“Kim McCreight's thrillers are smart, propulsive and impossible to put down." —Laura Dave, author of The Last Thing He Told Me
In this relentlessly twisty literary thriller from New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight, a desperate intervention brings together a group of college friends 10 years after graduation—a reunion marked by lies, betrayal, and murder.
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Six college friends have reunited for a glamorous weekend in the Catskills, a decade after a fatal accident that nearly destroyed them. Keith, once the ringleader of the group, was a handsome charmer on the fast track to success. Now he’s spiraling into addiction and stands at the edge of losing it all. This weekend is the last chance to save him.
But Keith, it turns out, is not the only one who needs saving.
By dawn on Sunday morning, a car has been found deep in the woods—one of the friends is dead, another is missing. When a local detective turns up to investigate, it’s clear the group is hiding something ominous.
Haunted by her sister’s murder years ago, Detective Julia Scutt has her own share of problems. But she’s a skilled detective, and knows a rehearsed story when she hears one. It is up to Julia to untangle a decade-long web of friendship, lies and betrayals to discover the truth. But first she needs to face her own past—including the secrets that could, in the end, offer the key to everything.
A story of unconditional love, obsession, and the sometimes-impossible choices we have to make in the name of loyalty, Friends Like These is a relentlessly twisty, roller-coaster of a novel.
Kimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Alex Awards; Where They Found Her; and The Outliers young adult trilogy. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
“A brilliantly constructed puzzle of a novel -- using a shifting kaleidoscope of unique voices, McCreight hands us all the pieces and forces us to assemble them into a shocking portrait of regret, grief, and dark loyalty.” — Julie Clark, author of The Last Flight
“Riveting. . . . An entertaining puzzle.” — BookPage
"What a pleasure to race through a novel so tightly written and expertly twisty! Kimberly McCreight takes us through a juicy labyrinth of lies and secrets among a privileged set of friends you’ll love to hate, and hate to love. Sharp, dark, and a great escape.” — Ashley Audrain, author of The Push
“Like other friend stories—Mary McCarthy’s The Group and the television show Friends—this one is about trust and betrayal, hate and love, and the group dynamics of people who were once held together by college but have gone their separate ways…. And the ending is a shocker.” — Denver Post
“Friends Like These is a masterclass in thriller writing. Perfectly plotted and full of genuine surprises, this book had me rapt from start to finish. Kimberly McCreight is a sensational writer, and with Friends Like These she is at the top of her game." — Cristina Alger, author of Girls Like Us
“Years’ worth of friendship, secrets, coverups and lies lead to one intensely satisfying, jaw-dropping conclusion in this expertly plotted novel by master of suspense, Kimberly McCreight. Friends Like These is sensational, and makes you wonder how well you can ever know even your closest friends.” — Mary Kubica, author of Local Woman Missing
“I was so thrilled to get an early look at Kimberly McCreight’s newest, Friends Like These. I flew through the book in a day. With twists and turns and secrets on every page, and an ending you WILL NOT SEE COMING, this one is utterly unforgettable.” — Sally Hepworth, author of The Good Sister
“Shrewd, insightful…. In this gripping standalone thriller, five self-centered friends who met in college are bound by guilt and fear dating back to an accidental death.” — Shelf Awareness
“McCreight artfully delivers a solid psychological thriller with a twistedly complex plot. Readers who enjoy unraveling the mystery through numerous viewpoints as in The Guest List, by Lucy Foley, or Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins, will be sure to enjoy.” — Library Journal