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The Girlfriend Library Binding – Large Print, 1 March 2018
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- Publisher : Platinum Spotlight Series; Large type / Large print edition (1 March 2018)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 500 pages
- ISBN-10 : 168324706X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1683247067
- Dimensions : 14.73 x 2.79 x 21.34 cm
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Daniel has a new girlfriend, Cherry. Cherry will do anything to better her situation in life.
Daniel's mum Laura, lies to Cherry about something and it's "Game on"!
This was a pretty intense read. From the get-go, the plot just reeled me in. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I don't think there was any part of this book that had me bored or which I disliked. Plus, the writing style was effortless and made for a quick read.
The premise of the book was based on the relationship between a girlfriend and the boyfriend's mother. Both MCs Laura and Cherry were very manipulative women. Daniel, essentially, was a victim caught amongst all their scheming and lies. However, as the story unfolds we catch an even darker glimpse into Cherry's psychic and it becomes evident that she is quite narcissistic which was scary. As a person who was born poor, we see that she has a hidden agenda pursuing Daniel and we see the cracks in her persona. While Laura has lost her firstborn child and is quite the obsessive parent. Her relationship with her son is very unnatural and she seeks to influence his life a lot. From the first meeting, both women don't hit it off with each other. What ensues is a war in which both women try to gain an upper hand in Daniel's life and the effects are devastating.
The book is a rollercoaster of a ride. It's dark and atmospheric. The plot reveals are shocking. The story delves into the destructive nature of abusive relationships and how twisted the human mind can be. I thought that although the book contained plenty of cliches, the premise was sound and the story was suspenseful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the characters, their motives, feelings, secrets and their relationship with other minor characters. I also enjoyed reading about the various places such as London, St.Tropez, and Wales. The descriptions were just beautiful and I was transported to these places. I also liked how the author shows the disparity between the rich and the poor. This added depth to the characters backstories and made the plot more complex. Moreover, the ending had me gobsmacked. All in all, a fabulous read and I would thoroughly recommend giving this one a try. :)
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if this really is a bestseller then it can only be because it has been pushed hard by Amazon as it has no intrinsic merit.
The author appears to be some sort of scriptwriter and this reads just like one as there is no characterisation and the plot is farcical and not at all gripping as the advertising puff would have us believe and not thrilling as this demands some level of engagement from the reader.
the only half plausible person is cheryl's mother who makes the most of a minor few appearance but the thought of credulous Daniel set loose on the hospital ward is the only scary thing about this but , no doubt, the sojourns on the cote d'Azur will go down well if she manages to secure the film or tv adaptation that this was clearly aiming for.
What follows is an increasingly fraught battle of wits, tricks and unforgivable lies—a twisting narrative that piles shock upon shock until it’s hard to determine which of the two women is crazier. While I can imagine less mature readers taking against the hyper-possessive, tiger mom Claire, my vote goes to Cherry, the girlfriend, who is the instigator of the feud and a seriously disturbed individual.
It’s a thrilling ride, aided by a slick, easy writing style that makes the book hard to put down. Frances’ characterization is spot on. I totally identified with Claire, who is motivated by a genuine desire to act in the best interests of her son. I’m not sure I wouldn’t be driven to the same extremes if one of my boys brought home a nutter like Cherry, who is as bad as bad gets. Just when you think she couldn’t stoop any lower, she finds another level of depravity.
As many have said, this is exactly the kind of book the expression ‘page turner’ was coined for. If Frances can turn out another like this, I’ll be first in the queue for pre-order.
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