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The New Girl by Alison Stockham : a review

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The New Girl by Alison Stockham

  • Category : Crime and Mystery / Thrillers
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Boldwood Books (9 April 2024)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4902 KB
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The New Girl Summary

The letterbox clatters and sitting on the mat is a piece of paper, in black and white, with everything needed to blow Anna’s perfect life apart.

A baby scan photo.

Anna and Jon have been trying for a baby with no success, so after years of disappointment, this feels like a kick in the teeth.

Who sent it? And why?

Anna’s thoughts fall on Grace – the keen young woman Jon hired at their printing business. Something about Grace isn’t quite right. She asks too many questions and makes Anna nervous but she can’t work out why.

And she can’t deny she sees the way her husband looks at her.

All she knows is this baby scan might tear her marriage apart…

The New Girl Review

Anna and Jon are a married couple who work hard in their own business, seemingly having everything they need in life – apart from one thing – a baby. They need some help so they can become pregnant so without consulting Anna, Jon employs Grace to help with some administration duties in the office.

Immediately Anna has a gut instinct that Grace isn’t all she seems. Jon and Grace appear close and all sorts of scenarios play out in Anna’s head. When she receives a picture of a scan with a religious message on the back, Anna is shocked and begins to doubt everyone in her life. Who sent her this photo and why? Someone is determined to scare Anna and she’s hell bent on finding out why. And what on earth does Grace want?

The New Girl is a great page turner with plenty of intrigue and suspense. The author builds tension well and I tried to guess what would happen so many times – without actually realising what the twist would be! Anna doesn’t trust anyone in the story and as the reader we can’t either!

I raced through this story quickly and it held my attention all the way through. An engaging and interesting story.

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About the Author

Alison Stockham’s debut novel, The Cuckoo Sister, was a top 10 bestseller and was also longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. Her second novel The Silent Friend was published in July 2023 and her third novel, The New Girl, will be published in April 2024.From a background in film and television production, working in film dramas and then TV documentary production for the BBC and Channel 4, Alison is now the events coordinator for Cambridge Literary Festival. She lives in the city with her husband, their children and their cat, who keeps her company while she works on the next book.

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