The most gripping debut psychological thriller of the year
A girl. A boy. His mother. And the lie she'll wish she'd never told.
The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller based on the fallout following an unforgiveable lie. It looks at the potentially charged relationship between a girlfriend, a boyfriend and his mother, which most women can identify with, and locates it in an extreme but believable setting.
Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a 23-year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful and smart, but she hasn't had the same opportunities as Daniel. And she wants Laura's life.
Cherry comes to the family wide-eyed and wants to be welcomed with open arms, but Laura suspects she's not all that she seems. When tragedy strikes, an unforgiveable lie is told. It is an act of desperation, but the fallout will change their lives forever.
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Is This Girl All She Seems o Be
I got totally immersed in the storyline and resented interruptions. Found all the characters believable, some were annoying and I learnt that great wealth doesn't always bring great happiness.
The way it sucked me in and kept me wanting more and to know more and to find out if girlfriend Cherry was all that she seemed to be.
The end. It tied up the loose ends nicely.
Yes, when Cherry bought two puppies from a pet shop. I won't say why she bought them as it would spoil the storyline for anyone who has yet to read this book, but describing those two puppies and their sad life in the pet shop and their eagerness to please a prospective buyer really tugged at the heart strings.
Much as I liked the narration, which really brought the story to life, I found myself wondering if the narrator was suffering from sinus problems. She sounded as though she needed a Vicks inhaler.
- Patricia A. Thompson
Most gripping book I have read in a while