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March book club - The Girlfriend

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LauraGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 27-Feb-17 14:22:22

Our March book club pick is The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances (details HERE).

The books should be on their way to our winners very shortly. If you do get a lovely free copy, make sure you leave your questions and comments for Michelle on this thread by the end of March.

Feel free to join in the discussion even if you didn't get your hands on one of our giveaway copies but are reading it nonetheless - be sure to add your questions for Michelle too.

Happy reading!

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 27-Feb-17 14:32:04

A quick note - have just heard from the publishers that there has been an issue with the printers so copies may take an extra week to arrive. Don't worry - we will give you an extra week to read it and add your thoughts and questions

harrigran Thu 09-Mar-17 11:14:22

Thanks for my copy, just arrived. Good timing GN as I am on the last few pages of my present novel smile

Maggiemaybe Thu 09-Mar-17 11:46:31

Mine has just arrived. I'm delighted, as I love a psychological thriller and can't wait to get stuck into this one. Many thanks, GN!

Waveney Thu 09-Mar-17 13:26:17

Thank you for my copy, which arrived this morning. It isn't a book I would have picked up from the shelf, so it will be interesting to see if I enjoy it.

matson Thu 09-Mar-17 16:21:35

Thank you my copy arrived today.

LadyGracie Thu 09-Mar-17 19:11:55

Thank you, my copy just popped through the letterbox, it looks very interesting!

trisher Fri 10-Mar-17 09:43:15

Thanks arrived while I was out yesterday, lovely surprise to come home to!

Annie29 Sat 11-Mar-17 11:07:58

Thank you for my copy which arrived today.

obag Sun 12-Mar-17 09:34:20

My copy arrived today, just a couple of chapters to read of present book so will be starting this one soon, can't wait.
Thank you.

trisher Sun 12-Mar-17 09:42:35

Started it. Found it a bit hard at first, but then the sudden twists and turns start. It never seems to go the way you expect!

annsixty Sun 12-Mar-17 10:20:47

Finished it in 2 days. It is very easy to read. The sheer opulence of the lifestyle irritated at first but of course it is very pertinent to the story. Characters hard to feel any sympathy for but enjoyed it very much. Will say more when more people get to the end so no spoilers.

trisher Sun 12-Mar-17 10:40:03

I agree about the lifestyle annsixty I think that and the unsympathetic characters were the things that made it hard reading for me at first.

rocketstop Mon 13-Mar-17 09:52:18

Thank you for my copy, looking forward to starting it.

trisher Mon 13-Mar-17 09:57:11

Finished it. Must say I disliked both the main female characters and didn't particularly care what happened to either of them, both could have died as far as I was concerned. So many holes in the plot it's unbelievable. Will post about those later.

Ana Mon 13-Mar-17 15:40:21

Thanks, trisher - I quite liked the sound of it and was wondering about buying it. I won't bother now! grin

trisher Mon 13-Mar-17 18:12:29

It's a light read if you want to read about the super rich, if you are prepared to go with some of the plot twists and not question what you are told it's OK. But I like my crime novels to be credible.

Ana Mon 13-Mar-17 18:20:19

Yes, me too!

trisher Tue 14-Mar-17 18:49:10

How does anyone else feel about the lie Laura tells? Would Cherry really believe her? Social media is so important in most 20-30 year olds lives I found it hard to believe that Cherry wouldn't have checked it out.

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 15-Mar-17 11:53:38


How does anyone else feel about the lie Laura tells? Would Cherry really believe her? Social media is so important in most 20-30 year olds lives I found it hard to believe that Cherry wouldn't have checked it out.

Just a reminder that many people won't have read the book yet, so if you are talking about something critical to the plot, please mark it as a spoiler alert so those who have not yet finished won't accidentally read something they don't want to

Waveney Thu 16-Mar-17 19:39:43

I am sorry to say I didn't really enjoy this book. It is very dark, and I found myself racing to get to the end so that I could read something lighter in tone. It did rather remind me of a television serial ( it would work well as one). The most sympathetic character, I felt, was Cherry's mum, Wendy. I would like to ask the author whether any real events prompted her to write this story.

Annie29 Sat 18-Mar-17 08:59:09

I enjoyed this book,read it in two days. I felt sorry for Daniel being torn between two people who loved him.At the beginning I had sympathy for Laura which I then lost.

cornergran Sat 18-Mar-17 09:42:10

I found this an easy book to finish. I became interested in the characters, speculated to myself on their histories and motivations as the dynamic evolved. I agree it would make a tv series. I would be interested to know more about the inspiration for this book.

rocketstop Sat 18-Mar-17 10:01:58

I liked this book.there were quite a few different undercurrents running through it, and each character had their own flaw.There was a lot of co dependency happening and this obviously happens in real life too.
I like that Cherry and Laura both were not bad through and through, just in parts and I wondered if Michelle wanted us to feel sympathetic in any way to them or to despise them for their acts ? Neither started off totally bad, but both ended up that way, and both lost something along the way.Daniel seemed to lose out most of all, yes he had his money and his background to fall back on, but I couldn't help but feel sorry for him.I liked Michelle's description, and I too could feel the sunshine at the house in France, I just bet the author went there..purely for research purposes of course !!

I enjoyed reading the book, thank you Michelle.

harrigran Sat 18-Mar-17 12:52:04

I enjoyed this book and read it in a couple of days, it is the kind of story you want to keep reading to see how far the lead character is prepared to go to get her own way.
I felt it was unrealistic in that Cherry did not do any research after having being told that Daniel was dead. When I have been told that I have missed someone's announcement I usually go to newspaper archives and read the obituaries. It is also unlikely that Daniel was not on facebook or twitter seeing as he was a twenty something student.
Laura was rather too clingy as a mother and I understand that she had already lost a child but goodness me she did like to have Daniel to herself.
I loved the descriptions of the holiday in France and reminded me very much of our family holidays round the pool and eating at local restaurants.
As a first novel I found it very readable and look forward to future books, it was very obvious that the author had worked in TV.