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The Secret Friend Paperback – 21 Jul 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (21 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141030879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141030876
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A masterful thriller, dark and disturbing (Linda Fairstein )

A scary breakneck ride (Tess Gerritsen )

About the Author

Chris Mooney is the author of four previous thrillers. Remembering Sarah was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award for Best Novel, and his most recent bestselling novel, The Missing, was the first to feature CSI Darby McCormick. He lives in Boston with his wife and son.


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I first read The Missing and thought it was a wonderful read and would be very hard to repeat. Not the case Chris Mooney is a fantastic writer and I am now going through the web collecting the other books. The secret friend is a constant page turner, it grips you pretty much from the beginning.
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discovered Chris Mooney when I picked up his novel Deviant Ways. I instantly fell for Jack Casey and the mysterious Malcolm Fletcher. I have read all of Mooney's books and I have adored all of them.

The Secret Friend is the newest Mooney entry and I have to say that I ADORED this book. Our main character Darby McCormick, who we have seen in Mooney's previous novel is back and she is asked to investigate a body that was found floating in the Boston harbor. After some research, the body is linked to another murder - that of Emma Hale - who has a father with an endless supply of money and many, many connections. As Darby continues to investigate, she will come across a potential third victim which will lead the police on a wild chase to find the third victim before she is killed.

Surprisingly, Darby will get some unwanted help from a very, very important person - who makes a return appearance from Deviant Ways - and I am so thrilled that he is part of the storyline. Mooney made a great move in joining Darby and this character and we now get a tad more info on this character. There is chemistry between the two and from the very beginning, when they meet, you can feel a connection, although Darby refuses to acknowledge it.

What I also loved about this book is the location. Alot of the action takes place in a deserted, spooky mental hospital. Mooney does a great job of describing the hospital and makes it all sound almost supernatural. I thought it really added to the storyline. There is also an interesting twist towards the middle of the book that I was not expecting at all.

All I can say is that I am thrilled to see these two characters in the same book and I think it may be time to bring back someone else from Deviant Ways - please Chris???????

You have to buy this book - its a great read and will make the hair at the back of your neck stand up.
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I've read all of Chris Mooney's Darby McCormick books. Delivered immediately to my Kindle by Amazon, no problem at all. If you enjoy far-fetched plots, thrillers with a fast pace, to take you off into another world for a while, then you'll like this series of books.
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By A. Douglas TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2008
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In this book we meet Darby again. She's a great character. The story is original and well written. I don't usually like American crime stories but Chris Mooney writes really well. I will be reading more of these books!
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book this is the second Chris Mooney book I have read in the last couple of weeks. The story lines are good and keep you guessing all the way through. Will be reading the next one in the series.
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good and gritty well described scenes and scary at times, but half way through i found it a bit annoying when it became a "who dun it" for a while , thankfully that didnt last long and it went back to being good again.
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College girls from Boston are being abducted, and turning up murdered months later. Boston Police Department officer, Darby McCormaick, is investigating these cases, which start to have a link, with another murder case from the past.

Having already read, The Missing, also by this author, I was really looking forward to reading this story. However, I felt it was a bit disappointing. I did not find the characters as engaging, as in the earlier book. I also found the plot a bit slow moving too. Basically, there was nothing in this story, that made it stand out, or above other thrillers out there.
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I always thoroughly enjoy Mr Mooneys books, especially when they involve Malcolm Fletcher....this housewifes favourite 'book candy'. I really enjoyed the religious and asylum aspects of the book and how it made 'Walter' who he was. Another awesome book!! Well done Sir!
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