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'No one writes about modern family with more truth and authenticity than Fiona Neill' Lisa Jewell
'A rollicking read that should not be picked up at bedtime, or you'll be done for in terms of a good night's sleep' Stylist
Sometimes there are four sides to a story - but which one will you believe in the engrossing RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK and Sunday Times bestseller, The Betrayals
A dark and emotional novel about the fine line between friendship and betrayal . . .
None of them would forget that week on the wild Norfolk coast.
Best friends Rosie and Lisa's families had always been inseparable.
But that summer, Lisa had an affair with Rosie's husband Nick.
And now, after years of silence, she sends Rosie a letter begging for help. A letter which exposes dark secrets.
Daughter Daisy's fragile hold on reality begins to unravel.
Teenage son Max blames himself for everything that happened that long hot summer.
And Nick must confront his own version of events.
There are four sides to this story. Who will you believe?
'A vivid and insightful portrayal of a family in crisis. A writer at the top of her game' Gillian McAllister
'Thought-provoking and stands out from the crowd' Grazia
Scratch the surface of any family hard enough and you'll draw blood . . .
No one can believe it when straight A student Romy Field finds herself at the centre of a scandal, least of all her mother Ailsa - who is also the head of her new school.
Ailsa is quick to hold Romy's new boyfriend and his parents responsible for what has happened. But as mother and daughter reveal their very different version of events, a much darker truth emerges. It soon becomes apparent that Romy isn't the only member of her family harbouring secrets and her disgrace becomes the catalyst for the unravelling of all those around her.
It takes a split second to make a decision that can alter the course of your life.
And a lifetime to undo the consequences.
Bestselling author Fiona Neill is back with The Good Girl - a dark, compelling and controversial novel of one family's darkest secrets.
Praise for Fiona Neill:
'The Good Girl raises all kinds of contemporary issues with wit and sensitivity' Times
'Neill writes with verve, honesty and breathtaking insight. Utterly unputdownable' Helen Walsh, author of The Lemon Grove
'Neill's characters are so cleverly depicted, you feel as if you've met at least one of them before' Vogue
'Packed with observations of wince-making accuracy' The Times
'Sometimes touching, sometimes shocking... this cautionary coming-of-age tale is a thought-provoking one' Daily Mail
'The Good Girl is vivid and insightful, and Neill has a trained eye for the pressures and poignancies of modern family life' Guardian
'Clever, grown-up and totally gripping' Lisa Jewell
'A topical, tense and addictive read' Good Housekeeping
'Neill takes a light scalpel to online disaster in this exceptional dual-narrative' Grazia
' Two families become embroiled in each other's lives and long buried secrets are unravelled. Contemporary issues are tackled here with both humour and realism, making for an engrossing read' My Weekly
'The Slummy Mummy columnist is back - this time, somewhat incongruously, with a psychological thriller. The Good Girl looks set to be the next Gone Girl, with its dark compelling exploration of family secrets. It tells the story of the relationship of two teenagers and their families when a chain of events leads to a scandal that affects them all. A confronting look at the way that one moment of malice on social media can spiral out of control.' Seven Books to Read, House Seven
Nanny required to take care of needs of busy professional London family
When penniless student Ali Sparrow answers Bryony and Nick Skinner's advertisement her life changes overnight.
She is catapulted into the privileged and excessive world of London's financial elite. At first everything is overwhelming - from twins who speak their own language to a teenage girl with weight issues and a son almost her own age. Then there is Bryony, who has one eye on her dazzling career and the other on Ali's failings.
When boom turns to bust and a scandal erupts that suggests something corrupt has been hatched behind the Skinners' front door, their private life is suddenly public news. And as Ali becomes indispensible, she realizes she's witness to things she probably shouldn't see.
But is she principled enough to keep the family's secrets when the press come prowling for the inside scoop? Or will she dish the dirt on the family who never saw her as anything other than part of the scenery?
It's early 2008 and the credit crunch is starting to bite. Sam and Laura Diamond - and their friends - are circling forty and all feeling a lot less certain about life than when they first met in their twenties. Laura wants to work part-time and have a third child - an appalling prospect for her husband Sam, whose secret ambition is to give up his job as a struggling scriptwriter and have a vasectomy.
Life's no more straightforward for wild child turned corporate lawyer Janey Dart. Having finally given up on Patrick, the love of her life, she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and hastily married to a wealthy hedge fund manager who loathes her friends.
And Sam's oldest friend, trendy restaurant owner Jonathan Sleet, is about to hit the big time with a TV series and cookbook, but can't control his roving eye. So it's no surprise that back on their organic farm in Suffolk, his once glamorous wife Hannah is finding distractions of her own.
Determined to reunite the group, Jonathan brings everyone together for a holiday to celebrate his fortieth birthday. But six friends, two decades of tangled fortunes and an explosive secret from the past make for an unforgettable week.
For Lucy Sweeney, motherhood isn't all astanga yoga and Cath Kidston prints. It's been years since the dirty laundry pile was less than a metre high, months since Lucy remembered to have sex with her husband, and a week since she last did the school run wearing pyjamas.
Motherhood, it seems, has more pitfalls than she might have expected. Caught between perfectionist Yummy Mummy No 1 and hypercompetitive Alpha Mum, Lucy is in danger of losing the parenting plot. And worst of all, she's alarmingly distracted by Sexy Domesticated Dad. It's only a matter of time before the dirty laundry quite literally blows up in her face...
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Fiona Neill is an author and journalist who has written four Sunday Times bestsellers. Her last widely acclaimed novel The Good Girl sold over 100,000 copies. Her first novel The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy, based on her hugely popular column in The Times, was an international bestseller that was published in twenty-five countries.
Fiona worked as a foreign correspondent in Central America for six years and returned to the UK as assistant editor on Marie Claire before joining The Times Magazine as assistant editor. She has written features for many publications including The Times, Sunday Times Style, and The Telegraph Magazine as well as a screenplay of her first novel for the BFI.
Fiona grew up in rural North Norfolk and lives in London with her husband and three children.
Discover more about Fiona and her work at fionaneill.co.uk