The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances
Published by Kensington on January 30, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Format: ARC, Print
Source: The Publisher
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I received an advance copy of this book from The Publisher.
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 St. 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’s already transformed herself into Daniel’s dream woman. Now she’ll become Laura’s worst nightmare.
Laura Cavendish appears to have it all: a successful career in television development, an equally successful husband, and a lifestyle only select few can afford. But under the surface, her life is not as perfect as it seems.
The most important thing in Laura’s life is her relationship with her only son, Daniel. When Daniel decides it’s finally time to move out of his parents’ home and into his own flat, he meets real estate agent Cherry. Daniel falls for her instantly, and soon the two are inseparable.
But when Laura meets her son’s new girlfriend, she can’t quiet the unease she feels. There’s just something about Cherry that Laura doesn’t trust—and Laura will stop at nothing to protect her son.
Michelle Frances’s suspenseful writing style creates characters who are simultaneously frustrating, yet relatable. While the story delves into dark territory at times, it ultimately winds up with a satisfying conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it.
Rating: 5 stars