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The Friend

Dorothy Koomson
Publisher: Century
1st June 2017


What secret would you kill to keep?
Four friends . . . four secrets . . . one attempted murder . . .
Just how far would YOU go to hide your past?

Cece and her husband, Sol, arrive in Brighton with their three children ready to start a new life. But as Cece drops her children off at their new school on the first day of term, she realises something is wrong in the neighbourhood. Three weeks earlier Yvonne, a popular parent and head of the Parents’ Council was attacked and left for dead in the grounds of the school – the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her children.

Anxious and protective of her own secret past, Cece finds the school gate mothers cliquey and unfriendly until she is befriended by Maxie, Anaya and Hazel. She is quickly drawn into their inner circle of nights in with cocktails and knitting. But tensions are increasingly high in the group and Cece becomes sure that her new friends are hiding something serious . . . When she discovers they’re suspects in Yvonne’s attempted murder Cece is shocked and scared – are these people she was beginning to trust actually dangerous? Have they really crossed the line between right and wrong? And can Cece uncover the truth before the attacker strikes again?


“Terrifically addictive” Good Housekeeping

“A suspenseful, thought-provoking page-turner” Prima

“The warmth of Dorothy Koomson’s writing and her ability to get into her main character’s head and heart are completely involving from the get-go” Daily Mail

“Suspenseful, tense and unexpected” Heat

“Another brilliant read from author Dorothy Koomson” Bella

“Packs an emotional punch” Sunday Mirror

“The author crafts novels that are complex and thrilling and that stay with you long after the book has finished” The Sun

“I’m a big fan of Koomson’s suspenseful novels and this lived up to expectation.” Woman and Home


Dorothy Koomson is the author of 12 bestselling novels including The Chocolate Run, Marshmallows for Breakfast, The Woman He Loved Before and The Flavours of Love. Books and reading have always played a pivotal role in Dorothy’s life and she fell in love with the drama and fantasy of fictional worlds at an early age. She wrote her first book at 13, writing a chapter each night and passing it around her convent schoolmates the next morning.

After school, Dorothy went to Trinity and All Saints College in Leeds where she studied Psychology and Public Media. After graduating she moved back to London to study for a Masters in Journalism at Goldsmith’s university. While studying, Dorothy was long-listed for the Catherine Packenham Award for Young Women Journalists. After graduating Dorothy freelanced for various publications including The Independent on Sunday, New Woman, more! magazine and The Sunday Times. She also worked full-time on Just Seventeen and weekly newspaper New Nation.

In 2001, Dorothy visited a lecturer friend back in Leeds and after a night out where her friend received an inordinate amount of male attention, it gave Dorothy the idea for a character that unintentionally inspires people to follow their hearts, be it in love or finding the perfect job. The Cupid Effect was published in 2003. The Chocolate Run followed in 2004. Still working as a journalist, Dorothy continued writing books in the evenings and in her spare time. In 2005 Dorothy decided to try her hand at living in Australia and found a job on Family Circle magazine in Sydney. Her third novel, My Best Friend’s Girl was published in 2006 in the UK and sold 56,000 copies in its first few weeks. It was then selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Read of 2006, and went to No.2 in the bestseller charts, eventually selling over half a million copies.

Passionate about the importance of reading and literacy, Dorothy is a regular speaker in libraries and at festivals and supports the work of the National Literacy Trust, an independent charity that transforms lives through literacy and Little Green Pig, a Brighton and Hove based charity that offers free writing workshops for young people in need. Dorothy lives in Brighton (well, Hove, actually) and the city is a regular character in her novels.