BOOK CLUB: The Ex

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Author: Nicola Moriarty
ISBN: 9781460756638
RRP: $32.99
Publication Date: 17 July 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

I seriously don’t know how I can review this great book without any spoilers!!


Georgia is a nurse in a Sydney hospital and after being stood up in a bar by a tinder date she meets Luke – he is personable, well spoken and good looking – almost too good to be true. She falls head over heels with him and they quickly take their blossoming romance to the next level with him moving into her apartment and meeting her family at the wedding of her brother.

The only issue is that Luke has an ex-girlfriend, Cadence, who is not happy about Luke’s new girlfriend and cannot accept the fact that he has moved on. What follows is a roller coaster ride with Georgia feeling she is being stalked by Cadence.

Meanwhile her relationship with Luke seems to be going too well and there are gaps that start to appear in his story that make her question whether he is being truthful to her.

I really cannot express how good this book is, it is by far my best read of 2019 to date and I implore you all to read this book – you won’t be disappointed!!

This would make an excellent movie – just don’t watch it alone! An excellent depiction of a domestic noir psychological thriller.   

This guest review was submitted by Janine, one of our Beauty and Lace Club members. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us Janine.

The Ex is available now through Harper Collins and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Harper Collins 30 of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading The Ex so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.


23 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Ex

  1. The Ex by Nicola Moriarty is a fabulous book that was hard to put down as I wanted to find out what happened and why. Guessed a few things early but couldn’t work out others. Hard to review without giving anything away but would highly recommend this book that I read in under 1 day.
    Thanks to Beauty & Lace Book Club and HarperCollins Publishers for my copy of this great book.

  2. From the start this book had me intrigued. The dedication made me laugh. After reading the blurb I was curious how the relationship between the characters would play out. As I started reading I realised I was reading between the lines and that made me wonder if I’d guessed correct about “the ex” or if I was searching for things that weren’t there.

    A few chapters in and I was hooked! The writing style is easy to follow. The plotline grabs you and makes it so you dont want to put the book down.

    I cant think what else to add without giving away any spoilers aside from – read this book!
    You won’t be disappointed.

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the chance to read it and to Nicola Moriaty for a gripping read. Now I’m off to add the rest of your books to my To Be Read list!

  3. Well this book was certainly worth the wait. I couldn’t put it down and read it in a day. Loved the characters and the surprise twist and ending. I would totally recommend this book. I liked it so much I went out and bought another Nicola Moriaty book and am totally hooked on it as well

  4. Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins I was lucky to chosen to review “The Ex” by Nicola Moriarty. I was excited about this book as anything that’s written by one of the Moriarty’s, then you are definitely in for a great read.

    This is a really good, hard to put down book and as other reviews suggest, it is hard to write one without giving anything away.

    There is three main Characters, Georgia who is a fun loving nurse but has had some bad times in the past. Then there is Luke, who appears to be the super loving boyfriend and then you have Cadence, who comes across as the crazy stalker ex.

    I couldn’t put this book down as I just needed to know what was happening. I did have my inklings throughout the book about the characters and what they were up to but there are so many twists and turns it just keeps pulling you in and in.

  5. Fabulous book by Nicola Moriarty!
    Could not put it down. I loved Nicola’s writing style, the main characters were easily relatable and the topics very relevant to today.
    Great read, go get it, people!!!!
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace, and Harper Collins for this amazing book.

  6. Wow, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Ex by Nicola Moriarty. I couldn’t put it down. I have read a number of Nicola Moriarty books and I would have to say that this one is my favourite!!

    While I predicted where a major part of the plot was going to go early on I was surprised that it didn’t take any enjoyment away from the ending. I loved the pace of this novel. I enjoyed the complexity of the characters. And I enjoyed the exciting ending!!

    Overall the book was a fantastic read and I will definitely be recommending it to everybody I talk about books to!!!

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins Publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this exciting suspense thriller!

  7. Wow, just wow! From the first page of “The Ex” I was hooked! The was my first book by Nicola Moriarty and I was not disappointed!

    I agree with the main review that this would be a great book to make a movie out of!

    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting something exciting to read.

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this amazing novel.

  8. Nicola Moriarty returns with a tightly bound domestic thriller titled, The Ex. A story of falling in love, trust, betrayal, revealing your true colours and mystery, this novel will reel you in from the very first sentence, through to the final word. The Ex is definitely one of my favourite thriller novels of the year.

    Imagine meeting the man of your dreams, only to find out that he has an ex who just won’t let go. Worse still, the ex has turned into the ultimate stalker! For hardworking nurse Georgia, when Luke enters her life, she believes that she may have met ‘the one’. But there are early warning signs when Luke reveals that he still lives with his ex girlfriend Cadence, a woman who is yet to accept her relationship with Luke is over. When strange and threatening things start to happen to Georgia, she immediately casts the blame on her boyfriend’s jealous ex girlfriend. While Luke comforts her, Georgia cannot shake the feeling that Cadence isn’t going to let Luke go without a fight. When Georgia eventually faces up to Cadence things take an interesting turn!

    Like a number of other reviewers before me I am going to tip toe around this one plot and content wise. It is very easy to deliver a spoiler while discussing The Ex and thus ruin this hooking thriller piece. I will say that Nicola Moriarty has delivered her best piece of fiction yet, this is her fifth novel, and it really seems like she has found her groove in the sub genre of domestic thriller fiction. Moriarty has obviously strived to deliver a balance between offering plenty of warning signals, but at the same time keeping her audience slightly at arm’s length. I was committed to The Ex from the very first sentence (even the author’s dedication to her children at the front made me snap to attention) and I really liked being pushed, pulled and turned every which way. Eventually, Moriarty completely shifted my stability with this book – by delivering a mind blowing plot twist. This demonstrates Moriarty’s true craft as a skilled writer for the thriller genre.

    In Georgia, the main protagonist of this novel, Moriarty has presented a character that is incredibly normal and down to earth, with very real expectations. Georgia wants a solid relationship and a man to sweep her off her feet. When she meets and falls for charming Luke, we can’t help but want this couple to succeed. In Cadence, Luke’s ex, we want her out of the picture as soon as possible. For her meddling, we want Cadence to get her just deserts, that is until something happens! Need I say more!

    I also need to mention the themes that are incorporated within The Ex. Moriarty does an excellent job of shining a light in mental illness, depression, self harm and low self esteem. Her treatment of these issues comes with a strong degree of insight and sensitivity. It definitely adds another coating to this novel, which seemed to take it up another notch in my eyes.

    I think this is the type of review where less is more. The Ex is by far an influential book that I won’t forget any time soon. I raced through The Ex in a matter of hours, thanks to the unyielding plot, fascinating cast and everyday Australian setting. The Ex is triumphant book from a talented Australian novelist and I’m already looking to Moriarty’s next one – with eager eyes!

    * I wish to thank Beauty & Lace Book Club and the publisher, Harper Collins Books Australia for a copy of this book for review purposes.

  9. Wow! This book totally gripped me – it had ALL the elements and I couldn’t put it down once I’d started reading it. Like other reviews, I kept thinking that they needed to make a movie out of this one – would be interesting! I’ve enjoyed a number of Nicola Moriaty’s books before, but this one is my favourite. I’m definitely recommending this book to all. Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to review this book.

  10. What a superb read. This book is based around 3 main characters: Georgia a nurse at the local hospital, Luke the gorgeous guy she meets and Cadence the ex-girlfriend. Georgia thinks she has met the guy of her dreams when he comes to her rescue after she is stood up buy her tinder blind date and is being harassed by a couple of drunks in a pub. She feels she had met the ‘one’. We have all heard stories about a love affair that ends and how one party is hurt and does not want to let go. This is what happens in this book.

    What happens when Cadence is so desperate she starts stalking and harassing Georgia and the ante is upped when Luke moves in with her?

    All is not how it appears to be on the surface. What is really happening in this 3 way relationship? Who is stalking who? Or is anyone being stalked at all?

    This is a cunning, fast paced and brilliantly written novel which has so many twists and turns, but slowly things do become clear the more I read. I can’t say anymore without giving the whole story away but this is so fantastic a novel, that you should go out and buy it today. I definitely will go out and buy her others.

    Loved, loved, loved this book. Do yourself a favour and go and get this book.

    Thanks Nicola Moriarty, Harper Collins and Beauty and Lace for a wonderful read

  11. I really enjoyed this fast-paced thriller by Nicola Moriarty which I managed to devour over a few days. It’s a story about Georgia, a single nurse, who finally meets a guy (Luke) who makes her feel special and loved. There’s only one problem, Luke has an ex (Cadence) who is finding it difficult to let Luke go. Sending aggressive messages, Georgia begins to worry about what Cadence is capable of…. And that’s when she confronts her.

    It’s difficult to write too much about the book without giving away the detail. While I predicted a few things in the book, it took a couple of twists and turns which I didn’t see coming.

    Highly recommend this one and ‘Those Other Women’ by Nicola Moriarty. The Moriarty sisters have some really special genetics and talent for writing!

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  12. The Ex is definitely worth a read! It was intriguing, had a few little twists & turns throughout & was overall a book that deserves to be recommended.

  13. Thankyou for giving me the chance to read this book, it was definitely worth the wait!

    The story follows Georgia and her relationship with her “perfect” boyfriend Luke, but his ex Cadence throws a lot of the relationship into chaos, but the real question is Cadence really to blame?

    Well written and completely captivating I couldn’t put this book down, I almost called sick into work so I could stay home reading all day!

  14. Totally loved this book. The three main characters are engaging and interesting and I agree with all the above reviews that you just wanted to keep reading to find out what happens.

    As a single woman dating in 2019 and hearing about the dating apps it is also scary to think about who you meet online.

    Also as a sufferer of anxiety and past panic attacks it was also a familiar thing I could resonate with., although I hope I never have an experience such as Georgia’s or Cadence…

    Totally recommended for an easy edge of your seat psychological thriller. Thanks beauty and lace for finding a new author to research..

  15. As a fan of Nicola Moriarity, I was very excited to be reading this book and it does not disappoint. It is a psychological thriller that keeps you reading all night! I could not put this book down! What a great read!
    It is definitely a book worth giving your teen/adult children if they use dating apps!
    Thanks so much for the opportunity to read such a great book.

  16. This book was fantastic, favourite book so far this year. The twists and turns had me hooked. Thanks Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins got the chance to read this book.

    As others have said it is hard to say much without giving it away.

    Just make sure if you plan on reading this book you have plenty of time as you won’t be able to put it down.

  17. From Australian author, Nicola Moriarty, comes the brilliant new thriller, The Ex. I have been a fan of Moriarty since Free Falling I thoroughly enjoyed the new direction she has taken in this novel. Set in my home town of Western Sydney, The Ex is the story of two women, one man and how they are linked. Broken into three parts, the reader steps into the shoes of Georgia in the first part, Cadence in the second and both women in part three. Moriarty deals with various contemporary issues that are particularly relevant to women.

    For much of the novel, time was spent getting to know Georgia. I’m not always a fan of the third person as I don’t feel like I get to know the character very well. I was surprised to find that I did get to know Georgia better than I expected. Georgia is nurse in her early thirties, independent yet close to both her family and her friends. Her older brothers are married with children while her parents are off traveling the world. When Georgia meets Luke, the final piece of her life slots into place. Until she discovers that Luke’s ex, Cadence, is intent on getting Luke back by any means possible. When Georgia realises that something is not quite right in her new relationship, her true colours come out. Georgia faces her fears head on, showing that she is gutsy and will do whatever it takes to survive the horrors that are about to fall on her.

    Getting to know Cadence was a great way to get a second perspective. She is very much the opposite of Georgia, much of it through no fault of her own. From the beginning, it is obvious that Cadence is the perfect prey for a man seeking revenge and power. Innocent and trusting, Cadence is a loner suffering from a mental disorder. Few people are around to notice when circumstances go wrong. Cadence, too, is aware that her relationships is showing warning signs but doesn’t trust her instincts. When these two women come face to face, their lives will never be the same again.

    With themes of domestic violence, drugs, relationships, family, revenge and second lives, The Ex will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to review this book.

  18. What an intense amazing book!!!! I couldn’t put it down once I started! My bus rides to work became so enjoyable, haha! I loved the twists and turns. Nicola’s writing style really draws you in.
    I’ve been recommending this read to all my book loving friends.
    Thank you so much Nicola Moriarty and Beauty & Lace for the fab read.

  19. This story is so well written, covering both sides of the coin in relationships, the new love and the previous love. I’m sure at some point in everyone’s life they have been on either side. The characters are so well written, Georgia who finds love and is besotted with her new love, Luke, problem is – he still lives with an ex-girlfriend, Cadence who is also in love with Luke. Luke tries to do the best he can by doing the right thing for all. The author, Nicola Moriarty, has covered all areas of ‘baggage’ that we are faced with and gives this story the edge that absorbs you completely. I loved it and would not be surprised if it not be picked up to be a telemovie.

  20. This book was fabulous, I couldn’t put it down. What made it even better was that it was set in my area, and I knew all of the places that were written about!

    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Nicola Moriarty, I really enjoyed reading this book!

  21. An exciting novel that holds your interest!

    Nicola Moriarty is one of my favourite Australian authors and this certainly did not disappoint. Every so often you come across a book that is very hard to not read in one whole sitting and this is definitely one of those books!

    The Ex was well-written with a great storyline and very interesting characters. Full of romance and suspense, Nicola touches on mental illnesses such as anxiety, self-harm and depression but these are told very sensitively.

    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins so much for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book!

  22. I found this book a little slow to begin with but in hindsight I think Nicola had to do this to set-up such a great premise.

    Georgia has met a wonderful man in Luke. The two make a great couple, except that there’s a third wheel in the form of Luke’s jealous ex, Cadence. This book is a gripping thriller that keeps you on your toes and questioning everything right up until the end. It is all resolved in the most glorious way in its final pages.

    This is the first book of Nicola Moriarty’s that I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last!

  23. I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to read and review The Ex, by Nicola Moriarty. Having previously read Those Other Women, also by Nicola, I anticipated that this latest novel would be excellent, but it is difficult to put into words just how much I enjoyed it. In this book, we are introduced to three main characters: Georgia, a nurse in search of love; Luke, the knight in shining armour who sweeps her off her feet; and Cadence, Luke’s ex-girlfriend, who is a constant and unwanted presence. When I finished this book, I was in awe of how cleverly written it is and how expertly Nicola has delivered an absolute page-turner that also doesn’t shy away from exploring some dark realities of life. I could use many more words to sing the praises of The Ex, but I will finish by saying that I give the novel five out of five stars. It is the best book that I have read in a long time.

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