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Everyone has those friends. Doesn’t matter how long it’s been, or how badly they’ve occasionally behaved, or how late it is when that call finally comes—you show up. No questions asked. Honestly, that’s how the five of us ended up here in the Catskills. We did have the best of intentions. Especially after what happened to Alice all those years ago, we can’t bear to think of Everyone has those friends. Doesn’t matter how long it’s been, or how badly they’ve occasionally behaved, or how late it is when that call finally comes—you show up. No questions asked. Honestly, that’s how the five of us ended up here in the Catskills. We did have the best of intentions. Especially after what happened to Alice all those years ago, we can’t bear to think of losing anyone else. In fact, we’ll do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen. We’ll go so much farther than we ever thought we would. In the end, maybe that’s what caught up with us. That, and the fact that we’re such a complicated group—so much history and so many big personalities. Secrets, too, that can slip out at the most inopportune moments. Of course, we love each other despite all of those things. We love each other no matter what. There’s something so beautiful about that kind of unconditional love. It can turn ugly, though. Or maybe that’s just us. After all, we’ve already been through so much together. And we have so very much to hide.


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Everyone has those friends. Doesn’t matter how long it’s been, or how badly they’ve occasionally behaved, or how late it is when that call finally comes—you show up. No questions asked. Honestly, that’s how the five of us ended up here in the Catskills. We did have the best of intentions. Especially after what happened to Alice all those years ago, we can’t bear to think of Everyone has those friends. Doesn’t matter how long it’s been, or how badly they’ve occasionally behaved, or how late it is when that call finally comes—you show up. No questions asked. Honestly, that’s how the five of us ended up here in the Catskills. We did have the best of intentions. Especially after what happened to Alice all those years ago, we can’t bear to think of losing anyone else. In fact, we’ll do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen. We’ll go so much farther than we ever thought we would. In the end, maybe that’s what caught up with us. That, and the fact that we’re such a complicated group—so much history and so many big personalities. Secrets, too, that can slip out at the most inopportune moments. Of course, we love each other despite all of those things. We love each other no matter what. There’s something so beautiful about that kind of unconditional love. It can turn ugly, though. Or maybe that’s just us. After all, we’ve already been through so much together. And we have so very much to hide.

30 review for Friends Like These

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    feeling pretty lukewarm about this one, tbh. im really drawn to stories about friend groups that are hiding secrets, not only to those outside their circle but also to each other, so i really like the premise of this. the execution, however, not so much. theres just too much going on - too many characters, too many POV shifts, and too many subplots. it honestly just becomes so unrealistic that it takes the reader out of the story. the ending is pretty twisty and i didnt see it coming, but only be feeling pretty lukewarm about this one, tbh. im really drawn to stories about friend groups that are hiding secrets, not only to those outside their circle but also to each other, so i really like the premise of this. the execution, however, not so much. theres just too much going on - too many characters, too many POV shifts, and too many subplots. it honestly just becomes so unrealistic that it takes the reader out of the story. the ending is pretty twisty and i didnt see it coming, but only because its yet again another unrealistic subplot. that being said, i still enjoyed the heart of the story. i think if it had been reworked into something more simple, it would have been much more effective and enjoyable. ↠ 2.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    2.5 stars, rounded up I've had a string of lackluster psychological suspense reads lately. This one is filled with unbelievable circumstances, characters hiding things from the police and from each other that they never would in real life (and never would be able to either), and a wholly unlikable cast of characters, save maybe for the police detective. This is about a group of college friends who witnessed and then hid a terrible incident when they were in school. Keeping the secret led to Alice 2.5 stars, rounded up I've had a string of lackluster psychological suspense reads lately. This one is filled with unbelievable circumstances, characters hiding things from the police and from each other that they never would in real life (and never would be able to either), and a wholly unlikable cast of characters, save maybe for the police detective. This is about a group of college friends who witnessed and then hid a terrible incident when they were in school. Keeping the secret led to Alice, one of their group, committing suicide. Now in the present day, they are meeting austensibly to have a bachelor party for Jonathan, but in reality they are planning to convince drug addicted Keith to go to rehab. Joining Jonathan and Keith are three others from the college group and one guy who has pushed to be included. The book opens with a car found in the woods with a dead body inside, and the police don't know who is dead or who was driving, but they are trying to find out. All that to say that the book is overall quite convoluted and actually silly at times. The characters are basically caricatures and do very cliched things. The secrets they are hiding get more and more bizarre as they come to light. The one positive thing I can say is that the ending twists are pretty surprising (honestly I don't think there's any way a person could figure them out ahead of time), and made for a satisfying ending for the most part and made me round up rather than down. I have liked this author's previous books, but I don't feel like this one is up to those standards. It lacks nuance and creativity, the way things are revealed feels clunky and awkward and the motivation behind most of the secrets and crimes isn't revealed or clear. (view spoiler)[ For example, what was with Jonathan's fiance? He's stealing money, cheating on him with the contractor, and Jonathan is totally blind to it. But to go even further, when the police are questioning Jonathan he doesn't even mention Peter (I think that is his name, I can't even remember now) is in town or was present! (hide spoiler)] So much of the book hinges on everyone trying to hide things to protect each other to the bitter end, even if the consequences weren't that dire. Maybe I'm just an outiler because there are quite a few positive reviews for this book. I just didn't really connect with it for the most part. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This novel entails an interesting premise. A group of six friends, each with their own eccentricities and one common secret, slowly unravel in their complicity when an interloper pokes away at them for less than altruistic reasons. A mysterious and thrilling page-turner. Thank you to HarperCollinsPublishers for providing an Advanced Reader Edition.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach

    I was super excited to get an advance copy of this book, but it fell a little short. There was a good story in there, but it was a bit of a convoluted mess. There were just SO many characters to keep straight, all of which had their own POV chapters, plus Alice who died 10 years ago, plus the mystery person, plus the detective, and then the timeline kept jumping back and forth from the beginning of the weekend, to the end of the weekend, to the mystery stalker 2-3 weeks ago, to back when everyone I was super excited to get an advance copy of this book, but it fell a little short. There was a good story in there, but it was a bit of a convoluted mess. There were just SO many characters to keep straight, all of which had their own POV chapters, plus Alice who died 10 years ago, plus the mystery person, plus the detective, and then the timeline kept jumping back and forth from the beginning of the weekend, to the end of the weekend, to the mystery stalker 2-3 weeks ago, to back when everyone was in college together. At the end of the day, keeping everything and everyone straight just felt like work, and enjoying the book felt very secondary to that. The ending REALLY saved the book for me. Moved my rating from a 2.5 up to a 3. There's no doubt that Kimberly McCreight can write a great thriller, this one just missed the execution mark.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    In FRIENDS LIKE THESE, a group of college friends witnessed something terrible back in college… then did something worse. It later caused one person in their group (Alice) to take their own life. Now years later, they’re getting together again under the guise of a bachelor party for one friend (Jonathan) but really they’re there to convince another friend (Keith) to go into rehab. I have read other books by Kimberly McCreight before and really enjoyed them. I struggled with this one somewhat. Th In FRIENDS LIKE THESE, a group of college friends witnessed something terrible back in college… then did something worse. It later caused one person in their group (Alice) to take their own life. Now years later, they’re getting together again under the guise of a bachelor party for one friend (Jonathan) but really they’re there to convince another friend (Keith) to go into rehab. I have read other books by Kimberly McCreight before and really enjoyed them. I struggled with this one somewhat. The plotting felt convoluted with lots of jumping around between POVs and timelines. I struggled to connect with the characters. I have greatly enjoyed this author’s previous books. Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    This is a book I read a couple of weeks ago and just realized that I hadn't reviewed it - but oddly, I barely remembered what it was about until I went back and read the back cover blurb and other reviews, so I'm not sure what that says (or doesn't say) about the book! Once it all came back to me, I remembered that I really didn't care for it at all. Normally the premise of a group of college friends, who all share a traumatic past and multiple secrets having a reunion of sorts at a remote locat This is a book I read a couple of weeks ago and just realized that I hadn't reviewed it - but oddly, I barely remembered what it was about until I went back and read the back cover blurb and other reviews, so I'm not sure what that says (or doesn't say) about the book! Once it all came back to me, I remembered that I really didn't care for it at all. Normally the premise of a group of college friends, who all share a traumatic past and multiple secrets having a reunion of sorts at a remote location, is my cup o' tea, but not here. It was just all a bit absurd. It also had WAY too many narrators - each one of the friends and the investigating police officer - and it want back and forth between three time periods. It was too confusing. Much (and I mean much) time was also spent on the catalyst event for the whole plot - something that happened on the roof of a building when the friends were all in college - and it just didn't seem believable to me. Does it have some shock value because you don't see the ending coming? Yes, but herein lies my issue with it - no one would see that ending coming because it is preposterous and bizarre. Not to mention, it is not possible for one group of friends to have so many bad things happen to them! McCreight is hit-or-miss for me, and this book will probably appeal to many readers, but for me it was a miss. 2 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Definitely Kimberly McCreight’s best book! Unputdownable and a shocker with every page. These characters are complex and so well thought out. I love Detective Julia Scutte, she’s a force to be reckoned with and I hope I read more from. I had no idea where this book was going and I really felt the theme of this book was fresh and the writing so well done. Put this on your tbr for September, this is a thrill ride of a book. Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper for my gifted copy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dallas Strawn

    Full of twists and turns, and with a tough as nails female detective at its center, Kimberly McCreight's gripping new novel FRIENDS LIKE THESE, a tale of betrayal and murder, is going to be one of the top thrillers of the fall; unputdownable, fast paced, and full of red herrings, It truly does leave you wondering how well you know your own friends....And the ending gave me goosebumps! The novel revolves around a group of 5 college friends who are keeping a dark secret of something that happened 1 Full of twists and turns, and with a tough as nails female detective at its center, Kimberly McCreight's gripping new novel FRIENDS LIKE THESE, a tale of betrayal and murder, is going to be one of the top thrillers of the fall; unputdownable, fast paced, and full of red herrings, It truly does leave you wondering how well you know your own friends....And the ending gave me goosebumps! The novel revolves around a group of 5 college friends who are keeping a dark secret of something that happened 10 years ago, and a reunion in the Catskills while holding an intervention for their drug addicted friend leads to chaos when a dead body is discovered. I loved this book, and fans of domestic thrillers are going to eat this one up. 5 incredible stars for Ms. McCreight’s latest effort, and believe me, she had big shoes to fill, A GOOD MARRIAGE was one of my top 10 reads in 2020! Happy Pub Day!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    When I first started this one, I’m talking the first few pages I was interested and then pretty quickly I was confused. There’s a lot of characters who honestly all felt similar in the beginning so it was a little difficult to keep them straight. When I decided to switch to the audio I settled in more, so as always audiobooks are saving my ass! There were several narrators and they were all good, I hate when a book has multiple viewpoints but one narrator and there were like 6 or 7 here 🙌🏻 Anywa When I first started this one, I’m talking the first few pages I was interested and then pretty quickly I was confused. There’s a lot of characters who honestly all felt similar in the beginning so it was a little difficult to keep them straight. When I decided to switch to the audio I settled in more, so as always audiobooks are saving my ass! There were several narrators and they were all good, I hate when a book has multiple viewpoints but one narrator and there were like 6 or 7 here 🙌🏻 Anyway I’m glad I stuck with this one through my initial confusion because it had a strong ending and ended up being a solid audio read

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    Well, this author took me all the way to the end then dropped me on my butt. I DID NOT see that outcome. Thank you to Edelweiss for approving an early look. Ms. McCreight has not let me down yet. She has been one of my favorite writers ever since Deconstructing Amelia. I highly recommend clearing some sit downtime and give this one a go. She can make you see and feel the characters so clearly in this novel you begin to care for them, well some of them. lol

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yusuf Nasrullah

    Bizarre, fairly pointless motley of unsympathetic and rather despicable characters and a mystery that easily unravels once the mistaken identity is revealed. Hardly worth the read to get to its climax. A better ending would have been an avalanche that could have killed the entire cast.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Blair

    In recent times, it’s been hard for me to find thrillers I like. There are loads of them around, but they mostly seem to be about either increasingly ludicrous plot twists or fitting into some literary trend, and there doesn’t appear to be much quality control happening when it comes to the writing. Friends Like These, though, I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s about five college friends who meet up 10 years after graduating, supposedly for a stag weekend – except they’re really staging an intervention In recent times, it’s been hard for me to find thrillers I like. There are loads of them around, but they mostly seem to be about either increasingly ludicrous plot twists or fitting into some literary trend, and there doesn’t appear to be much quality control happening when it comes to the writing. Friends Like These, though, I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s about five college friends who meet up 10 years after graduating, supposedly for a stag weekend – except they’re really staging an intervention for one of the group, who has a drug problem. Of course, it all goes wrong and they have to lie to the police... because they’re already hiding a big secret from all those years ago. You know a story like this is good when you don’t care what happens in the end because you’re just having so much fun along the way. I raced through this and had a great time with it. I received an advance review copy of Friends Like These from the publisher through Edelweiss. TinyLetter | Linktree

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I love when a book is like a roller coaster. So many twists and turns and things you don't see coming. McCreight has outdone herself with this one. You will not see what is coming, in the end you will be shaking your head and be so mad at yourself for missing this one. I gave this 4 stars and I recommend Friends Like These. A must read. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. I love when a book is like a roller coaster. So many twists and turns and things you don't see coming. McCreight has outdone herself with this one. You will not see what is coming, in the end you will be shaking your head and be so mad at yourself for missing this one. I gave this 4 stars and I recommend Friends Like These. A must read. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    emily • emilybookedup

    DNF about 60% in 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

  15. 5 out of 5

    Basic B's Guide

    Dnf at 55%. I just could not go on. I have no investment in the characters or plot line.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Kear

    An edge-of-your-seat read that I couldn't put down, Friends Like These is twisty and gripping from start to finish. It's not just the propulsive plot that pulled me in but the well-drawn characters and rich relationships McCreight illuminates as she explores themes of friendship, loyalty and loss. High recommend! An edge-of-your-seat read that I couldn't put down, Friends Like These is twisty and gripping from start to finish. It's not just the propulsive plot that pulled me in but the well-drawn characters and rich relationships McCreight illuminates as she explores themes of friendship, loyalty and loss. High recommend!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    Thank you SO much to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Friends Like These is an unputdownable thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. I love a good thriller that revolves around a super close knit group of friends that all have a lot of secrets to hide and a murder or two. I love the author’s writing and got completely sucked in right from the beginning. Five friends that met in college are having a reunion, and a drug intervention for their friend at Thank you SO much to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Friends Like These is an unputdownable thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. I love a good thriller that revolves around a super close knit group of friends that all have a lot of secrets to hide and a murder or two. I love the author’s writing and got completely sucked in right from the beginning. Five friends that met in college are having a reunion, and a drug intervention for their friend at the same time in a remote little town in the mountains. They were a group of six until Alice committed suicide after something they all did together. She couldn’t handle the guilt and jumped off a bridge. Now years later the group is back together and they all have some dark secrets to hide. When a dead body is discovered and some people missing it leads to absolute chaos and no one will be leaving without every secret being spilled. I devoured this book in one sitting and had no idea where it was going. I thought I figured it out and then another twist would come out of no where leaving me shook. In my head I kept saying, “How well does anyone really know their friends?”. I really loved the ending and when I say I was shocked, I actually gasped because the ending was insane and took me completely by surprise. I definitely did not expect so many shocking secrets and turns throughout this book. If you’re looking for an amazing thriller that is well written with some complex characters this is for you.

  18. 5 out of 5

    blondethrillerbooklover

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 I loved this book! It would be a 5 star for me except for one part that I wanted more from. It’s definitely one of my favorites that I have read lately. It’s about 5 longtime friends that go to a house in the Catskills…. Drama ensues. 👀 I’m not going to tell you more than that. I think it’s best to keep it short for this one. But, trust me, it’s good! _________________________________ The character development, the plot and the pacing are all excellent. The setting feels authentic and vivid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 I loved this book! It would be a 5 star for me except for one part that I wanted more from. It’s definitely one of my favorites that I have read lately. It’s about 5 longtime friends that go to a house in the Catskills…. Drama ensues. 👀 I’m not going to tell you more than that. I think it’s best to keep it short for this one. But, trust me, it’s good! _________________________________ The character development, the plot and the pacing are all excellent. The setting feels authentic and vivid. The dialogue is sharp and witty. And McCreight’s writing is polished and simply flawless. I couldn’t read it fast enough. Put it on your list! 🙌

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sonica

    Thank you Harper Books for my copy of Friends Like These by Kimberly McCreight in exchange for my honest review.  This title published September 7, 2021. Another enjoyable read by Kimberly McCreight.  This time, a slower-burn of a mystery following group of friends who take a weekend getaway in the Catskills and of course, drama follows.  The group shares a secret that was thought to be long and buried but clearly someone doesn't want it to stay buried any longer.   What is supposed to be a frien Thank you Harper Books for my copy of Friends Like These by Kimberly McCreight in exchange for my honest review.  This title published September 7, 2021. Another enjoyable read by Kimberly McCreight.  This time, a slower-burn of a mystery following group of friends who take a weekend getaway in the Catskills and of course, drama follows.  The group shares a secret that was thought to be long and buried but clearly someone doesn't want it to stay buried any longer.   What is supposed to be a friendly weekend away turns into a deadly chase to find out who is messing with this group and why. As always, McCreight's writing is flawless and intoxicating as she sucks you right into the story right at the first page.  She has mastered strong character development (and seems to love her complex, multi-layered characters!) and her pacing with this plot is excellent. There is a bit of a locked room mystery vibe with this one especially with the setting and its atmospheric vibes.  You will be kept guessing until the bitter end when it all unravels, pleasantly so. McCreight explores the depths of friendship and how far loyalty travels among a circle of close friends.  She really adds meaning to the question of "how well do we know our friends?".  With a cast of unlikeable characters (my favourite), and a whodunnit mystery, this story will keep you on your toes cover to cover.   I recommend picking this one up if you have read her previous work -obvs -  and also if you like a lighter suspense/mystery to curl up with this Fall.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    3.5 stars It’s probably my own fault for having such high expectations for this after A Good Marriage was one of my top 5 books of last year, but I can’t help feeling disappointed in this one. It’s a solid, interesting enough, murder mystery, following a group of friends (similar to the recent Lucy Foley mysteries), but I think the issue here is that there are just too many POVs to follow and it not only gets confusing at times but I never really felt like I got enough time with any of the charact 3.5 stars It’s probably my own fault for having such high expectations for this after A Good Marriage was one of my top 5 books of last year, but I can’t help feeling disappointed in this one. It’s a solid, interesting enough, murder mystery, following a group of friends (similar to the recent Lucy Foley mysteries), but I think the issue here is that there are just too many POVs to follow and it not only gets confusing at times but I never really felt like I got enough time with any of the characters to really care that much about them. I think what made A Good Marriage so stellar is that it had a lawyer/legal aspect to the plot that was SO well done (McCreight herself is a law school graduate) and that was something that was completely missing from this book. I still had a fun time with this one (hence 3.5 stars) but it’s definitely nowhere near as memorable as her previous novel, and I really hope McCreight sticks to including legal aspects in her books because that’s where her stories really shine.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Len

    I try not to read books with a rating lower than 3.8 on Goodreads. It really has served me well to weed out ones that I wouldn't find enjoyable. I made an exception here because I've read other novels by Kimberly McCreight that I enjoyed a lot and there has been the rare time when I've read a book less than 3.8 that I have enjoyed - so, I went for it. Bottom line - I would not recommend this book to others. The secrets and conflicts the friends are keeping from each other are weak as hell. Any gr I try not to read books with a rating lower than 3.8 on Goodreads. It really has served me well to weed out ones that I wouldn't find enjoyable. I made an exception here because I've read other novels by Kimberly McCreight that I enjoyed a lot and there has been the rare time when I've read a book less than 3.8 that I have enjoyed - so, I went for it. Bottom line - I would not recommend this book to others. The secrets and conflicts the friends are keeping from each other are weak as hell. Any group of friends that were the best of friends in college and are still friends means that they obviously have a lot of trust in each other. Late-night drinking coming home and hashing out the problems with their upbringings, etc. You are telling me that these teenagers didn't confide in their friends about these things. No fucking way. There was definitely a lack of likable characters, but that isn't really a nail in the coffin if you get enough character development, which I don't think happened here. At one point it just cuts off and when the reveal rolls out we just never hear from anyone again. For someone that is expecting a well done psychological thriller you can pass on this one. Spoiler Thoughts: (view spoiler)[A disgruntled contractor banging on the door demanding $11,000 for work owed and threatening the homeowner - weak. Derrick, as a child, beating someone up really bad and he is so ashamed of it that Finch is able to blackmail him on multiple occasions for it - weak. Maeve being the bad guy - I called that shit the author really pushed the innocent thing way too much. Finch doing an art project based on their friendship - eye roll. I was hoping for a bit more with Bates and Maeve. What about Peter and Jonathan. The epilogue was almost nothing. (hide spoiler)] What happened: (view spoiler)[ Bethany and Maeve are one and the same. Maeve being the chunky girl with the hot best friend twisted that love into resentment and Maeve killed Jane and then disappeared which led people to believe they had both been killed. Evan, the kid who "fell" off the roof recognized Maeve as Bethany and she pushed him off the roof but everyone was so occupied that no one really saw accept Derrick. He didn't see her push him callously, he thought that he tried to grope her and she just pushed him off of her but then he plummeted to the ground. Alice wanted to go and tell Evan's parents that he wasn't a burglar that the media painted him out to be and Maeve went with her to try and stop her. When she couldn't be convinced Maeve killed Alice and then parked her car near a bridge so they would think it was suicide. Maeve killed Derrick because she believed he was actually on to her. Nothing really happened with anyone else. Stephanie left her firm. Peter and Jonathan are no longer together. Finch I guess carried on with his art show. The detective got back together with her man. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    RedRedtheycallmeRed

    The only likable character in this book was the detective, everyone else was an entitled asshole. There were a lot of crazy layers to this story, multiple time jumps and POV. These friends are bonded by guilt and death, so much death! Their loyalty to each other is probably their only good quality. They lie to the police (about everything!) like only the rich and privileged can, but I loved the tenacity of the detective. About halfway I guessed who the killer was, but that twist at the end was a g The only likable character in this book was the detective, everyone else was an entitled asshole. There were a lot of crazy layers to this story, multiple time jumps and POV. These friends are bonded by guilt and death, so much death! Their loyalty to each other is probably their only good quality. They lie to the police (about everything!) like only the rich and privileged can, but I loved the tenacity of the detective. About halfway I guessed who the killer was, but that twist at the end was a good one. I really wish there had been more of an epilogue about the friends, maybe I was just hoping they’d become better people (probably not).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This mystery/thriller is about a group of friends from college, bonded by a shared secret that caused one of their group to commit suicide. Years later, they gather at one of their weekend houses to stage an intervention - but before the weekend is over, one of them is found dead and it takes quite a while into the book to find out who. The book alternates perspectives of the different characters during the weekend, plus the detective investigating the crime who is haunted by her own family trag This mystery/thriller is about a group of friends from college, bonded by a shared secret that caused one of their group to commit suicide. Years later, they gather at one of their weekend houses to stage an intervention - but before the weekend is over, one of them is found dead and it takes quite a while into the book to find out who. The book alternates perspectives of the different characters during the weekend, plus the detective investigating the crime who is haunted by her own family tragedy, plus flashbacks. And that’s not even all! So clearly, there is A LOT going on in this one, maybe even a little too much. Took a little while to settle in and to get a handle on what was going on, and none of the characters were particularly likeable. But like all of McCreight’s books, it was an extremely twisty and entertaining read and everything came together in the end. 3.75 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diana Garcia

    Five friends since their college days are driving up to a home in the Catskills owned by Jonathan Cheung. Maeve, Travis, Stephanie, Derrick and Keith are supposedly coming to celebrate Jonathans’ upcoming wedding to his fiancée Peter. The real reason is to stage an intervention for Keith who is losing his battle with his drug addiction since the suicide of his girlfriend Alice. Alices’ mother has always blamed the group of friends and sporadically sends them messages saying “ I know what you did Five friends since their college days are driving up to a home in the Catskills owned by Jonathan Cheung. Maeve, Travis, Stephanie, Derrick and Keith are supposedly coming to celebrate Jonathans’ upcoming wedding to his fiancée Peter. The real reason is to stage an intervention for Keith who is losing his battle with his drug addiction since the suicide of his girlfriend Alice. Alices’ mother has always blamed the group of friends and sporadically sends them messages saying “ I know what you did”. From their arrival nothing goes as planned. First Keith brought along his business partner, Finch. Contractors showing up and threatening to retaliate for non-payment, an addict desperate to score, money problems and secrets will all be revealed and a reveal you won’t see coming make this one of the best thrillers this year. Full of unlikeable characters and well timed twists I truly enjoyed this.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    FRIENDS LIKE THESE is a bit of a “I know what you did last summer” trope. While I typically like these, I feel like this one just didn’t hit its mark. It had a lot of potential, but it fell flat for me. I thought it was too convoluted. There are many point of views, and I do love those, but these were confusing and jumped around between timelines without warning. There were too many moving pieces that just didn’t quite add up. None of the characters are likable or even relatable. The ending was FRIENDS LIKE THESE is a bit of a “I know what you did last summer” trope. While I typically like these, I feel like this one just didn’t hit its mark. It had a lot of potential, but it fell flat for me. I thought it was too convoluted. There are many point of views, and I do love those, but these were confusing and jumped around between timelines without warning. There were too many moving pieces that just didn’t quite add up. None of the characters are likable or even relatable. The ending was really good, though. I think that’s what brought my rating up. This book was a hit-or-miss for a lot of reviewers. Some people loved and some people just didn’t quite like it. If you find this one intriguing, I suggest you pick it up and make that judgement for yourself. 𝑷𝒖𝒃 𝑫𝒂𝒚 𝒊𝒔 𝑺𝒆𝒑𝒕 𝟕! Thank you to @harpercollins and @harperbooks for my #gifted copy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Baroletti

    The ending of this book was phenomenal! i did not see it coming and it was shocking. One of the best books I've read this year. #netgalley The ending of this book was phenomenal! i did not see it coming and it was shocking. One of the best books I've read this year. #netgalley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angie Haupt

    WOW. Her best yet! Truly the definition of a can't-put-it-down read. WOW. Her best yet! Truly the definition of a can't-put-it-down read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    My Review Of FRIENDS LIKE THESE By Author, @KimberlyMcCreight Gifted & Published by Harper Books On Sale: 9/7/21 - Purchase Link in my Bio ***** I love how quickly this became a fast paced thriller with so many unknowns. I was so ready in eager anticipation to see what comes next and “bam” you are hit with another mystery to solve with the same set of characters…..then again and again. They sure seem to know how to plead innocence but from my eyes if these characters are “friends”, I’ll take my chan My Review Of FRIENDS LIKE THESE By Author, @KimberlyMcCreight Gifted & Published by Harper Books On Sale: 9/7/21 - Purchase Link in my Bio ***** I love how quickly this became a fast paced thriller with so many unknowns. I was so ready in eager anticipation to see what comes next and “bam” you are hit with another mystery to solve with the same set of characters…..then again and again. They sure seem to know how to plead innocence but from my eyes if these characters are “friends”, I’ll take my chances with enemies. The first half of the book involves a group of friends 10 years after they saw something they never told anybody and after the death of their friend which will have you twisting in suspense. But then the second half hits and you’re hit with a whole other cast of characters with new problems that seem to over complicate things and create a bit of confusion. I was still rather enjoying the plot but it did become a hard read trying to keep track of the characters and what time frame we were in and none of the times were linear. Everything was happening all out of whack; at times before or after the previous chapter. I will never miss a Kimberly McCreight read and I would have missed out if I didn’t read it. Just be prepared to get frustrated towards the ending.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen.Books.Cats.Travel.Food.

    I was blown away by how much I loved this audio book! I am seriously adding it to my list of audiobooks to recommend to people when they ask for audio recs. There were 8 separate narrators in this one, and they each did a phenomenal job of bringing their characters to life. This is my third by @kimberlymccreight and my favorite from her as well! I knew going into this one there were a lot of characters so I purposefully put this aside until I knew I could give it my full attention. I’m so happy I I was blown away by how much I loved this audio book! I am seriously adding it to my list of audiobooks to recommend to people when they ask for audio recs. There were 8 separate narrators in this one, and they each did a phenomenal job of bringing their characters to life. This is my third by @kimberlymccreight and my favorite from her as well! I knew going into this one there were a lot of characters so I purposefully put this aside until I knew I could give it my full attention. I’m so happy I did that. I know if I didn’t I would have been confused and I wouldn’t have enjoyed the story so much. I had the book thanks to a swap, but I loved the audio so much that I ended up listening to the whole thing, when I tried to read it I just didn’t enjoy it as much. Thank you @harperaudio for my audio copy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marisha Lunde (MarishaReadsALot)

    It's no secret how much I love alternating narrators with secrets galore, but it can be a hard theme to pull off effectively. In my opinion, Kimberly McCreight knocked it out of the park with Friends Like These. Any book with more than three narrators has the potential to be hard to follow, but the characters in this book were so well-developed from the beginning I really had no trouble distinguishing who was who. I saw exactly zero of the twists coming, and in fact there were more twists than I It's no secret how much I love alternating narrators with secrets galore, but it can be a hard theme to pull off effectively. In my opinion, Kimberly McCreight knocked it out of the park with Friends Like These. Any book with more than three narrators has the potential to be hard to follow, but the characters in this book were so well-developed from the beginning I really had no trouble distinguishing who was who. I saw exactly zero of the twists coming, and in fact there were more twists than I was even expecting. I read this in essentially one sitting--a verified unputdownable! Friends Like These is on sale September 7!

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