Mystery/Thriller

Review: The Girlfriend by Sarah J. Naughton

A psychological thriller about a sister determined to find out the truth behind her brother's suicide.


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This book was originally published under the title “Tattletale”. 

The Girlfriend book cover

The Girlfriend

by Sarah J. Naughton

Published February 23, 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 1492651249

Data from Goodreads

Summary (Goodreads): 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

Trigger Warning: (Click to reveal spoiler) There are mentions of abuse in this story, so please be aware. It isn’t described in too much detail but there is enough to make some readers uncomfortable.

This was an interesting novel, for sure. It just wasn’t my favourite.

The Pros: What worked for me

  • I liked that the story was told from alternating perspectives of 3 very unique female characters. I didn’t love them but I liked the variety and the differing personalities.

The Cons: What I didn’t like

  • While the story itself was interesting, it jut didn’t hold my attention constantly. The author threw in quite a few twists but the delivery of it made it underwhelming.
  • I didn’t like that the author would explain the reasoning behind the twist immediately after the delivery, as it took away from that thrill/shock factor.
  • I was really surprised by the legal turn the story took – and not in a good way. It ended up slowing down the story’s pace at a time when I would have preferred it to be fast.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad thriller. It just wasn’t the type of thriller I was looking for. While there were moments that were interesting, I started to lose my focus closer to the end. I would give this a 3/5 stars.

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