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Elka Ray Author A Friend Indeed


A Friend Indeed

How far would you go to help a friend in need?

Some time back, Elka saw a meme going around social media: a drawing of two women in faux-antique dress wielding shovels. The caption read: “Real friends help you hide the bodies.” It got Elka thinking: How far would I go to help my best friend?

What emerged from that meme was a novel about old friends, loyalty, and the corrosive power of dark secrets.

Ingenious and twisty, fresh and darkly comedic, A FRIEND INDEED is a meditation on social disparity, the weight of secrets, and the power of female friendships. Follow best friends Jo and Dana as they put their friendship to the ultimate test in a story that explores what it means to be a good wife, mother, and friend.


In her sensational new novel, A Friend Indeed, Elka Ray delivers a darkly atmospheric tale of lifelong friends—Dana and Jo—whose trust in each other gets tested when Dana’s husband turns up dead. A nifty nod to noir played out between two women, Ray keeps the writing acid-sharp. Dana and Jo may be grown-ups with children of their own, but their deceptions hearken back to those of the teenagers they once were. Ray—in a masterful tick, tick, tick like a metronome—exposes the secrets each woman keeps from the other. As the characters’ mutual suspicions ratchet up, they each begin to unravel. Or so it seems. A Friend Indeed—like its writer—is devilishly smart with twists that are more delicious to unwrap than a box of chocolates.

Deborah Goodrich Royce - Nationally bestselling author of Reef Road
Elka Ray Author A Friend Indeed

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308 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8200960194

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