What she doesn’t know might kill her…
Lisa Ashton receives a last-minute reprieve from death two weeks before her birthday. Regaining consciousness, she is horrified to learn one of her friends has been killed – and saved her life.
As she recovers, she uncovers a trail of carefully guarded reputations, disturbing rumours, and lies. Soon, Lisa begins to wonder if one of her friends is hiding a terrible secret.
Because five of them entered the escape room that day, and only four got out alive.
And someone is determined to cover their tracks before she can find out the truth.
Can Lisa find the killer before someone else dies?
The Friend Who Lied: a twisted psychological thriller from USA Today bestseller Rachel Amphlett – perfect for fans of The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley and Friend Request by Laura Marshall.
What’s the difference between writing a thriller and a psychological thriller?
For the past eight years, I’ve been writing and publishing on a regular basis – three books a year since 2015, in fact.
Those books have included espionage series, standalone action adventure novels, and a popular police procedural series.
With The Friend Who Lied, I’ve taken my first foray into the world of psychological thrillers – and I can’t get enough.
All thrillers have an element of psychology about them, particularly motive – what causes a character to do what they do.
I’ve always said that every single one of my characters has to have a motive, even if that character doesn’t have a lead role.
When my Detective Kay Hunter is interviewing a witness, that witness has a motive for what he (or she) tells the police – for example, he might not want to tell the police everything that he saw take place in case it implicates him, or he might be worried about repercussions if the bad guy finds out who grassed him up.
When it came to writing The Friend Who Lied however, those motives were amplified and heightened by something else.
With police procedurals, there’s a lot of plot the characters have to convey through their actions and words. The outcome (usually) is that the bad guy is caught and the detective sees justice served for the victim.
With a psychological thriller however, it’s often what is going through the characters’ minds that dictate the pace and the way the story unfolds.
The fun comes with having different characters with different viewpoints and opinions about what is happening to them, and how they react to the situation they find themselves in.
Do they become defensive, angry, or stubborn?
Or perhaps they panic, lie, or run?
It’s that fight or flight instinct we hear so much about.
We writers love it – using heightened emotions in psychological thrillers gives us plenty to throw at our characters to see how they’re going to survive the situations we put them in!