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The New Girl

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This book felt like it had a lot of promise but ended up falling flat for me. The twists were obvious but the biggest issue was the main character's incredible naive attitude which almost felt required for the story to work and was hard to get past. I would however like to see the author's next book and what she does next. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.
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A gripping read
It will have you hooked 
Definitely will have you on the edge of your seat
Thanks NetGalley
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Sophie has a secret from her past that she wants to forget.  Something happened at university which caused her to leave and return home to live with her dad.  She has a boyfriend Charlie who is very possessive and wants them to settle down, marry and start a family.  Sophie realises that this is not what she wants and decides to leave her hometown and move to London to pursue a career in advertising.  She goes for an interview and gets her dream job.  Everything is perfect.  She is enjoying her new job, making new friends, enjoying living rent free in a company flat and has a handsome admirer.  But soon things that happened in her past begin to invade her new life and she doesn’t know who to trust.  A really enjoyable psychological thriller which I can highly recommend.  
Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
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This is the perfect remedy for any reading slump. It kept me guessing throughout the story, never knowing which way it would go. The plot is fast paced with a feeling of uneasy tension that leads to the very surprising and satisfying conclusion. Not only was this thriller suspenseful and extremely entertaining, but inspiring as well. I enjoyed the twists that kept me intrigued from start to finish. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for my copy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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"I thought I could escape my past, but I was wrong....." 

Right there, this book hooked me in. This was a gripping psychological thriller that pulled me in right from the start. Although, I sometimes I like to go slow to enjoy the book, that was not in the cards for this one. This is probably the fastest book I have ever read. I just could not get enough. 

Ruth Heald, delivers. I was looking for a true nail biter after being in a book slump for some time. This was all that and more. The anticipation that led up to the major twist at the end was not one I could have planned for. 

This is a must read. 5 stars.
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I’m not sure what to think of this one. It was kind of a complex tangled mess. Sophie turns down a proposal from her long time boyfriend because she realizes she wants more. Then within a week she finds this too good to be true job in London. They pay well, have free housing, and even help her pay off her debts even though she has just started the job. 

When a past employee shows up telling her she should be concerned and bad things about her bosses and the office atmosphere, she brushes the woman off and chooses to believe her coworker, and new boyfriend. I found this part infuriating. As the whole story we are learning that Sophie accused someone of rape and no one believed her and now she’s doing the same thing to someone else. 

As I said, it’s a long winded and tangled mess of the workplace and the past rape. I’m not really on board with how it turned out.
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Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book for an honest review.

A good psychological thriller but not really anything new.
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A terrific thriller telling the story of a young woman thrust into a nightmare situation at her new workplace. Dark and ominous!
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I was lucky to receive an advance copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinions.  This was another great book by Ruth Heald!  She never disappoints and will keep you guessing until the very last page.  I started this book late at night and was not able to go to bed until VERY late as I was totally sucked in from the beginning.  I highly recommend you start this much earlier in the night!
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Another fabulous book from Ruth Heald! I loved everything about this book - Sophie's new job in Soho turns out to be anything but straightforward, plus her accommodation is weirdly connected to her job and she no longer knows who she can trust. There are twists and turns and a big surprise at the end. Pacy and original, I'd definitely recommend it.
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The story revolves around Sophia, who has recently gotten a new job, a new flat, new friends, and a new boyfriend. Everything seems to be perfect. But the past has a habit of catching up to you, and Sophia's past is far from spotless.
This is a must read for anyone who enjoys a good thriller!!
Absolutely loved the characters, the plot, the tension -  impossible to put it down.
Certainly recommended!
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Thank you Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

I liked this book, I didn't love it - but it was easy enough to burn though relatively quickly. I liked that a few red herrings were thrown in occasionally to throw you off the scent, but I didn't love that events didn't seem to flow well together for me.

It felt like there was a slow build up, but unfortunately the suspense was lacking for me. I also felt like a few events were slightly far fetched and severely underdeveloped, especially towards the end of the book. Resolutions seemed to occur without any consequences but then the ending totally fell flat for me.

A promising start that just fell a little flat for me.
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Wowza, what a fun, chilling thrill ride!  Had me hooked from page one until the final page!  Well written, fast paced, and unputdownable!!!  Kept me up way too late, needing to finish!  I highly, highly recommend this twisted tale!
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The New Girl by Ruth Heald was another brilliant book Sophie could only dream of her latest job and then it happens!!! she can't believe its happened to her! So new job, and career New start in a new city and London of all places especially as this new job comes with a place to live in Soho, a credit card to purchase things she needs ie clothes, food, furnishing, and new friends..........Pinch me now!!! 

Sophie needs a new start and has just split up with her boyfriend and is in debt, So this could not come at a best time for her!

What could possibly go wrong? 

Is she going to wake up from this dream? 

WoW, This book was Brilliant and had me hooked from the first few pages till the end especially as its fully of great twists and turns throughout.

I was shouting out aloud!!! "Sophie Wake up!!!!!"  I was having strange looks from my Hubby!!! So glad I was not in public! lol

I highly recommend all of Ruth's books. They will have you hooked!

Big Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This was an excellent, solid thriller. I enjoy a fantastic workplace-based thriller so this novel really appealed to me. Sophie is looking for a fresh start following the end of a relationship and finds herself in London, securing a job that is way beyond her expectations in a small family-owned marketing company. With exciting social opportunities, the perfect flat and the attentions of a handsome admirer, it all seems too good to be true. There's plenty of suspense to keep the reader's attention and it has chunks of unpredictability. Well worth a read. 😀

I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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Behind her dream life hides the perfect nightmare. I couldn’t believe it when I got the call to offer me my dream job. It was right in the heart of the city with a flat provided. I jumped at the chance and within days I had made new friends and am dating a wonderful man. For the first time in years, I feel safe. It’s a world away from the life I ran from…But soon strange things begin to happen in my flat: odd noises in the night, the feeling that I’m being watched. When I discover an old dress hidden behind my wardrobe and wear it to work, the atmosphere chills instantly. The dress belonged to a girl my boss would rather forget. The girl before me who vanished without a trace. I tell myself not to worry; that I’m just imagining things. But when a young woman arrives on my doorstep, she warns me to leave my new life behind. She tells me there are more girls like me and we are more connected than I could have ever imagined. Then I come face to face with the reason I ran all those years ago and it soon becomes clear: someone knows my secret. And they will do anything to keep me silent. 

This is a brilliant read.
Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start.
Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believable.
Great suspense and found myself second guessing every thought I had continuously.
Can't wait to read what the author brings out next.
Recommend reading.

I was provided an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher.  This is my own hone\st voluntary review.
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It's my stop on the book tour of The New Girl, hosted by @bookouture. Thanks for my spot on the tour and for the advance copy in exchange for my honest review via Netgalley.

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Before you have even opened a Ruth Heald book, you know you’re in for an exciting read, and The New Girl delivers excitement in spades.

Our main character Sophie think she has left her old life behind when she starts work with an advertising agency in London. But soon after, she begins feeling like she’s being watched, and then her past threatens to crash into her new life.

I liked Sophie, but just occasionally she tested my “suspension of disbelief”, especially with her relationship with the loathsome Charlie. Why waste ten years on such a person? The characters were fleshed out perfectly, enhancing the story rather than distracting from it.

Overall, this is a well executed psychological thriller which had me gripped all the way to the end, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a clever, exciting, book. I gave The New Girl, by Ruth Heald, five stars.
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This is a good read, but I would call it more of a romance/mystery.
Sophie had to leave the city due to awful  circumstances. She lived in Dorset and her boyfriend Charlie wanted to marry her and was excited to show her the house he was renovating for them. Sophie was not ready to settle there as she was ambitious and wanted to follow her career in the city. 
She sent resumes out and was delighted when she was offered a job in London. There was even a bonus - the job came with a flat paid for her by the company.
The 3 main partners of the firm seemed really nice and welcoming  and it wasn't long before Sophie began dating. Then things started to make her feel unsettled. She heard noises, received a strange email and a former employee warned her to leave her job. Could her past be catching up with her.
I thank the author,  publisher and Netgalley for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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This book gripped me right from the very arresting prologue and I found it impossible to put down.

Sophie is very likeable, and it’s hard not to want things to work out for the best for her, but I couldn’t help but feel that she was a bit naïve as events progressed. The expression that if something seems too good to be true that it usually is, made me wish that I could get inside the book and warn her not to be so trusting!

It’s impossible to know who to trust in this web of lies and deceit. Sophie has her own secrets from her past, and I couldn’t figure out if this was linked to the present day, but this very clever and twisty plot keeps you guessing until it all comes out at the end.

The tension and sense of danger builds in this book until the climactic ending, and the epilogue finishes it off just perfectly.

I really enjoyed this thoroughly engrossing and addictive book, and would really recommend it for anyone who likes a good psychological thriller.
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A really pacy thriller full of twists and turns that keep you turning the pages. The ending was a little rushed, but it didn't take away from the great read that this book is. Would definitely read more from this author.
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