The New Friend

An addictive, gritty crime thriller

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Pub Date 25 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 20 Jul 2021

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Be careful who you let into your life

Arabella MacQueen had a tough start. Growing up surrounded by drugs and alcohol, getting into trouble as a teen, she’s now in her late-twenties and has turned her life around.

Until the fateful night that sees her imprisoned for 10 months.

She’s hit rock bottom … but unexpectedly forges a bond with cellmate Roxanne McPhail that lasts beyond the prison walls.

Now both women are free, and Arabella is excited about the future with boyfriend Eddie, with Roxanne at her side.

But Arabella doesn’t know the truth about her new best friend; about Roxanne’s reputation as the head of Glasgow gangland, about the violence in Roxanne’s past.

She doesn’t know that Roxanne has plans for Arabella that might lead her into some very dangerous places.

In this dirty game, Arabella is going to have to learn you can’t always trust those closest to you…

A gritty, utterly addictive thriller set in Scottish gangland - fans of Roberta Kray and Jacqui Rose won't be able to put it down.

Be careful who you let into your life

Arabella MacQueen had a tough start. Growing up surrounded by drugs and alcohol, getting into trouble as a teen, she’s now in her late-twenties and has turned...


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This book was well written with good characters, twists and a fast pace. An overall enjoyable read.

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Arabella meets Roxanne when they share a cell for her 10 month stint in prison, Roxanne is doing a 10 stretch. Becoming firm friends and besties for life on the outside, is this a recipe for disaster? Another fantastic gripping nail biting read from Alex. Alex just gets better and better with every book she writes. Full of tension throughout this will have you racing through the pages.

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Yet another brilliant book by the lovely Alex kane. This one was fast paced and full of twists and turns. Everything she writes comes out AMAZING.

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Love Alex Kane books if you love gangland, twists and turns on every page you really need to read this author

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Wow ! That was a twisted tale! Lol the characters were so interwoven with each other I don't know how the author kept it straight?! Lol what a book! This book had suspense intrigue and so many twists and turns it was crazy! But good crazy! I was definitely glued to my kindle with this one! Some of these characters were a mind f well you know! Lol geez the bad guys were really bad! But I loved the characters! They were all so interesting! I highly recommend reading this book! Its well worth reading! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!

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The New Friend by Alex Kane Arabella got in with a bad crowd as a younger girl , but turned her life around . Then a few years later she finds herself in prison. Roxanne is her cell mate and they quickly become firm friends and remain so when they get out. However , for Arabella this might not be such a good idea as Roxanne has her uses for Arabella , and not in such a good way. I really liked the way the author gave us just enough of the tense moments to keep us on the edge of our seats as Roxanne was edging ever closer to get Araballa to do her bidding. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book , even the not so nice ones.

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Arabella had a poor start in life her mother was an alcoholic . Arabella is bullied in school and one day she has enough and faces her bully . but has drastic consequence s . all Arabella wants is a true friend . Roxanne has had enough of her mum and life and decides to leave Glasgow and go to her friend Charlene in Spain but ends up all going wrong for Roxanne as she has been seeing her friends boyfriend without knowing was Charlene s man Jez who becomes a known crime face . Arabella ends up in prison her boyfriend Eddie stands buy her and Roxanne is her cell mate and when they get out things spiral out of control for Arabella and Eddie , and Jez has a score to settle and drags an old friend in to it and Charlene has a score to settle wont say no more

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Glasgow, Arabella MacQueen is called Trampabella at school she has no friends, her mother a alcoholic never has any money then social services turn up and put her in care she is only eight years old. Years go by and Roxanne McPhail is her new friend they are sharing a cell in Kirktonhill womens prison and after Arabella is released her boyfriend Eddie Corringan hands over the hair dressing salon Hair Envy to her to run, then Roxanne gets in touch after been released is she truly her best friend?. What a fab story this is. Arabella has learned how to trust the people she is surrounded with even if they only care for themselves but none of them deserve sympathy, this book is all about who do you trust and payback, and I loved and enjoyed every single chapter, It's a brilliant read. 5 ****** stars.

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Arabella Macqueen has a hard life her mother is an alcoholic who spends all her money on drink and has no time for her daughter.At 8 years old she is taken into care and years later she finds herself in prison. Roxanne is coming to the end of a 10 year sentence and she takes Arabella under her wing when they become cell mates and friends. On Arabellas release her boyfriend Eddie is there waiting for her and tells her his bought a hair salon for her things are looking up at last and she's excited for the future. Roxannne is out and wastes no time in catching up with her new friend,but is she all see seems and who can Arabella really trust What a brilliant read I could'nt put it down and can't wait to read the next book by Alex Kane. Thanks to Netgalley and Hera Books for the ARC

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Wow.......loved it, loved it roxanne and arabella become close friends whilst in prison and vow to remain friends when they are released. Roxanne and charlene are seeing the same man, will they find out? Will he have to choose?. Loved all of the characters, i couldnt put this book down, it was exciting to read, highley recommend

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Alex Kane you have done it again I absolutely loved this book , could not put it down and the twist at the end .... wow Brilliant writing once again Can't wait for the next book Well done 5 stars ✨

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Another brilliant book by Alex Kane, who is very much now one of my go to authors. Great story which demonstrates how friendship can be both the most amazing thing in the world but also can be extremely destructive. I loved the character of Arabella, she comes from very humble and hard beginnings in life and has done it tough. Growing up and wanting to fit in with the crowd and find a place to belong, she finds herself imprisoned after a series of stupid mistakes. Here she meets Roxanne and this friendship gets her through the dark days in prison. But are darker days to come? Arabella really knows nothing about Roxanne and by the time she does it may be too late. A raft of other great characters portrayed in the book, each enhancing the plot which rumbles a long at a relatively fast pace. Once again I read this book in an afternoon, turning the pages at a rapid speed to see what was going to happen. A great ending that wrapped up the story nicely. Thank you to Netgalley , the author and publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Another absolutely brilliant, gut wrenching gangland thriller. I've read all of Alex Kanes books and not one of them have ever let me down. I was gripped from page one and had sleepless nights because I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend it as I would all of Alex Kanes books. Worth way more than five stars.

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Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. Arabella has had a rough life. She grew up in foster care because her mom was unable to care for her. Arabella met a girl in jail and became friends quickly. I liked the many characters in this book.

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It was brilliant book about gangsters and drugs Roxanne went to Spain for a holiday and she stayed there with her best friend Charlene But she came back home because they were both seeing the same bloke some one called Jed Charlene was pregnant by him I had an ARC

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