You have a successful career, a loving husband and a baby on the way . . . no-one can replace you, can they?
Carrie is a successful TV producer with the perfect husband and the perfect life. But when she falls pregnant, everything threatens to fall apart.
Emma, the temp, is everything she could wish for as her cover: smart, willing and helpful.
But as she charms her way into Carrie's life, winning over her husband and her colleagues one by one, Carrie suspects Emma is after more than just her job . . .
'Fans of BBC drama The Replacement will lap up this taut and suspenseful tale' - Heat
The Temp is a twisting thriller about ambition, deception and betrayal by Michelle Frances, the number one bestselling author of The Girlfriend.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Michelle Frances charmed us with her debut The Girlfriend, and her second book, The Temp, treats us to a relationship just as twisted. Carrie is a high-flying TV executive at the top of her game when she discovers she’s pregnant. But Carrie needn’t worry about taking leave since her replacement seems so perfect, right? Every chapter of this thriller is taut, tense and packed with a nagging suspicion that just won’t go away. Frances is a master of writing obsessive characters, and we relished getting under the skin of her three complex characters.
British author Frances follows her well-received debut, 2018's The Girlfriend, with an outstanding psychological thriller that focuses on the everyday details of the life of a successful career woman. TV producer Carrie and her script writer husband, Adrian Hill, long ago decided on a childless life. Then, at 42, Carrie discovers she's pregnant, much to Adrian's annoyance. Months later, with the birth of baby Rory approaching, Carrie realizes she needs a temporary assistant during her maternity leave. She hires 24-year-old Emma, a bright, attractive, ambitious script editor who soon comes to worship Carrie. Or is it Carrie's job she worships? Emma works so well with Adrian, her ideas become indispensable to him. And because Rory is too distracting, the two frequently work together at the family beach house. Carrie's suspicious, and she finds Emma snooping in their London house. And Adrian later discovers Emma searching the beach house. Frances, who keeps the suspense high as the action accelerates toward the shattering finale, reinforces her position as a writer to watch.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Well written, in short chapters.
The story is interesting and a bit different although rather implausible at times.
Almost as enjoyable as The Girl Friend.
A good read but fizzled at the end
Really enjoyed it up until the final chapters, the end was rushed, didn’t fit the pace of the book
Easy enough read but nothing new
Probably read to many similar books, was ok and kept me entertained on the train but not the best of its type.