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How far would someone go to replace you? A new mother on maternity leave grows increasingly paranoid about her ambitious young temp in this Hitchcockian debut from the fashion editor at The Times (UK) . Margot is the object of every woman's envy: as an editor at Haute, she has a glamorous job, a beautiful new baby girl, a seemingly perfect life. How far would someone go to replace you? A new mother on maternity leave grows increasingly paranoid about her ambitious young temp in this Hitchcockian debut from the fashion editor at The Times (UK) . Margot is the object of every woman's envy: as an editor at Haute, she has a glamorous job, a beautiful new baby girl, a seemingly perfect life. But when Margot's lifelong friend, Winnie, loses her own newborn boy, their shared dream of pushing strollers together turns to ash. And then there is the matter of Margot's maternity temp: bright, plucky, ambitious Maggie--the young woman Margot chose, but who now seems to be trying to eclipse her in every possible way. When a cyber-stalker emerges, mocking Margot's façade of perfection and threatening to expose a dark secret she's spent years repressing, Margot feels attacked from all sides. Soon, the innocent preoccupations of motherhood spiral quickly--and perhaps lethally--into a frightening and irretrievable paranoia. The New Girl is whiplash-paced, and a harrowing look into the profound sense of insecurity that prowls deep in the psyches of women everywhere.


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How far would someone go to replace you? A new mother on maternity leave grows increasingly paranoid about her ambitious young temp in this Hitchcockian debut from the fashion editor at The Times (UK) . Margot is the object of every woman's envy: as an editor at Haute, she has a glamorous job, a beautiful new baby girl, a seemingly perfect life. How far would someone go to replace you? A new mother on maternity leave grows increasingly paranoid about her ambitious young temp in this Hitchcockian debut from the fashion editor at The Times (UK) . Margot is the object of every woman's envy: as an editor at Haute, she has a glamorous job, a beautiful new baby girl, a seemingly perfect life. But when Margot's lifelong friend, Winnie, loses her own newborn boy, their shared dream of pushing strollers together turns to ash. And then there is the matter of Margot's maternity temp: bright, plucky, ambitious Maggie--the young woman Margot chose, but who now seems to be trying to eclipse her in every possible way. When a cyber-stalker emerges, mocking Margot's façade of perfection and threatening to expose a dark secret she's spent years repressing, Margot feels attacked from all sides. Soon, the innocent preoccupations of motherhood spiral quickly--and perhaps lethally--into a frightening and irretrievable paranoia. The New Girl is whiplash-paced, and a harrowing look into the profound sense of insecurity that prowls deep in the psyches of women everywhere.

30 review for The New Girl

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dita

    Never assume you know what someone's life is really like...no matter how great it appears to be from the outside. Insecurities, jealousy, cyber bullying and grief/loss are all on full blast in The New Girl. Part thriller, part cautionary tale and part Women's Fiction, this was a great read with well-written, relatable characters. Thank you to Harriet Walker, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Ballantine Books and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    And I can hear Switzerland’s national anthem, breathing in the mischievous and tempting chocolate smell and I can feel “let’s meet in the middle”, this is not my favorite novel but it’s also not bad book, I’m neutral kind of three stars are coming up! Don’t get me wrong! I love evil women’s business rivalry books: nails sharpened, fists clenched, eyes squinted, all set for a big, nasty, unfair, dirty girl fight! So Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City and “Bold Type” waltzes with “Hills” and And I can hear Switzerland’s national anthem, breathing in the mischievous and tempting chocolate smell and I can feel “let’s meet in the middle”, this is not my favorite novel but it’s also not bad book, I’m neutral kind of three stars are coming up! Don’t get me wrong! I love evil women’s business rivalry books: nails sharpened, fists clenched, eyes squinted, all set for a big, nasty, unfair, dirty girl fight! So Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City and “Bold Type” waltzes with “Hills” and “City” and “Ugly Betty” kind of vicious, smart reads with mysterious and thrilling elements seem like a yummy combination for my literature test but I think mysterious and thrilling part were overshadowed in this book and I felt like I got trapped in Margot’s head and her emotional turmoil kept repeating itself, so much words flew in the pages to express one common feeling which slowed down the pace and I lost my interest eventually. But to be fair, the second part of the book’s pace was faster and even though the progression of the story changed into different direction than I expected, it was still interesting and moving. So I gave 2.5 stars to the first half and 3.5 stars of the second half. My average is: 3 stars Let’s take a quick look to the blurb to know more about three women’s intercepted stories. (I already admitted, I am not a big fan of Margot! Or the way she expresses her feelings!) We meet successful fashion editor magazine Margot who is about to take her maternal leave and her best friend Winnie was also pregnant but she lost her child after giving her birth and now she isolated herself from the outside world and she doesn’t want to see Margot. And Margot also has insecurities to be replaced by younger woman with fresh vision and tons of ambitions to help her climbing career ladder. And Maggie comes into the picture as a candidate for the work, trying her best to take Margot’s place. And poor Margot starts to deal with the cyber bullying: someone knows her so well and her secrets about her past! So we read about those three women’s feelings and their anxious, paranoid actions, their fears and insecurities. ( We became something between their confession booth and shrink) I mostly understand their motives, their mistakes and the reason behind their actions but they really annoyed the hell out of me so many times. Overall: I got bored at the first half and second half of the book was promising! I still had hard time to connect with the characters and I wish some chapters may been edited or omitted because I found it too much wordy for my taste and I expected some story more thrilling from the great start of the book but I got mostly chic lit, women’s fiction. I enjoyed the writing mostly but it’s still too light and not dark or intense enough for my huge thriller appetite. Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group/Ballantine Books to share this interesting ARC with me in exchange my honest review. blog instagram facebook twitter

  3. 4 out of 5

    Irena BookDustMagic

    Review to come.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bam cooks the books ;-)

    This was purportedly a thriller that turned out to be not so much of one. A little disappointing in that regard. To me it was more about female relationships. And that age-old bitchy adage that 'her success somehow diminishes my own' that has kept so many women from succeeding in their careers. (Do a poll on how many American women would ever vote for a woman to be president and see.) Margot is the beautiful, thin, and very stylish fashion editor of Haute Magazine in London who is pregnant with h This was purportedly a thriller that turned out to be not so much of one. A little disappointing in that regard. To me it was more about female relationships. And that age-old bitchy adage that 'her success somehow diminishes my own' that has kept so many women from succeeding in their careers. (Do a poll on how many American women would ever vote for a woman to be president and see.) Margot is the beautiful, thin, and very stylish fashion editor of Haute Magazine in London who is pregnant with her first child. She suggests a young freelancer named Maggie to take over the reins when she goes on maternity leave. The only problem is that Maggie turns out to be too good at the job! Margot's other problem is that her best friend Winnie from school years has dumped her after the tragic loss of her own baby and Margot has no idea why...or could it have something to do with what they did to their friend Helen so many years ago? And who is the nasty internet troll who is picking on Margot, using the avatar 'HelenKnows'? All in all, this is a pleasant chic-lit novel with good character development and a nice twist ending. You can't help but feel bad for Margot and all she is going through during a time when she should be so happy--so much of it is of her own doing, stemming from her mental angst. The story is told from multiple points of view of the three main women in the story: Margot, Maggie and Winnie. Whose version of the story should the reader believe? I received an arc of this new novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinions. Many thanks for the opportunity.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    Can a woman really "have it all?" She has the dream job. The husband. A baby on the way. What will happen to the job during maternity leave? This thriller explores the themes of mother vs. career woman; single vs. being in a relationship; grieving vs. growing and more. . . For fashion editor Margo two women are on her mind when she is a new mother. One is her replacement at work (Maggie) and the other her best friend from her school days(Winnie). All three women contribute to the narrative. Ther Can a woman really "have it all?" She has the dream job. The husband. A baby on the way. What will happen to the job during maternity leave? This thriller explores the themes of mother vs. career woman; single vs. being in a relationship; grieving vs. growing and more. . . For fashion editor Margo two women are on her mind when she is a new mother. One is her replacement at work (Maggie) and the other her best friend from her school days(Winnie). All three women contribute to the narrative. There are interesting parallels drawn between past and present. In the end all have learned and grown as characters -- even the men. The fashion magazine environment made a fascinating and compelling backdrop to the story as well as the social media feeds that exacerbate Margot's out of whack hormones. Timely and thought-provoking. Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    Release date May 19, 2020!!!! I have started this review several times and keep stopping, mostly because it is hard to explain how strongly this book had me reacting and cringing before turning pages.. The New Girl by Harriet Walker, has depth and is layered... around our insecurities, the baggage we carry from our past, and about the complex relationships between women. Margot is ready to start her maternity leave and she hires her temporary replacement with someone she thinks is not a threat in Release date May 19, 2020!!!! I have started this review several times and keep stopping, mostly because it is hard to explain how strongly this book had me reacting and cringing before turning pages.. The New Girl by Harriet Walker, has depth and is layered... around our insecurities, the baggage we carry from our past, and about the complex relationships between women. Margot is ready to start her maternity leave and she hires her temporary replacement with someone she thinks is not a threat in any way. Furthermore, she likes her replacement, Maggie...quite a bit. Maggie, on the other hand, suddenly finds herself living her dream life while working at Margot's job. She suddenly realizes she does not want to give up this job ever and she transforms herself into what she needs to be to be successful and popular. Margot's relationship with her best friend from childhood becomes strained and then abruptly ends when her friend's newborn son dies. The guilt that Margot feels because she is pregnant and her baby is doing fine is severe...but so is the fear that something could happen to her own child. The way that Margot worries over her relationship with her previous bestie reminded me of myself...or rather my old self. Honestly, I was on pins and needles regarding the safety of Margot and her baby especially when she started being harassed and experiencing bullying online. Pretty heady stuff and kept me reading long past my bedtime! Definitely a good read...but not a light, fluffly beach read or rom com! Highly recommend for when you are in the mood to dive deep!!! Thank you to NetGalley, author Harriet Walker and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for a digital advanced reader copy for me to read and devour! I really loved the book, even when I hated it for a second here or there for keeping me in too much suspense....and my opinions are my own!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    This was too women’s fiction for me - pregnancy, fashion, someone with a secret. Once I figured out that there was nothing “Hitchcockian” about it I went to the last chapter. I’m glad I skipped most of the book because that last chapter confirmed my impression that this book wasn’t for me. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I have to admit I was weepy at the end of this lovely novel! I love books about fashion even though I'm not terribly fashionable myself. Margot is pregnant and about to deliver so she and Haute Magazine's editor hire new girl, Maggie as her replacement. But not only does Maggie fill Margot's shoes, but she flaunts her new style and eventually gets the magazine's cover, much to Margot's chagrin. In the meantime, Margot's best friend Winnie has just lost her own baby and is cocooned in her own gri I have to admit I was weepy at the end of this lovely novel! I love books about fashion even though I'm not terribly fashionable myself. Margot is pregnant and about to deliver so she and Haute Magazine's editor hire new girl, Maggie as her replacement. But not only does Maggie fill Margot's shoes, but she flaunts her new style and eventually gets the magazine's cover, much to Margot's chagrin. In the meantime, Margot's best friend Winnie has just lost her own baby and is cocooned in her own grief, unable to even speak to Margot. And so it begins....Alternating between Maggie and Margot in the present, and then Winnie and Margot's past, we see that according to Margot, "In female friendships, the currency of love doesn't always come with an equal exchange rate." Walker speaks to so many themes: jealousy, betrayal, isolation, grief, and redemption. She also addresses the current social media hype as, "this is how friendships form now: in scrolling rather than handshakes." It may very well remind you to examine your relationships with those closest to you and recognize that we all have different needs but always need each other's support! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

  9. 4 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ

    This isn't your typical thriller, it is a slow burn, not a fast paced heart pounding read, but so enjoyable none the less. The writing is engaging and the plot thickens as you delve inside the lives of Margo, Maggie and Winnie. You can tell Ms. Walker has a lot of knowledge of the fashion industry and being an editor and that makes this book all the more entertaining. Apparently it is her first novel and I was impressed. The writing had a good flow, and Ms. Walker created very realistic, human, This isn't your typical thriller, it is a slow burn, not a fast paced heart pounding read, but so enjoyable none the less. The writing is engaging and the plot thickens as you delve inside the lives of Margo, Maggie and Winnie. You can tell Ms. Walker has a lot of knowledge of the fashion industry and being an editor and that makes this book all the more entertaining. Apparently it is her first novel and I was impressed. The writing had a good flow, and Ms. Walker created very realistic, human, flawed main characters that made you want to know the outcome of their story. I had an inkling of the ending early on, but I still found the revelations compelling and well-written. An interesting and suspenseful drama. Thank you NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group, Ballantine Books and Harriet Walker for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #TheNewGirl #NetGalley

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    This just didn’t work for me unfortunately. So much over explaining of feelings and insecurities that I think the real potential for a good story got lost in the mix. It actually made me sad, thinking of those of us women IRL who actually put ourselves through this kind of mental torture. Maybe if it had only been one of the characters afflicted with this problem it wouldn’t have been so bad...but 3 was overkill for me. Ended up skimming through the end to see how it all played out. Hoping for bett This just didn’t work for me unfortunately. So much over explaining of feelings and insecurities that I think the real potential for a good story got lost in the mix. It actually made me sad, thinking of those of us women IRL who actually put ourselves through this kind of mental torture. Maybe if it had only been one of the characters afflicted with this problem it wouldn’t have been so bad...but 3 was overkill for me. Ended up skimming through the end to see how it all played out. Hoping for better luck next time with this author! ARC provided by NetGalley

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jinsok Maitri

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Margot is going on maternity leave from her job as a high powered fashion editor. Her best friend is also pregnant but loses her baby and shuns Margot. Maggie is filling in for Margot at work, but she seems to be taking over Margot’s life in the meantime. Things get creepy and Margot gets scared. Is it a thriller? I guess, but i didn’t get a real thriller vibe. It’s not a bad story, it just fell a li Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Margot is going on maternity leave from her job as a high powered fashion editor. Her best friend is also pregnant but loses her baby and shuns Margot. Maggie is filling in for Margot at work, but she seems to be taking over Margot’s life in the meantime. Things get creepy and Margot gets scared. Is it a thriller? I guess, but i didn’t get a real thriller vibe. It’s not a bad story, it just fell a little flat for me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    2.5 stars. I enjoyed reading this, but the ending kind of fizzled out for me. The relationships and tension between Margot/Maggie and Margot/Winnie kept my interest all along, but I kept expecting some big reveal about the situation with Helen, and it never came. So even though there was some drama at the end, it still felt anticlimactic. I feel like I missed something, but I went back to look for it after I finished and couldn't find an explanation. If you have read this: (view spoiler)[ What i 2.5 stars. I enjoyed reading this, but the ending kind of fizzled out for me. The relationships and tension between Margot/Maggie and Margot/Winnie kept my interest all along, but I kept expecting some big reveal about the situation with Helen, and it never came. So even though there was some drama at the end, it still felt anticlimactic. I feel like I missed something, but I went back to look for it after I finished and couldn't find an explanation. If you have read this: (view spoiler)[ What in the world did Margot have to do with Helen's fall, besides the fact that she was sort of lording it over Helen that Winnie was friends with her again? She smirked at her, Helen stood up and leaned against the rotting and crumbling railing, and then she fell. But after that it's all "I know what you did" and hiding things from the police, even though I'm not sure why any of it was Margot's fault. Nothing much was revealed after that, but I spent the entire book expecting to find out some big secret. (hide spoiler)] If you read this book I would recommend going into it with a an expectation that you're reading women's fiction about complicated relationships between women, because I thought this story did that part well, but it didn't really deliver as the thriller I had expected. I mostly requested this because I was sucked in by the description "Hitchcockian"in the blurb, and...it wasn't that. *I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Margot should be happy. She is expecting her first child and has chosen her temporary replacement at work, Maggie. Of course, she didn't want just anyone to fill her shoes as the editor of Haute magazine. Maggie is a friend, so she shouldn't worry that she will do a better job, or should she? Then there is Winnie, Margot's best friend, who is also pregnant but tragically loses her baby. Besties should stick together in both good and bad times, right, so why won't Winnie return Margot's calls. The Margot should be happy. She is expecting her first child and has chosen her temporary replacement at work, Maggie. Of course, she didn't want just anyone to fill her shoes as the editor of Haute magazine. Maggie is a friend, so she shouldn't worry that she will do a better job, or should she? Then there is Winnie, Margot's best friend, who is also pregnant but tragically loses her baby. Besties should stick together in both good and bad times, right, so why won't Winnie return Margot's calls. These three women give new meaning to insecure, paranoid, and always expecting the other shoe to drop. It's a deep dive into the inner workings of Margot, Maggie, and Winnie's minds with quite a few surprising revelations along the way. The opening made me think this would be more of a thriller, but I didn't find that to be true. It's more of a story about how social media influences perception, and how what we think we know from one photo, doesn't mean we understand that person's real life. The New Girl gave me some intriguing insights into the world of high fashion, which I especially enjoyed due to my current sweatpants and pajamas stay at home life. Though I felt this book got off to a slow start, when it picked up, it took off. 3.5 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Devon

    This thriller by debut author Harriet Walker asks us if motherhood, work, friendship, and long held secrets can all play nicely. Margot Jones, the sleek and chic fashion editor for Haute magazine is about to go on maternity leave, and she finds her replacement in Maggie Beecher, a journalist who is a far cry from a fashionista. But Maggie learns the ropes and really gets the hang of designer clothes, admiring fans, and front seats at fashion shows. Is she willing to give up this dream job? Ok. T This thriller by debut author Harriet Walker asks us if motherhood, work, friendship, and long held secrets can all play nicely. Margot Jones, the sleek and chic fashion editor for Haute magazine is about to go on maternity leave, and she finds her replacement in Maggie Beecher, a journalist who is a far cry from a fashionista. But Maggie learns the ropes and really gets the hang of designer clothes, admiring fans, and front seats at fashion shows. Is she willing to give up this dream job? Ok. That’s one book. Now here’s a blurb for the other story that ran parallel. Margot and Winnie were best of friends until Helen arrived and declared Margot to be uncool and kicked her out of the squad. Winnie and her ex best friend witness a horrific accident and know who’s really to blame. So imagine my surprise when the book opened with the death of an infant. What. This novel is pulled in too many directions. It was trying to communicate too many messages, and it was all bogged down in way too many descriptive passages. I slogged my way through it but it wasn’t enjoyable. I think the author was tying in interesting stories but they didn’t mesh well. No character was likable (maybe Holly the stylist) and the stakes didn’t feel high enough. I kept thinking, “Who cares?” The secret didn’t even have to be kept a secret. It wasn’t a big deal at all. I will say, the ending was very unexpected so I’m glad I stayed till the end. Thank you to Netgalley and Ballantine for this ARC for my honest review

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    The New Girl by Harriet Walker explores one woman’s fear and insecurities, another’s grief, and the secret that binds them together. It’s a complex look at the relationship between women and those around them. There’s a lot going on in this book, Margot, the fashion editor of a popular magazine appears to have it all; she’s always impeccably dressed in all the top fashions, attends every show with only the best VIP seating, and is coolly aloof. Perfect in every way. At least to the outside eye. The New Girl by Harriet Walker explores one woman’s fear and insecurities, another’s grief, and the secret that binds them together. It’s a complex look at the relationship between women and those around them. There’s a lot going on in this book, Margot, the fashion editor of a popular magazine appears to have it all; she’s always impeccably dressed in all the top fashions, attends every show with only the best VIP seating, and is coolly aloof. Perfect in every way. At least to the outside eye. But when she becomes pregnant and has to find her replacement while on maternity leave, she chooses Maggie, a ‘provincial’ funny girl who always seems one step away from a major gaffe or an embarrassing stain on her shirt. Certainly, she won’t be a threat, right? But this all changes when Maggie begins to develop a sense of self-confidence and her true self shines through, suddenly, everyone loves Maggie and to a threatened Margot, Maggie is loved more than her. Is Maggie gunning to oust Margot from her coveted job? Margot and her best friend from childhood, Winnie, are pregnant together and couldn’t be more excited to share this journey together. When the unthinkable happens, their worlds fall apart and some seriously messed up things start to happen. The New Girl really shines the light on the power of social media and the power we’ve given it over our lives. Stalkers following our every move, plotting when to ‘bump’ into us -- think creepy yet oddly attractive Joe in You -- but Ms. Walker cleverly turns it around and shows how the average viewer of social media can let it affect our own sense of self and what we take away from a simple photo. Whole stories can be made from one single photo, depending on the viewer and their frame of mind, keeping in mind that adults are just as susceptible to online bullying and self-esteem issues as our younger counter-parts. The tension builds slowly at first, setting up well-layered and beautifully flawed characters and then kept me engaged and on edge until the last page. This is a must read for those that love the genre, like myself, and for those that love the challenge of thinking they can figure out the who-dunnit before the end of the book. I betcha can’t! A big thank you to Random House Publishing Group – Ballentine, Harriet Walker, and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of The New Girl in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Hedges

    When you read the description of the author and their life sounds like something from 'The Devil Wears Prada' and their book is set in the fashion world, you know it is going to be dark, witty and full of fashion, beauty and gossip. This book delivered on thse topics but it also went much deeper into the psyche of the characters, covering mental health issues, self esteem and how people suffering with both can be terrible communicators. Margot is about to leave her Fashion Editor role to have a b When you read the description of the author and their life sounds like something from 'The Devil Wears Prada' and their book is set in the fashion world, you know it is going to be dark, witty and full of fashion, beauty and gossip. This book delivered on thse topics but it also went much deeper into the psyche of the characters, covering mental health issues, self esteem and how people suffering with both can be terrible communicators. Margot is about to leave her Fashion Editor role to have a baby, Maggie is her replacement, hand picked by Margot to ensure quality of writing but not surpass Margot as a fashion icon and take her job away from her. Winnie is Margot's old school friend but struggling with a terrible tragedy that took her baby and makes her resent Margot and her pregnancy bloom. These women are very insecure and there actions in the novel are lead by anxiety, paranoia and jealousy. None of them act very nicely and Margots constant whining and anxiety ridden inner dialogue, grates after a while. I liked how the story was told by each of them, we got a glimpse into their thoughts which helped explain some of their actions. Bringing Winnie in later to tell the tale of her and Margots school years was clever. The incident that plagues Margot was so insignificant but was fueled by Winnie all those years who knew how to prey on Margots insecurities. Really these three women were pretty annoying at times. An incident at the end of the novel, which I didn't see coming, brought everything to a head and it ended how I expected it. It was well written, the fashion week sections really interesting and I liked Maggie the most. She was the warmest of the women and the only one I really liked. I will enjoy reading the authors future novels. Thank you Netgalley for the ARC.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Brown

    As I love The Devil Wears Prada and Ugly Betty I was attracted to this novel set in a fashion magazine. It didn't disappoint as Maggie began the maternity cover for Margot and was like a child in a sweet shop, not believing her good fortune with designer clothes, shoes etc, all hers for the taking (as long as she gives them back!). The thriller aspect comes from a cyber-stalker who seems to know a lot about Margot and her past. The stalker begins to leave unwelcome comments on Maggie's social med As I love The Devil Wears Prada and Ugly Betty I was attracted to this novel set in a fashion magazine. It didn't disappoint as Maggie began the maternity cover for Margot and was like a child in a sweet shop, not believing her good fortune with designer clothes, shoes etc, all hers for the taking (as long as she gives them back!). The thriller aspect comes from a cyber-stalker who seems to know a lot about Margot and her past. The stalker begins to leave unwelcome comments on Maggie's social media, where they know Margot is following every step her temporary replacement is taking in her shoes. The book is told from the perspective of Margot, then Maggie and then Winnie, who is Margot's childhood friend. Hearing the story told through each voice gave such depth to the story. Especially when Margot is bemoaning her figure whilst looking at Maggie's curves online, whilst Maggie is worried about her curves against the pre pregnancy figure of willow like Margot. All the nuances of social media insecurity are here and highlighted, although in truth they were always there just not publicised. There is a fraught ending which had me re evaluating all I had previously read. I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    Glamorous Margot Jones is the fashion editor at glossy magazine Haute. Pregnant with her first child, Margot’s carefully curated life is the object of other women’s envy—who wouldn’t want her successful career, loving husband, beautiful house, and stylish wardrobe? Maggie, a freelance journalist, certainly knows she doesn’t measure up. But when she gets the temp job covering Margot’s maternity leave, Maggie seizes the chance to live a flashier life—even if it’s only for a few months. But the simul Glamorous Margot Jones is the fashion editor at glossy magazine Haute. Pregnant with her first child, Margot’s carefully curated life is the object of other women’s envy—who wouldn’t want her successful career, loving husband, beautiful house, and stylish wardrobe? Maggie, a freelance journalist, certainly knows she doesn’t measure up. But when she gets the temp job covering Margot’s maternity leave, Maggie seizes the chance to live a flashier life—even if it’s only for a few months. But the simultaneous arrival of Margot’s baby and a brutal end to her oldest friendship sends Margot into a spiral of insecurity and suspicion; normal preoccupations of new motherhood turn into dark and frightening paranoia. Who is the vicious online troll mocking Margot’s facade of perfection and threatening to expose a dark secret she’s spent years concealing? Are Maggie’s newfound ambitions and plucky enthusiasm as innocent as they seem? And what happens when Margot is ready to return to her old life—especially if Maggie doesn’t want to leave? My Thoughts: The themes in The New Girl take us on several different journeys. We first see, from Margot’s point of view, how Maggie, “the new girl” who is filling her position as fashion editor while she is on maternity leave, seems to be taking over her life completely. How does Maggie insert herself into Margot’s personal as well as her professional life, including taking over Margot’s past connections? Winnie’s narrative takes us back to the past, to the beginning of her friendship with Margot, interrupted by another “new girl” when Helen appears and succeeds in sidelining Margot in the friendship. Then we watch as Winnie begins to view herself as a “new girl” when her relationship with Helen changes her into a different person. But then it takes a dangerous turn. What secrets are holding Winnie and Margot together? How does Maggie’s intrusion change everything for them all? Is Margot paranoid about what is happening, or is something completely different afoot? Just when I thought I had it all figured out, the conclusion brought stunning and unexpected revelations. An unputdownable book that earned 4.5 stars. My e-ARC came from the publisher via NetGalley.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    The New Girl by Harriet Walker is a quick read about three women whose lives intertwine during a stressful period for each of them. Built around the fashion world with trips to Milan, Paris and New York, at times the main concern of what to wear and who will see you seem a bit shallow, but it’s a lucrative and necessary evil. When pregnant Margot picks the best choice for her maternity leave replacement, the tables are turned when young Maggie seems to be doing a much better job. Struggling with n The New Girl by Harriet Walker is a quick read about three women whose lives intertwine during a stressful period for each of them. Built around the fashion world with trips to Milan, Paris and New York, at times the main concern of what to wear and who will see you seem a bit shallow, but it’s a lucrative and necessary evil. When pregnant Margot picks the best choice for her maternity leave replacement, the tables are turned when young Maggie seems to be doing a much better job. Struggling with new motherhood, questioning the stability of her prestigious job when she returns to work, and going through the immense sadness of losing her best friend Winnie is taking their toll and causing Margot to question her own sanity. At times slow with a loosely weaving plot, this is still an enjoyable read that kept my interest to the end. (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to Ballantine and NetGalley for making it available.)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Maggie, Winnie and Margot life all changed at once. This is a story of the lives of three women, all taking a different turn. Their lives changed forever as each has their own fears that intertwined with one another. Winnie was Margot’s best friend until she lost her baby. Margot was pregnant and did not know why her best friend had turned away from their friendship. In addition to leave her high power job as an editor to a fashion magazine, Haute, Margot feared that she will be replaced by some Maggie, Winnie and Margot life all changed at once. This is a story of the lives of three women, all taking a different turn. Their lives changed forever as each has their own fears that intertwined with one another. Winnie was Margot’s best friend until she lost her baby. Margot was pregnant and did not know why her best friend had turned away from their friendship. In addition to leave her high power job as an editor to a fashion magazine, Haute, Margot feared that she will be replaced by someone younger with fresher ideas. Maggie was girl who wanted a break to get into the fashion business. She tried to hard to step into Margot’s shoes and wanting to make something of herself. Her fear is not being good enough. It was a sweet story of each woman’s fear. Characters were fully developed. However, I think the story dragged as each person described their fear. There were unnecessary parts of the story that made it hard to keep on reading at times. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nan Williams

    This is definitely chick-lit. The first quarter of the book has our main character second guessing herself (and others) and imagining various scenarios. Nothing – at all – is happening, except in the imagination of our protagonist. And then … we turn the page to find out that she’s ruminating about what to tell her psychologist and imagining how her psychologist will respond. I’m sure this book will have wide appeal, but just not my kind of book. Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this This is definitely chick-lit. The first quarter of the book has our main character second guessing herself (and others) and imagining various scenarios. Nothing – at all – is happening, except in the imagination of our protagonist. And then … we turn the page to find out that she’s ruminating about what to tell her psychologist and imagining how her psychologist will respond. I’m sure this book will have wide appeal, but just not my kind of book. Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I’m sorry I couldn’t appreciate it more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Who is The New Girl? Is it Maggie, the girl who takes over Haute fashion editor Margot's position during her maternity leave? Is it Margot's new baby girl? Or is it the wisp of a memory, the classmate who almost torched the friendship of Margot and her best friend Winnie when they were 16 - to dire consequences? 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because most of this novel can only be described at taut - taut with tension, longing, jealousy, rage, grief. Female friendships become complicated as our chara Who is The New Girl? Is it Maggie, the girl who takes over Haute fashion editor Margot's position during her maternity leave? Is it Margot's new baby girl? Or is it the wisp of a memory, the classmate who almost torched the friendship of Margot and her best friend Winnie when they were 16 - to dire consequences? 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because most of this novel can only be described at taut - taut with tension, longing, jealousy, rage, grief. Female friendships become complicated as our characters navigate careers, children, husbands and unexpected loss. What I loved - The New Girl highlighted how much we can live inside our own heads, making things bigger, worse, more dangerous with our thinking than they actually are. What I did not love - the ending. Not only were there too few clues as to what may happen, but the friendship angle of the 3 women was tied up too comfortably. The thoughts these women have towards one another vacillate so far from one end to the other, it could not have settled the way it did. The bow tied too neatly. Thank you Netgalley for this preview of a novel that kept me at the edge of my seat until (almost) the very end.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda Richardson

    The over simplistic book blurb is that it’s “The Devil Wears Prada” meets “Single White Female” doesn’t begin to describe this 5 star debut. I found the mysterious backstory of the relationship between Margot & Winnie to be the soul of this thriller and the relationship of Margot & Maggie (who’s been brought in to cover for Margot during her maternity leave) the icing on the cake. Kudos to Harriet Walker who completely surprised me with the unexpected twists at the end! The over simplistic book blurb is that it’s “The Devil Wears Prada” meets “Single White Female” doesn’t begin to describe this 5 star debut. I found the mysterious backstory of the relationship between Margot & Winnie to be the soul of this thriller and the relationship of Margot & Maggie (who’s been brought in to cover for Margot during her maternity leave) the icing on the cake. Kudos to Harriet Walker who completely surprised me with the unexpected twists at the end!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Oh I feel bad .. this is another negative review and I hate leaving them .. but this read to me like across between THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA & a very generic slow read that has been touted as a thriller Oh I feel bad .. this is another negative review and I hate leaving them .. but this read to me like across between THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA & a very generic slow read that has been touted as a thriller

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amrita

    A slow burning psychological thriller that delves into complicated female friendships and insecurities that plague all of us - no matter who we are or where we come from. I did not expect to like this book this much given the book started off rather slowly, but I enjoyed it a lot and was up late last night reading because I couldn’t go to bed without figuring out how it will all end. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the arc.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Berry

    “The New Girl” heavily focuses on the theme of female friendships/jealousy. Can you really have one without the other. Told from three perspectives, that of Margot, Maggie, and Winnie, “The New Girl “gives the reader the story of a high-powered fashion editor (Margot) who goes out on maternity leave and chooses Maggie to replace her in the interim. Margot is understandably fearful of how Maggie‘s presence will be received by her fashion magazine. Maggie, the new girl, is understandably fearful o “The New Girl” heavily focuses on the theme of female friendships/jealousy. Can you really have one without the other. Told from three perspectives, that of Margot, Maggie, and Winnie, “The New Girl “gives the reader the story of a high-powered fashion editor (Margot) who goes out on maternity leave and chooses Maggie to replace her in the interim. Margot is understandably fearful of how Maggie‘s presence will be received by her fashion magazine. Maggie, the new girl, is understandably fearful of the same. Both Margo and Maggie grow to practically hate each other in this book, as can happen when the stakes are high in the competition is robust. How can Margot sit back and enjoy her maternity leave when I seemingly newer younger version of her is now sitting at her desk and becoming friends with her staff. Same for Margo and Winnie. How can they maintain a friendship when one woman has what the other woman so unexpectedly, undeservedly lost. The author sets up the present story by weaving in chapters featuring young Margot and Winnie. Again, jealousy occupies a major chunk of this female friendship, As does the imposition of a “new girl”. I really liked the writing style. There was enough description to keep me involved, but not too much to kickstart my skim mode. I loved the story. It was realistic and timely.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

      Margot Jones is about to go on Maternity leave from fashion magazine Haute and has handpicked her replacement, Maggie, a freelance journalist. Margot has picked Maggie thinking that Maggie could never stand in her shoes and be as successful a fashion editor as she is. Meanwhile, Margot's best friend Winnie has suffered a tragic loss and is acting distant towards her. Combine these three elements and we have one heck of a story. I quickly became immersed in this tale told from the alternating vie   Margot Jones is about to go on Maternity leave from fashion magazine Haute and has handpicked her replacement, Maggie, a freelance journalist. Margot has picked Maggie thinking that Maggie could never stand in her shoes and be as successful a fashion editor as she is. Meanwhile, Margot's best friend Winnie has suffered a tragic loss and is acting distant towards her. Combine these three elements and we have one heck of a story. I quickly became immersed in this tale told from the alternating viewpoints of Margot, Maggie, and Winnie. With Margot's due date coming closer Margot becomes more paranoid and insecure than ever before. Maggie is handling her new position at Haute much better than Margot anticipated. and Winnie has completely abandoned their friendship. Maggie is not as innocent as Margot thought and is she trying to permanently replace her? Winnie seems to be scheming against Margot and is holding a terrible secret over Margot's head. With every new social media post Margot's paranoia spirals. I was completely caught up in this tale of secrets, betrayal and hidden agendas. With the surprise ending and well-crafted plotline I highly recommend this book.This review was originally posted on Cindy’s Book Stacks

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shay | Books Are Magic Too

    While this title was one I enjoyed, it didn’t feel like a thriller much at all- I think I would’ve been disappointed more if I was a strict thriller reader. Instead, to me this title was more about female relationships and how each is interacting and deals with our days differently. Margot is the fashion editor at Haute Magazine, and posses everything a girl could every want - style, grace, a fantastic husband, great looks, and a long time best friend who is pregnant at the same time. As she gea While this title was one I enjoyed, it didn’t feel like a thriller much at all- I think I would’ve been disappointed more if I was a strict thriller reader. Instead, to me this title was more about female relationships and how each is interacting and deals with our days differently. Margot is the fashion editor at Haute Magazine, and posses everything a girl could every want - style, grace, a fantastic husband, great looks, and a long time best friend who is pregnant at the same time. As she gears up for maternity leave, with the temporary successor she helps put in place, The New Girl tells us the story of how Margot, her fears and insecurities lead us into a new mother’s paranoia. Great interwoven characters that seemed to grow off one another. The multiple POVs kept the story going for me at times when the story started to dull. Overall, great read and I really enjoyed the surprising ending! Thank you to Netgalley Random House Publishing - Ballantine for a copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the arc of The New Girl and Harriet Walker❤️ Thank you to Harriet Walker for writing this gripping and page turning book❤️ Thus follows Margot whos first time pregnant and is a fashion editor for a magazine❤️ Lady called Maggie steps into Margots role while she is on maternity leave this story alternates between the two woman's perspectives , one is suspicious of the other woman who's has the fashionable life while the other is jealous as only has Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the arc of The New Girl and Harriet Walker❤️ Thank you to Harriet Walker for writing this gripping and page turning book❤️ Thus follows Margot whos first time pregnant and is a fashion editor for a magazine❤️ Lady called Maggie steps into Margots role while she is on maternity leave this story alternates between the two woman's perspectives , one is suspicious of the other woman who's has the fashionable life while the other is jealous as only has a temporary fixture in her life in which she always wanted her whole life 🥺, There is also a third perspective of a lady named Winnie she is the best friend of the main lady in the story Margot, but Winnie is grieving a loss of her baby at childbirth 😭 so she abandons and leaves her friendship with Margot❤️ This book was very interesting to read I loved the alternative with the three perspectives and you get hooked into the stories of the 3 different woman which I loved and I feel sorry for Winnie, I love all 3 characters I love how captivating and thrilling and twisty it was it was the edge of the seat type book read very quickly ❤️ Well done Harriet Walker❤️ Definitely recommend 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

  30. 4 out of 5

    Johnna Whetstone

    Wow! This is one of those books that grabbed me from the first page! Unputdownable! Absolutely amazing! Thrilling, chilling, shocking, and more! Well written, in a way that makes you feel the characters are real and hard to say goodbye to at the end! I think it was realistic, original, and fun to read! I highly, highly recommend this tantalizing, riveting read! Will make sure to buzz it up on all the different platforms!

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