The Girlfriend

The Girlfriend

Michelle Frances / Jun 20, 2019

The Girlfriend A mother A son His girlfriend And the lie they ll wish had never been told 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

  • Title: The Girlfriend
  • Author: Michelle Frances
  • ISBN: The Girlfriend
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  • Page: 201
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  • A mother A son His girlfriend And the lie they ll wish had never been told.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 hasn t led Laura s golden life And she wants it.When tragedy strikes, a decis A mother A son His girlfriend And the lie they ll wish had never been told.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 hasn t led Laura s golden life And she wants it.When tragedy strikes, a decision is made and a lie is told A lie so terrible it changes their lives forever The Girlfriend is a taut and wickedly twisted debut psychological thriller a novel of subtle sabotage, retaliation, jealousy and fear, which pivots on an unforgivable lie, and examines the mother son daughter in law relationship in a chilling new light Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 377 pages Published December 18th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation first published May 4th 2017 More Details Original Title The Girlfriend ISBN 1496712471 ISBN13 9781496712479 Edition Language English Other Editions 37 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Girlfriend, please sign up Popular Answered Questions How does the author keep track of all the small leads throughout the book that are very necessary to the plot One incidental lead if forgotten would leave stonking great holes large enough to kill off all the characters It cant just be a good memory There is a definite craft which needs to be shared especially with me 1 likelike one year ago See all 4 answers Becky This answer contains spoilers view spoiler I wondered how spoilers here I wondered how, after Laura told Cherry that Daniel was dead, and Cherry went back to live with Wendy, and was I wondered how spoilers here I wondered how, after Laura told Cherry that Daniel was dead, and Cherry went back to live with Wendy, and was grieving etc etc then Cherry found out Daniel was not dead, swore revenge, they got engaged, etc etc but Wendy never seemed to mention the fact, when she eventually met Laura, that Cherry s boyfriend had arisen from the grave or that Laura had told the lie That was the only error I could see less hide spoiler flag This question contains spoilers view spoiler What did she tell her mum when Daniel had died and how did she explain he was no longer dead hide spoiler 2 likeslike one year ago See all 2 answers Tricia Neville I certainly think it needed to be included in the book Also, it wasn t the first thing on Wendy s lips when she met Laura It was an extraordinary I certainly think it needed to be included in the book Also, it wasn t the first thing on Wendy s lips when she met Laura It was an extraordinary act of cruelty by Laura I would certainly have mentioned it if Cherry had been my daughter less flag See all 4 questions about The Girlfriend Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Aug 22, 2017 Chelsea Humphrey rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves from publisher This review is featured on my Mini Review Monday segment I think this would be better suited as a domestic drama than being pushed as a thriller of any variety I know that psychological thrillers are hot right now and the title sells books, but readers like me who go in with certain expectations will only feel lukewarm about this story While it wasn t a bad read by any means, I m afraid it wasn t great or anything I haven t read before There were cliches abundant in this story and the pacing This review is featured on my Mini Review Monday segment I think this would be better suited as a domestic drama than being pushed as a thriller of any variety I know that psychological thrillers are hot right now and the title sells books, but readers like me who go in with certain expectations will only feel lukewarm about this story While it wasn t a bad read by any means, I m afraid it wasn t great or anything I haven t read before There were cliches abundant in this story and the pacing moves slowly and thoroughly with many unlikable characters that I felt hard to sympathize with I will say that the story did manage to keep my attention and cause me to want to finish reading, so it wasn t a lack of interest here that was an issue I think those readers looking for a slow burning family saga that leans on the drama than the emotions will enjoy this novel I d like to add that both the US and the UK covers are gorgeous, intriguing, and draw the eye nicely Recommended to those who maybe are new to the genre and enjoy their suspense fiction with focus on the characterization than the plot progression.Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley flag 237 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Jan 29, 2018 Berit rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves net galley, 2018 4.25 slow burning stars.25 What do you get when the ultimate helicopter mom and the ultimate gold digger go head to head You get a pretty spectacular book Laura is a true mama bear who cannot let go her obsession with her only son borders on oddCherry grew up thinking she deserved so much and she will stop at nothing to get what she feels she deserves so who will be left standing at the end the mom or the girlfriend The beginning of this book was a definite slow burn 4.25 slow burning stars.25 What do you get when the ultimate helicopter mom and the ultimate gold digger go head to head You get a pretty spectacular book Laura is a true mama bear who cannot let go her obsession with her only son borders on oddCherry grew up thinking she deserved so much and she will stop at nothing to get what she feels she deserves so who will be left standing at the end the mom or the girlfriend The beginning of this book was a definite slow burn watching these two equally unlikable women manipulate each other and Daniel was quite entertaining as a mother who has sons I tried to empathize with Laura but the woman just went WAY TOO fAR I actually had sympathy for Cherry during this book, there were times I truly felt she loved Daniel, maybe About halfway through, this book takes a crazy turn and the speed absolutely picks up I couldn t wait to find out what woman did what next, it was crazy Poor Daniel, he was basically screwed no matter what happened he should ve locked them in a room and let them battle it out and then take off to Saint Tropez.This book is proof positive that you can like a book and not like the characters because even though Laura and Cherry were terribly unlikable they were extremely well developed by the end of this book I felt as though if I had run into either of these women walking down the street I would know who they were then head quickly in the other direction Highly recommend A crazy ride with a fresh approach and fabulously developed characters thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book flag 129 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Jun 27, 2017 Kendall rated it really liked it review of another edition The Girlfriend was highly highly addictive It s clever, unique, and fast paced What I liked about this psychological thriller is it s something that I haven t seen before I feel like I ve read quite a few thrillers over the last few months that have the SAME storyline So, Michelle I commend you on creating an addictive and sassy thriller This little baby kept me on my TOES like I m talking almost falling off the edge anticipation to find out what happens between these two manipulative wom The Girlfriend was highly highly addictive It s clever, unique, and fast paced What I liked about this psychological thriller is it s something that I haven t seen before I feel like I ve read quite a few thrillers over the last few months that have the SAME storyline So, Michelle I commend you on creating an addictive and sassy thriller This little baby kept me on my TOES like I m talking almost falling off the edge anticipation to find out what happens between these two manipulative women.We meet Daniel who is from a very wealthy family Daniel meets Cherry who isn t exactly from his side of the tracks Cherry has grown up poor and has strived to do better in life with opportunities.Daniel and Cherry fall in love quickly and things go well at the start We meet Laura who almost in my opinion has a strange dynamic relationship with her son Daniel borderline obsessive type mother.Laura of course wants to LOVE her son s girlfriend and she starts to have a funny feeling that Cherry isn t who she appears to be.Watch out my GR friends here comes the TRAINWRECK of two women that are nasty, manipulative, and down right dirrrrrtyyyyyy Who is going to survive I definitely recommend this My only minor issue with this book was the ending I felt that the author could have beefed up the ending just a little bit I felt a tinsy winsy bit disappointed BUT, overall this was a fantastic read I am looking forward to seeing what Michelle comes out with next 4 stars flag 125 likesLike see review View all 45 comments Feb 22, 2018 Kaceey Traveling Sister rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 3.5 It all starts with one little white lie it can t hurt anyone Come on No one will ever know The problem is, just like potato chips, can you stop at just one And exactly how many lies are needed to get what you really want When Cherry meets David, maybe one tiny lie slipped out Just enough to gain his attention Oh, and maybe one just to hold that attention When she meets David s mother, well you see where this is going The heart wantswhat the heart wantsLaura loves her son 3.5 It all starts with one little white lie it can t hurt anyone Come on No one will ever know The problem is, just like potato chips, can you stop at just one And exactly how many lies are needed to get what you really want When Cherry meets David, maybe one tiny lie slipped out Just enough to gain his attention Oh, and maybe one just to hold that attention When she meets David s mother, well you see where this is going The heart wantswhat the heart wantsLaura loves her son David, than anything in this world She will do whatever it takes to protect him from everything and importantly from anyone If that means telling a small liewell thenI actually ended up having a love hate relationship with this book There were certain parts that I found too unbelievable and left me rolling my eyes Yet I did find it engaging and my curiosity was kept piqued wanting to see how this was going to play out I m glad I stayed with it to the end as I came out on the positive side Hope you do too Thank you to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Michelle Frances for an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review flag 119 likesLike see review View all 66 comments Mar 03, 2018 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves ew ew wishlist, arcs, kindle version 4 inventive and suspenseful stars to The Girlfriend Michelle Frances told quite the original tale Laura is a mother who feels like she has it all Until one day, her son, Daniel, with whom she is over involved, brings home Cherry, a girl who Laura firmly believes is all wrong for Daniel As Laura and Daniel s relationship grows apart, Cherry relishes having Daniel all to herself Both Laura and Cherry are unlikable characters and jealous over each other s relationship with Daniel This 4 inventive and suspenseful stars to The Girlfriend Michelle Frances told quite the original tale Laura is a mother who feels like she has it all Until one day, her son, Daniel, with whom she is over involved, brings home Cherry, a girl who Laura firmly believes is all wrong for Daniel As Laura and Daniel s relationship grows apart, Cherry relishes having Daniel all to herself Both Laura and Cherry are unlikable characters and jealous over each other s relationship with Daniel This actually kept me fully immersed in the story, as I had to see who would be the victor in the competition to win Daniel My stomach somersaulted My breathing was tight in my chest The suspense was that good Overall, Michelle Frances wrote a spot on, thrilling, edge of your seat, debut I loved it Thank you to Michelle Frances, Kensington Publishing, and Edelweiss for the complimentary copy flag 108 likesLike see review View all 59 comments Jan 11, 2018 Liz rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves best of 2018, netgalley Take one overbearing mother and add in a young woman on the prowl for a rich husband That sets the stage for the beginning of The Girlfriend Laura lives for her only son Her husband has golf and his own affair, so she is basically alone and unloved But I couldn t understand her making her son her sun , her be all and end all, around which her whole world revolved I mean, the son is 24 and starting his doctoral internship I didn t find her sympathetic at all But neither was Cherry, the gi Take one overbearing mother and add in a young woman on the prowl for a rich husband That sets the stage for the beginning of The Girlfriend Laura lives for her only son Her husband has golf and his own affair, so she is basically alone and unloved But I couldn t understand her making her son her sun , her be all and end all, around which her whole world revolved I mean, the son is 24 and starting his doctoral internship I didn t find her sympathetic at all But neither was Cherry, the girlfriend Growing up poor, she has vowed to find a rich husband It almost doesn t matter whom I loved that I disliked both of these women so that as each tries to screw the other over, it s just fun to watch The book has a slow burn and initially, the tension builds slowly Then, you get a real twist half way through and the speed picks up I felt like a pinball being ricocheted, as the deceit and lies pick up And as it goes on, the book gets darker and twisted It s a wild ride that never lets up Highly recommend My thanks to netgalley and Kensington Books for an advance copy of this novel flag 96 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Feb 11, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, traveling sister read 3 Stars.Laura loves her life she has an amazing relationship with her son Daniel and she has an uber successful job In an instant it comes crashing down and Laura doesn t see it coming It happens because of a girl Daniel has become smitten with Cherry She is a gorgeous gal who works in real estate, who is from the wrong side of the tracks Laura is positive that she is after Daniel s money and Daniel doesn t see it Immediately thereafter cracks start to emerge in Laura and Daniel s relatio 3 Stars.Laura loves her life she has an amazing relationship with her son Daniel and she has an uber successful job In an instant it comes crashing down and Laura doesn t see it coming It happens because of a girl Daniel has become smitten with Cherry She is a gorgeous gal who works in real estate, who is from the wrong side of the tracks Laura is positive that she is after Daniel s money and Daniel doesn t see it Immediately thereafter cracks start to emerge in Laura and Daniel s relationship and Cherry is pleased Very pleased Cherry wants Daniel all to herself you see and she will do whatever she has to do to get him, Laura be damned The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a slow burning psychological family thriller that unfortunately for me just didn t quite take off In addition, it left me wanting as it felt fairly predictable That said, the author however, did a stellar job at making both Laura and Cherry extremely well developed and manipulative, though quite unlikeable I found The Girlfriend to be a quick easy read I tore through it and would recommend it to people looking for an slow burning family suspense Thank you to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Michelle Frances for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review Published on NetGalley, and on 2.11.18 flag 95 likesLike see review View all 45 comments Jan 30, 2018 Sandy The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, netgalley arc, new to me author, 3 star, contemporary fiction, family drama, romantic suspense EXCERPT You re deluded Just let go, let go of him He looked at her with a new distance, as if he didn t know her Stop making excuses for your obsessive behavior You ve driven him away you and you ve only got yourself to blame THE BLURB 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 fall out following an unforgiveable lie It looks at the potentially charged r EXCERPT You re deluded Just let go, let go of him He looked at her with a new distance, as if he didn t know her Stop making excuses for your obsessive behavior You ve driven him away you and you ve only got yourself to blame THE BLURB 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 fall out following an unforgiveable lie It looks at the potentially charged relationship between girlfriend, 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 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 THOUGHTS The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a good, but not great read It is a little slow in places, and I was not particularly enthusiastic about the ending The level of suspense varies, and I found that some situations that ought to have been suspenseful just weren t The opening chapter, a scene from later in the book, didn t work for me I imagine it was designed to increase the reader s anticipation, but it did nothing to increase mine This is one book where the story should have just started at the beginning and continued to slowly build up the tension until the final denouement But, having said that, the characters are well portrayed I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Laura and Izzie, Laura s best friend The close bonds between the two women, friends of old, is well depicted As were the scenes where Laura and Cherry first meet Cherry s social awkwardness just oozed from the page, and while Laura is doing everything to make Cherry feel welcome, Cherry is almost searching for things to take offense at And everything escalates from there, with Laura trying to be friends and Cherry pushing her away, both from herself and Laura s adored only son, until Laura catches Cherry out in a lie and decides that there is or perhaps less to her son s girlfriend than meets the eye The basic storyline is good, and although The Girlfriend missed the mark with me, only just, I think that it is a good debut novel from new author Michelle Frances, and I will be a definite starter for her next book Thank you to Kensington Books via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Please refer to my profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress page flag 92 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Aug 11, 2017 BIBLIOMANIAC MJ rated it it was amazing review of another edition Addictive to the point that whilst on a two hour flight, I found myself wishing my flight was longer just so I could spend some quality time with this gem.I have mentioned before that I am very stingy with my 5 star ratings, only saving them for my absolute favourites and this one definitely fits into that category When it grips you to the point that you can t help thinking about it and talking about it to all who will listen, then you know it s oh SO goooooooood I couldn t get enough of Addictive to the point that whilst on a two hour flight, I found myself wishing my flight was longer just so I could spend some quality time with this gem.I have mentioned before that I am very stingy with my 5 star ratings, only saving them for my absolute favourites and this one definitely fits into that category When it grips you to the point that you can t help thinking about it and talking about it to all who will listen, then you know it s oh SO goooooooood I couldn t get enough of reading this masterpiece, yet at the same time I wanted to savour it, not wanting my entertainment to sadly come to an end Oh, the dilemma My curiosity would always get the better of me as I just had to find out how this would come to its conclusion.Daniel is the ultimate catch promising career as a doctor, wealthy upbringing yet still caring, considerate and down to earth Cherry is from the wrong side of the tracks and has made it her life s mission to right that misfortune, no matter what she has to do in order to get there When she meets Daniel, they quickly fall in love and Cherry s dreams are within reach Until she meets Laura, Daniel s mom.Laura has a very close almost too close relationship with her son and she soon starts to question Cherry s motives for being with him.And this my goodread friends is where we are enthralled with a highly captivating, explosive fireworks display with one jaw dropping bang after the next, as evidence of what happens when you put a protective mama bear up against someone whose got nothing to loose and everything to gain It is here we witness the shocking lies, scheming and manipulation by both women that had me dying to know how this would play out.Exciting, clever, fresh, chilling, disturbing, nail bitingI could go on and on Congratulations to Michelle Frances on this fantastic read I will definitely be on the lookout for of the same from this great author Needless to say this one is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED flag 85 likesLike see review View all 40 comments Oct 27, 2017 Carrie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley Cherry has never known what it was like to have money coming from the poor side of town where her single mother worked for years in a supermarket with no hope of anything better Cherry was determined that was not going to be how she spent her life and spent a few months making appointments for real estate showings only to learn the business and snag a job at a nice firm In her new job she meets Daniel while showing him an apartment up for rent Daniel is from a very wealthy family and while he Cherry has never known what it was like to have money coming from the poor side of town where her single mother worked for years in a supermarket with no hope of anything better Cherry was determined that was not going to be how she spent her life and spent a few months making appointments for real estate showings only to learn the business and snag a job at a nice firm In her new job she meets Daniel while showing him an apartment up for rent Daniel is from a very wealthy family and while he will never need for anything in his life with his trust fund on hand he has still gone to medical school and wants to become a doctor When Daniel walked into the real estate office he never imagined meeting the woman of his dreams but as soon as he saw Cherry he knew he wanted to ask her out Things move quickly between the pair and soon Daniel brings Cherry home to meet his parents Laura is Daniel s mother and she has spent her life making sure her son has the best of everything in the world After suffering the loss of one child Laura vowed to always protect Daniel with everything she had and that he would never want for anything When Laura first hears of Daniel s new love she s quite excited for the prospect of a daughter in law but things quickly seem to just not quite be right with Cherry putting Laura on edge The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is being sold as a psychological thriller but I m almost hesitant to call it as such but possibly of a suspenseful drama Either way or what you choose to list it under this was easily one read that immediately hooked me in and didn t want to let go keeping the pages turning until the very end Laura and Cherry both have their flaws and make their mistakes along the way leaving them both characters that are easy to dislike at any point On the flip side though each woman in Daniel s life had moments that I would also feel sorry for them and begin to root them on leaving me with a tug of war on how to even want this one to turn out The manipulation and lies ooze from each page but underneath it all is a feeling that this story could very well really happen which made it all the intense In the end I d definitely recommend picking up a copy of The Girlfriend and giving this one a read.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For reviews please visit flag 76 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Apr 06, 2017 Dash fan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley 5 ReviewI absolutely loved the girlfriend It was fast paced, exciting, very clever, and a chilling in places Daniel is from a very wealthy family He meets the charming Cherry in an Estate Agents whilst looking for a place to buy.Cherry is from a poorer family in Croydon She dreams of living the wealthy lifestyle and strives to achieve bigger things Then along comes wealthy Daniel They have instant chemistry and things between them move very quickly.Laura is Daniels Mother She is in a lo 5 ReviewI absolutely loved the girlfriend It was fast paced, exciting, very clever, and a chilling in places Daniel is from a very wealthy family He meets the charming Cherry in an Estate Agents whilst looking for a place to buy.Cherry is from a poorer family in Croydon She dreams of living the wealthy lifestyle and strives to achieve bigger things Then along comes wealthy Daniel They have instant chemistry and things between them move very quickly.Laura is Daniels Mother She is in a loveless marriage, she is very unhappy as her husband is having a long term affair with he s work, the golf course he s mistress Laura lost a little girl She then fell pregnant with Daniel and vowed she would protect him and never let him out of her sight But in doing so she appears to smother Daniel and in turn pushes her husband away due to their unbreakable bond.When Laura finds out about Cherry she is hurt at first but then seems excited as she could be like the daughter she lost.Laura doesn t even entertain that they are from different walks of lives.Cherry quickly makes it obvious to the reader she has a problem with it She has taken a disliking to their strong bond and asserts her place by simple actions As we all know actions can speak louder than words Laura decides to throw Cherry an olive branch and invites her to their home in South of France Cherry has no chance in going so she lies to her boss saying her grandmother is sick.As the days goes on you see Cherry determined to spend as little time with Laura as possible Putting Daniel in awkward positions He clearly adores he s mother but he has a new women in he s life and Cherry is about to spray her mark.The day comes for Cherry to leave But she spins off another lie saying her boss has told her to use all her holidays Laura is increasingly suspisuspicious and decides to do some snooping It s here she discovers an open return ticket.Cherry had no intentions of returning.Cherry comes home and realises her things have been touched, and so the sinister and clever mind games start to unfold All at Lauras expense.Cherry is very clever, she s so determined to have the richer lifestyle she will stop at nothing She gleefully admits to the reader getting into debt to purchase a painting for Daniel, Only for her to destroy it and pin the blame on Laura.She s calculating and extremely clever I felt sorry for Laura in the beginning as she was really trying with Cherry She never seemed to let her background interfere with getting to know her.Cherry on the other hand, scared me She was manipulative, calculating, cold and had me scared Daniel was the victim as all he did was fall in love At times I wanted to shake him, tell him to open he s eyes and see what was happening He was so blinded by lust and love.I don t want to give any away as I feel I ve set the scene fairly well I urge you to read The Girlfriend to see what happens next This is just the start and things get chilling as the story develops.I loved every minute of this book I was reading till the early hours It kept me on tender hooks and was 100% believable.Women can and will go to extreme lengths to protect what s theirs especially when it comes to their children Which is what makes this book so great and very scary Great character development, very real characters and situations Loved the sinister twists and clever plotting from both women.I highly recommend this book, it s a different take on a thriller In some ways I feel this makes it even chilling as it s likely to happen.I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for a honest and fair review via Netgalley flag 69 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Feb 10, 2018 Sarah Joint rated it really liked it review of another edition It can be hard for a mother to let her son go to relinquish her place as the woman in their life It s hard to imagine no longer being the first person they go to for comfort, for congratulations, for support But what happens when that is made even difficult by a bad feeling in regards to the woman your son has fallen in love with There s just something wrong with her something a bit dark, something calculated and manipulative How do you deal with that I would certainly recommen It can be hard for a mother to let her son go to relinquish her place as the woman in their life It s hard to imagine no longer being the first person they go to for comfort, for congratulations, for support But what happens when that is made even difficult by a bad feeling in regards to the woman your son has fallen in love with There s just something wrong with her something a bit dark, something calculated and manipulative How do you deal with that I would certainly recommend this one if you want a domestic drama with some thriller aspects that s very juicy The rivalries in this one are intense, and there s no limit to what these two women will do to both keep and protect the same man It s not a short book, but I flew through it in just a few sittings It s very gripping While I thought the main character Laura would be hard to identify with because of her immense wealth and success in life, I felt for her so much Even when her actions seem tinged with insanity and desperation, you feel for her Cherry is the opposite of Laura Her calculated actions are intended only to benefit herself, hardly ever worrying about anyone else She s a fascinating character, but not one who I would want to meet.Daniel is in every sense of the word, a catch He s training to be a doctor, and he s compassionate and caring Though he was lucky enough to be born into money, he hasn t let that affect his ambition and drive to make something of himself When he meets Cherry, he s smitten Though she was never afforded the same opportunities as he was, she too seems driven and ambitious but is that just a cover for the gold digger who lies underneath This is a crazy book who manages to go off the rails but still make it possible to suspend your disbelief a bit and enjoy the ride I m so glad I finally got the chance to read it, having had it on my to read list for some time I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Kensington Books, thank you My review is honest and unbiased. flag 61 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Dec 29, 2017 Theresa Alan rated it really liked it review of another edition This novel, set in Kensington, England, pits the two women that love twenty three year old medical student Daniel against each other His mother Laura and his new girlfriend Cherry Daniel never wanted for anything growing up Cherry, on the other hand, lived in poverty and is desperate for a way out, even if it means lying a bit on her resume and pushing her mother out of her life as much as possible Both Cherry and Laura initially hope to have a great relationship with one another, but misund This novel, set in Kensington, England, pits the two women that love twenty three year old medical student Daniel against each other His mother Laura and his new girlfriend Cherry Daniel never wanted for anything growing up Cherry, on the other hand, lived in poverty and is desperate for a way out, even if it means lying a bit on her resume and pushing her mother out of her life as much as possible Both Cherry and Laura initially hope to have a great relationship with one another, but misunderstandings and awkwardness give way to simmering tension that just gets worse and worse I could see things from both women s perspective, but I found myself siding with the mother As their lies become convoluted, they manage to destroy each other bit by bit damaging the other woman s career and other relationships, which leads to a wonderfully suspenseful ending I enjoyed this book, which will be RELEASED JANUARY 30, 2018 Thanks so much to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel.For of my reviews, please visit flag 61 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 16, 2018 Marialyce rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves net galley 4.5 freakishly scary starsCan money buy happiness Laura has what seems to be everything, money, a gorgeous home, a wealthy husband, and a wonderfully loving and handsome son, Daniel They live in a gorgeous home and even have a villa in the south of France Life, it seems, is wonderful.Then Daniel meets Cherry, a young real estate agent, and things start to click between them Cherry has never had much She grew up poor and is ever so embarrassed by her roots She wants , a lot , and sees 4.5 freakishly scary starsCan money buy happiness Laura has what seems to be everything, money, a gorgeous home, a wealthy husband, and a wonderfully loving and handsome son, Daniel They live in a gorgeous home and even have a villa in the south of France Life, it seems, is wonderful.Then Daniel meets Cherry, a young real estate agent, and things start to click between them Cherry has never had much She grew up poor and is ever so embarrassed by her roots She wants , a lot , and sees Daniel as a possible a way into the lifestyle she feels she so deserves She feels herself falling for him and the fact that he is rich only adds to his allure.However, tragedy strikes and a lie is told As the repercussions of that lie happen, we see the ways in which the characters react and how it changes the direction of their lives Ms Frances has written a wonderfully engrossing psychological thriller which propels the reader into the minds and hearts of her characters This was one of those hard to put down stories that often keep one up burning the midnight oil However, the ending did seem slightly rushed but overall this was quite the exciting read.Many thanks to Michelle Frances, Kensington Books, and NetGalley for providing an ARC of this novel flag 49 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Apr 04, 2017 sue rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves net galley, family drama Oh I so count myself lucky I got on with my Mother in law and that I am grounded.This is a book you will start and be prepared you won t want to drag yourself away from I stayed with it until I finished it the early hours of this morning.RelationshipsYes, they are the hardest to keep, the hardest to keep steady but throw in an unsteady person, jealousy and then things crack.Daniel and Cherry The Girlfriend.Daniel was raised in a well to do family his aim was to become a Doctor.Cherry never had Oh I so count myself lucky I got on with my Mother in law and that I am grounded.This is a book you will start and be prepared you won t want to drag yourself away from I stayed with it until I finished it the early hours of this morning.RelationshipsYes, they are the hardest to keep, the hardest to keep steady but throw in an unsteady person, jealousy and then things crack.Daniel and Cherry The Girlfriend.Daniel was raised in a well to do family his aim was to become a Doctor.Cherry never had those kind of roots but she wants to become an Estate Agent.They meet, they fall in love.Things go wellAt the start.Laura, the Mother in law likes CherryThen believes that Cherry is only with her one and only son for his money.So now the dynamics change.Both become vindictive, controlling and darn right nasty women Here comes a train wreck.But who is going to survive Things happen to both women I took some glee from some consequences as both females were so unlikeable you just couldn t help yourself.There are some really good, nail biting, on the edge of your seat mind blowing tummy churning moments in this read I was absolutely hooked Hold on to your seat belt.This is a debut.Yes, the authors very first book.If this is anything to go by, I cannot wait for future books from her.What a journey Thank you Pan Macmillan via Netgalley for my copy flag 47 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 27, 2017 Nazanin rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017, thriller, fiction 4.25 Stars A mother thought their child perfect than anyone but mothers also knew their children better than anyone else did Well, for her first book it was damn great Such a thrilling story So compelling She enraged me with those characters Howard for his damn coolness about his family Actually I think his family didn t matter to him Daniel with all his naivety that chose his NEW girlfriend above his MOTHER Oh, Cherry I liked her she was so smart and at the same time I desp 4.25 Stars A mother thought their child perfect than anyone but mothers also knew their children better than anyone else did Well, for her first book it was damn great Such a thrilling story So compelling She enraged me with those characters Howard for his damn coolness about his family Actually I think his family didn t matter to him Daniel with all his naivety that chose his NEW girlfriend above his MOTHER Oh, Cherry I liked her she was so smart and at the same time I despised her She was quite a character There was little money when Cherry was growing up She wanted to escape from her poverty life She was jealous of everything, most about people with money She couldn t bear other reject her for some reasons And when she met Daniel, she takes this opportunity to save herself And Laura I really liked her Of course she did something really wrong but at that moment maybe she thinks it was the best thing to do, she was so desperate for being with her son I liked that with everything Cherry did, she didn t stop confronting her Even though Daniel was an adult, she did everything she thought was right to protect him I loved that My only complaint is about the ending It was slow and simple, I expected something exciting for the ending The story is told in multiple POV, 3rd person It s a stand alone novel It was fast paced The story was really well written and the characters were perfect and definitely a page turner Overall, I really enjoyed it and I hope you like it as well flag 49 likesLike see review View all 32 comments Jun 23, 2017 Malia rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery suspense 3.5 starsThough it took me a while to finish, I thought The Girlfriend was a solid mystery It was cleverly plotted, if a little slow paced, and the characters were intriguing and multi dimensional It had certain predictable aspects, which made me guess the ending fairly early on, but I didn t really mind That being said, 450 pages is too long for this story it could easily have been told in 300 All the same, it was a good read and I ll keep my eye out for this author s futures books.Find mo 3.5 starsThough it took me a while to finish, I thought The Girlfriend was a solid mystery It was cleverly plotted, if a little slow paced, and the characters were intriguing and multi dimensional It had certain predictable aspects, which made me guess the ending fairly early on, but I didn t really mind That being said, 450 pages is too long for this story it could easily have been told in 300 All the same, it was a good read and I ll keep my eye out for this author s futures books.Find reviews and bookish fun at flag 42 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jul 23, 2017 Mandy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves library books, read in 2017 This was actually really good A fast paced, compelling read.The protagonist is Laura, a woman who has a good job, and is wealthy but is estranged from her husband but won t divorce him They live in the same house, and she cooks for him sometimes but Howard has been having an affair for years Laura s one great love is her son, Daniel.He is now 23 years old and a trainee doctor Laura is pleased and proud and quite smug that her son is so handsome and has done so well Then Daniel meets Cherry This was actually really good A fast paced, compelling read.The protagonist is Laura, a woman who has a good job, and is wealthy but is estranged from her husband but won t divorce him They live in the same house, and she cooks for him sometimes but Howard has been having an affair for years Laura s one great love is her son, Daniel.He is now 23 years old and a trainee doctor Laura is pleased and proud and quite smug that her son is so handsome and has done so well Then Daniel meets Cherry.This story moves along at a cracking pace, and I never felt bored while reading As I worked my way through the book, I was turning pages faster and faster, I was that engrossed in the story.Neither Laura or Cherry are really at all likeable and Daniel comes across as almost too good to be true If he was raised almost exclusively by Laura, how did he get to be that nice, I kept thinking, and for me, that was the one chink in this book Still, suspend all disbelief, and give this book a read It is a perfect holiday read, one which I enjoyed immensely flag 40 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 10, 2018 Amy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves ninja, physical arcs This book was not was I was expecting but I don t mean that in a negative way, I guess I was thinking it would be fast paced, intense and twisty and instead it was slower, with a subtle intensity and while it definitely had some surprises it wasn t as twisty as I had imagined it would be I do think it s best to go into this knowing as little as possible about the plot so I won t be delving into that too much, you really need to discover things on your own to fully appreciate this book.This is a This book was not was I was expecting but I don t mean that in a negative way, I guess I was thinking it would be fast paced, intense and twisty and instead it was slower, with a subtle intensity and while it definitely had some surprises it wasn t as twisty as I had imagined it would be I do think it s best to go into this knowing as little as possible about the plot so I won t be delving into that too much, you really need to discover things on your own to fully appreciate this book.This is a slow burn, it opens with an intriguing beginning and then it flips back in time You hear from Laura, her son Daniel and his new girlfriend Cherry and there sections sometimes overlap and aren t clearly labeled which is usually a popular choice This wasn t an issue for me, I actually found myself appreciating this structure and found the switches in narratives to be smooth and uncomplicated I didn t find either woman to be likable but they were very entertaining, there was a real feeling of cat and mouse and I was always wondering who would do what next, that aspect was unpredictable though there were some minor plot points that I saw coming I wasn t bothered by this though as the writing was so strong and there was a powerful, palpable sense of anticipation and apprehension that steadily increased as the story unfolded.Read this if you re looking for a character driven drama about manipulation with chilling moments and are able to be patient enough to wait awhile before the story really heats up There was something intoxicating about being drawn in slowly instead of hit in the face with a crazy, action packed plot that worked well for me As strong as things were by the last quarter of the book I do have to admit that I was a tiny bit disappointed by the ending, it was a little weak But I can overlook it this time because I was addicted and throughly entertained by most of it flag 38 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Oct 04, 2017 Tooter rated it really liked it review of another edition 3.75 Stars The Girlfriend is a fast paced, well written mystery by Michelle Frances It s a bit predictable with an abrupt ending that left me wanting maybe an epilogue from Daniel s point of view Overall it was a good read and I would not hesitate to read from this author Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC flag 38 likesLike see review Feb 26, 2017 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it review of another edition The Girlfriend was highly addictive a read in one sitting tale of the divide between a girl and her boyfriend s mother or in this case two rather unlikable manipulative women each trying to one up each other, a scenario that doesn t end particularly well for anyone.I loved the character dynamics in this seriously twisted, I m not sure if I m talking about the Mother or the Girlfriend to be honest it is also quite an intriguing little take on how money divides us The haves and the have n The Girlfriend was highly addictive a read in one sitting tale of the divide between a girl and her boyfriend s mother or in this case two rather unlikable manipulative women each trying to one up each other, a scenario that doesn t end particularly well for anyone.I loved the character dynamics in this seriously twisted, I m not sure if I m talking about the Mother or the Girlfriend to be honest it is also quite an intriguing little take on how money divides us The haves and the have not s, how just a little bit of jealousy can turn into an untenable situation Especially if you are not exactly the steady grounded type to begin with.I felt sorry for Daniel and for his Dad but as for the other two, the best thing about The Girlfriend was my distinct tendency to be really gleeful when horrible things happened to either of them Cherry was strangely sympathetic at times, Laura was incredibly not so for much of it, but as they were both bringing it on themselves with their own actions, it was a strange kind of pleasure to watch them both get into hot water at various times during the telling.Who wins in the end In The Girlfriend it s a bit like who might be the lesser of two evils and you ll have to read it to find out but it is a genuine page turner so I don t think you ll find that to be much of a chore.Thoroughly enjoyed it It appealed to my wicked side flag 34 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 31, 2017 Stacey rated it liked it review of another edition When I was approved for The Girlfriend from NetGalley, I was giddy with excitement I waited for the perfect time to dig in Right away I m sucked in A few pages in and I m telling my husband about the mother that s obsessed with her son and feeling a little put off by the new girlfriendHe interrupts me, Like you ha, ha very funny If he thought that was going to curb my enthusiasm from telling him , he was so wrong I couldn t stop talking about it.Ok, ok, so Daniel is from a wealthy When I was approved for The Girlfriend from NetGalley, I was giddy with excitement I waited for the perfect time to dig in Right away I m sucked in A few pages in and I m telling my husband about the mother that s obsessed with her son and feeling a little put off by the new girlfriendHe interrupts me, Like you ha, ha very funny If he thought that was going to curb my enthusiasm from telling him , he was so wrong I couldn t stop talking about it.Ok, ok, so Daniel is from a wealthy family and Cherry is not There is instant attraction and soon Cherry has dinner at Daniel s parents house Laura is Daniel s mother and she is very friendly and accommodating to Cherry, but Cherry senses a possessiveness that Laura has with Daniel There is a little undercurrent of jealousy on both of their parts.They all go on a vacation to the family villa It s extravagant and the only thing Cherry wants is to be alone with Daniel without the mother tagging along Laura is doing everything she can to plan outings so she can get to know Cherry better, but she s met with them disappearing Don t leave a shunned mother alone to find things to do Innocently enough she finds out a little something about Cherry that doesn t sit well with her THIS IS THE END OF MY BOOK The suspense is killing me I have to wait until 1 18 to read the rest Ugh 3 stars because I haven t read the whole book.I appreciate the publisher Kensington and NetGalley for allowing me to get a sample of what I m absolutely sure is going to be a fantastic read flag 33 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jun 06, 2017 Jan rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, suspense 2.5 starsI m not a big fan of books that overly explain characters inner thoughts or feelings This story was told from 3 POV s, so unfortunately this style of writing was everywhere I almost gave up, but it reads fast, so I decided to see how things played out.The only POV I cared for was Daniel, but he was a minor player compared to his Mother and his girlfriend Cherry Both of these two characters deserved each other Fake, narcissistic, emotionally needy, manipulative, and selfish are just 2.5 starsI m not a big fan of books that overly explain characters inner thoughts or feelings This story was told from 3 POV s, so unfortunately this style of writing was everywhere I almost gave up, but it reads fast, so I decided to see how things played out.The only POV I cared for was Daniel, but he was a minor player compared to his Mother and his girlfriend Cherry Both of these two characters deserved each other Fake, narcissistic, emotionally needy, manipulative, and selfish are just a few words to describe what they are made of.What unfolds here is a poor representation of women who behave badly when it comes to getting what they want ARC provided by NetGalley flag 28 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Aug 26, 2017 Cindy Burnett rated it really liked it review of another edition 3.5 4 starsThe Girlfriend is a wild and somewhat predictable ride, but it certainly held my attention The story is entertaining but unfolded a little differently than I was expecting, partly I think because I was expecting an unreliable narrator type tale when instead it is suspense and family drama I didn t love any of the characters, but I think that is frequently the case in these type of stories because they do things I would never dream of doing, and that is what makes the book enj 3.5 4 starsThe Girlfriend is a wild and somewhat predictable ride, but it certainly held my attention The story is entertaining but unfolded a little differently than I was expecting, partly I think because I was expecting an unreliable narrator type tale when instead it is suspense and family drama I didn t love any of the characters, but I think that is frequently the case in these type of stories because they do things I would never dream of doing, and that is what makes the book enjoyable My biggest takeaway from the story is that when my son is older I am going to carefully vet anyone he dates I received an advance review copy of this book from the Great Thoughts Ninja Review Team All opinions are my own flag 25 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 25, 2018 Bark rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley review, fiction This book promises a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller It is gripping but it isn t any of the other things If you know that going in and you love reading about horrible people as much as I do, you ll likely enjoy it much I requested it so long ago that I didn t remember a thing about the blurb until I just went back and read it now and I m glad of that Laura s life is one of wealth and privilege but her marriage is devoid of warmth and love She s focused all of her lo This book promises a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller It is gripping but it isn t any of the other things If you know that going in and you love reading about horrible people as much as I do, you ll likely enjoy it much I requested it so long ago that I didn t remember a thing about the blurb until I just went back and read it now and I m glad of that Laura s life is one of wealth and privilege but her marriage is devoid of warmth and love She s focused all of her love on her grown son Daniel He loves his mom and seems to be a decent son, despite her smothering, but when a new girlfriend enters the picture Laura quickly decides that Cherry is nothing but a pretty, little gold digger and she does not like her The first half or so of this book is an intense character study of Cherry and Laura We get to know them, their motives, their desires, their vicious inner thoughts and their incredible flaws You can see a true mess in the making and it so much fun to read As things progress, you realize just how far these two women will go to have things go their way They are both deviously awful humans One is smothering, selfish, mean spirited, and than a little evil The other is shallow, materialistic, vindictive, and totally evil Horrid, terrible people and I loved reading about them Even though there are really no true surprises here and not a lot happens in the first half, the book is incredibly infectious Once I started reading I just had to keep going to find out what nasty thing was going to be said and done next When a whopper of a lie is told by one of the women, the book spirals into a pit of doom and from that point thereafter I read it straight through until the end.I received a copy of this book from Netgalley but it was only the first 13 chapters Why would they do that to anyone I ended up getting my copy from my local library but had to wait a few months before my number was called flag 23 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 03, 2017 Laura rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves three star The number one selling thriller is not quite that, but a good book all the same Said genre is very en vogue right now, which seems to allow publishers to market their books as fast paced thrillers when in reality they are anything but.Cherry is thrilled when she meets the handsome and wealthy Daniel who also happens to be a doctor cliche much and sees a way out of her rather mundane existence Her worst nightmare is ending up like her mother, living in a cramped flat in Croydon and working The number one selling thriller is not quite that, but a good book all the same Said genre is very en vogue right now, which seems to allow publishers to market their books as fast paced thrillers when in reality they are anything but.Cherry is thrilled when she meets the handsome and wealthy Daniel who also happens to be a doctor cliche much and sees a way out of her rather mundane existence Her worst nightmare is ending up like her mother, living in a cramped flat in Croydon and working in a supermarket I found Cherry to be rather unfair towards her mother, at times it made me cringe a little As other reviewers have noted, the author seems to have an unsettled hatred of Croydon as she references how awful it is several times throughout the story The story really begins when Cherry is introduced to Daniels mother, the slightly overbearing Laura As many women can sympathise with, the relationship with your boyfriends mother can be slightly difficult at times The author falls into many traps associated with her style of writing but even so, I did actually look forward to continue reading her book Yes, there are too many cliches in this book and some readers may find this annoying The genre very much feels like a domestic saga than the thriller I was promised but I did enjoy it overall I will probably read another book by Frances flag 23 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 03, 2017 Joanne Robertson rated it really liked it review of another edition I probably couldn t have chosen a worse week to read The Girlfriend as my own nest finally became empty this weekend after 25 years and I m feeling very emotional and redundant at present But thankfully my situation is very different to Laura s as I have daughter s and not sons so the first thing that came to mind when I started The Girlfriend was that old saying A son s a son till he takes a wife, a daughter s a daughter for all of her life Unfortunately for Laura, her family circumstances I probably couldn t have chosen a worse week to read The Girlfriend as my own nest finally became empty this weekend after 25 years and I m feeling very emotional and redundant at present But thankfully my situation is very different to Laura s as I have daughter s and not sons so the first thing that came to mind when I started The Girlfriend was that old saying A son s a son till he takes a wife, a daughter s a daughter for all of her life Unfortunately for Laura, her family circumstances made her much vulnerable to an extreme reaction to her son moving on with his new life She is devastated but instead of turning it into a positive and thinking I m not losing a son, I m gaining a daughter Laura decides that Cherry isn t good enough for her precious boy and starts looking for ways to discredit her.I wasn t too sure to begin with here who s side I was supposed to be on Laura may have had a fabulous job and a wonderfully close relationship with her only child, her son Daniel, but I found myself feeling sorry for her as she seemed so incredibly lonely At a time in her life where she should have been free to start living a relaxed existence with her husband in their financially secure lifestyle, she has to deal with the girlfriend from hell Or is she Cherry seems like a lovely young girl, intelligent and wanting to better herself in life and there s nothing wrong with that there The Girlfriend grabbed me from the start and it s gripping storyline had me totally mesmorised as I watched both women bring out the worst in each other, all for the love of Daniel whom I actually found to a very weak willed and rather uninspiring character at the best of times He seemed to be totally besotted by Cherry, blind to all the clues that she was obviously hiding secrets and her true feelings from him so I got terribly frustrated by him This is a fabulous debut, creepily realistic with a whole cast of characters that I really didn t like but couldn t tear my eye away from.The perfect ending topped off this thoughtfully written thriller and left me feeling thoroughly satisfied, if a bit sad that it had all come to an end flag 23 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jan 31, 2018 Zoe rated it really liked it review of another edition Riveting, complex, and well crafted The Girlfriend is a character driven, domestic thriller that delves into the embattled relationship that can occur between a mother and her son s significant other when they re both ruthlessly determined to be the most important woman in his life.The writing is precise and intense The characters are self absorbed, troubled, devious, and at times despicable And the plot, told from multiple perspectives, starts with a bang and continues to ratchet up the tensi Riveting, complex, and well crafted The Girlfriend is a character driven, domestic thriller that delves into the embattled relationship that can occur between a mother and her son s significant other when they re both ruthlessly determined to be the most important woman in his life.The writing is precise and intense The characters are self absorbed, troubled, devious, and at times despicable And the plot, told from multiple perspectives, starts with a bang and continues to ratchet up the tension as it subtly unravels all the personalities, histories, and motivations within it.The Girlfriend is a chilling, intriguing, page turner that at its core is a novel about family, manipulation, jealousy, deception, and obsession It s a wonderful debut for Frances, and I can t wait to read what she comes up with next.Thank you to Publishers Group Canada for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.All my reviews can be found on my blog at flag 22 likesLike see review Apr 07, 2018 Frank Phillips rated it liked it review of another edition Wow, what a crazy, unexpected, abrupt ending going into this book I had absolutely no expectations, as a matter of fact I thought it might just be one of those meh books that I m moderately enjoy but will forget Within days of putting down, completely not the case here This book sucked me in from the very beginning and would not let me go until the very last page something about the writing, I just found it compulsively readable and wanted it with me wherever I went gym, work you name it Wow, what a crazy, unexpected, abrupt ending going into this book I had absolutely no expectations, as a matter of fact I thought it might just be one of those meh books that I m moderately enjoy but will forget Within days of putting down, completely not the case here This book sucked me in from the very beginning and would not let me go until the very last page something about the writing, I just found it compulsively readable and wanted it with me wherever I went gym, work you name it I feel like this would be a great movie if it s already not being discussed or optioned to be one the plot is quite simple, crazy girl from a lower middle class single mother family, meets and targets wealthy, innocent, perfect charming Rich boy, and his fierce, protective stubborn mother, who will stop at no odds to protect her only child from what she perceives as a mistake in the making some of the things that go down go way beyond demented and are things I never would have thought of doing to get even with even my worst enemy Naturally of course I loved it this is a solid 3.5 Star read and I would recommend this to just about everyone flag 21 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 23, 2018 Kristy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, ebook, read in 2018, arc, fiction, suspense, kensington Laura is a wealthy woman with a successful career in the entertainment industry and a very close relationship to her son, Daniel, who is studying to be a doctor She cherishes this closeness, but that all changes when Daniel meets Cherry, a beautiful young woman who hasn t had all the opportunities that Laura and Daniel s wealth has brought them When Daniel meets Cherry while searching for a flat, she immediately recognizes all that he could bring to her life The pair quickly form a romantic r Laura is a wealthy woman with a successful career in the entertainment industry and a very close relationship to her son, Daniel, who is studying to be a doctor She cherishes this closeness, but that all changes when Daniel meets Cherry, a beautiful young woman who hasn t had all the opportunities that Laura and Daniel s wealth has brought them When Daniel meets Cherry while searching for a flat, she immediately recognizes all that he could bring to her life The pair quickly form a romantic relationship, and Cherry and Laura are eager to meet But the meeting doesn t go well and the two get off to a rocky start Laura worries Cherry is only after Daniel s money Cherry feels that Laura is standing in the way of her happiness with Daniel Will they ever see eye to eye This was a slow build novel focused on a limited cast of characters, but it had a remarkable ability to draw you into its tale of an overbearing mother and overachieving young woman Its strength is in its characters, its slow, tense reveals, and the careful buildup to the ending, which while potentially inevitable, will have you frantically flipping pages, wondering what will happen to these crazy people The book works the popular unreliable narrator trope well There are certainly early clues that neither Laura or Cherry are exactly as they seem, and you are left wondering what is going on, and who can you trust If you re like me, you ll take sides early on, even both seem a bit outlandish Indeed, I found some parts a bit melodramatic. Laura initially seems a little overprotective of Daniel who is in his mid 20s and Cherry a bit to harsh to jump to conclusions a lot of childishness and pettiness reigns early on Poor Daniel probably would have been better off jumping on a plane and leaving both behind The book dragged at times, but really had some power in its characters Cherry could be quite frightening and there was quite an intense, ongoing mental fight between these two women It accompanies a slow, tense creep to the book that I definitely enjoyed The novel was not exactly what I was expecting It takes a dark turn about halfway through and then there are some twists and turns in the latter half Laura is a sad figure even if her actions are a bit insane I found myself empathizing with her, even if she was a bit frustrating at times Overall, this was rather enjoyable It s slow sometimes and perhaps not really a true thriller My ARC version was a bit hard to read words were stuck together and the lines didn t go all the way to the end of the page, plus it s hard to tell when we change POV Nonetheless, this is a very creepy psychological suspense novel that you ll want to keep reading 4 stars I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Edelweiss in return for an unbiased review thank you it is available everywhere as of 01 30 2018 Blog Twitter Facebook Google Instagram flag 24 likesLike see review View all 6 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Forsyth County Pu October 2018 The Girlfriend 2 6 Oct 24, 2018 07 28AM Play Book Tag The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances 4 1 2 stars 1 13 Jul 08, 2018 12 20PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Michelle Frances graduated from Bournemouth Film School and then from the Masters programme at the American Film Institute, Los Angeles Returning to London, she has worked for several years in film and TV as a script editor and producer for both the independent sector and the BBC Her first novel, The Girlfriend, became an international best seller Her new novel is called The Temp Find out Michelle Frances graduated from Bournemouth Film School and then from the Masters programme at the American Film Institute, Los Angeles Returning to London, she has worked for several years in film and TV as a script editor and producer for both the independent sector and the BBC Her first novel, The Girlfriend, became an international best seller Her new novel is called The Temp Find out at


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    1. This review is featured on my Mini Review Monday segment I think this would be better suited as a domestic drama than being pushed as a thriller of any variety I know that psychological thrillers are hot right now and the title sells books, but readers like me who go in with certain expectations will only feel lukewarm about this story While it wasn t a bad read by any means, I m afraid it wasn t great or anything I haven t read before There were cliches abundant in this story and the pacing Thi [...]


    2. 4.25 slow burning stars .25 What do you get when the ultimate helicopter mom and the ultimate gold digger go head to head You get a pretty spectacular book Laura is a true mama bear who cannot let go her obsession with her only son borders on oddCherry grew up thinking she deserved so much and she will stop at nothing to get what she feels she deserves so who will be left standing at the end the mom or the girlfriend The beginning of this book was a definite slow burn 4.25 slow burning stars .2 [...]


    3. The Girlfriend was highly highly addictive It s clever, unique, and fast paced What I liked about this psychological thriller is it s something that I haven t seen before I feel like I ve read quite a few thrillers over the last few months that have the SAME storyline So, Michelle I commend you on creating an addictive and sassy thriller This little baby kept me on my TOES like I m talking almost falling off the edge anticipation to find out what happens between these two manipulative wom The Gi [...]


    4. 3.5 It all starts with one little white lie it can t hurt anyone Come on No one will ever know The problem is, just like potato chips, can you stop at just one And exactly how many lies are needed to get what you really want When Cherry meets David, maybe one tiny lie slipped out Just enough to gain his attention Oh, and maybe one just to hold that attention When she meets David s mother, well you see where this is going The heart wantswhat the heart wantsLaura loves her son 3.5 I [...]


    5. 4 inventive and suspenseful stars to The Girlfriend Michelle Frances told quite the original tale Laura is a mother who feels like she has it all Until one day, her son, Daniel, with whom she is over involved, brings home Cherry, a girl who Laura firmly believes is all wrong for Daniel As Laura and Daniel s relationship grows apart, Cherry relishes having Daniel all to herself Both Laura and Cherry are unlikable characters and jealous over each other s relationship with Daniel This 4 inventive a [...]


    6. Take one overbearing mother and add in a young woman on the prowl for a rich husband That sets the stage for the beginning of The Girlfriend Laura lives for her only son Her husband has golf and his own affair, so she is basically alone and unloved But I couldn t understand her making her son her sun , her be all and end all, around which her whole world revolved I mean, the son is 24 and starting his doctoral internship I didn t find her sympathetic at all But neither was Cherry, the gi Take on [...]


    7. 3 Stars.Laura loves her life she has an amazing relationship with her son Daniel and she has an uber successful job In an instant it comes crashing down and Laura doesn t see it coming It happens because of a girl Daniel has become smitten with Cherry She is a gorgeous gal who works in real estate, who is from the wrong side of the tracks Laura is positive that she is after Daniel s money and Daniel doesn t see it Immediately thereafter cracks start to emerge in Laura and Daniel s relatio 3 Star [...]


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