Jennifer’s marriage to Cole has had some rocky moments but things seem to have settled at last. They are preparing to host a huge party when he has a terrible car crash and dies. The next day Sara turns up claiming to be Cole’s lover and clutching a baby. She states that she owns the family home and insists on moving in…
The Girlfriend is a domestic drama and psychological thriller set in the UK.
Cole and Jennifer have bounced back from his affair, have renovated their home and enjoy a lavish lifestyle. This facade crumbles when he dies and the truth is revealed. The premise of the book is fascinating and makes the reader wonder how they would react in the same circumstances.
Jennifer refuses to leave the house but has no legal power to prevent Sara moving in. There is a fabulous tension created and maintained over the course of the book. Both women are scheming for their own survival. The majority of the book is written from Jennifer’s first person perspective in the present day but we also see Cole, Miller (their son) and Sara’s viewpoints now and in the past.
Despite the extreme circumstances, I felt that the characters behaved authentically and I could understand their actions even if I didn’t approve of them. There are lots of twists in the final quarter of the book and I wasn’t expecting any of them!
The Girlfriend is an entertaining and dramatic psychological thriller.
My husband’s dead. She’s at my door. She owns my home…
The doorbell rings, just days after my beloved husband’s sudden death. I don’t recognise the woman on our doorstep, with her buttery blonde highlights, a diamond bracelet identical to my own and a bouncing baby boy in her arms.
As I show her inside, I notice her eyes grow wide as she takes in our spacious hallway, and the big squashy sofas that we all used to pile on. She glances at the silver-framed family photos and my little daughter hiding behind my skirts.
She looks at me, her blue eyes serious. ‘I’m sorry’ she says. ‘I know this will be hard to hear. But I am your husband’s girlfriend. And this is his son.’
My world implodes. And then she tells me that she owns our home – and that she’s not going anywhere…
An utterly gripping psychological thriller from the number one bestselling author of The Marriage. If you like Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Lisa Jewell then you will be hooked by The Girlfriend.
For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.
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