The New Girl

The New Girl

A Novel

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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"This debut thriller reads like The Devil Wears Prada meets Single White Female . I couldn't put it down."--Catherine Steadman, author of Something in the Water and Mr. Nobody

She's borrowed your life. But what if she decides to keep it?

Glamorous Margot Jones is the fashion editor at glossy magazine Haute. Pregnant with her first child, Margot's carefully curated life is the object of other women's envy--who wouldn't want her successful career, loving husband, beautiful house, and stylish wardrobe?

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?
Publisher: New York, NY : Ballantine Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781984819970
1984819976
Branch Call Number: FIC Walke
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 20 cm.

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May 09, 2020

Can a woman really "have it all?" She has the dream job. The husband. A baby on the way. What will happen to the job during maternity leave? This thriller explores the themes of mother vs. career woman; single vs. being in a relationship; grieving vs. growing and more. . . For fashion editor Margo two women are on her mind when she is a new mother. One is her replacement at work (Maggie) and the other her best friend from her school days(Winnie). All three women contribute to the narrative. There are interesting parallels drawn between past and present. In the end all have learned and grown as characters -- even the men. The fashion magazine environment made a fascinating and compelling backdrop to the story as well as the social media feeds that exacerbate Margot's out of whack hormones. Timely and thought-provoking.

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