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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 ...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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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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horrible narration

i think the story might be good but I can't get past the narrator. She sounds like she's reading a stock market report. The most sonorous boring flat uninflected narration I have ever heard. I can't even go on with the story.

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In all fairness I only listened to 3 chapters of this book. It had my interest , I really wanted to continue I just did not like the narrators voice. Had to return it...

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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

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terrible narration

couldn't stand the narration. very distracting voices. particularly attempts at male characters. struggled to concentrate on the story. there were also two sentences in chapter 48 that were voiced over by a different narrator which was very dodgy.

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  • Karen
  • Asheville, NC
  • 02-27-18

No more psychos, please!

Such an annoying book. I've just OD'd on crazy, lying women. Very unbelievable story line.

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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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If you like LIFETIME you will love this book

Two strong women are central characters, and the men are moving parts. The performance was well done by the narrator which can be difficult when you have several female voices especially with an accent. She did great. It was easy to follow. The story took a minute to pick up. It was a strong climax and page turning ending. I was making lots of faces on the train as I listened. Yup, that good. I would have ended the book a little different, so that was a slight surprise, but I wouldnt say disappoiniting. Pick this up.

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Could not like any character!

I'm not sure what it was about this book however I found myself unable to like any of the characters in the book. The 2 main characters, Cherry and Laura, We're both dislikable each in their own way. Over all found it difficult to engage in get through this book.

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