Book Review: The Girlfriend – Michelle Frances ****

Laura has a seemingly perfect life. Running a successful television production company she has a wonderful house in Kensington, a long marriage to Howard and a gorgeous twenty three year old son. Daniel is just about to embark on his junior doctor training at a large London hospital so after years away at Cambridge he is now back in the family home. Things couldn’t get much better.

When Daniel starts house hunting for his own flat he meets Cherry at the local estate agents. Sophisticated and beautiful she has a sense of humour and they get on really well straight away. After a couple of weeks they are inseparable and Laura starts to get a few flickers of intuition that all is not as it is supposed to be.

As Laura and Daniel prepare for a short break at the family’s villa in the south of France Cherry manages to wrangle an invitation for a long weekend. The cracks start to appear when Laura and Cherry are under the same roof and they find themselves competing for his time and affections.

This book is the perfect summer read and would make a really good choice for a book club because there are so many talking points. Laura’s method for getting rid of Cherry doesn’t see her bathed in glory but equally no-one is prepared for just how far Cherry will go to claim her prize.

Supplied by Net Galley and Pan Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: Apr 6 2017. 339 pages.

The Girlfriend

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