Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Book Review: The Good Girl Fiona Neill

Not a Psychological Thriller (in my view) - but loved it, anyway!

The Good Girl by Fiona Neill
My rating: 5 of 5

No one can believe it when straight A student Romy Field finds herself at the centre of a scandal, least of all her mother Ailsa - who is also the head of her new school.

Ailsa is quick to hold Romy's new boyfriend and his parents responsible for what has happened. But as mother and daughter reveal their very different version of events, a much darker truth emerges. It soon becomes apparent that Romy isn't the only member of her family harbouring secrets and her disgrace becomes the catalyst for the unravelling of all those around her.

It takes a split second to make a decision that can alter the course of your life.
And a lifetime to undo the consequences.

Wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. It has the same title as the excellent psychological thriller by Mary Kubica, so expectations were high. I wouldn’t describe it as a psychological thriller, but it’s a very good book. In particular, due to the way the characters and dialogue come to life making the reader feel like they are standing in the same room. That’s a rare gift!

The story is about the changing dynamics within two families who end up as neighbours, with drama involving the youngest boy, right through to his going-off-the-rails grandfather. The individual characters and their traits are portrayed in beautiful detail and we are led through a whole whirlwind of emotions: humour, sadness, dread and sexual discoveries. I love having a book I can’t wait to get back to and this was it.

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