Release Date: 4th May 2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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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.
The Girlfriend is more of a soap than a thriller, which surprised me because it had been pushed so hard as the next big thing. I felt like I was watching an episode of Footballer’s Wives or something because of all the family drama that was going on. I have to be honest, I didn’t particularly enjoy this one. I didn’t hate it either, and I kept reading it because it kind of captivated me, but I didn’t really like it. It’s a tough one.
My main problem was that I didn’t like any of the characters. None of them were nice people, but none of them were particularly interesting to read about either, which could have saved them from boring me to death. The most irritating character was Cherry, the girlfriend. I think the author was trying to go for an Amy vibe, but Cherry is so not Amy. She was frustrating more than anything.
I think having the dual point of view took away any of the mystery for me. I think if the author had taken out Cherry’s POV then it would have been a lot more interesting. But instead it was just disappointing.