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Just Like the Other Girls

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,043 ratings  ·  213 reviews

Una Richardson's heart is broken after the death of her mother. Seeking a place to heal, she responds to an advertisement and steps into the rich, comforting world of Elspeth McKenzie.

But Elspeth's home is not as safe as it seems.

Kathryn, her cold and bitte
Paperback, 394 pages
Published August 6th 2020 by Penguin (first published 2020)
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May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read and loved all of Claire Douglas’s books but have to say this is my favourite. Oh boy you’re in for a bumpy ride, so buckle up and enjoy!!

When Una sees the ad;

“ Carer/ companion wanted for elderly lady. Young female preferred. Competitive salary. Room and board included”

She applies and gets the job to care for Mrs Elspeth Mackenzie, who lives in a large luxurious home with a cook, cleaner and gardener looking after her. She is more of a companion than a carer to Elspeth, but the mone
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
I really thought that I knew exactly what was happening in Just Like The Other Girls but once again Claire Douglas has surprised me with that twist right at the end. I should have known from her previous books that it wouldn’t be as easy as I thought. Goodness me, I could not put this book down, reading it in an afternoon.

We meet Una, a young girl who feels very alone in the world. Her mother has recently passed away and her boyfriend has betrayed her. The only person she’s has is her best frie
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Just Like The Other Girls by Claire Douglas is a great guessing game of a book which will keep you turning the pages only thing that bothered me was the ending just kind of ended and I was expecting something a little more after all the build up.
I'm definitely going to try this author again and I'm definitely recommending this too📖
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just Like the Other Girls is the latest standalone psychological thriller from bestseller Claire Douglas where she once again shows us just how adept she is at pulling the wool over our eyes. Young Una Richardson is mourning the passing of her mother and her boyfriend, Vince, has betrayed her so she is in desperate need of some direction. Luckily her best friend, Courtney, is by her side. After discovering an advertisement in the local paper she applies to become a live-in carer for elderly 79-y ...more
Christina McDonald
Ferociously smart and electric from start to finish! Just Like the Other Girls is cleverly plotted and wholly absorbing, delving deep into twisted families and their devastating secrets.

After the death of her mother, Una accepts a job as a carer for an elderly woman. But she soon finds out that two girls who worked as carers before her have died. As the walls close in around her, Una wonders if she’s next.

A novel that genuinely surprised me time and again, I had no idea how the book would end. C
Louise Wilson
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Una is still grieving her mother's death when she applied for the job of live in carer for elderly Elspeth. But she soon discovers that two previous carers had died in suspicious circumstances. Elspeth's daughter, Kathryn is quite cold towards Una and she's feeling a bit unsettled by it. Una begins to wonder whether she made the right decision in taking the job.

Una enlists the help from her best friend, Courtney to try and unravel the secrets and lies that are wrapped up inside Elspeths mansion
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una is alone. Her mother has just passed away and she has split up with her boyfriend Vince. The only person in her life is her friend Courtney. She decides that she needs a fresh start, so she applies for a job as a live in Carer and Companion to Elspeth Mackenzie in a very grand old house called The Cuckoo’s Nest in Bristol. Elspeth has a daughter Kathryn that can look after her, but Elspeth thinks that she is too busy as Kathryn is married with two sons and look after the gallery and Antique ...more
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
It is just strange how synopsis grabbed my attention without revealing anything. This book is way more than what synopsis give.

This story rotates around a dysfunctional family which consists of Elspeth(mother) and Kathryn. Elspeth needs a companion for her. Two previous girls are found dead though in different circumstances. Una is the 3rd one, after her mother’s death and break up with a boyfriend. She is trying to make something of her life. This job is ideal for her although people and circum
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book immensely!!! However, not surprising as Claire Douglas is one of my favourite authors, and one where I don't need to read the synopsis as I know that I will enjoy anything that she writes.
Cuckoo House. Oh my! I was suspicious of everyone! the author has a clever way of writing which keeps your mind working ten to the dozen. Could it be her? Could it be him? Could it be them?!
I like how the author has written this excellent story; it's clever how she's plotted it and I was sh
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
We first meet Una who has just undertaken a position at a stately home as a companion to its elderly occupant, Elspeth. Una has recently lost her mother and has just separated from her boyfriend. There are certainly perks to the job. The pay is very generous, and Una has plans to travel the world. She hopes that with the money she earns, that in a year or so, she’ll be able to fulfill her dream. But as she becomes accustomed to living under Elspeth’s roof, Una hears stories about the previous gi ...more
Julie Lacey
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A gripping thriller that kept me guessing throughout the book.
Claire Douglas has created a clever thriller that leads you one way and then turns it completely upside down.
Una takes a job as a live in companion to Elspeth, who is an elderly lady living in a grand house. The money is good but Una gets the strong feeling that Elspeth’s daughter Kathryn doesn’t like her.
Una soon finds out that two girls who worked here before her were killed and Una starts to look into what happened.
It’s clear h
Val Robson
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read six other books by Claire Douglas and thought all were terrific but this one is the best! I didn’t want to put it down but equally I didn’t want it to finish as I was enjoying the read so much.

It is set in Bristol where widow Elspeth lives in a very grand house. Despite having a daughter, Kathryn, who is keen to take care of her Elspeth wants to have a live in carer and makes a series of appointments of young, blonde girls who all look similar. They keep leaving in mysterious and trag
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This one was ok but not as good as other books by this author. It was well written and full of mystery and twists and turns however I did find it extremely far fetched in parts. I also detested the characters of Elspeth and her daughter Kathryn so I found myself feeling irritated whenever they were mentioned. The ending wasn’t predictable which was refreshing but overall it was a little too unbelievable got me to score it any higher.
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This book started off well for me and kept me interested, then parts of it seemed too far fetched and my attention waned. I didn’t see where it was going, so that was good but the ending let it down, it just seemed to be a bit flat after the twist that happened before it.
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon!
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Claire Douglas book that I have read. And, as soon as I finished this I made a note to get all her others. The way she writes a mystery is fantastic.

Here we have Una, she has just started a new job working in a grand house where she is to be a sort of carer/companion for Elspeth McKenzie. Sounds like a great job doesn't it? However, all is not as it seems. Elspeth comes across as a very eccentric and at times domineering character. Then we have Kathryn her daughter, she is not
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To begin with it appeared that fate had finally granted Una some good luck. She had been able to move out of the pokey flat that she had shared with her best friend Courtney and into a stunning house where she had her own massive room that actually had its own en suit. She was earning good money and all she had to do was spend five days a week being elderly Elspeth's companion.

But as time passed Una starts to suspect that something isn't quite right within the opulent walls of the grand old hou
My second novel by Claire Douglas, Just Like the Other Girls was a really cracking read!

The reader is introduced to Una Richardson who has recently lost her mother. Still grieving and having split with her boyfriend, she answers an advert for a companion to an elderly lady, Elspeth McKenzie, hoping the money she earns will enable her to travel later in the year with her friend Courtney. But when she starts the job she discovers that Elspeth's daughter, Kathryn, resents her. She also realises tha
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Una, a young woman still grieving the recent death of her mother, applies for a job as live-in companion to Elspeth Mackenzie, a wealthy elderly lady (she also employs a cook and a gardener) in a grand house. It’s a bit of an odd and anachronistic job, but Elspeth pays well and Una dreams of saving enough to go travelling the world one day soon with her friend Courtney.

Elspeth is demanding (and clearly capable of doing far more for herself than she admits to); daughter Kathryn is chilly and stan
Teresa Nikolic
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She thought she was safe. So did the others . . .




Una Richardson is struggling after the recent death of her mother and the betrayal by her boyfriend, so when she sees a vacancy advertising a carer/companion required for an elderly lady, she decides to apply, when she is offered the position she believes it could be the fresh start she needs and by the end of the year she should have eno
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
I think this one has to be my favourite.....
When Una’s much loved Mum passes away, she feels lost and ready for a change from working in a care home. She accepts the position of companion to elderly Esther, it’s not quite what she expected and a lot of times she’s bored but she’s paid well. Esther’s daughter Kathryn, who looks after her Mother on Una’s days off, is decidedly hostile to her. Soon Una discovers that the two previous carers have both died and what’s worse is she looks just like the
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Una takes on a new job as a live in companion to Elspeth she is overwhelmed. Good wage, living in the grand house, good food but she has to endure Elspeth’s daughter, Kathryn, who seems to hate her. Una discovers the previous two companions have both died in mysterious circumstances and she begins to worry for her own life. Well this book was a surprise! I enjoyed the way in which it twisted and you start to think who was responsible for the deaths. Well written and gripping I throughly enj ...more
Sue Plant
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: claire-douglas
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this gripping novel

oh wow where to start...

una sees an ad for a live in helper/ companion so she goes and is invited for an interview...where upon she is given the live in job...

all is well at the start...its not a very demanding job maybe a bit boring but for the money she can save for her trip around the world she had promised her mother before she died, una has plans...

but then she starts to hear about the other two girls who
Lady Delacour
While the plot was ok.
Disliked the writing style.
Book needs serious editing.
Remove all the unnecessary
names before each sentence
and short choppy sentences
1 Very Annoying Star.
Listened with TTS.
Foul Language.
Vikki Patis
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really good, twisty thriller that kept me guessing. The story is written in a clever way, the underlying, emotional themes delicately interwoven.
Linda Richardson
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I’m still shaking my head at this book’s surprising conclusion! There are some absolutely horrible woman who I just loved to hate while zipping through this quickly paced novel.
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
How often do coincidences happen? Terry Pratchett used to write that million-to-one chances crop-up nine times out of ten, and that's where this book starts. Una takes a job caring for a wealthy old lady and discovers her two immediate predecessors left in somewhat mysterious ways. Coincidences do happen, but what if there's more... Okay, yes. It's a mystery book, of course you're going to learn more! Which is helpful actually, because in truth the mystery doesn't really come alive until halfway ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This book had great promise which it didn’t entirely live up to. A fantastic job, looking after a frail old lady in a luxurious home in Bristol, good pay with plenty of free time, even your own private floor. Great till you find out about the other girls who previously had this job. Started off really well, exciting but then it became a bit too far fetched with too many coincidences which were a stretch too far. I still enjoyed it despite that and it was extremely easy to get into and plenty of ...more
Melissa Snow
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-reader, net-galley
This was a really engrossing story, set in my local area so I can confirm that the locations are authentic and well-drawn. Ageing but spry Elspeth feels safer with someone living in as a carer/companion in her Clifton mansion, and recruits Una to this role. It is a strange set up - Aggie comes in daily to cook and there is a gardener and a cleaner, too. Una is in need of a home and the good rate of pay is attractive so that she can save up to realise her dreams. She is to have two days off per w ...more
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Claire Douglas always wanted to write novels and, after many years of trying to get published, her dream came true when she won the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award in 2013 with THE SISTERS.

Her second and third novels, LOCAL GIRL MISSING and LAST SEEN ALIVE (Penguin), are Sunday Times bestsellers.

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