Best Friends Forever
How well do you really know your best friend?Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have a friendship forged in shared confidences and long lunches lubricated by expensive wine. Though they’re very different women—the artsy socialite and the struggling suburbanite—they’re each other’s rocks. But even rocks crumble under pressure. Like when Kat’s financier husband, Howard, plunges to his death from the second-floor balcony of their South Florida mansion.Howard was a jerk, a drunk, a bully and, police say, a murder victim. The questions begin piling up. Like why Kat has suddenly gone dark: no calls, no texts and no chance her wealthy family will let Alice see her. Why investigators are looking so hard in Alice’s direction. Who stands to get hurt next. And who is the cool liar—the masterful manipulator behind it all.

Best Friends Forever Details

TitleBest Friends Forever
Author
ReleaseJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherMIRA
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Adult, Audiobook, Adult Fiction, Drama

Best Friends Forever Review

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    January 1, 1970
    FOUR STARSBEST FRIENDS FOREVER is due to be released January 23, 2018. For all my influential reader friends, you will not regret choosing this one on NetGalley! It is a tight, well written story of two women, Alice and Kat, who meet accidentally at an airport. They become friends and over the next three years we observe how their personal and marital relationships go through ups and downs. This is a bit of an all female twist on THE KIND WORTH KILLING. I adore that book! It is a member of my TW FOUR STARSBEST FRIENDS FOREVER is due to be released January 23, 2018. For all my influential reader friends, you will not regret choosing this one on NetGalley! It is a tight, well written story of two women, Alice and Kat, who meet accidentally at an airport. They become friends and over the next three years we observe how their personal and marital relationships go through ups and downs. This is a bit of an all female twist on THE KIND WORTH KILLING. I adore that book! It is a member of my TWISTER HALL OF FAME http://www.booksbejeweled.comMy curiosity was immediately piqued on the first page when Alice relates how she was arrested for murder this morning while making breakfast for her family. WHAAAT? It is a quick fire opening and the pace does not let up for the entire novel. I could not put it down! It is a short four hour read and it would be perfect to read during a commute or traveling. There is a very simple plot, nothing complicated to figure out. Two women become friends and three years later, one is arrested for the murder of the other's husband. Margot Hunt is an extremely talented writer. I will definitely read her next book. She writes in a clear, easy style and after the stinkers I've read lately, this is nothing to sneeze at! Her characters and their situations have a ring of truth and realism that is often lacking in psychological suspense. The main characters and their families are not all likable, but relatable for sure. I especially like how Hunt assumes her readers are smart and not in the third grade. KUDOS for writers like that! Because SMART PEOPLE READ. Right?Okay, you may have noticed I'm not gaga over this one, despite the four stars. I think it is because the ending left me feeling underwhelmed. There is a twist, but you will figure it out before then. This book is lacking a wow factor and I doubt I will be able to remember it much longer than today. (Sad face) I don't want that to hold you back from reading it though, because I thoroughly enjoyed it while I was reading.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    What an impressive debut by Margot Hunt! 4++++ stars! Best Friends Forever is a fast paced and heart pumping thriller that grabs you from the first page. Let me ask you... how well do YOU know your friends?! Kat Grant and Alice Campbell met one another for the first time at the airport. Kat and Alice are completely opposite from one another.. yet have built a strong connection. Kat Grant is a wealthy social butterfly who owns an art gallery married to Howard. Alice is married with two children.. What an impressive debut by Margot Hunt! 4++++ stars! Best Friends Forever is a fast paced and heart pumping thriller that grabs you from the first page. Let me ask you... how well do YOU know your friends?! Kat Grant and Alice Campbell met one another for the first time at the airport. Kat and Alice are completely opposite from one another.. yet have built a strong connection. Kat Grant is a wealthy social butterfly who owns an art gallery married to Howard. Alice is married with two children.. and struggling living a middle class life. Kat and Alice find that their friendship is what is holding them both together. Kat and Alice share every secret with one another... even the deadliest skeletons we all may have in our closets.....One night... Kat's husband Howard is found dead in their beautiful mansion in Florida. What happened to Howard? The police start questioning what exactly unfolded that night that Howard died..... which he all of a sudden is declared a murder victim.Alice starts freaking out and is trying to get a hold of Kat. BUT, of course no one can get a hold of Alice... except her family. Slowly.... dark and creepy details start to come forward about both Kat and Alice. Who is lying? Who is really responsible for Howard's death?This book was an extremely impressive debut. The author fooled me... I definitely did not see that ending coming. WOW! Highly recommended. I thoroughly enjoyed this and am looking forward to seeing more from Margot Hunt.Thank you to Netgalley, Harlequin, and Margot Hunt for an advanced arc in an exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date is 1/23/18.
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  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    Four⭐⭐⭐⭐ twisty starsA debut thriller from Margot Hunt delivers a twisty treat!Alice and Kat have been the best of friends for the past 3 years. Long lunches over bottles of wine, topped off with sunny beach vacations away from their spouses. When tragedy strikes and Kat’s husband dies that friendship is put to the test. How well do you really know your friends? Can you trust them when things are darkest and everything is at stake?Told in present and past timelines through Alice’s POV. From thei Four⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ twisty starsA debut thriller from Margot Hunt delivers a twisty treat!Alice and Kat have been the best of friends for the past 3 years. Long lunches over bottles of wine, topped off with sunny beach vacations away from their spouses. When tragedy strikes and Kat’s husband dies that friendship is put to the test. How well do you really know your friends? Can you trust them when things are darkest and everything is at stake?Told in present and past timelines through Alice’s POV. From their first meeting in an airport lounge to the present, where the police are circling, in search for a suspect.This is a super-fast read that kept me engaged straight through. My only issue with this book was I constantly felt one step ahead, easily deducing where the story was going, predicting each twist before it happened. Sometimes I wish I could just go along for the ride instead of trying to predict every turn! Oh well...that’s just me! But at the end of the day, I still feel it’s a four-star read as that never took away from my enjoyment. I would recommend this book to all thriller lovers!I will be looking out for Margot Hunt’s next release!Thank you to NetGalley, HQ Digital and Margot Hunt for an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review. For this review and our full Traveling Sister review please visit Brenda and Norma's fabulous blog:https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/
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  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    Whoa! What an ending!!!BEST FRIENDS FOREVER by MARGOT HUNT is an intriguing, enjoyable, fast-paced, and intense psychological thriller that had me totally engaged and interested right from the very first page. I was totally immersed in this tale about the relationship between two best friends and the suspicious death of one of their husbands. I had fun trying to figure out what was going on here with what was real and what wasn't with their friendship. MARGOT HUNT delivers a well-written, suspen Whoa! What an ending!!!BEST FRIENDS FOREVER by MARGOT HUNT is an intriguing, enjoyable, fast-paced, and intense psychological thriller that had me totally engaged and interested right from the very first page. I was totally immersed in this tale about the relationship between two best friends and the suspicious death of one of their husbands. I had fun trying to figure out what was going on here with what was real and what wasn't with their friendship. MARGOT HUNT delivers a well-written, suspenseful, and interesting story here with some surprising twists and turns along the way to make this quite the exciting book to read. The story is told solely from Alice's point of view which flips back and forth between the present and three years prior when she first meets her best friend, Kat. To sum it all up it was an entertaining, enjoyable, quick and easy read that was extremely hard to put down with an ending that will surprise you! Would recommend!This was a Traveling Sisters Read that I read along with Kaceey, Susanne, and Brenda!Thank you so much to NetGalley, Harlequin, and Margot Hunt for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.Review written and posted on our themed book blog:Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Readinghttps://twosisterslostinacoulee.comCoulee: a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley.Where I live I am surrounded by Coulees!
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  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    January 1, 1970
    EXCERPT: Suddenly it all became clear. Kat wasn’t just wealthy. She came from capital M money. The sort of money that doesn't just last a lifetime, but through multiple generations thereafter. It would be nothing to a multimillionaire to set up his daughter in a Palm Beach art gallery. Just a carrot to tempt his headstrong daughter to return home to South Florida. I had never thought of myself as a covetous person and firmly believed jealousy was wasted energy. There would always be someone with EXCERPT: Suddenly it all became clear. Kat wasn’t just wealthy. She came from capital M money. The sort of money that doesn't just last a lifetime, but through multiple generations thereafter. It would be nothing to a multimillionaire to set up his daughter in a Palm Beach art gallery. Just a carrot to tempt his headstrong daughter to return home to South Florida. I had never thought of myself as a covetous person and firmly believed jealousy was wasted energy. There would always be someone with more than you, any way you chose to measure it - intelligence, beauty, wealth, happiness. Even so, it was hard not to look around the beautiful home of the woman who was quickly becoming one of my closest confidantes, remember the pile of unpaid bills on my desk at home and not whine silently, 'It's not fair.' Of course, life wasn't fair. But sometimes the sheer magnitude of the unfairness could stick in your throat like a bitter pill.THE BLURB: How well do you really know your best friend?Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have a friendship forged in shared confidences and long lunches lubricated by expensive wine. Though they’re very different women—the artsy socialite and the struggling suburbanite—they’re each other’s rocks. But even rocks crumble under pressure. Like when Kat’s financier husband, Howard, plunges to his death from the second-floor balcony of their South Florida mansion.Howard was a jerk, a drunk, a bully and, police say, a murder victim. The questions begin piling up. Like why Kat has suddenly gone dark: no calls, no texts and no chance her wealthy family will let Alice see her. Why investigators are looking so hard in Alice’s direction. Who stands to get hurt next. And who is the cool liar—the masterful manipulator behind it all.MY THOUGHTS: There are a lot of books currently out there claiming to be psychological thrillers, but don't even come close. Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt is the real deal. It is a superb read. Don't be fooled, as I was, by the chick-lit like start to the book. This book has depth and character. The story is told from Alice’s point of view, over two converging time lines - the current time from when Alice is first interviewed about Howard's murder, and from three years earlier when Kat and Alice first meet. Best Friends Forever is based on two premises- 'Everyone lies about something.' The trick being to pick out the truth from the lies; and 'Everything looks better from a distance.' Especially other people's lives. Unless you are living it, you only know what they want you to know. I read this overnight because I simply could not bear to stop reading. 4.5 very bright stars Thank you to Harlequin Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about' page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...
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  • Melisa
    January 1, 1970
    Best friends forever and ever. I hate to say I figured out the ending to this one early on, but it was still a well-written thriller that will keep you turning the pages to see how the story unfolds. Alice and Nat are best friends from different sides of the track who have forged an unlikely friendship after meeting at the airport. Their personalities are well-developed and their relationship is fascinating in its dynamics. The chapters alternate between past and present which gives the reader a Best friends forever and ever. I hate to say I figured out the ending to this one early on, but it was still a well-written thriller that will keep you turning the pages to see how the story unfolds. Alice and Nat are best friends from different sides of the track who have forged an unlikely friendship after meeting at the airport. Their personalities are well-developed and their relationship is fascinating in its dynamics. The chapters alternate between past and present which gives the reader an interesting sense of how their relationship has developed throughout the years. I found myself not connecting with either of the ladies, but then again, this is also what kept me reading - trying to understand the persona of characters for which I can’t relate to is something that fascinates me with reading. Several aspects of police procedural part of the story seemed a bit far-fetched and unlikely to me. I had to suspend disbelief a few times in this area to really get into the nitty gritty of the story. An interesting thriller, but for me personally, it wasn’t anything that I haven’t seen before. Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt is another thriller that I can easily say grabbed me from the opening pages and just wouldn’t let go. Dropping into Alice’s life we know she is a busy wife and mother who never expected to find the police on her doorstep but that is just what happened to her one morning as she was making breakfast before getting her children off to school.Alice’s friend’s husband had died recently from what she thought was a tragic accident so why are the police wanting to que Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt is another thriller that I can easily say grabbed me from the opening pages and just wouldn’t let go. Dropping into Alice’s life we know she is a busy wife and mother who never expected to find the police on her doorstep but that is just what happened to her one morning as she was making breakfast before getting her children off to school.Alice’s friend’s husband had died recently from what she thought was a tragic accident so why are the police wanting to question her?? But as Alice goes through the interview she learns that the police think that Kat’s husband may have been pushed instead of falling to his death and the police may even be looking her way. A frantic Alice wants nothing more than her best friend but Kat hasn’t been in contact so she begins to wonder just how well did she really know her friend anyway?Starting this book I found myself loving every minute as I found out more about Alice and her relationship with Kat. The relationship is one that you can think of the old saying of being like an onion with it’s many layers for the readers to slowly peel back as the pages turn. You just know with every chapter that goes by that there is going to be twists and turns coming and can’t wait until they do.I really really wanted to give the book a full five stars because it did keep me on the edge of my seat while I flew through reading it in only a few hours time. But when getting deeper into this story it really began to remind me of a television show from a few years back. The story is extremely similar and I definitely enjoyed that plot too so it’s no wonder I was hooked on this one. With the differences between the two though I still felt this a great read and worth at least the four stars and would definitely recommend checking it out.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    4 Deliciously Wicked Stars.Twisty, turny and completely captivating, “Best Friends Forever” by Margot Hunt is one heck of a debut that should not be missed.Kat and Alice meet in an airport and become fast friends. These two women are from very different worlds: Kat is extremely wealthy, while Alice and her husband struggle to make ends meet. You’d think they have nothing in common, yet somehow these two women click. And just like that they share absolutely everything, much to their husbands’ cha 4 Deliciously Wicked Stars.Twisty, turny and completely captivating, “Best Friends Forever” by Margot Hunt is one heck of a debut that should not be missed.Kat and Alice meet in an airport and become fast friends. These two women are from very different worlds: Kat is extremely wealthy, while Alice and her husband struggle to make ends meet. You’d think they have nothing in common, yet somehow these two women click. And just like that they share absolutely everything, much to their husbands’ chagrin. Kat’s husband Howard is a difficult man, one who is not fond of Kat and Alice’s friendship. When he is found dead, Alice is arrested for his murder. Once she gets out, Alice tries to contact Kat to get help and is ghosted by her best friend. Sounds a little harsh to me don’t think?! Now Alice is left with a bunch of questions and so are we. What starts as Alice being ignored by her best friend, leads to secrets coming out and every action being questioned. Do you ever really know your friends? Do Kat and Alice know each other? Alice always thought so.. Can you trust the person next to you? Asking that question gives me the chills. I hope it gives you some as well. “Best Friends Forever” by Margot Hunt is an extremely well done character driven suspense novel that kept me glued to the story, turning pages as quickly as I possibly could. I highly recommend it to those looking for a quick, easy, enthralling read. This was a Traveling Sister Read with Brenda and Kaceey. So glad we read this together sisters! For the Traveling Sister Reviews, please see Brenda and Norma’s fabulous Blog: https://twosisterslostinacoulee.comThank you to NetGalley, HQ Digital and Margot Hunt for a complimentary copy to read and review. Published on NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon and Twitter.
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  • Nazanin
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsAlice is a married woman with two children, has an ordinary life and like other couples, she and her husband have their ups and downs. Kat comes from money. Alice and Kat met each other in an airport and after that they became best friends. Kat’s life isn’t what others think, her husband wasn’t a likable person. Even Alice and her husband had a hard time to warm up to him, they and Kat just tolerated him. Alice and Kat are best friends so Alice knows everything about Kat’s life mostly abo 4 StarsAlice is a married woman with two children, has an ordinary life and like other couples, she and her husband have their ups and downs. Kat comes from money. Alice and Kat met each other in an airport and after that they became best friends. Kat’s life isn’t what others think, her husband wasn’t a likable person. Even Alice and her husband had a hard time to warm up to him, they and Kat just tolerated him. Alice and Kat are best friends so Alice knows everything about Kat’s life mostly about her husband; that he’s an alcoholic, abusive and a cheater. But these are things that nobody knows, just Alice. One night Kat’s husband found dead in their own home! The question is who is responsible? Why the police all of a sudden announced it as an unusual death when it was just a drunk mistake!? Why Alice can’t get in touch with her best fiend!? Is Kat ignoring her and why?Such a great story, I really liked it! This story tricked me! I was so sure I know what’s happening but it surprised me and showed me how I was wrong! The writing was perfect. I didn’t get bored even for a second. Considering I was sure about my guess, the writing made me turned pages quickly! That ending was really unpredictable and interesting!Told in Alice's POV, 1st person, alternating between the present and the past. It’s a standalone novel. Overall, I really enjoyed it and hope you like it as well!Thanks to Margot Hunt, Netgalley and HQ Digital for the advanced digital copy in exchange an honest review.
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this well-done novel by Margot Hunt. Alice, a PhD in mathematics who writes logic books for children, meets Kat at an airport and they become fast friends. After three years of friendship, Alice is arrested for the murder of Kat’s husband Howard, a drunk who, according to Kat, was a physically abusive serial cheater.The book goes back and forth from the present day through the progression of Alice’s friendship with Kat. Kat is ridiculously wealthy while Alice is constantly strug I really enjoyed this well-done novel by Margot Hunt. Alice, a PhD in mathematics who writes logic books for children, meets Kat at an airport and they become fast friends. After three years of friendship, Alice is arrested for the murder of Kat’s husband Howard, a drunk who, according to Kat, was a physically abusive serial cheater.The book goes back and forth from the present day through the progression of Alice’s friendship with Kat. Kat is ridiculously wealthy while Alice is constantly struggling for money. She quit her job as a professor when the twins were born, and between their private-school tuition, husband Todd’s job as an architect, and his penchant for overspending, the Campbell family is scrapping by.The difference in their financial situation is important to the plot, but it does get a little tedious for Alice to constantly let you know about the stress of money for her family. What’s compelling about the novel, however, is watching how Kat manipulates Alice, to the detriment of her relationship with her husband and kids. Anyone who has ever had a friend who isn’t always good for them will identify.I enjoyed the ending, although I predicted part of it well beforehand. Hunt is a talented writer, and I would definitely read her again.Thanks so much to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book. For more of my reviews, please visit, http://theresaalan.net/blog/
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    This was a nicely done thriller. However, you could see what was going on from almost the get go. I would have to say that the ending was somewhat of a surprise. Do we ever really know people?
  • Elyse
    January 1, 1970
    Not nearly as exciting as “For Better And Worse” .... which comes out later this year. In “Best Friends Forever”, I didn’t believe Alice and Kat ‘were’ best friends’ ...There was husband bashing - drinking together - rich Bitch and gullible mom-connecting, but best friends? Not even!!! As for the husbands, they didn’t even get a chance to be chopped liver - because neither of their characters were developed enough... making not a lot of sense for the murder of Kat’s husband itself. Speedy read - Not nearly as exciting as “For Better And Worse” .... which comes out later this year. In “Best Friends Forever”, I didn’t believe Alice and Kat ‘were’ best friends’ ...There was husband bashing - drinking together - rich Bitch and gullible mom-connecting, but best friends? Not even!!! As for the husbands, they didn’t even get a chance to be chopped liver - because neither of their characters were developed enough... making not a lot of sense for the murder of Kat’s husband itself. Speedy read - like eating a chocolate bar. Tastes good going down - but definitely will be in need for something more nutritious soon! 3.5note: readers who love this book will definitely love the next book. “For Better And Worse” has a more plausible plot, simply more ‘enjoyable’!
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Another fantastic psychological thriller to round out my 2017! It was extremely well written and I was quickly invested in all the characters. Although Kat and Alice’s friendship seemed unusual, they had a genuine connection. The novel was fast paced, moving from the present to various prior points in the women’s relationship. If anything seemed forced, it would be the short period, only three years, they were best friends. Apparently that’s plenty of time to share secrets which combine their tw Another fantastic psychological thriller to round out my 2017! It was extremely well written and I was quickly invested in all the characters. Although Kat and Alice’s friendship seemed unusual, they had a genuine connection. The novel was fast paced, moving from the present to various prior points in the women’s relationship. If anything seemed forced, it would be the short period, only three years, they were best friends. Apparently that’s plenty of time to share secrets which combine their twisted lives in many ways. So who is the true victim?? As a nice extra, there are several smaller plots which are explained and round out the overall story. The conclusion took me completely by surprise!Thanks to Goodreads and Harper Collins for an ARC of this novel. Enjoy!! 😊
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  • BIBLIOMANIAC MJ
    January 1, 1970
    You will have a serious case of FOMO if you don't get your hands on this one! Best Friends Forever starts off with a bang and will have you in its grips until the very end. While Alice is up early making breakfast for her family, she is surprised to discover two police officers at her front door, wanting to question her over her best friend Kat's alcoholic, abusive, womanising, disgrace of a husband's suicide, now being considered a murder.Kat and Alice couldn't be more different as far as their You will have a serious case of FOMO if you don't get your hands on this one! Best Friends Forever starts off with a bang and will have you in its grips until the very end. While Alice is up early making breakfast for her family, she is surprised to discover two police officers at her front door, wanting to question her over her best friend Kat's alcoholic, abusive, womanising, disgrace of a husband's suicide, now being considered a murder.Kat and Alice couldn't be more different as far as their backgrounds go...Kat born into a life of extreme wealth, running her own art gallery, while Alice is a former logician and stay at home mom, struggling to make ends meet. With a chance meeting at an airport, they strike up an unlikely friendship, hitting it off from the get go. Told from Alice's point of view, the book starts off at the present time with alternating chapters over the course of the past three years as we see their friendship grow into one in which they share more with each other than their own spouses. But do they TRULY know each other??? Alice begins to ask this question when Kat cuts off all communication with Alice, ghosting her after being questioned by the police. Why would Kat do that when she should be in need of her best friend the most at this difficult time? Why has Alice been shunned by Kat's influential family, insisting Alice stay away from Kat? And why are the police looking directly at Alice as part of their investigation for the murder? Alice's life soon becomes a nightmare as a result of the snowballing turmoil set in motion by Howard's death. She will have to use her wit and her skills as a logician if she ever wants to get out of the rabbit hell hole she finds herself in, as with her name sake. I just couldn't put this book down, eager to discover how this one would come to an end. I wasn't disappointed!With a sharp, clever conclusion, this talented author certainly outwitted me with an ending that, for the life of me, I didn't see coming. I just love when that happens!!! Looking back, the bread crumbs of clues were all there, strategically placed, coming together brilliantly, with all the loose ends tied into a beautiful bow, just the way I like it.This one ticked all the boxes: intelligent, fast paced, colourful characters, thoroughly engaging with a spellbinding storyline...a guarantee for an entertaining ride!Needless to say I was surprised and impressed to discover this was the debut novel in this genre for the author, it certainly had me well satiated and I look forward to reading more by the skilled Margot Hunt. Many thanks to Netgalley, HQ Digital and the author for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    Margot Hunt is the pseudonym for chick lit and women's fiction author Whitney Gaskell who has now decided to add thrillers to her repertoire. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is her first psychological thriller and judging by this first attempt is well worth pursuing.Alice thought she knew everything about her best friend Kat, from the secrets of her wealthy family to the fact that behind closed doors Kat’s husband Howard is a drunk and a bully.But now Howard has been found dead, having plunged to his death Margot Hunt is the pseudonym for chick lit and women's fiction author Whitney Gaskell who has now decided to add thrillers to her repertoire. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is her first psychological thriller and judging by this first attempt is well worth pursuing.Alice thought she knew everything about her best friend Kat, from the secrets of her wealthy family to the fact that behind closed doors Kat’s husband Howard is a drunk and a bully.But now Howard has been found dead, having plunged to his death from the balcony of their highly desirable mansion, and the police are convinced he’s been murdered.So why in her time of need has Kat stopped answering Alice’s phone calls and texts. Why won’t Kat’s family allow Alice to visit her anymore? And why are the detectives looking directly at Alice in relation to Howard’s death?This is a novel about two women who meet accidentally at an airport and become best friends. They are complete opposites but there is an immediate attraction that draws these two women together in friendship and everything runs smoothly until Howard's death.Well written thriller that shows massive promise for future novels in this genre.I would like to thank Net Galley and HQ Digital for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sarah Joint
    January 1, 1970
    Lunches with expensive wine, shared secrets, long conversations, and even girls vacations... Kat and Alice have an amazing friendship. Their chance meeting in an airport seems to have enriched both of their lives. They round each other out... left-brained Alice and right-brained Kat. I found Alice easy to identify with, especially at first. She hardly gets any time to herself and doesn't really have girlfriends, so when charming Kat strikes up a friendship, she's all for it. Kat makes her life m Lunches with expensive wine, shared secrets, long conversations, and even girls vacations... Kat and Alice have an amazing friendship. Their chance meeting in an airport seems to have enriched both of their lives. They round each other out... left-brained Alice and right-brained Kat. I found Alice easy to identify with, especially at first. She hardly gets any time to herself and doesn't really have girlfriends, so when charming Kat strikes up a friendship, she's all for it. Kat makes her life more exciting... now she has something to do other than care for the kids, clean the house, and work. She has an ally to talk to. Though their lives are incredibly different, it begins to be hard to imagine her life without her as their friendship blossoms. Everything changes when Kat's husband falls to his death from a balcony at their home. The police are suspicious, and Alice is confused. Kat wouldn't be capable of such violence, even if she wasn't happy with her husband... and she wasn't even in town when he died. Then why are they sniffing around, refusing to let the death be considered an accident, a stumble from a man who was known to love his drinks? Making life even more confusing, Kat has completely cut off communication from Alice. She won't return her texts or calls, won't speak to her at all. She never thought that would happen... but how well did she really know her friend? This was a great story that definitely threw me for a few loops. It's easy to feel Alice's confusion and desperation as she's questioned by the police and her attempts to reach out to her friend are denied. Hard to figure out, this one will keep you turning pages. Fast paced and intense. I'm looking forward to more from Margot Hunt! I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and HQ Digital, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    This is a page-turning suspense novel about the deep relationships women can form.Kat and Alice are recent friends. They've only known each other for 3 years, yet they are closer than any sistesr could be. They say opposites attract and that is very true in this case. Kat is wealthy, very wealthy. She has one daughter in college and she's married to a man she doesn't love. Alice is not rich .. actually she and her husband are having financial difficulties which is putting a heavy strain on their This is a page-turning suspense novel about the deep relationships women can form.Kat and Alice are recent friends. They've only known each other for 3 years, yet they are closer than any sistesr could be. They say opposites attract and that is very true in this case. Kat is wealthy, very wealthy. She has one daughter in college and she's married to a man she doesn't love. Alice is not rich .. actually she and her husband are having financial difficulties which is putting a heavy strain on their marriage. They have 2 kids in private school.The fun times that the women have enjoyed come to an end when Kat's husband is found dead. Since he had been drinking heavily before falling off the balcony, it is assumed to be an accident. But then the police come knocking on Alice's door.The story is told by Alice and as her friendship begins with Kat, she has questions, and sometimes Kat makes her feel a little uncomfortable .. but usually a bottle or two of wine shared make those feelings go away. They share their stories ... but one of them is a master manipulator, and most likely a sociopath.This well-written psychological thriller kept me enthralled through the entire book. Can you spot a manipulator? Is there more to the story than is being told? There are some surprising twists and an ending that left me totally shocked.Many thanks to the author / HQ Digital / Netgalley / Edelweiss / MIRA for this most riveting book. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Margot Hunt is a pseudonym for a writer with twelve previous books, but this is her first psychological thriller. She should write more of them!She did a great job developing main characters Kat and Alice, and they felt real. She also deftly turned the table ever so slowly on me before I realized she’d done so. At the end of the book, I had to think about what had gone before. I like that.I don’t want to give anything away so I won’t say anything about the plot. Were things predictable? I don’t Margot Hunt is a pseudonym for a writer with twelve previous books, but this is her first psychological thriller. She should write more of them!She did a great job developing main characters Kat and Alice, and they felt real. She also deftly turned the table ever so slowly on me before I realized she’d done so. At the end of the book, I had to think about what had gone before. I like that.I don’t want to give anything away so I won’t say anything about the plot. Were things predictable? I don’t know if I should I have seen anything coming. I read for such a solid chunk of time that I didn’t pause to consider things, and I just enjoyed the ride. I will say this book will please readers who can’t tolerate gory descriptions.I hope Margot Hunt writes another. I’d like to see what else she conjures up.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Margot Hunt's Best Friends Forever is a deeply engaging, light mystery surrounding the unorthodox friendship between Alice Campbell and Kat Grant. Alice is a logician and former teacher turned children's logic book writer, with a husband and two kids living in a modest household in Jupiter, Florida. On her way back from a family trip in New York, Alice meets Kat Grant, an extremely flamboyant, welcoming, and insanely rich construction empire heiress. The two women immediately hit it off and fo Margot Hunt's Best Friends Forever is a deeply engaging, light mystery surrounding the unorthodox friendship between Alice Campbell and Kat Grant. Alice is a logician and former teacher turned children's logic book writer, with a husband and two kids living in a modest household in Jupiter, Florida. On her way back from a family trip in New York, Alice meets Kat Grant, an extremely flamboyant, welcoming, and insanely rich construction empire heiress. The two women immediately hit it off and forge a friendship. Flash-forward to the present day, Alice is greeted by two detectives wanting to speak with her in regards to the mysterious death of Kat's husband Howard. Howard was an abusive, alcoholic, womanizing disgrace of a husband to Kat, so was his death a consequence of foul play? Alice sits down with police and discusses her friendship with Kat, her marriage to Howard, and the background information that the police may find pertinent to the investigation. Afterwards, Alice is shunned and immediately ghosted by Kat and her family. Why has her best friend so able to immediately cut her from her life? Are the Grants hiding something? Alice quickly questions her friendship with Kat and everything she's come to understand about the Grant family crashes into turmoil. How far will people go to manipulate the lives of others to get what they want? Best Friends Forever is a fun read that is not only interesting, but also very easy to follow. It's definitely not the most original story by any means, and I immediately knew how the story was going to unfold, but I kept churning through to the end. I just needed to know how it unfolded and if my suspicions are correct. Best Friends Forever intelligently portrays the depth of how low some people will go to prey on the weaknesses of others, while also showing the the facets of the human psyche. If you are ready for a light story for a rainy/lazy day, this book may be a good contender to pick up.
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  • Babydimps (Suzy)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsThis was a fairly entertaining psychological thriller. The first half was good, but I found that the middle of the book slightly dragged and was getting sorta boring. It probably didn’t help that I had to abandon it for awhile to finish another book. The last few chapters had me flipping the pages faster than I could read! I really didn’t see that ending coming and that earned the extra 1/2 star. ⭐⭐⭐ 3.5 StarsThis was a fairly entertaining psychological thriller. The first half was good, but I found that the middle of the book slightly dragged and was getting sorta boring. It probably didn’t help that I had to abandon it for awhile to finish another book. The last few chapters had me flipping the pages faster than I could read! I really didn’t see that ending coming and that earned the extra 1/2 star. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 BFF stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5 With friends like these, he needs enemies? Review to come ......
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    How far would you go for your best friend?We all have our secrets, don't we?Kat and Alice are about as opposite as you can get. At a chance encounter in an airport, they find they live close by and so their friendship begins. Three years they have become close and integrated into each other's lives. Then Kat's husband, an all around asshole, falls from their balcony to his death. Alice gets questioned by the police, arrested for his murder, and Kat has gone radio silent. I opened this book up on How far would you go for your best friend?We all have our secrets, don't we?Kat and Alice are about as opposite as you can get. At a chance encounter in an airport, they find they live close by and so their friendship begins. Three years they have become close and integrated into each other's lives. Then Kat's husband, an all around asshole, falls from their balcony to his death. Alice gets questioned by the police, arrested for his murder, and Kat has gone radio silent. I opened this book up on my travels back home from the Thanksgiving holiday and could NOT put it down. This reads extremely fast and yet it is extremely subtle at the same time. I love that the POV is strictly through Alice's eyes so we get a full on feel of everything she is going through. Her marriage, which isn't perfect, her children, who aren't as well, her struggle in every day life that we can all empathize with, and now a newly formed friendship that was the missing piece she needed. We start at the present when the police come to question Alice and then the author takes us to the past, where her friendship with Kat began. The author does an outstanding job of showing the mind of a sociopath as we travel back and forth from past to present. Manipulation, lies, setting the stage, selfishness, so on and so forth. Each chapter is a build up of what is to come. While the ending is a chilling portrayal of all the events leading up to it, it doesn't quite smack you in the face like some thrillers will do and may be slightly predictable for those who read a lot of psychological thrillers. However, the subtlety in how she builds the tension is something I truly loved about the book and it's impressive how she gets you there. A psychological thriller debut done proper. I look forward to more from this author. Thank you to Mira Books for this copy!
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  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free electronic copy of Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt from NetGalley for my honest review. This book is an edge of your seat thriller that will keep you guessing to the last page. I was absolutely blown away by the depth of this book and it's characters. A story of two women, Kat and Alice and their friendship. But do not mistake this friendship for just a simple friendship. There is so much more to this friendship, twists, lies, money, greed and death. Even when I thought I h I received a free electronic copy of Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt from NetGalley for my honest review. This book is an edge of your seat thriller that will keep you guessing to the last page. I was absolutely blown away by the depth of this book and it's characters. A story of two women, Kat and Alice and their friendship. But do not mistake this friendship for just a simple friendship. There is so much more to this friendship, twists, lies, money, greed and death. Even when I thought I had this book all figured out the last chapter threw me for a mind blowing turn that blew my mind completely. You have to read this book. Extraordinary!
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  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this book was fantastic! I was sucked in from the very first few pages! I loved diving into Alice and Kat’s relationship and trying to figure out what was real and was all a manipulation. I can tell you there is way more than what meets the eyes with this suspenseful read and it will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat! The characters blended perfectly with the plot, making one helluva psychological thriller!
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  • Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this arc from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*Due to be published: 23 Jan 2018.What a fast paced, captivating mystery thriller! I cannot believe this is a debut novel, it was so well written and well thought out. I read it in one sitting, staying up till an ungodly hour because I needed to know what the hell was going on- I literally couldn't put it down, I don't even think I stopped for a break, I was so drawn to the plot and the way it was written. I cannot wait to see *I received this arc from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*Due to be published: 23 Jan 2018.What a fast paced, captivating mystery thriller! I cannot believe this is a debut novel, it was so well written and well thought out. I read it in one sitting, staying up till an ungodly hour because I needed to know what the hell was going on- I literally couldn't put it down, I don't even think I stopped for a break, I was so drawn to the plot and the way it was written. I cannot wait to see what else Margot Hunt comes up with because if its anything like this, she may just find herself on my list of top 10 favorite Mystery authors. Alice Campbell and Kat Grant couldn't be any different- a struggling suburbanite and an artsy socialite - but it is in their struggles and the need to confide in someone that their friendship blossoms. The women become each other's rock, but when Kat's husband Howard is found having plunged from the balcony of their second story mansion, things change and quickly. Kat won't talk to Alice, and her wealthy family is trying to bribe her to stay away. Howard was a drunk, a bully and not liked by many, even Alice and her husband struggled to warm up to the hostile man, but like everyone else, they assume Howard was just drunk and simply fell off the balcony. That is until the police come knocking on Alice's door investigating the murder of Howard, asking her to come down to the station.As the police investigation unfolds, questions about Alice and Kat's friendship, their past, and their marital lives emerge. But who is lying? Who is responsible for Howard's death?Now I know you might be thinking you can already see where this is going but I'm telling you now, you are wrong. There are so many twists and turns, that even I didn't know what the hell was going down until the very last chapter when all is revealed. I was gobsmacked! I have read so many mystery thrillers that I absolutely love it when I find one that can still surprise me and pull me in as much as this novel did. The writing itself was flawless, honestly, there wasn't a single thing I would change about how it was written, the words used, the sentence structure or anything. It was written in a way that by the end of the chapter, there was always something that made you read on, whether it was a secret from the past or something happening in the present that was like omgomgomg! I STILL CANNOT BELIEVE THIS IS A DEBUTE NOVEL! I think what made this book work so well is that it is set before Howard death (about 3 years before and counting down) and then the present after Howard's death, in the midst of the investigation.If you haven't guessed already by my raving, this will be going into my favorite pile and will be recommending it to everyone I know, I might even buy the book and throw it at them! Well, not really but you know what I mean.I would recommend this to anyone liking a good mystery thriller, that is fast paced and captivating. Come on guys, support a debut novel and author! I will guarantee you will not be disappointed.Recommended for: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction.
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  • Rachel Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    4 Very Suspenseful StarsThis thriller started with a bang and didn't stop until the very last page. It kept me guessing until the end. SUMMARYThe story opens with the police knocking on Todd and Alice Campbell's door to ask Alice for some background information regarding the death of Howard Grant, her best friend Kat's husband. Howard had been found on the deck of his pool where he had apparently fallen to his death from a second storey balcony. Police were trying to determine whether the fall h 4 Very Suspenseful StarsThis thriller started with a bang and didn't stop until the very last page. It kept me guessing until the end. SUMMARYThe story opens with the police knocking on Todd and Alice Campbell's door to ask Alice for some background information regarding the death of Howard Grant, her best friend Kat's husband. Howard had been found on the deck of his pool where he had apparently fallen to his death from a second storey balcony. Police were trying to determine whether the fall had been accidental or if foul play was involved. As the investigation progresses, police begin to question Alice quite aggressively, trying to decide if she knows anything that could help with the case. Was the fall an accident? Suicide? Murder? Was Kat involved? What does Alice know about it? Does she even really know Kat? The book flips back and forth between the present tense murder investigation and the history of Alice and Kat's friendship, starting from three years ago when they met at the airport and struck up this unlikely friendship. WHAT I LOVEDThis book checks a lot of my "what I love in a thriller boxes;" Fast PacedSuspensefulKept me guessingThings that are not as they seemCharacters who are hard to label and continue to surprise meTwists and turnsA jaw dropping ending I have been waiting very impatiently for this book to be available, I pre ordered it and was so excited to read it, hoping it would live up to the hype and it DID!!!! It was so darn hard to put down! I had to download the audio book so I could listen to it in my car as I ran my errands and shuffled my kids around. The ending blew my mind!!!!! Wow! WHAT I DIDN'T LOVESome of the descriptions went on too long and some of the side stories were unnecessary to the main plot. That was really about it. Everything else was very very good. OVERALLSo worth the wait. I highly recommend for anyone who likes domestic thrillers which are plot driven and move quickly.
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  • Bookish Ally
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Enjoyed the storyline in this tale of suspense - I found all the women characters in this book to be on the spectrum of unlikeable, perhaps some were interesting, others pathetic and one just mildly irritating. That’s why this book didn’t get 4 stars from me. The mystery itself is well played out and the landscape in which it plays out is well described. Good vacation read as it’s hard to put down.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    I’m right back into my psychological thrillers right now having had a bit of a meh time about them where I felt I was reading the same story over and over again, so I made it a mission to seek out the ones that can surprise me. If you surprise me you get Brownie points. They are not worth anything but you know, it is fun for me.Best Friends Forever did manage to surprise me. As well as that it was a brilliant page turner, with a couple of cleverly drawn main protagonists, a supporting cast of po I’m right back into my psychological thrillers right now having had a bit of a meh time about them where I felt I was reading the same story over and over again, so I made it a mission to seek out the ones that can surprise me. If you surprise me you get Brownie points. They are not worth anything but you know, it is fun for me.Best Friends Forever did manage to surprise me. As well as that it was a brilliant page turner, with a couple of cleverly drawn main protagonists, a supporting cast of possibly nefarious bystanders and the story of one true friendship. Told from the point of view of Alice, who appreciates the light that friend Kat brings into her mundane family life, giving her a break, she begins to realise that perhaps Kat is not QUITE as friendly as she seems..It is very gripping as we see the present Alice being interviewed by the police and the past Alice meeting Kat, becoming friends, all the ways their lives entwine – but underneath it all it is just a little off, not quite as bright and bubbly as it appears. Margot Hunt layers it well, genuinely keeping you guessing, especially in relation to the psychology of everyone in this – from Kat to Alice, from both the husbands to the extended family – in the end the outcome is highly effective and yes, unexpected although maybe not on the level you would think.I like the clever ones. I like the ones that keep you reading bleary eyed into the night to see if what happens and if you’ve guessed correctly. I like the ones with characters that stand out and are not carbon copies of the last book you read in this genre. Best Friends forever scores highly on all of those therefore I will happily highly recommend it.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    If you’re looking for a super fun, engaging thriller that’s on the lighter side with no graphic descriptions and gruesome murders, Best Friends Forever is the book for you! It was a fast read that kept me totally interested and while I predicted a few things, there were enough surprises that I was left satisfied.This is told solely from Alice’s point of view and it goes back and forth between the present day and three years prior when she first meets her BFF, Kat. The two have an unlikely friend If you’re looking for a super fun, engaging thriller that’s on the lighter side with no graphic descriptions and gruesome murders, Best Friends Forever is the book for you! It was a fast read that kept me totally interested and while I predicted a few things, there were enough surprises that I was left satisfied.This is told solely from Alice’s point of view and it goes back and forth between the present day and three years prior when she first meets her BFF, Kat. The two have an unlikely friendship, Kat is wealthy and glamorous while Alice is an average stay at Mom and wife, but they both need a friend and bond over typical marriages woes. I liked Alice, I had the most in common with her and felt like she would be the type of woman I would befriend.This had an easy, Chick Lit vibe with an edge, it’s still very much a thriller but Hunt’s writing style was just so effortless that reading it was a breeze. I said earlier that I had sussed out parts of the resolution but not every last detail and the stuff I didn’t see coming? Fantastic and really chilling, it definitely gave the book an edge for me. This would be the perfect book to take on vacation, ideal for a weekend read!Best Friends Forever in three words: Entertaining, Fluid and Sly.
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  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Alice and Kat are the best of friends, even despite their differences - Alice is a struggling stay at home mom, and Kat is an extremely wealthy socialite. Alice thinks nothing can shake their friendship, until one night when Kat's husband Howard falls to his death from the second floor balcony of the home he shares with Kat. Howard was an alcoholic, and all around jerk. Alice has never been a fan of his, especially when Kat confides in her regarding their marital problems, so she's not devastate Alice and Kat are the best of friends, even despite their differences - Alice is a struggling stay at home mom, and Kat is an extremely wealthy socialite. Alice thinks nothing can shake their friendship, until one night when Kat's husband Howard falls to his death from the second floor balcony of the home he shares with Kat. Howard was an alcoholic, and all around jerk. Alice has never been a fan of his, especially when Kat confides in her regarding their marital problems, so she's not devastated to hear that he drunkenly fell off of a balcony. What initially looks like an open and shut case quickly turns south when a witness claims they saw Howard pushed off of the balcony. Investigators soon start looking at Alice, and Kat has done dark - no calls, no texts, and Kat's family tells Alice to stay away. What really happened to Howard, and who was behind it all? After reading the premise for Best Friends Forever, I knew I had to read it! This domestic thriller had it all - friendship, secrets, lies, and betrayal, and I ate it up! The book begins in the present day, shortly after Alice finds out about the death of Howard, and then alternates chapters between the past and present, so the reader witnesses the development of Alice and Kat's friendship from day one, which I loved. I also really enjoyed that we saw the struggles of Alice's marriage, especially as her friendship with Kat developed. Being friends with someone so rich and glamorous is intoxicating, and Alice's husband doesn't like how she's changed over the course of her friendship with Kat. This domestic thriller does a great job at capturing the ups and downs of marriage as well as the intricacies of friendship and secrets.I had my suspicions early on about how the book would end, and I was correct, but there was one twist that I didn't see coming which left me with my mouth hanging open at the end of the book, and I love it when that happens! Despite the plot not being the most original for those who read tons and tons of thrillers, the book was engrossing and entertaining, and I read it in a matter of a few hours, and didn't want to put it down! There was actually a point where I was walking around my apartment with my nose in the book and ended up stepping on my cat's tail because I was so focused! (My cat is okay, don't worry!) If you're looking for a domestic thriller that will grip you from page one, this will be a great choice for you! Fans of books that feature ongoing investigations where a character is trying to prove their innocence, such as Dangerous Girls, will love this one! I rated this one 5 stars, and highly recommend it! I'd like to thank Netgalley, Margot Hunt, and MIRA for an advanced copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review. Best Friends Forever will be out on January 23, 2018, so be sure to order your copy now! 
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