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A chilling domestic thriller, The Girlfriend brilliantly renders the relationships between a fiercely protective mother, a charming son, and the young woman who will stop at nothing to come between them.
Laura Cavendish can't wait to meet the woman who's won her son's affection. Despite a successful career in television and a long, prosperous marriage, Laura's world revolves around kind, talented Daniel. She pictures his new girlfriend, Cherry, becoming a close friend and confidante day, even a daughter-in-law. But although Cherry is beautiful and amiable, Laura can't warm to her. There's something about the possessive way she touches Daniel, the little lies Laura detects. Cherry seems to resent Laura, driving a wedge between mother and son - until one day Daniel is injured in a terrible accident.
Six months later, with Daniel still in a coma and facing death, Laura makes a fateful decision - and carries out an astonishing deceit. A handsome doctor for a husband, with a trust fund and a family villa in Saint-Tropez - it was all supposed to be Cherry's. Now, instead of living with Daniel in his impeccable home, she's jobless and broke. And then Cherry discovers Laura's stunning deception. But Cherry is too clever, too ambitious to let her get away with it. She has already transformed herself into Daniel's dream woman. Now she'll become Laura's worst nightmare.
Author Michelle Frances masterfully weaves both women's perspectives into this gripping, artfully plotted psychological thriller, propelling the listener through one dark twist after another toward a shocking, unforgettable finale.
©2018 Michelle Frances (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Wendy Carter on 02-10-18

Solid Domestic Thriller

My preferred genres teeter from thriller to sci-fi/horror. Thrillers are fun, but I’m usually not blown away by them. Hence, to be fair, I’m rating this book based on its genre. This is a solid good read! I can usually guess the plot and what the characters will do next, however, this one kept me guessing. Kudos to Michelle Frances. This one is a home run!
The writer could make me despise a character one moment and empathize with her the next. It was a rollercoaster and kept me on the edge of my seat and listening every chance I got. If you love thrillers, get this!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Wendi on 02-04-18

Keep listening, it's worth it..

I started listening to 'The Girlfriend' with high expectations. I downloaded it as soon as it was available and dove in. At first, I had a very hard time staying focused. The narrator goes WAY too fast even at the speed of 1 and things seem very jumbled and I couldn't figure out who was who and what the plot was. I almost gave up, but I decided to give it one more listen.

The strange relationship between moms and their son's girlfriends is one I am familiar with. In 'The Girlfriend' it's safe to say that Mom disliked her son girlfriend, immensely. After a terrible accident when doctors told his parents that Daniel (the son) would die in as soon as 24 hours, mom does what any mom would do and stays by Daniel's side and holds him thinking each breath is his last. She also sort of told Cherry he'd already died so she didn't have to deal with her in Daniel's final moments. But then, Daniel didn't die. And, Cherry wasn't one to take to the lie kindly.

This story had be engrossed and on pins and needles. It took me awhile to get used to the narrator, but all was well when I did. I would critique the ending and say it was a bit too neat, but I did love some of the characters and I am glad I read the book.

4 solid stars

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