The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Girlfriend

Author: Michelle Frances

Publisher: Kensington

Publish Date: January 30, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances


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.

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances


Daniel loves his mother and they have a close relationship. He also has a new girlfriend. His mother, Laura, wants to protect her son. His girlfriend, Cherry, wants him to be all hers.

The Girlfriend is told from Laura and Cherry’s viewpoints. Laura seems to have a wonderful life – long marriage, nice home, great job, and the perfect son. Cherry came from a more modest upbringing, and her goal is to marry rich. Neither woman is likable. Laura was almost likable, but Cherry had no redeeming qualities. Both characters were manipulative, though Laura’s manipulation wasn’t as nefarious as Cherry’s.

The Girlfriend is a suspenseful psychological thriller with family drama. This book seemed longer than necessary, but it was a fairly quick read.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Michelle Frances:
  1. The Girlfriend
  2. The Temp
  3. The Daughter
  4. Sisters
  5. The Boyfriend
  6. The Playground

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