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The Girlfriend

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  24,466 ratings  ·  1,711 reviews
The addictive Number One bestselling thriller, perfect for fans of Into the Water.

A girl. A boy. His mother. And the lie she'll wish she'd never told.

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller, based on the fall-out following an unforgiveable lie. It looks at the potentially charged relationship between girlfriend, boyfriend
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 4th 2017 by Pan Macmillan
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Chelsea Humphrey
This review is featured on my Mini Review Monday segment:

I think this would be better suited as a domestic drama than being pushed as a thriller of any variety. I know that psychological thrillers are hot right now and the title sells books, but readers like me who go in with certain expectations will only feel lukewarm about this story. While it wasn't a bad read by any means, I'm afraid it wasn't great or anything I haven't read before. There were cliches abundant in this story and the pacing
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
4.25 slow burning stars🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

What do you get when the ultimate helicopter mom and the ultimate gold digger go head to head? You get a pretty spectacular book!

Laura is a true mama bear who cannot let go... her obsession with her only son borders on odd...Cherry grew up thinking she deserved so much more... and she will stop at nothing to get what she feels she deserves.... so who will be left standing at the end... the mom or the girlfriend?

The beginning of this book was a definite slow burn...
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Girlfriend was highly highly addictive. It's clever, unique, and fast paced!

What I liked about this psychological thriller is it's something that I haven't seen before. I feel like I've read quite a few thrillers over the last few months that have the SAME storyline. So, Michelle I commend you on creating an addictive and sassy thriller!

This little baby kept me on my TOES... like I'm talking almost falling off the edge anticipation to find out what happens between these two manipulative wom
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
It all starts with one little white lie - it can’t hurt anyone. Come on! No one will ever know. The problem is, just like potato chips, can you stop at just one. And exactly how many lies are
needed to get what you really want!

When Cherry meets David, maybe one tiny lie slipped out. Just enough to gain his attention. Oh, and maybe one more just to hold that attention. When she meets David’s mother, well you see where this is going!

The heart wants...what the heart wants...

Laura loves her son
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Take one overbearing mother and add in a young woman on the prowl for a rich husband. That sets the stage for the beginning of The Girlfriend. Laura lives for her only son. Her husband has golf and his own affair, so she is basically alone and unloved. But I couldn’t understand her making her son her “sun”, her be all and end all, around which her whole world revolved. I mean, the son is 24 and starting his doctoral internship. I didn’t find her sympathetic at all. But neither was Cherry, the gi
Susanne  Strong
3 Stars.

Laura loves her life: she has an amazing relationship with her son Daniel and she has an uber successful job. In an instant it comes crashing down and Laura doesn’t see it coming. It happens because of a girl Daniel has become smitten with: Cherry. She is a gorgeous gal who works in real estate, who is from the wrong side of the tracks. Laura is positive that she is after Daniel’s money and Daniel doesn’t see it. Immediately thereafter cracks start to emerge in Laura and Daniel’s relatio
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 inventive and suspenseful stars to The Girlfriend! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Michelle Frances told quite the original tale. Laura is a mother who feels like she has it all. Until one day, her son, Daniel, with whom she is over-involved, brings home Cherry, a girl who Laura firmly believes is all wrong for Daniel. As Laura and Daniel’s relationship grows apart, Cherry relishes having Daniel all to herself.

Both Laura and Cherry are unlikable characters and jealous over each other’s relationship with Daniel.
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: "You're deluded. Just let go, let go of him." He looked at her with a new distance, as if he didn’t know her. "Stop making excuses for your obsessive behavior. You've driven him away- you- and you've only got yourself to blame. "

THE BLURB: A girl. A boy. His mother. And the lie she'll wish she'd never told.

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller, based on the fall-out following an unforgiveable lie. It looks at the potentially charged r
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Addictive to the point that whilst on a two hour flight, I found myself wishing my flight was longer just so I could spend some more quality time with this gem.

I have mentioned before that I am very stingy with my 5 star ratings, only saving them for my absolute favourites and this one definitely fits into that category! When it grips you to the point that you can't help thinking about it and talking about it to all who will listen, then you know it's oh SO goooooooood!

I couldn't get enough of
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Cherry has never known what it was like to have money coming from the poor side of town where her single mother worked for years in a supermarket with no hope of anything better. Cherry was determined that was not going to be how she spent her life and spent a few months making appointments for real estate showings only to learn the business and snag a job at a nice firm. In her new job she meets Daniel while showing him an apartment up for rent.

Daniel is from a very wealthy family and while he
Dash fan
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
5☆+  Review

I absolutely loved the girlfriend. It was fast paced, exciting, very clever, and a chilling in places.

Daniel is from a very wealthy family. He meets the charming Cherry in an Estate Agents whilst looking for a place to buy.

Cherry is from a poorer family in Croydon. She dreams of living the wealthy lifestyle and strives to achieve bigger things

Then along comes wealthy Daniel. They have instant chemistry and things between them move very quickly.

Laura is Daniels Mother. She is in a lo
Theresa Alan
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel, set in Kensington, England, pits the two women that love twenty-three-year-old medical student Daniel against each other: His mother Laura and his new girlfriend Cherry. Daniel never wanted for anything growing up. Cherry, on the other hand, lived in poverty and is desperate for a way out, even if it means lying a bit on her resume and pushing her mother out of her life as much as possible.

Both Cherry and Laura initially hope to have a great relationship with one another, but misund
Sarah Joint
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
It can be hard for a mother to let her son go... to relinquish her place as the woman in their life. It's hard to imagine no longer being the first person they go to for comfort, for congratulations, for support. But what happens when that is made even more difficult by a bad feeling in regards to the woman your son has fallen in love with? There's just something wrong with her... something a bit dark, something calculated and manipulative. How do you deal with that?

I would certainly recomm
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh I so count myself lucky I got on with my Mother-in-law and that I am grounded.

This is a book you will start and be prepared you won't want to drag yourself away from. I stayed with it until I finished it the early hours of this morning.


Yes, they are the hardest to keep, the hardest to keep steady but throw in an unsteady person, jealousy and then things crack.

Daniel and Cherry. The Girlfriend.

Daniel was raised in a well to do family his aim was to become a Doctor.
Cherry never had
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, fiction, 2017
4.25 Stars

"A mother thought their child more perfect than anyone … but mothers also knew their children better than anyone else did."

Well, for her first book it was damn great!! Such a thrilling story! So compelling! She enraged me with those characters! Howard for his damn coolness about his family! Actually I think his family didn’t matter to him! Daniel with all his naivety that chose his NEW girlfriend above his MOTHER! Oh, Cherry!!! I liked her (she was so smart) and at the same time I desp
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
4.5 freakishly scary stars

Can money buy happiness?
Laura has what seems to be everything, money, a gorgeous home, a wealthy husband, and a wonderfully loving and handsome son, Daniel They live in a gorgeous home and even have a villa in the south of France. Life, it seems, is wonderful.

Then Daniel meets Cherry, a young real estate agent, and things start to click between them. Cherry has never had much. She grew up poor and is ever so embarrassed by her roots. She wants more, a lot more, and sees
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
3.5 stars
Though it took me a while to finish, I thought The Girlfriend was a solid mystery. It was cleverly plotted, if a little slow paced, and the characters were intriguing and multi-dimensional. It had certain predictable aspects, which made me guess the ending fairly early on, but I didn't really mind. That being said, 450 pages is too long for this story. it could easily have been told in 300. All the same, it was a good read and I'll keep my eye out for this author's futures books.

Find mo
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars. The Girlfriend is a fast paced, well written mystery by Michelle Frances. It’s a bit predictable with an abrupt ending that left me wanting more…maybe an epilogue from Daniel’s point of view. Overall it was a good read and I would not hesitate to read more from this author.

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-arcs, ninja
This book was not was I was expecting but I don’t mean that in a negative way, I guess I was thinking it would be fast paced, intense and twisty and instead it was slower, with a subtle intensity and while it definitely had some surprises it wasn’t as twisty as I had imagined it would be. I do think it’s best to go into this knowing as little as possible about the plot so I won’t be delving into that too much, you really need to discover things on your own to fully appreciate this book.

This is a
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was approved for The Girlfriend from NetGalley, I was giddy with excitement. I waited for the perfect time to dig in. Right away I'm sucked in. A few pages in and I'm telling my husband about the mother that's obsessed with her son and feeling a little put off by the new girlfriend...He interrupts me, "Like you?" ha, ha very funny. If he thought that was going to curb my enthusiasm from telling him more, he was so wrong. I couldn't stop talking about it.

Ok, ok, so Daniel is from a wealthy
Liz Barnsley
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Girlfriend was highly addictive – a read in one sitting tale of the divide between a girl and her boyfriend’s mother – or in this case two rather unlikable manipulative women each trying to one up each other, a scenario that doesn’t end particularly well for anyone.

I loved the character dynamics in this – seriously twisted, I’m not sure if I’m talking about the Mother or the Girlfriend to be honest – it is also quite an intriguing little take on how money divides us. The haves and the have n
Natalia  R
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A suspenseful family drama that explores the relationship between a mother and her son's girlfriend. Both women are manipulative and determine to be the most important person in Daniel's life. Who will win? Laura, the possessive mother who has it all, or Cherry, the girlfriend who is willing to do whatever it takes to marry a rich man?
I enjoyed this book very much. It was well-written, chilling, and had me on the edge of my seat until the last page. I look forward to reading more books by this a
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, netgalley
2.5 stars

I'm not a big fan of books that overly explain characters inner thoughts or feelings. This story was told from 3 POV's, so unfortunately this style of writing was everywhere. I almost gave up, but it reads fast, so I decided to see how things played out.

The only POV I cared for was Daniel, but he was a minor player compared to his Mother and his girlfriend Cherry. Both of these two characters deserved each other. Fake, narcissistic, emotionally needy, manipulative, and selfish are just
Cindy Burnett
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 - 4 stars

The Girlfriend is a wild and somewhat predictable ride, but it certainly held my attention. The story is entertaining but unfolded a little differently than I was expecting, partly I think because I was expecting an unreliable narrator type tale when instead it is more suspense and family drama. I didn’t love any of the characters, but I think that is frequently the case in these type of stories because they do things I would never dream of doing, and that is what makes the book enj
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riveting, complex, and well crafted!

The Girlfriend is a character-driven, domestic thriller that delves into the embattled relationship that can occur between a mother and her son's significant other when they're both ruthlessly determined to be the most important woman in his life.

The writing is precise and intense. The characters are self-absorbed, troubled, devious, and at times despicable. And the plot, told from multiple perspectives, starts with a bang and continues to ratchet up the tensi
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
In my opinion this is certainly not a psychological thriller as there is no question of who did what to whom. Although it is certainly psychological, a thriller it is not. And it is a very slow story and not always very believable. A disappointment.
Joanne Robertson
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I probably couldn’t have chosen a worse week to read The Girlfriend as my own nest finally became empty this weekend after 25 years and I’m feeling very emotional and redundant at present!  But thankfully my situation is very different to Laura’s as I have daughter’s and not sons so the first thing that came to mind when I started The Girlfriend was that old saying “A son’s a son till he takes a wife, a daughter’s a daughter for all of her life”. Unfortunately for Laura, her family circumstances ...more
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This book promises a “gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller”. It is gripping but it isn’t any of the other things. If you know that going in and you love reading about horrible people as much as I do, you’ll likely enjoy it much more. I requested it so long ago that I didn’t remember a thing about the blurb until I just went back and read it now and I’m glad of that!

Laura’s life is one of wealth and privilege but her marriage is devoid of warmth and love. She’s focused all of her lo
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: three-star
The number one selling thriller is not quite that, but a good book all the same. Said genre is very en vogue right now, which seems to allow publishers to market their books as fast paced thrillers when in reality they are anything but.

Cherry is thrilled when she meets the handsome and wealthy Daniel (who also happens to be a doctor - cliche much?) and sees a way out of her rather mundane existence. Her worst nightmare is ending up like her mother, living in a cramped flat in Croydon and working
Louise BookbestiesUK
Jun 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star, 2017
Neither gripping or thrilling......

After seeing some amazing reviews on this book- I had to buy it and dive straight in......

And it was a case of I was caught up in the hype- as for me it was a disappointing read.

First of all there was the dreadful characters.

They were stuck up- unrelatable- and quite frankly as dumb as they come.

The Mother- an awful snobbish stereotype- had a serious obsession with her son- so much so at one point in the beginning of the book it almost felt like she was thinkin
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Michelle Frances graduated from Bournemouth Film School and then from the Masters programme at the American Film Institute, Los Angeles. Returning to London, she has worked for several years in film and TV as a script editor and producer for both the independent sector and the BBC.

Her first novel, The Girlfriend, became an international best seller. She is also the author of The Temp, The Daughte

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“What if it went on even longer, for a year, or two? Perhaps they'd just bump into each other on the street one day. Nod an acknowledgement to each other. Perhaps so much time would pass, they'd get used to being without each other- but this thought was so unbearably sad, it almost made her staffer, collapse weakly onto the sofa.” 0 likes
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