A mother. A son. His girlfriend. And the lie they’ll wish had never been told.
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 hasn’t led Laura’s golden life. And she wants it.
When tragedy strikes, a decision is made and a lie is told. A lie so terrible it changes their lives forever…
The Girlfriend is a taut and wickedly twisted debut psychological thriller—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.
“One of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. I loved The Girlfriend!”
—Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author
“The Girlfriend is a taut psychological thriller, the evil chillingly drawn. Every character is layered and beautifully twisted. Makes me consider running background checks on any potential spouses my children bring home!”
—Karen Rose, New York Times
“A juicy thriller and utterly compulsive reading.”
—Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You
“An original and chilling portrayal of twisted relationships.”
—Debbie Howells, author of The Bones of You
Successful TV producer Laura Cavendish, the heroine of BBC development executive Frances's gripping debut, has poured her heart and soul into rearing her only child, Daniel, now a medical student who lives with her in London. The prospect of his moving to his own flat worries her. Laura grows even more anxious when she meets his new girlfriend, Cherry, who was born on the wrong side of the tracks and using any means necessary to claw her way out of poverty. The first encounter between the two most important women in Daniel's life does not go well. As Laura uncovers Cherry's lies and ruses, Cherry cunningly retaliates, until a rift results between mother and son. After a near-tragic accident, Laura is convinced that there's only way to save her son: she must eliminate Cherry. But Cherry is not going to go away quietly. The tension rises as the two women hurtle toward a final confrontation. Fans of psychological thrillers will eagerly look forward to Frances's next book.
It is unusual to come across a truly unique story where you feel as if you haven’t read some part of it before; however, this book is one of those unique stories. So many things happened and at each turn, what was happening could have ended one of several ways, so you were always kept guessing and always pleasantly surprised with something unexpected. I highly recommend this book!
This was a good read, definitely enjoyed it. I will have to check out her other books after reading this one.
This author was new to me, and I’m looking forward to reading more of her books. I really enjoyed her style of writing and found myself cheering for “Mom”! The other main character was someone who you will “love to hate” - that’s how involved I got with the characters! A good read - very entertaining 😃