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Publisher's Summary

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 ...one 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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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 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

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Narrator Not So Bad

When I listened to the sample I thought the narrator would drive me crazy. I got used to her voice within the first 30 minutes and she didn’t bother me again. Good story that wasn’t completely predictable!

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Mediocre...

This story was just ok...and the narration was just ok.
I am a big fan of psychological thrillers with British narrators especially, but neither were exceptional .
The book wasn't bad, but it wasn't particularly good either

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Found A New Favorite Author

Thought I knew what all the twists and turns would be. I was definitely pleasantly surprised. Deftly written, and no detail was left unearthed. Bravo!!!

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The Girlfriend

This story is the perfect example of "hell has no fury like a woman scorned". Loved listening how Cherry wickedly wiggled her way through obstacles throw at her. I would definitely recommend this read.

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Fabulous!

Where does The Girlfriend rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best I've listened to in a while.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, it did, definitely a page turner; I could not stop listening to it, because it was non-stop interesting "happenings" all the way.

What does Henrietta Meire bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her accent and her inflections were very pleasing and her male voice was believable and seamless. The narration, however, was recorded a bit fast, so I had to play it at .75%.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Cherry's mother contacted Daniel.

Any additional comments?

I don't want to give anything away, but this book held my interest, the characters and storyline were believable, and it was just a fantastic psychological thriller.

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Intriguing Storyline!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would! It was a great story, kept me on my seat wondering what was going to happen next.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes it did! I'm an avid reader and it kept me guessing!

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator could have slowed down in her speech. It was hard to concentrate and relate to the story at first. Once I became use to the tone of her voice and her speech pattern I enjoyed the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The mother's love and her tenacious spirit to protect her son no matter what!