The Girlfriend – Michelle Frances

Happy belated release!

Thanks to Kensington Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

THE GIRLFRIEND – Michelle Frances (out now!)

Check back later this week for the collective #CJSReads2018 thoughts 🙂

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My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars!

Not only does this have a great cover, but I always love a great domestic and psychological thriller! THE GIRLFRIEND is a great debut for Michelle Frances. This was more on the lighter side of the thriller genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Laura Cavendish is so excited to finally meet the woman that has stolen her son’s love. Even with her successful television career and happy marriage, her main focus in life is her son, Daniel. She’s hopeful that Cherry, the woman that has won his affection, could become a close friend and maybe one day, her daughter-in-law.

After meeting Cherry, Laura is concerned. She can’t seem to warm up to Cherry. There’s something about the possessiveness towards her son and Laura can’t help but feel that she’s lying to her and Daniel. After Daniel is in a horrible accident that has left him in a coma and near death, Laura carries out an unbelievable lie that she thinks won’t be found out. This has left Cherry homeless, jobless, and without the man she transformed herself for. After learning about Laura’s deception, Cherry has made it her mission to become Laura’s living nightmare.

Both Cherry and Laura were those characters that you love and hate. Cherry is incredibly manipulative and self-absorbed, while Laura lives in her fantasy world that causes her to make some awful judgement calls. While the ending was more predictable it was still a very entertaining read. If you want a good cat and mouse suspense between two women trying to out-smart the other, then this will be one you’ll definitely enjoy!

Overall, this falls under the more character driven suspense novels. So if you’re one that likes getting into the characters’ minds then this would be a great one to pick up. I will be looking for more from Michelle Frances in the future. Again, a solid and entertaining debut!

 

What was a suspense debut you’ve enjoyed so far this year?

–Jess

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