BOOK CLUB: The New Girl

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Author: Ingrid Alexandra
ISBN: 978-0-00-831095-0
RRP: $24.99
Publication Date: 24 September 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins (Avon Imprint)
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

The New Girl is the first psychological thriller for Sydney author Ingrid Alexandra.

Rachel moves into the spare room of Mary’s flat and everyone thinks there’s something a little off about her, everyone except for Mary.

Mary can’t help but trust Rachel, even though everyone else’s fears continue to grow. Mary has recently escaped a toxic relationship and she needs the support.

The friendship between Mary and Rachel flourishes and soon Mary discovers they have more in common than she ever could have imagined.

The New Girl is a gripping thriller with a shocking twist that will certainly keep you in your chair flicking pages.

Ingrid Alexandra can be found on her Website and Twitter.

The New Girl is available through Harper Collins, Angus and Robertson, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Harper Collins 30 of our lucky Beauty and Lace Club Members will be reading The New Girl so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below. I can’t wait to read what they thought.

29 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The New Girl

  1. I am in two minds about this book, I can’t decide if I liked it or I didn’t. The story switches chapter by chapter from the past to the present as the main character is recalling her past. Not the easiest book to read and it has an inteesting ending

  2. Full of suspense from the very beginning!

    The New Girl is a very engaging read that I found hard to put down. The protagonist, Mary, is very likable and I was eager to keep reading to find out more of her story. After a relationship break-down with an abusive partner, Mary leaves Melbourne behind with her best friend, Cat. They find an apartment near the beach in Sydney but when the new girl, Rachel, moves in, things become even more interesting. Nobody seems to trust Rachel but she soon forms a special friendship with Mary.

    This novel is full of suspense and twists. Who do you believe and who do you trust? The story touches on domestic violence and mental health issues but with chilling twists and turns, this was a real page-turner!

    Thank you Beauty and Lace for the wonderful opportunity to read The New Girl. I am now a fan of the author, Ingrid Alexandra (especially as she is Australian!). I enjoyed the story and recommend it to readers of thrillers and suspense novels.

  3. Wow what a book. I could put it down. The twist and turns and the end you don’t see coming my kind of book.
    Thank you Beauty and lace.

  4. Thankyou Beautyandlace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to review ‘The New Girl’ by Ingrid Alexandra.
    This book switches between dates beginning in August 2016.
    Three months later we find Mary living with best friend Cat. They are looking for someone to share the house they are living in with Ben.
    Mary is just out of an abusive relationship and has had her share of life trauma, having had her parents disappear and has been living since with her Aunty Anne. She is on medication and has been receiving counselling.
    A suitable flatmate is found. ‘Rachel, and Mary is instantly drawn to her, finding they have a lot in common. Cat however, isn’t too sure!

    I enjoyed this book and it did keep me guessing although I did have suspicions.
    It highlighed abuse and the profound effect it can have, it was also about relationships and building trust.

  5. Wow!! What a book!! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read this. It had me in its clutches from the very beginning to the very end.
    Ingrid Alexandra is a very talented writer. Can’t wait for her next book.

  6. I really enjoyed The New Girl by Ingrid Alexandra. This book kept me turning the pages!
    Mary is a complex character with a horrible past.
    She moves in with her best friend Cat and tries to turn her life around.
    Then there is Rachel who moves in and she is a mysterious character. She seems to have a lot in common with Mary and maybe even knows a lot about Mary that even Mary doesn’t know.
    With a huge twist at the end, and a huge plot this is a must read.


  7. This book truly swept me off my feet in more ways then one. As a DV survivor and a child who’s lost a parent I related to Mary so much. She was an amazing protagonist, and I’m glad I got to read about her. I went through so many twists and turns and I did not expect the ending. By the end of the book all I could say was WOW. I’d really love to see what happens next in her life.

    Relationships of any kind can be complicated and not just your basic black and white. This book really explores that and makes you second guess even your own actions.

    Thank you to beauty and lace and the publishers

  8. Thank you Beauty and Lace for involving me in this a months book club. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The New Girl, it captivated me from the very beginning. The twists and turns kept me on my toes and I thought I could predict the outcome, but the ending was a complete surprise! A captivating book that I couldn’t put down, I really loved this suspenseful, psychological thriller.

  9. From Australian author Ingrid Alexandra comes her first psychological thriller, The New Girl. Like many psychological novels that have come before, The New Girl is told from an unreliable perspective. The protagonist is Mary, twenty years old and living on the wind swept, beach front shores of Sydney in 2016, NSW. The narrative alternatives between short, sharp chapters told in the first person and Mary’s journal, which provide a greater insight to her thoughts and feelings. Mary was a likeable girl but it is clear from the very start that something is amiss in her world. As a teenager Mary’s parents disappeared and she lived with her only remaining family member, Aunty Anne is Melbourne. Until she up and moved with her best friend from her school days, Cat, to start a new life in Sydney. With frequent black outs and gaps in her memories, it appears that Mary is an alcoholic and/or on drugs. Renting with Cat and Ben, a potential romance, they need a forth renter to pay the bills. Enter ‘the new girl’, Rachel. Typically, Rachel stirs up trouble from the moment she moves in, causing friction with Cat and planting seeds of doubt in Mary’s mind. This shows just how vulnerable Mary was and how little faith she has in her friendship with Cat is as she falls under Rachel’s spell. There were times when this reader wanted Cat to come clean with Mary instead of shutting her out. To cause further confusion, Rachel knows much more about Mary then she should. With themes of mental illness, child abuse, the effects on the human brain and how the past shapes who we are, The New Girl is a breezy read with some twist and turns along the way.

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review this novel.


  10. Firstly thank you to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to review ‘The New Girl’ by Ingrid Alexandra.

    The New Girl by Ingrid Alexandra follows Mary as she tries to piece her life back together after getting out of a violent relationship. Mary is a troubled girl who has a complex history and it was great finding more about her and her past as the story progressed. Mary moves in with her best friend Cat and is trying to move on with her life however her past just won’t leave her alone. A girl called Rachel moves in with them and things start to get interesting.

    I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. I’m not sure if I liked the ending too much to be honest though. It is an easy read and easy to follow along.

    Thank you again Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to review ‘The New Girl’ by Ingrid Alexandra.

  11. I really enjoyed this book!

    Alternating between the past and the present, the chapters give you a good background into the characters back story. I found the writing fluent and easy to read. In fact I really struggled to put it down! A very addictive, fast read.

    The book being set in Australia always strikes a cord with me and knowing the areas helps make you feel part of the story.

    I am very impressed and looking forward to more from Ingrid!

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the chance to discover another great Australian suspence author.

  12. Love love loved this book!! What a page turner!! Ingrid Alexander sets the scene and the suspense perfectly. It is my first book of hers to read but won’t be the last. I loved the jump from past to present. Poor Mary.

    Thank you Beauty and Lace book club xx

  13. The New Girl is a thriller from Sydney-based author Ingrid Alexandra. She creates tension from the start, and the suspense is heightened through Mary’s narration. The reality Mary is describing is questioned, and this pervasive sense of a shifting and unstable reality keeps us guessing.
    Interesting read.

  14. Still can’t make up my mind about this book, and this may sound bad, but I got to the point that I was glad to finish it. It dealt with tough topics, and although I cannot put myself in Mary’s shoes, I have suffered with mental illness myself, but nothing like this.
    I couldn’t decide whether to like Mary or not. I still can’t figure out if I liked Rachel. I honestly couldn’t put the book down, but the further in I got, the more confusing I found it. I still wonder if I missed things in regards to little details, but maybe it isn’t my mind, it’s Marys lol.
    I was glad that the final journal entry explained much that the reader needed to know, and was glad of these entries throughout. I can’t imagine going through what Mary did, but I honestly can’t say that I felt sorry for her or felt pity for her. Not that she deserved anything, I just couldn’t get into her enough to feel that.
    Glad I was able to read this book, but sadly not one for me.

  15. OMG!! I loved this book, it hooked you so early and had you an the edge of your seat wondering where it was going, was The New Girl good or bad, helpful or a hindrance you couldn’t figure it out until the very end. I loved how Ingrid Alexandra touched on the physical and mental abuse topic from a few different sides. I enjoyed the real life and journal chapters giving you a better idea of what Mary was and went through. I’m honoured to have been able to review this book and I highly recommend it, it’s suitable for all ages and is just one of those books you need to read yourself because if you say to much you might give something away. Please give it a go it’ll be worth it.

  16. Thankyou Beautyandlace for the opportunity to read and review The New Girl by Ingrid Alexandra. The ups and downs and ins and outs of this story certainly keep the pages turning. The story sees to be told through the bottom of a wine bottle so it’s hard to tell the truth from a hangover and really are any of the characters who they seem. A very complex tale which makes it hard to review and it is not until the last chapter that the reader is given the key to unlock the secrets..
    I finished this book in a flurry and at no time could I have put it down easily, a truely psychological story and one I could recommend..

  17. It’s hard to read when you don’t like the main protagonist. The synopsis is a bit deceptive, I don’t think it captures what the book is actually about. The story also took a turn at the end which I feel should have been hinted in the synopsis because of the confronting nature of this topic. I usually pass books on to friends and family but this one went straight in the bin.

  18. Wow this is a thriller that grabs you from the beginning. The story centres around Mary, her best friend Cat, Ben and Rachel their new room mate who rents the spare room of their flat.

    Whilst reading this book which touches on Domestic violence and mental issues, you realise that things and people are not what they seem. There is an underlying menace about Rachel that bothers Cat and she tries to warn Mary who will not listen and with whom she forms a bond.

    Throughout the book I tried to work out what secrets were hidden and why. Each time I thought I had worked some out, I turned the page and was plunged into another mystery that was thrown into the mix and I tried to unravel. There are so many twists and turns in the book especially when some chapters revealed glimpses of Mary through her journal.

    I did not cotton on to what was actually the truth until the last chapter so this book had me turning pages as I wanted to find out more. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down. Thanks to Beauty and Lace, Harper Collins and Ingrid Alexandra for giving me the opportunity to read ‘The New Girl’.

  19. Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for allowing me to review “The New Girl” by Ingrid Alexandra.

    It switches between past and present each chapter. Three months in and you start to read the Mary has moved to Sydney from Melbourne with best friend Cat and they live with flat mate Ben. They are on the look out for another flat mate which is where Rachel comes in to it.

    Mary becomes close to Rachel and feels she can really trust her. Mary has come out of an abusive relationship, and many traumas from childhood, the biggest being her parent’s disappearance.
    Although Mary is becoming very close to Rachel, Cat and everyone else can see that there is something night right about Rachel.

    As the story goes on it become clear Mary and Rachel have more in common than they realise and Mary starts to confide in Rachel.

    I found this slow to get into but about half way through it started to pick up and I actually didn’t see the twist at the end coming.

  20. I loved this book. I am normally quite good at guessing twists but this one had me hanging on to the end, which to me is always a good thing but makes the book hard to put down.

    The main character Mary I never really liked, she had a troubled past but there was still something about her that I just couldn’t gel with.

    The book took place in both in the past and the current time period. I quite liked how this gave you a glimpse into Mary’s past and what events lead her to be the way she was.

    Thankyou Beautyandlace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to review ‘The New Girl’. I will be on the look out for more books from Ingrid to read.

  21. Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to review ‘The New Girl’ by Ingrid Alexandra.
    The beginning of the book had me intrigued and I struggled to put it down. Sadly as the book went on I found it lost its way and it got quite confusing.
    This one wasn’t for me.

  22. Thank you to beauty and lace & harper collins for allowing us the opportunity to read The New Girl. It was an interesting novel, opening with Mary establishing a new life in Sydney with her best friend Cat and room mate. After looking for a new room mate, Rachel moves into the apartment, she is escaping domestic violence and a troubled past.

    The beginning of the book was somewhat predictable, however it had a dramatic ending which helped explain aspects of the novel which seemed a little confusing and sightly lost. I have mixed feelings about this book, but it is definitely worth a read.

  23. This is a fast paced, exciting and thrilling book. This crazy life of Mary’s had me drawn into. I loved Mary’s character and her determination to flee her old life and startball over. This book had me guessing many times what Rachael’s connection was. A very well written book. Fingers crossed it has a sequel.

  24. The New Girl by Ingrid Alexandra was a terrific read that I found hard to put down. Mary and Cat are best friends who have moved to Sydney together along with another flatmate Ben. Needing a fourth person to help pay the rent, they advertise and so Rachel ‘The New Girl’ moves in. Rachel and Mary hit it off right from the start much to Cat’s dismay and the story follows the blossoming friendship between Rachel and Mary plus also delves into Mary’s past and gradually unveils how she came to be there. The story is gripping and full of suspense so a definite page turner. The ending was good and wrapped everything up however, I just felt it was rushed and ended too quickly so was left a tiny bit disappointed. I do recommend this book though and loved the twist.
    Thanks Beauty and Lace and to HarperCollins for the opportunity to read this great book. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future books by Ingrid!

  25. ‘The New Girl’ , by Ingrid Alexander, was a thoroughly gripping read. It had me hooked right from the start and was difficult to put down. I love racing suspenseful novels with twists and this definitely delivered.
    Thank you Beauty and Lace, Harper Collins and Ingrid Alexandra for giving me the opportunity to read and review ‘The New Girl’.

  26. The new girl by Ingrid Alexander is a highly engaging book from the beginning, I couldn’t put it down and read it with ease.
    A very interesting storyline that is not often talked about.
    I have mixed feelings about the ending, I don’t want to be a spoiler so I’ll leave it at that. I do hope the twist of an ending means there might possibly be a sequel, that I would buy the day it is released.

  27. Wow. I loved it and couldn’t put it down.
    It was an easy read and had me hooked right from the beginning.

    Loved the twists and turns, and I thought I had it worked out ….. well wasn’t I wrong

    And yes, as I have just read a previous comment a sequel …..what an awesome idea

    Thanks again Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins

  28. Edge of the seat stuff. A troubled Mary tries to find a new start after a not so nice past. She moves in with Cat, an old friend. soon a third housemate moves in…Rachel
    Mary finds that they have alot in common and they get along really well. Whilst Cat is suspicious of Rachel, Mary grows quite close to her.
    When Mary starts to realise that Rachel knows alot about her, things that she has never even told Cat, she starts to question who Rachel really is and why she is in her life.
    A great thriller…highly recommended.

  29. Wow just wow. I absolutely loved this book. It had me captured from beginning to end. It was a fantastic read with twists and turns, which had you wanting more. I felt like this book was beautifully written and executed. It made me feel confusion, excitement, and want for more. I couldnt put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting something a little different. Overall really enjoyed this.

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