The Girlfriend by Michelle FrancesThe Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

The Girlfriend

byMichelle Frances

Paperback | February 26, 2018

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A relentlessly paced domestic noir examining the mother-son-daughter-in-law relationship in a chilling new light.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, 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.
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, England, she 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 nove...
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Title:The GirlfriendFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.76 × 5.94 × 1.17 inPublished:February 26, 2018Publisher:Pan MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1509887970

ISBN - 13:9781509887972

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Took a little bit to fully get into it, a pretty quick ending, but overall a good read. Found myself angry at "the girlfriend" several times while reading so it really had me invested
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting page turner Pleasantly surprised with this fast paced novel. I had an engaging inner monologue trying to reason with both the mom and the girlfriend until we found out more about each character. I'd suggest this book for someone who likes a more relaxed thriller with some suspense here and there.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner! This was a great read! Very fast paced and well written!
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So suspenseful! This book was everything I hoped it would be. A very suspenseful read that I could not put down.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Fast paced, great characters. Overall very much worth a read
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Pleasantly surprised with this book. Fast paced book which keeps you reading and wondering whats going to happen next. Recommend.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very readable I really couldn’t put it down but it’s really hard to love a book when all of the characters are awful people. In the end I was cheering for no one so it didn’t matter who did what because they all seemed terribly stupid.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner! I recently bought this book on impulse and loved every second of reading it! I had never heard of it before I seen it in store but really enjoyed the read overall. While I found the ending somewhat predictable the story had plenty suspense to keep me glued to its pages.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner! Although the book started out slow, it was having me turning the pages and staying up late to read. A great battle of girl and boyfriend's mother and who would be the one that would be believed. I couldn't put it down all weekend!
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting, complex, and well crafted! 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.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Which One A page turner of a read for sure, and found myself rooting first for the mother and then for the girlfriend, as the story unfolded. The author kept pulling on my heart strings as I felt empathy for a Mom as her son is grown, and her marriage is collapsing, and now maybe she will find a friend in her son’s new love. Then we have the girlfriend, and you find her a very smart girl that born into a different family would have achieved a lot, but she is poor, and not happy about it. Of course, there are other ways to achieve what she wants, but then Daniel becomes her obsession. I really didn’t see the ending that happened, but this was quite the ride, and pitted against each other the mother and the girlfriend were quite the pair. A book that is going to keep you up late reading to find the answers, and when you do, surprises abound. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A crazy rollercoaster of perfectly crafted scandal! This book nearly killed me with the suspense of it - in the best way possible. Laurel seems to have it all - a successful career in television, a long marriage to her rich husband, and a wonderful relationship to her 23 year old son Daniel. However, her life from the inside isn't quite as perfect as it looks, with cracks in her marriage, and her relationship with Daniel bordering on obsessive. Suddenly her perfect son meets the girl of his dreams, Cherry. Cherry is beautiful, charming and very, very clever. Cherry's background is no where near as privileged as Daniel's was, and Laurel quickly becomes worried that Cherry's intentions for her son are not nearly as pure as Daniel believes. Laurel and Cherry find themselves locked in a battle for Daniel's affections - and when tragedy strikes, it will all come crumbling down. Michelle Frances knows how to write perfectly complex, and wonderfully horrible characters. One of my very favourite things about this book is how much I enjoyed disliking most of the main characters - I am a sucker for a good villain, and this book delivers on that! Generally speaking, I am usually quite good at sniffing out twists before they happen, but I am happy to admit that this book had me on the edge of me seat, and unable to see what was coming next. I don't want to give away any plot points, because this thriller deserves to be read without expectation - I will say that this read had my anxiety ratcheted up to the highest possible point (in the BEST way) as I was dying to see what would happen, and who would come out on top, the mom or the girlfriend. A completely delightful and scandalous read - this will be a favourite for book clubs everywhere.
Date published: 2018-02-01