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Sunday, March 25, 2018

#allthebookreviews: The Girlfriend by Sarah J. Naughton @sbkslandmark @sarahjnaughton @jessmapreviews

The Girlfriend
by Sarah J. Naughton

Thanks so much to Sourcebooks Landmark for these copies in return for our honest reviews.
Jessica and I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller!  See what we had to say below!

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Landmark
Published:  March 6, 2018
368 Pages
Genres:  Psychological Thriller, Crime Fiction

Goodreads Synopsis:

After years of estrangement from her family, Mags receives a shocking phone call. Her rebellious brother, Abe, is in a coma, and the police suspect he tried to take his own life. But Mags isn't so sure, and she begins to crack away at the life of the brother she once knew: the dark apartment building, the whispering tenants, and her brother's mysterious girlfriend, the only witness to the incident, who raises more questions than answers. As Mags picks up where the police left off, she begins to unearth the secrets her brother left behind—and awakens her own talent for revenge.

My Review:

An absolute solid psychological thriller/crime fiction read that will satiate your need for a quick, twisty read!  Sarah pulled me in right from the prologue.  Then, I actually forgot ALL about the prologue until we get towards the end of the book and get into full circle status.  AHA! 

I definitely had to suspend some belief in certain parts, but I've said this before, and I'll say it again, it's FICTION.  I absolutely was engaged to where Sarah took me with the dilapidated building Mag moved into (her brother's apartment), the cast of characters within,  Jody's background, etc. etc.  While she put a lot of different things into this story line, it never felt muddled or distracting.  She definitely took them to some dark places and in my thrillers, the darker the better!

The last chapter had me confused for a little bit, but after speaking to another reader about it, he quickly pointed me in the right direction and then it all made sense!  However, I do think that this one little part could've been left out and I would've been A-OK with that.  

Every character in this book is flawed and screwed up in their own right.   Sometimes you only see what you want to see.  Sometimes you see what others present to you and look no further.  Take a look at this book and see if you see what I did 😉.


Jessica's Review:

Are you ever hesitant when you hear books compared to the big psychological thriller hits? I always approach books with an open mind and try not to have any preconceived notions (those build ups usually end in disappointment). THE GIRLFRIEND by Sarah J. Naughton was just as twisty and thrilling as people were saying! It did not disappoint!

Mags has a troubled relationship with her family, to say the least, but when she gets a phone call that her brother, Abe, is in a coma she comes to his side. The police are saying that it was a result of a suicide attempt, but Mags knows her brother better than that. As she tries to figure out the truth about what happened to him, Mags meets Jody. Jody is Abe's fiance and she was the only witness to the events that led him to the coma. With more questions than answers, Mags decides to pick up the investigation and as she continues, she begins to find secrets that her brother left behind.

I don't want to say too much more because the twists in this book are fantastic. It's one of those where you think you have it figured out, then Naughton throws you for a loop. It's an emotional read along with a psychological thriller. If you're looking for a suspense read that has a little more unique approach to the typical tropes then I would highly recommend this one!

I'll be looking for more from Naughton in the future!

I give this 5/5 stars!

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