie and Bron start to receive threats, which ups the tempo, increasing the tension. Lexie Elliott's writing style was a good fit for me and I appreciated the way in which she built her characters, giving me the opportunity to learn their backstories and understand their motivations. A very well-executed tale and one I highly recommend. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Corvus via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    Read to 48%, then started skipping around. Well, this sounded like everything I could have wanted and sadly I was quite disappointed. None of these characters stood out. The story is told from Georgie and Bronwyn’s POV, but they sounded so alike, I struggled to keep the chapters straight. And while the main friend group is small, there are loads of other characters mentioned and often without explanation of how or where they fit. Plot wise, it slow slow slow. I would have been fine with it, if t Read to 48%, then started skipping around. Well, this sounded like everything I could have wanted and sadly I was quite disappointed. None of these characters stood out. The story is told from Georgie and Bronwyn’s POV, but they sounded so alike, I struggled to keep the chapters straight. And while the main friend group is small, there are loads of other characters mentioned and often without explanation of how or where they fit. Plot wise, it slow slow slow. I would have been fine with it, if there had been any sort of build up or tension. There’s a lot a lot a lot of swimming and a random af sea serpent. I was curious to see how it ended and the last 10% or so of the book was pretty good, but not compelling enough for me to go back and read what I skipped. Overall, it was a great synopsis and I love the cover, but for me, this one didn’t deliver. **Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**

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