In this sinister novel for readers of In a Dark, Dark Wood or I Let You Go, Mags is summoned to her estranged brother's bedside after an apparent suicide attempt. But his mysterious fiancé brings more questions than answers.
Mags doesn't believe her brother's fall was an accident. In that forty-foot stairwell, he didn't just slip over the edge. But there is only one witness, Jody, the girlfriend grieving at his bedside.
Which is another story Mags doesn't believe.
Because Jody likes to tell stories, and this may be her twisted one yet.
As Mags begins to unearth the secrets hidden in her brother's wake, she finds she isn't just look for the truth. For Mags, this is more than a simple tragedy. This is an opportunity for revenge.
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Kept me engrossed from first page to last .The plot and action were very authentic. Y
I did not want to put the book down. I loved her latest work. One of my faves and recommending
Mags Mackenzie is a criminal lawyer in Las Vegas. She gets a call that her brother Abe threw himself down the stairs in his apartment. The police are quick to call this incident a suicide. But Mags thinks there is more to the story. She moves back to London in Abe’s apartment. There she meets his girlfriend, Jody. Something doesn’t smell right and the deeper Mags digs the more she finds that Abe has a lot of secrets. This is one heck of a thrill ride. I was kept on the edge of my seat and flipping pages to try and figure out what was going to happen next. Mags works defending criminals and con men so she is quick to question what happened to Abe. But when she gets to his apartment, meets his girlfriend, and his questionable neighbors she thinks that there is more to this. This is a great thriller. There are little clues dropped that you don’t realize how important they are. I was not expecting the ending but looking back it makes sense. If you are looking for a really good thriller I recommend checking out this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
The Girlfriend is told in multiple POV and the chapters are short and with this, this is a fast read book. Sadly I couldn't get into the story of Mags and her brother. The detailed description of some heavy traumatic events made it a hard read and I couldn't really enjoy the book. I'm sure this is a kind of: it's me not you situation and a lot of other readers loved the story. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark!
The Girlfriend by Sarah Naughton is a highly recommended psychological thriller with a twisty plot. (It was published in the UK as Tattletale.) When news reaches her of her brother's accident, Mags, a high powered lawyer living in Los Vegas, flies back to London. Abe fell from down the stairs from outside his apartment on the fourth floor of the converted church where he lives. He is now in a coma and his outlook is not good. Apparently the only witness was his neighbor and devoted girlfriend, Jody, who Mags meets at the hospital. Something about Jody is odd... off, and Mags doesn't believe that she is telling the truth or was the only witness in the building. She doesn't believe that Abe's fall was an accident or that he tried to commit suicide. Mags is sure that there is more going on than anyone is telling her and she's going to get to the bottom of it. She moves into Abe's apartment and starts investigating, beginning with his neighbors in the converted church. Chapters alternate between characters, including Mags, Jodi, and Mira, a woman living next door to Abe who may know much more than she is willing to say. Chapters also switch to different time periods, but it is easy to follow what is happening and distinguish the past from the present. There are a lot more secrets being held than what happened to Abe, and Mags may need to uncover them while keeping her own secrets. But with all the secrets, is anyone telling the truth. More importantly, are any of these characters reliable? It is a very well-written twisty novel of suspense and the tension increases incrementally with each new step in the plot. The Girlfriend is full of basically unreliable and, for the most part, unlikable characters, who are keeping secrets, but, after a slow start, it did hold my attention to the end. Even though during several scenes I knew where the plot was going long before Naughton headed that direction, the journey was still full of suspense. There is an opening scene that will seem incongruous to the rest of the novel, but stick with it and it will make sense. (There are several jumps back and forth in time, although the others are placed in context more than the opening scene.) There are also a few other scenes where you may be shaking your head and mumbling something about these people being seriously messed up, and they are, but keep with it. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Sourcebooks Landmark.
Abe has fallen down four stories in his apartment building. He now lies in a hospital with brain damage. His girlfriend, Jody, loves him and wants him to get well. Abe’s sister, Mags, is a high-powered attorney living in Las Vegas. She has returned to the UK check on her brother whom she hasn’t seen in years. The police think her brother jumped instead of falling and his girlfriend doesn’t know because she says with the lights off, she didn’t see what truly happened. While Abe’s condition is being monitored, Mags stays in his flat which is located in a deconstructed church. She is intent on finding out exactly what happened to Abe. Mags introduces herself to the people living in the (government subsidized?) flats in the building where Abe lived. She meets some strange characters who live pathetic lives. As she gets to know Jody a bit more, she believes that the girl is lying about something. Mags also hooks up with a guy she met on the flight over from the US and they have some flings. Her own past keeps her from being able to commit to anyone. In addition, she works hard to control her alcohol consumption. The book flashes back and forth to scenes from someone’s past with sexual and physical violence but the reader isn’t sure who the person is. Eventually, we learn what truly happened. To me, this is a violent and depressing story where I found myself cringing as I read it. Unfortunately, I cannot give it a high rating and cannot recommend it. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.