BLOGGER BOOKCLUB : The Good Girl by Fiona Neill

Monday, 28 September 2015


The Book : The Good Girl
The Author : Fiona Neill
Where to buy: Waterstones | Amazon | Tesco
Rating 2/5

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

When I read the blurb of this book I was looking forward to getting stuck in and reading it for book club. The promise of darker truths emerging throughout the story got me excited as I do love a book with a bit of drama and scandal! We find out fairly early on about the situation Romy has got herself into, although to be honest the question of ‘who is it’ is pretty pointless if you’ve read the back of the book. Just put 2 and 2 together! So I found that a bit frustrating! With the promise of things getting a little darker and exciting further into the book I continued reading hoping to get to the nitty gritty of the story.

I have to say I was a bit disappointed. The story travels back to 3 months prior to Romy’s ‘scandal’, which I appreciate as it’s nice to know the reasoning behind someones actions (and makes up the bulk of the story!). However the little twists Fiona Neill has thrown in while leading up to the big finale I felt were a bit unnecessary rather than gripping like the blurb suggests. The book covers other topics like Infidelity, addiction & Paternity issues. Telling a story of two families; one slightly more dysfunctional than the other and how they intertwine with one another during this time period. We flip between hearing the story from Romy’s point of view and her mothers which I admit is a good way to of going about things which a topic as sensitive as sex + the internet but I found Ailsa really annoying by the end of the book, at points at had to force myself to continue reading.

 I know reviews for this book have been a bit mixed overall from having a look online, but I have to say I am firmly set in the ‘not a fan’ camp.  I was glad to finish it, and felt that it could have been more of a short story rather than a full on novel as some chapters were quite long winded with events within them that I felt weren’t really needed.  It would probably be a good read for someone in their teens to help them understand the importance of the internet and the events you may get involved in if you are in a relationship with someone. But as a 27 year old woman It wasn’t really for me.

If you would like to know what the other girls thought of this book then head over to their blogs ; Lizzie | Lorna | Charli.

Click here to read last months blogger book club review;  US by David Nicholls

For October we are reading ‘The Letter’ by Kathryn Hughes. So if you would like to join in with us let us know by commenting or tweeting me!

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