Friends Like These (Hardcover)
From the author of Lies Like Wildfire comes another page-turning thriller about the little lies we all tell before the truth sets us free—perfect for readers of Karen M. McManus and Diana Urban.
Mistake number one . . .
Fun-loving Jake tells his girlfriend, Jessica, that they have to go to Tegan’s end-of-summer party in their tiny California beach town. Jessica doesn’t like parties, and she doesn’t like Tegan, who has an obvious, obsessive crush on Jake. But she agrees to go, to make Jake happy.
Mistake number two . . .
Something awful happens at the party. Something so embarrassing that Jessica doesn’t know if she can ever get over it—and Jake will do whatever it takes to earn her forgiveness. And now a girl is missing. Everyone is a suspect. And Jake seems to have a lot to hide. . . .
When a body is discovered at the beach, friends start turning on friends, and lies start piling upon lies. What happened could destroy their lives. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer? Mistake number three . . .
"Sharp, atmospheric, and wildly fast-paced, Friends Like These will leave you breathless as you rush to find out the truth hidden in the corners of Crystal Cove. A harrowing, nuanced portrayal of how far some will go to keep their secrets untold."—JESSICA GOODMAN, NYT bestselling author of They'll Never Catch Us
“This tangled story about terrible choices, mistaken assumptions, and the all-to-thin line between friends and enemies expertly cranks up the tension chapter-by-chapter until it leaves you dangling on the edge of a cliff and desperate for answers.”—GINNY MYERS SAIN, author of Dark and Shallow Lies
"Intoxicating and propulsive; an emotional rollercoaster that doesn't let up until the final, brutal twist."—ALEXA DONNE, author of The Ivies
"An intoxicating must-read thriller, with characters so raw and human, you'll feel the full force of every twist."—JARROD SHUSTERMAN, New York Times bestselling author of Dry
"A summer-y thriller in the depths of fall, Friends Like These has the sort of propulsive fun you expect in your favorite beach reads."—Paste
"This drama sucks you right in."—Girls' Life
"With pulsing dialogue and believable action, the thriller raises the stakes at every turn. A fast-paced thriller to keep readers on the edges of their seats."—Kirkus
"For those who adore edgy thrillers, this is a fantastic read."—Booklist
"Alvarez sensitively examines themes of bullying and consent in this jam-packed thriller."—PW
"This fast-paced thriller will keep readers hooked right up to the last page."—SLJ
Praise for Lies Like Wildfire:
“Five fiery stars for this bingeable, edge-of-your-seat, twisty thriller.”—NATASHA PRESTON, NYT bestselling author of The Lake
“Twisty and fast-paced and visceral. I couldn’t put this one down.” —KATIE COTUGNO, NYT bestselling author of 99 Days
"Using her own experience with wildfire, the author tells a gripping tale about the line between loyalty to the people in your life and the value of telling the truth."—Entertainment Weekly
“An intense high-stakes story.”—The Nerd Daily
"Gripping, fast-paced, and addictive, the novel explores what happens when good people do bad things."—Brightly