Author : Michelle Frances
Title : The Girlfriend
Pages : 464
Publisher : Pan Macmillan
Publication date : May 4, 2017
Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three 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 fall-out will change their lives forever.
Laura has everything she could possibly want. A successful career, a rich husband, a fancy house and a wonderful son whom she’s very close to. But then her son, Daniel, meets Cherry, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, so to speak. She’s not had the same opportunities in life having been raised by a single mom who’s worked hard and struggled all her life to keep a roof over their heads. And Cherry is sick and tired of being poor.
Oooh, what a deliciously disturbing and twisted tale this is! The tension builds and builds up to a fabulous climax and I couldn’t at all guess at the outcome. Although I must say, it was highly satisfying.
I won’t be mentioning any names as I feel that would give away too much. Let’s just say that despite a few dubious actions, there was one main character I could absolutely sympathise with and another I completely and utterly despised. This character is incredibly manipulative and vindictive and even after being on the other end of the unforgivable lie that’s mentioned in the blurb, there wasn’t a single moment where I felt sorry for them. I’m honestly not quite sure if I’ve ever had this intense dislike for someone before.
And then there’s Daniel. Insert dramatic eye roll here. Caught up between his mother and his girlfriend, he is completely blind to all the clues and I found him to be quite a weak character. I just felt like grabbing him by the collar and yelling at him to open his eyes!
The Girlfriend is really fast-paced and truly addictive. With a brilliantly executed and clever plot, the author has delivered a gripping, engrossing read and an outstanding psychological thriller that has once again restored my faith in this genre. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. This is an excellent debut by Michelle Frances and I look forward to her next offering.
The Girlfriend is available now!