Everyone needs a hobby: The Dead Friend Project by Joanna Wallace #bookreview #TheDeadFriendProject #NetGalley

Things haven’t been going well for Beth. Her husband has left her for one of her friends. Her fellow school mums judge her for swearing too much and not shifting the baby weight. And now she’s stuck in A&E after her son fell off the climbing wall on the first day of school.
In fact, things haven’t been going well for Beth since Charlotte died – her best friend, a favourite at the school pick-ups and the only person to ever run an interesting PTA meeting. But after being hit by a car while on an ill-timed evening jog, Charlotte is no longer there to help Beth pick up the pieces of her increasingly difficult life. That is, until Beth discovers that Charlotte left her toddler alone in the house during that fatal run.
The Charlotte she knew would never do something so irresponsible, and suddenly Beth is questioning whether Charlotte’s death was really an accident. With a newfound purpose and a glass of wine in hand, it’s time for Beth to uncover what really happened to her best friend. And what better place to start than the circle of chatty school mums, who can’t be as perfect as they pretend.
But which of them is hiding something? Beth’s determined to find out. Once she’s put the kids to bed, of course…


Hi and welcome to my review of The Dead Friend Project!

I had so much fun reading this one! Was it perfect? Perhaps not. Did I care? Nope, I had no hoots to give 😂

Honestly, The Dead Friend Project was just what the doctor prescribed. I flew through it in a fashion that was highly reminiscent of my “robot days” when I was able to read a book cover to cover in a day. It grabbed and held my attention, had me coming back for more as soon as I was able, it even had me staying up past my bedtime. It had been a while since I’d last fallen into the “just one more chapter” trap and I was thrilled to be back!

The characterisation was brilliant. Admittedly, there were times I wanted to strangle Beth, but overall, I found her to be a character to root for. The entire group are well-rounded, realistic and rather relatable, going from super supportive to super annoying and I had oodles of fun with them. 

The mystery at the heart of The Dead Friend Project, i.e. the project itself, intrigued me from the start. Did something nefarious really happen to Charlotte, or is Beth’s mind playing tricks on her due to paranoia-fuelled alcoholism (or alcohol-fuelled paranoia)? A few twists and red herrings later, the reveal came as quite a surprise!

I had a fantastic time with The Dead Friend Project. Part mystery, part thriller, part drama, a laugh and a tear, it was everything I needed it to be. Recommended. 

The Dead Friend Project is out in digital formats, audio and hardcover on 11 July.

Massive thanks to Viper Books and NetGalley for the DRC. All opinions are my own. 

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