Genres: Thriller, Contemporary
I have received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I read quite a lot of thrillers, and most of the time it’s easy to tell who’s the “evil” character right away. The same goes with The Girlfriend – the answer is on the title already, after all – but I found myself cheering for her a lot of times. Which is such a cool thing about this book!
The Girlfriend is a crime thriller focused on two women: Laura, a successful woman who has it all and is very devoted to her son Daniel; and Cherry, his beautiful girlfriend. At first, Laura hopes to hit it off with Cherry who, who knows?, might become her daughter-in-law one day, but it soon becomes clear that Cherry doesn’t want to let her in – and that she has lied constantly to them.
I didn’t expect much from the story, really, it sounded like a regular thriller to me. Two things surprised me: this is a rather long book (almost 450 pages), and it’s absolutely addictive. The twisted relationships, the backstories, the secrets and motives of the two main characters were so interesting that the first half of the book almost reads like a twisty contemporary. Then it becomes more traditionally thriller-like, and there are turns so often I was holding my breath!
On a less positive note, I didn’t enjoy that although the story was about two women, the man who connects them both was so incredibly… dull. Daniel is so easy to influence and manipulate, acts very emotionally and makes awful decisions on the spur of the moment. He was just such a dead fly who allegedly had a great relationship with his mom, but was ready to ignore her for weeks, to gaslight her and to believe his girlfriend over her.
All in all, The Girlfriend was very intriguing, and I had to read it in two days because I couldn’t put this book down. Cherry was such a complex character for most of the book (except for the last 10% or so, when she becomes typically thriller-villain-evil), which made me actually cheer for her for quite a long time throughout the book. And that was such a cool thing about this book, I will highly recommend it to fans of thrillers!