#BookReview: HOW TO KILL YOUR BEST FRIEND by Lexie Elliott @elliott_lexie @CorvusBooks

Publication: 2nd September 2021 – Corvus

The perfect getaway – to get away with murder…

Georgie, Lissa and Bronwyn have been best friends since they met on their college swimming team. Now Lissa is dead – drowned off the coast of the remote island where her second husband owns a luxury resort. But could a star open-water swimmer really have drowned? Or is something more sinister going on?

Brought together for Lissa’s memorial, Georgie, Bron, Lissa’s grieving husband and their friends find themselves questioning the circumstances around Lissa’s death – and each other. As the weather turns ominous, trapping the guests on the island, it slowly dawns on them that Lissa’s death was only the beginning. Nobody knows who they can trust. Or if they’ll make it off the island alive…



For me, Lexie Elliott is a must-buy author, one of those authors whose new book I pick up without hesitation ever since I first read her debut novel, The French Girl. I love her writing style, the suspenseful plots full of twists, and the multi-layered and intriguing characters.

How To Kill Your Best Friend is set on a small island where Georgie has just arrived for a short stay. Georgie is not on holiday, she is there for the memorial of her best friend Lissa who is believed to have drown during a night swim, her body never found. At the memorial, there are Georgie and Lissa’s closest friends, Bronwyn, Adam, Duncan, and Jem, Lissa’s husband and owner of the luxury hotel on the island. While the others reminisce about old times, Georgie is convinced that Lissa’s death was not an accident. She was an excellent swimmer and why would she be swimming in the middle of the night? In the meantime, Bron is receiving threats, someone is attacked, and a storm could prevent them from leaving the island.

I really enjoyed How To Kill Your Best Friend. It is chilling, twisty, and intense, a story full of secrets, lies, revenge, and guilt. There is murder, there is a storm that isolates the characters, there is a mysterious creature swimming deep into the ocean, and there is a curse that haunts the cove… everything to make this a gripping psychological thriller! The story is told from the point of view of Georgie and Bron, but Lissa, through the many stories of her friends, is the protagonist and probably the most complex character.

How To Kill Your Best Friend is a brilliant and addictive thriller featuring a group of friends on a remote island with their secrets, hidden truths, and dysfunctional relationships. And when these threaten to come to light, everyone is in danger and who can they trust?

A huge thank you to Corvus and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of this novel.

Lexie Elliott grew up in Scotland, at the foot of the Highlands. She graduated from Oxford University where she obtained a doctorate in theoretical physics. A keen sportswoman, she works in fund management in London, where she lives with her husband and two sons. The rest of her time is spent writing, or thinking about writing, and juggling family life and sport.

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