How To Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliott
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....
How To Kill Your Best Friend starts with a group of friends meeting on their friend Lisa's island resort for her funeral service. The story has two POVs, Georgie and Bronwyn, and the point is to figure out how Lissa, the better swimmer, would go on a night swim (which she hates) and end up drowning. It just doesn't add up…
The number of characters in the story sometimes made it feel confusing to me. They didn't hold much weight about them, and I would forget who was who and the many side characters. I also found myself not enjoying reading in Bron's POV. Her train of thought would get derailed, and it simply annoyed me, as well as her woe is me attitude. The cover and title of the book had me assuming that we would be on a journey of someone going through the events of actually killing their best friend, but only a few chapter headings listed methods of killing and the various ways it can be done. When we got to the act of killing, that whole section fell very flat for me. I was over it by the time we got to that moment. The sea serpent felt extremely random to me, and I was honestly hoping that maybe it would eat someone, and that's how the island takes what it wants, but unfortunately, we only get a nod to one of the other characters about it. At the story's end, we get a few twists that had me shook up, which was nice, but overall, the story wasn't what I was hoping it would be.
The read wasn't bad, but I think it could have been better for
me, especially if there would have been a Lisa POV chapter.
I would have loved to know what was going on in her head.
How To Kill Your Best Friend had me hooked in the first chapter. At one point or another everyone was a suspect, right up until the end. I felt like I was a detective and I was following the clues and couldn’t wait for the next bit of evidence to pop up.
Have you ever considered murder? Like actually sat down and contemplated it? Who would it be? Someone close? Most likely.
I can’t even begin to describe the absolute horror I felt when things started to take a turn. When things started to click and I knew in my gut-which you should ALWAYS trust-that not everything was as black and white as the author leads us to believe.
I spent most of the book completely convinced of one thing and turns out, I was right. Which gave me a wonderful sense of satisfaction. I love being able to predict the twists and turns in a book. The author maps out so many possibilities it’s hard to pinpoint anything too concretely. I loved this though, because again, I like the challenge, and satisfaction, of getting things right.
The ending of this book had me on my toes, ready to rip through the pages to figure the last bit out. And when a certain SOMETHING clicked in my brain, my jaw hit the floor. It was late, and not at all expected I almost shrieked.
I could have binged this book in a day if I didn’t have adult responsibilities.