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The New Girl

(2020)
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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?

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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Title: The New Girl: A gripping debut of female friendship and rivalry
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Title: The New Girl: A gripping debut of female friendship and rivalry
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ISBN: 1-5293-0402-4 / 978-1-5293-0402-2 (UK edition)
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January 1900 : Paperback
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Title: The New Girl: A Novel
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Title: The New Girl
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May 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The New Girl
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Title: The New Girl: A Novel
Author(s): Harriet Walker
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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
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May 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The New Girl: A Novel
Author(s): Harriet Walker
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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