Book Review: The Temp by Michelle Frances

temp 1Looking for suspenseful stories with strong female characters who are not breathing down each other’s neck all the time, Michelle Frances’ The Temp is for you.

For me, the main attraction of this book is its cover (a lady working on her laptop at a workplace) and the title. Not only that, I also like the synopsis. (Side note: I always go through the synopsis to get a little insight about the story before purchasing a book.)

Apparently, it appears a thriller with undertones of domestic drama where talented young woman is looking to replace a successful older woman. The narrative is told from the perspectives of two women: Carrie and Emma who have different views of each other but there is one constant in their life, Adrian, of course for different reasons.

Carrie, in her 40s, has a successful career as a producer of television programmes. She comes across a very strong, confident and smart lady in her domain. Her husband Adrian is also an award winning screenwriter in the television industry. They are content in their professional and personal lives but life takes an unusual turn which completely jolts them.

As a couple, Carrie and Adrian decide not to have children; primarily because they both want to focus on their career. However, fate has something else stored for them; Carrie gets pregnant and the problem arises when she chooses to keep the baby, and this puts her relationship with her husband off balance.

Moreover, they are prepared to start a new show which needs time and with this pregnancy, Adrian and her friend as well as managing director of Hawks Pictures Liz suggest to hire a replacement for few months. This is where Emma enters as a temp who is intelligent; and despite coming from a well off family, she has always struggled to be the daughter on whom her parents can be proud of. What is interesting is that Carrie never wants Emma to be employed as her replacement.

the tempBeing pregnant, Carrie cannot stay in the office for long duration due to pain and dizziness. Insanity and jealousy run rampage on Carrie’s part especially when Adrian, Liz and everyone in the office are all praise about Emma’s work.  The last nail in the coffin for Carrie is the birth of her newborn baby boy Rory. Her baby keeps her busy all the time and since she has no support from Adrian, she begins to drift away from her husband and her colleagues. As a consequence, she feels isolated and subconsciously put all the blame on Emma. Carrie does not realise that this is all work of her creative mind (pun intended).

British-based author Frances has established herself as a mature, knowing and new voice in the genre of psychological thriller with her bestseller The Girlfriend. Her debut novel took on the issues of unforgiveable lies and twisted relationships. Her second book deals with the relationships caught in the crossfire of all scheming and manipulation.

I do understand that the author has shown some sort of conflict between two female protagonists. Also, the book cover gives an impression to the reader of Emma being conniving who wants to usurp Carrie’s life, which is why both women will compete over Carrie’s husband Adrian. Clearly, this is not all! The book offers much more to the reader’s delight.

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Book Review-Double Standards

Judith double standardsEvery story has some purpose which needs to be redefined once it is revealed. Judith McNaught‘s novel ‘Double Standards’ intrigue the reader to read story from cover to cover. Reading her novel is like journeying through a romantic experience while it also acts as a hideout for those who want to get away from chaotic life by immersing themselves in a never-ending romantic adventure.

The story revolves around two characters; Lauren Daner and Nick Sinclair. Like every other novel, the male protagonist was an ideal person who was super rich and had chiseled features whereas female character was pretty and innocent. Nick had a Casanova image and just because all his trust and ability to love were taken away after Nick’s mother, Caroline remarried and turned away, ignoring him after his father died. To protect himself from hurt, Nick had always kept women at a safe distant, and under manageable conditions. Now, he was still charming and handsome but very reserved, with an iron-willed self-control. Lauren Danner was the first to get under his skin. He was charmed by her wit and genuinely like her courage and even her stubbornness. She also presented a challenge for she refused to have a ‘sleazy affair’ (as she called it) with him. The passion of romance was obvious every time both characters were together.  Regardless of all abandonment and deception, Nick finally found true love. No surprise there right 🙂

Judith’s every love story ends with happily ever after and this novel is also no different from rest of her stories. Nevertheless for all those love-struck people I think they should read her works once. I am sure they will love the fantasy world which she created through her writings.

Happy Reading 🙂