I read Just Like the Other Girls, a psychological thriller, by Claire Douglas in November. My copy is a NetGalley review copy that I’ve had for over a year! I really should have read it earlier. It was published in August 2020 by Penguin.
Una Richardson is devastated after the death of her mother. Hoping for a fresh start, she responds to an advertisement and steps into the rich, comforting world of elderly Mrs Elspeth McKenzie. But Elspeth’s home is not as safe as it seems. Kathryn, her cold and bitter daughter, resents Una’s presence. More disturbing is the evidence suggesting two girls lived here before.
What happened to the girls? Why will the McKenzies not talk about them? As the walls close in around her, Una fears she’ll end up just like the other girls . . .
Like the other books I’ve read by Claire Douglas this revolves round family secrets and mother/daughter/sister relationships and there are enough twists and turns that at first puzzled me, but it didn’t grip me as her earlier books did. Although it begins well and at first I was intrigued by the mystery, I thought there were too many coincidences to be credible and it was just too far-fetched. This means that the chilling atmosphere that had been built up at first faded away. Having said that I did want to know how it would end so I read on but was not surprised by the final reveal.
- ASIN: B081RBYHJQ
- Publisher: Penguin (6 Aug. 2020)
- Language: English
- Print length: 388 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN: 0063138115
- My rating: 3*
My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin, the publishers for a review copy.
One thought on “Just Like the Other Girls”
This does sound like an interesting premise, Margaret. Sorry to hear it didn’t live up to what you’d hoped. I agree with you about plot points that are too far-fetched; that pulls me out of a story, too.
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