I try to avoid reading reviews pertaining to titles that are in my current TBR pile but, by the time I was ready to dive into The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances, I had already read several reviews and the reviews of my fellow #cjsreads members. And, in this case, I feel like it really helped me prepare for this novel.
Marketed as a psychological thriller, I didn’t really feel like this one had a whole ton of “thrills” in the traditional sense. Instead, I felt like maybe this one would have been better marketed as a domestic drama or maybe contemporary family drama. There was no lack of family issues, manipulative girlfriends or overbearing mothers but I did find this one to be missing the fast-paced, twisty-turny type plot that I expect when reading a psychological thriller.
The novel opens with Laura, the woman who has it all (a successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband and a handsome, doctor in training son), who quickly becomes disgruntled when her son begins to spend all his time with Cherry, a real estate agent from the wrong side of the tracks. Cherry wants to be welcomed into the family, but Laura suspects she is not all she seems.
From the first pages, this one had a lighter vibe to it and that didn’t bother me at all. I have been finding myself feeling a little “weighed down” by all the heavy, dark, thrillers I have come to know and love. I welcomed the break in The Girlfriend. Initially, I was able to breeze through the novel quite easily but it ended up taking me a long time to finish when I started to find this one a little bit too predictable and the characters generally unlikeable.
In the end, this one missed the mark for me in regards to the plot but I did enjoy the author’s writing style and found that easy to digest. I feel like with a different type of story, she probably would have had me hook, line and sinker!
I think fans going into the novel expecting a thriller, will be highly disappointed. However, if you like a domestic drama, then this would be better up your alley!