Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances: REVIEW

I was sent this book from the publisher.   My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review. 


"A chilling domestic thriller, The Girlfriend brilliantly renders the relationships between a fiercely protective mother, a charming son, and the young woman who will stop at nothing to come between them.

Laura Cavendish can’t wait to meet the woman who’s won her son’s affection. Despite a successful career in television and a long, prosperous marriage, Laura’s world revolves around kind, talented Daniel. She pictures his new girlfriend, Cherry, becoming a close friend and confidante . . . one day, even a daughter-in-law.

But although Cherry is beautiful and amiable, Laura can’t warm to her. There’s something about the possessive way she touches Daniel, the little lies Laura detects. Cherry seems to resent Laura, driving a wedge between mother and son—until one day Daniel is injured in a terrible accident. Six months later, with Daniel still in a coma and facing death, Laura makes a fateful decision—and carries out an astonishing deceit.

A handsome doctor for a husband, with a trust fund and a family villa in St. Tropez—it was all supposed to be Cherry’s. Now, instead of living with Daniel in his impeccable home, she’s jobless and broke. And then Cherry discovers Laura’s stunning deception. But Cherry is too clever, too ambitious to let her get away with it. She’d already transformed herself into Daniel’s dream woman. Now she’ll become Laura’s worst nightmare.

Author Michelle Frances masterfully weaves both women’s perspectives into this gripping, artfully plotted psychological thriller, propelling the reader through one dark twist after another toward a shocking, unforgettable finale."


My Rating: 3.75 Stars

Format: Paperback

Source: Publisher

Release Date: January 30, 2018

I was sent a copy of The Girlfriend from the publisher.  My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review. 

This was a debut novel from Michelle Frances and I think it was really good.  I am not actually a huge thriller fan, but the cover and the synopsis pulled me!  I do not regret giving this a chance.  This is a little over 350 pages, but I flew through it.

This was a little slow for me in the beginning.  I was a little worried about if I was going to finish it or not.  I normally need to connect with a character and, like others have stated, these are very unlikable characters.  However; the author twists the characters into a plot where you will still want to find out what is going to happen next.  Both Cherry and the Mother are manipulative, calculating, and at times just out of control.  It made for a very good and fast read once things started to pick up.  I was happy I pushed through the beginning, as the story really does start to come together and will take you on a wild ride.

Overall, this is a perfect read for the upcoming Fall season and I definitely recommend giving it a chance.  I cannot wait to see what else Michelle Frances brings us in the future. 

 Michelle Frances

Michelle Frances graduated from Bournemouth Film School in 1996 and then from the Masters programme at the American Film Institute, Los Angeles, in 1998. 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.

The Girlfriend is her first novel.

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