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From the Publisher
“Keenly observed and brimming with tension, The New Girl is a must-read.”—Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of I Let You Go
“Taut, stylish, utterly gripping . . . satisfied all my thriller cravings and my love of fashion-world gossip.”—Lucy Foley, author of The Guest List
“I was so absorbed by The New Girl. In this suspenseful debut, Harriet Walker applies the finest of brushes to those shades of gray between friendship and rivalry—not so much domestic noir as domestic gris. I recommend.”—Louise Candlish, author of Those People
“A wickedly funny psychological thriller that’s in turn brutal and tender.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Publication date : May 19, 2020
- File size : 2237 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 301 pages
- Publisher : Ballantine Books (May 19, 2020)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B07WPQG5HL
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #233,268 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Maggie, a freelance journalist, certainly knows she doesn’t measure up. But when she gets the temp job covering Margot’s maternity leave, Maggie seizes the chance to live a flashier life—even if it’s only for a few months.
But the simultaneous arrival of Margot’s baby and a brutal end to her oldest friendship sends Margot into a spiral of insecurity and suspicion; normal preoccupations of new motherhood turn into dark and frightening paranoia. Who is the vicious online troll mocking Margot’s facade of perfection and threatening to expose a dark secret she’s spent years concealing? Are Maggie’s newfound ambitions and plucky enthusiasm as innocent as they seem? And what happens when Margot is ready to return to her old life—especially if Maggie doesn’t want to leave?
My Thoughts: The themes in The New Girl take us on several different journeys. We first see, from Margot’s point of view, how Maggie, “the new girl” who is filling her position as fashion editor while she is on maternity leave, seems to be taking over her life completely. How does Maggie insert herself into Margot’s personal as well as her professional life, including taking over Margot’s past connections?
Winnie’s narrative takes us back to the past, to the beginning of her friendship with Margot, interrupted by another “new girl” when Helen appears and succeeds in sidelining Margot in the friendship. Then we watch as Winnie begins to view herself as a “new girl” when her relationship with Helen changes her into a different person. But then it takes a dangerous turn.
What secrets are holding Winnie and Margot together? How does Maggie’s intrusion change everything for them all? Is Margot paranoid about what is happening, or is something completely different afoot?
Just when I thought I had it all figured out, the conclusion brought stunning and unexpected revelations. An unputdownable book that earned 4.5 stars.
I really wanted to like this book. I thought from the description it sounded like it had promise. But it just fell flat for me. The description made it sound more like Single White Female with Maggie trying to take over Margot's life, which would have been good. This was just kind of tame, for lack of a better word. None of the characters were really likable, and the storyline just felt like it was plodding along.
Maggie, on the other hand, suddenly finds herself living her dream life while working at Margot's job. She suddenly realizes she does not want to give up this job ever and she transforms herself into what she needs to be to be successful and popular.
Margot's relationship with her best friend from childhood becomes strained and then abruptly ends when her friend's newborn son dies. The guilt that Margot feels because she is pregnant and her baby is doing fine is severe...but so is the fear that something could happen to her own child. The way that Margot worries over her relationship with her previous bestie reminded me of myself...or rather my old self.
Honestly, I was on pins and needles regarding the safety of Margot and her baby especially when she started being harassed and experiencing bullying online. Pretty heady stuff and kept me reading long past my bedtime! Definitely a good read...but not a light, fluffly beach read or rom com! Highly recommend for when you are in the mood to dive deep!!!
Thank you to NetGalley, author Harriet Walker and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for a digital advanced reader copy for me to read and devour! I really loved the book, even when I hated it for a second here or there for keeping me in too much suspense....and my opinions are my own!!