The Girlfriend

A girl. A boy. His mother. And the lie she’ll wish she’d never told.

A chilling study in domestic noir, The Girlfriend is a taut and wickedly twisted psychological thriller by BBC Development Executive Michelle Frances. It’s 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.

We all know that family relationships are never straightforward, and we can’t choose our children’s partners. We just have to hope we like them . . .

I can easily see why they say if you’re a fan of Paula Hawkins you should check out Michelle Frances as she has a very similar ability to create a psychological thriller that is unique and pulse racing.

Her fast pace and captivating plot line will have you glad you plunged into this relationship drama that will feel like a breath of fresh air if you’re a thriller addict who feels like they’ve begun to read the same thing on repeat just with a different author’s name on the cover.

The thrill of anticipation will overtake you as you need to know who things are going to work out between Daniel, his girlfriend Cherry who isn’t what she seems and Laura who is Daniel’s mother in deep need of therapy to work out the unhealthy kinks in their mother/son dynamic.

It was making me have flashbacks to my own life. What is it about the mother of sons and the girlfriend? No wonder this theme is used so often – it’s ripe for mayhem and Frances does a great job making it work.

Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to review this book.

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