Title: The Girlfriend
Author: Michelle Frances
Genres: Psychological Thriller
Length: 352 pages | 4326 Kindle locations
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publishing Date: April 20th, 2017
Laura is a very lucky woman. Rich, has a job she utterly loves and a son who is her pride and joy.
One day, Daniel mentions he has a new girlfriend. Laura vows to do her best to welcome her because she wants her son to be happy.
As time passes, Laura senses that something is off with Cherry and the sense of unease is reciprocate. Cherry is determined to be happy with Daniel and that does not include her mother.
In desperation, Laura tells a lie that will change everything. How far will these women go to keep Daniel in her lives?
The Girlfriend started well enough for me. I found all characters very interesting and believable. The author did a good job of creating an extremely privileged family that is still relateable.
There were a couple of things here and there that I felt were plot devices, like the car. Right at the beginning, why did Daniel have to lend it to Cherry, why not just drop her off at work if his concern was for her not to be late as he put it? And later, why did Laura’s personal assistant change? If that person wasn’t new there is no way that stuff would have happened and there doesn’t even seem to be a reason for Willow’s appearance.
I wasn’t as happy with Daniel’s character as with the others because he had to behave a certain way for things to advance the way they did. I still don’t get why, with such a close relationship with his mother, he was able to spend so long without speaking to her. When was he willing to speak to her, his wedding day?
However, other characters were a pleasure to read about and they were so varied in their backgrounds that they brought a live dynamic to the story. I especially liked Cherry’s mother and Howard. They felt the most real to me.
I was mesmerised at the dynamic between Laura and Cherry and at their inner thoughts, justifying their actions to themselves. I could see why each had their prickle of annoyance towards the other and, as things escalated, I could totally see why it happened, despite the few plot devices mentioned above.
The Girlfriend can be quite dark and heavy at times and you can’t help but wonder how much further any of that will go. I did find it engrossing. The character building is the best I have read in a while. You actually get these people, where they come from, why they do what they do and why they find it justifiable.
The book is quite well-written and I think it has good chances of becoming one of the best psychological thrillers of the year.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Read from Apr 17th to Apr 22nd, 2017