Rivalry, Mind-games and Sabotage in Michelle Frances’ The Girlfriend.

Michelle Frances’ The Girlfriend: A mind-bending, suspenseful and thought-provoking thriller

I have a love-hate relationship with thrillers. You see, I’m naturally on the anxious side, I stay low on caffeine and try to sleep enough every night. Thrillers make me a bit crazy. But I was curious about this one because of the sparse blurb. It was basically, a mother, her son and his girlfriend, something happens, all hell breaks loose. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you much more than that either.

Michelle Frances The Girlfriend

In Michelle Frances’ The Girlfriend, Laura’s son, Daniel, a new medical doctor meets and falls in love with a charismatic young woman, Cherry. Cherry is ambitious and despite growing up in a low income neighborhood, speaks French, Italian and Spanish fluently. Daniel is the apple of his mother’s eye, a mama’s boy, until he meets Cherry. When the two fall in love, rather quickly, Cherry and Laura develop a rivalry of sorts and Daniel is caught in the middle. Matters come to a head after a terrible tragedy strikes and a terrible, unforgivable lie is told.

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What I liked

This book incited all kinds of emotions in my heart, from irritation to anger and then panic and despair. In many ways, it was not what I expected. I assumed that mother and girlfriend would be vying for attention, but the story is slightly different. I enjoyed the brief foray into Laura’s backstory which helps you understand her motivations. Cherry’s backstory is also given equal hearing which levels things out. Both characters are complex, realistic and well rounded.

Another enjoyable feature of Frances’ writing is the level of theatrics bordering on TV show levels. I assume this could be attributed to her background as a script writer. The entire story is so vivid and thus so riveting. I kept tapping my kindle, wanting to race to the end to see how things would turn out. It is easy to picture all the characters and scenes described, as it should be with good writing.

The Girlfriend

What I didn’t enjoy

I thought Daniel’s character and responses were often a tad unrealistic. The male characters in this story were generally not as well written as the female characters were. They felt weak and one dimensional.


I LOVED this book! Frankly, I wish I could say more but I’m afraid I might divulge more than I’d like. All I will say is, add this to your list of thrillers to read this year. Buy it, read it and let me know your thoughts! Michelle Frances’ The Girlfriend is an addictive, suspenseful and thought-provoking thriller.

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Rating: 4/5 stars.


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