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The New Girl

(2020)
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She's borrowed your life. What if she decides to keep it?

'Keenly observed and brimming with tension, The New Girl is a must-read' Clare Mackintosh

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Glamorous Margot Jones is the fashion editor at glossy women's magazine Haute, and pregnant with her first child. Margot's used to her carefully curated life being 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. So when Margot gets in touch to suggest she apply for her maternity cover at Haute, Maggie seizes the chance at living a better life - even if it's only temporary.

But the simultaneous arrival of Margot's baby and a brutal end to her oldest friendship sends Margot into a spiral of suspicion and paranoia. Are Maggie's motives as innocent as they seem? And what happens at the end of the year when Margot wants her old life back - especially if Maggie decides she doesn't want to leave?

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'A Devil Wears Prada-meets-Gone Girl mash-up, this is a deliciously heady concoction of fashion and fear, best gobbled down whole, over one lockdown weekend' Pandora Sykes

'I have not been as gripped and stunned by a story since reading Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. I could not put it down. This is a masterpiece' Emma Gannon

'A tense, sophisticated exploration of female friendships fraught with insecurities set in the ruthless world of fashion magazines. Gripping and thrillingly unsettling, it kept me reading through the night' Ruth Hogan

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A magnificent rollercoaster of a book." - Celia Anderson

"Wonderfully twisty and richly psychological - a compelling read." - Leaf Arbuthnot

"With elegant prose and complex, vivid characters, The New Girl is a delicious slow burn of a thriller. Harriet Walker has an impressive hold on how women really think, and she sweeps the reader into the book’s suspenseful world, skillfully capturing both the sparkly mania of the fashion world and the strange bell jar of new motherhood. I can’t wait to read more from her." - Andrea Bartz

"Wonderfully drawn . . . Reveals something deep and real about the isolation of new motherhood. There were moments when I held my breath in this twisty tale, and moments when I caught my breath in sharp recognition." - Georgina Clarke

"As smart and stylish as a fashion week catwalk show, this gripping debut kept me hooked late into the night!" - Annie Lyons

"Keenly observed and brimming with tension, The New Girl is a must-read." - Clare Mackintosh

"This debut thriller reads like The Devil Wears Prada meets Single White Female. I couldn’t put it down." - Catherine Steadman


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May 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: The New Girl: A gripping debut of female friendship and rivalry
Author(s): Harriet Walker
ISBN: 1-5293-0400-8 / 978-1-5293-0400-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Title: The New Girl: A gripping debut of female friendship and rivalry
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ISBN: 1-5293-0404-0 / 978-1-5293-0404-6 (UK edition)
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Title: The New Girl: A gripping debut of female friendship and rivalry
Author(s): Harriet Walker
ISBN: 1-5293-0402-4 / 978-1-5293-0402-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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May 2020 : Paperback
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Title: The New Girl: A Novel
Author(s): Harriet Walker
ISBN: 1-984819-97-6 / 978-1-984819-97-0
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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May 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The New Girl
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May 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The New Girl
Author(s): Harriet Walker
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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May 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The New Girl
Author(s): Harriet Walker
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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May 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The New Girl: A Novel
Author(s): Harriet Walker
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Title: The New Girl: A Novel
Author(s): Harriet Walker
Publisher: Random House Audio
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May 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The New Girl: A gripping debut of female friendship and rivalry
Author(s): Harriet Walker
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


May 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The New Girl: A Novel
Author(s): Harriet Walker
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA