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She loves him… Lizzie Green once loved Tom Murphy with a passion that bordered on obsession. All she wanted was his love to be returned. Then one night something terrible happened and Tom left Lizzie broken hearted. She swore she would never let him hurt her again…. She loves him not. Now, ten years later, Tom turns up on Lizzie’s doorstep still as charming as ever. Lizzie kn She loves him… Lizzie Green once loved Tom Murphy with a passion that bordered on obsession. All she wanted was his love to be returned. Then one night something terrible happened and Tom left Lizzie broken hearted. She swore she would never let him hurt her again…. She loves him not. Now, ten years later, Tom turns up on Lizzie’s doorstep still as charming as ever. Lizzie knows he still has the power to break her heart and destroy her life again. But Lizzie can’t say no to him…. Can she?


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She loves him… Lizzie Green once loved Tom Murphy with a passion that bordered on obsession. All she wanted was his love to be returned. Then one night something terrible happened and Tom left Lizzie broken hearted. She swore she would never let him hurt her again…. She loves him not. Now, ten years later, Tom turns up on Lizzie’s doorstep still as charming as ever. Lizzie kn She loves him… Lizzie Green once loved Tom Murphy with a passion that bordered on obsession. All she wanted was his love to be returned. Then one night something terrible happened and Tom left Lizzie broken hearted. She swore she would never let him hurt her again…. She loves him not. Now, ten years later, Tom turns up on Lizzie’s doorstep still as charming as ever. Lizzie knows he still has the power to break her heart and destroy her life again. But Lizzie can’t say no to him…. Can she?

30 review for The Other Girlfriend

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: It was all my fault. I'd ruined everything. One night. One drink too many. One bad idea. One secret that destroyed so much. No one can know. ABOUT 'THE OTHER GIRLFRIEND': She loves him… Lizzie Green once loved Tom Murphy with a passion that bordered on obsession. All she wanted was his love to be returned. Then one night something terrible happened and Tom left Lizzie broken hearted. She swore she would never let him hurt her again…. She loves him not. Now, ten years later, Tom turns up on EXCERPT: It was all my fault. I'd ruined everything. One night. One drink too many. One bad idea. One secret that destroyed so much. No one can know. ABOUT 'THE OTHER GIRLFRIEND': She loves him… Lizzie Green once loved Tom Murphy with a passion that bordered on obsession. All she wanted was his love to be returned. Then one night something terrible happened and Tom left Lizzie broken hearted. She swore she would never let him hurt her again…. She loves him not. Now, ten years later, Tom turns up on Lizzie’s doorstep still as charming as ever. Lizzie knows he still has the power to break her heart and destroy her life again. But Lizzie can’t say no to him…. Can she? MY THOUGHTS: Sorry, but 'meh'. Lizzie is a twit. Not the entertaining Roald Dahl kind either. I kept wanting to tell her to get a grip, grow a backbone, but eventually her endless introspection wore me down and bored me to the point where I skimmed almost two thirds of the book, frequently considering abandoning the read. There's no suspense, no thrills, no action. It's all pretty pedestrian and predictable. There's no character to root for. The book is set in the beautiful location of Devon, but it's not capitalized on. Just as I didn't connect with the characters, I felt no sense of place. I love the cover, but wish I had just admired it from afar. ⭐⭐ #TheOtherGirlfriend #NetGalley I: @alexstoneauthor @booksandtonic T: @AlexStoneAuthor @BoldwoodBooks #contemporaryfiction #psychologicaldrama THE AUTHOR: Alex Stone is an accountant from the West Midlands, who uprooted her life to pursue her dream of living by the sea and becoming a writer. She is proof that if you stick at it, anything is possible, and is now a psychological suspense writer based in Dorset. This beautiful and dramatic coast is the inspiration and setting for her novels. Alex has a keen interest in psychology, and her novels examine how situations in the past can shape a person for the better and the worst. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Boldwood Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Other Girlfriend by Alex Stone for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review is also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage.

  2. 5 out of 5

    SabiReads

    4,5 ⭐️ rounded up to 5⭐️ Thank you NetGalley, Boldwood Books and Alex Stone for letting me read “The Other Girlfriend” in exchange for an honest review. „She loves you, she loves you not”. I adore true cover. It’s simple enough, with amazing colours. If I’d judge a book by its cover, I’d be absolutely in love. It’s beautiful 5/5 ⭐️ The story is told from the POV of Lizzie,now going by Beth. She left Lizzie behind, reinvented herself. Then, after ten years, Tom shows up on her doorstep. They have bee 4,5 ⭐️ rounded up to 5⭐️ Thank you NetGalley, Boldwood Books and Alex Stone for letting me read “The Other Girlfriend” in exchange for an honest review. „She loves you, she loves you not”. I adore true cover. It’s simple enough, with amazing colours. If I’d judge a book by its cover, I’d be absolutely in love. It’s beautiful 5/5 ⭐️ The story is told from the POV of Lizzie,now going by Beth. She left Lizzie behind, reinvented herself. Then, after ten years, Tom shows up on her doorstep. They have been the best of friends, spent their childhood together and went to the same uni. Then Hannah comes into Tom’a life. She’s the daughter of the owner of the company he always wanted to work for. They start a relationship. Tom keeps telling Lizzie it’s all for their future… until it’s not and something tragic happens. Let’s not forget that Lizzie is “a tiny bit” obsessed with Tom. That never changed. But what is Tom up to now? The story changes between now and then. The writing style was super easy to get into, very fluent and descriptive. I felt for the characters, Lizzie was really relatable in a way. Tom I did not like from the beginning. MAke up your mind, man. The story was well thought out and placed, it all made sense.

  3. 4 out of 5

    oohlalabooks

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Other Girlfriend is told in the past and present by Lizzie/Beth. Out of the blue, Beth has a surprise visitor at her door. It’s Tom and it’s been ten years! Then - Good friends Tom & Lizzie shared a kiss though Tom was seeing Hannah, his boss’s daughter. The three of them end up on a mountain and only Tom & Lizzie returns! Now - Beth changed her name and moved on, so why is Tom back? Lizzie always had feelings for Tom and after the they shared, Tom felt the same or at least that is what he’s The Other Girlfriend is told in the past and present by Lizzie/Beth. Out of the blue, Beth has a surprise visitor at her door. It’s Tom and it’s been ten years! Then - Good friends Tom & Lizzie shared a kiss though Tom was seeing Hannah, his boss’s daughter. The three of them end up on a mountain and only Tom & Lizzie returns! Now - Beth changed her name and moved on, so why is Tom back? Lizzie always had feelings for Tom and after the they shared, Tom felt the same or at least that is what he’s been saying, stringing her along. The pacing is quite slow and the characters aren’t too likable especially Tom. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julie (JuJu)

    BOOK REVIEW 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Is there one person in your life that you’d do anything for? Even if, deep inside, you know it won’t end well. You dismiss warnings from friends and family. And you convince yourself that things will work out in the end because that’s what you WANT to believe. It was that scenario that drew me to this book. And, of course, the gorgeous cover! Then: Tom and Lizzie grew up together and she was (secretly) in love. She was ready to follow him anywhere, just to keep him in her life. Wh BOOK REVIEW 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Is there one person in your life that you’d do anything for? Even if, deep inside, you know it won’t end well. You dismiss warnings from friends and family. And you convince yourself that things will work out in the end because that’s what you WANT to believe. It was that scenario that drew me to this book. And, of course, the gorgeous cover! Then: Tom and Lizzie grew up together and she was (secretly) in love. She was ready to follow him anywhere, just to keep him in her life. When she discovers he feels the same way, she’s ecstatic. But there’s a snag. Tom has a girlfriend and is employed by her father. Kind of a big hurdle. And despite Tom’s promises, they never get over it. Now: Jump ahead ten years. Lizzie is now Beth and she’s settled into her new life…without Tom. But…guess who ends up on her doorstep? Yep…Tom shows up after ten years, as charming as ever, and he stirs up those old feelings. Can she resist him this time? Wow…I discovered a new author to keep an eye out for! This is a fascinating read. The author has included several difficult, but realistic issues. Thank you to #alexstone for the #giftedbook and #rachelsrandomresources for the #booktour invite! #blogtour #blogtourhost #boldwoodbooks #thriller #netgalley #honestreview #bookreviewer #usbookreviewer #crimeandcocktailsbookcrew #mysteryandthrills #readwithme #bookaddict #thrillersofinstagram #bookstagrammer #lovebooks #thrillerfiction #bookreviewersofinstagram #lovetoreadbooks #thrillerobsessed #coloradobookstagrammer #justfinishedreading #newrelease

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily Christopher

    The Other Girlfriend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: Thriller Format: Kindle eBook Date Published: 7/28/22 Author: Alex Stone Publisher: Boldwood Books Pages: 357 Goodreads Rating: 3.52 I requested a digital advanced readers copy from NetGalley and Boldwood Books and providing my opinion voluntarily and unbiased. Synopsis: She loves him… Lizzie Green once loved Tom Murphy with a passion that bordered on obsession. All she wanted was his love to be returned. Then one night something terrible happened and Tom left Lizzie The Other Girlfriend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: Thriller Format: Kindle eBook Date Published: 7/28/22 Author: Alex Stone Publisher: Boldwood Books Pages: 357 Goodreads Rating: 3.52 I requested a digital advanced readers copy from NetGalley and Boldwood Books and providing my opinion voluntarily and unbiased. Synopsis: She loves him… Lizzie Green once loved Tom Murphy with a passion that bordered on obsession. All she wanted was his love to be returned. Then one night something terrible happened and Tom left Lizzie broken hearted. She swore she would never let him hurt her again…. She loves him not. Now, ten years later, Tom turns up on Lizzie’s doorstep still as charming as ever. Lizzie knows he still has the power to break her heart and destroy her life again. But Lizzie can’t say no to him…. My Thoughts: The story is narrated by Beth, who was formally Lizzie, from her perspective, and in alternative timeframes, then and now. She was born Lizzie but reinvented herself into Beth. Lizzie/Beth is an extremely likable and relatable character, Tom on the other hand, is not. The characters are well developed, they had depth, they had some tension to them, Lizzie had growth throughout the story, and were intriguing. The author’s writing style had complex layers, created the tension with twists, and kept me engaged throughout the book. The book did have some slow parts. The storyline, character interchanges, plot, and ending were not only well executed, but was tied together nicely, flowed well, and the author was descriptive enough that you could envision being there. This was the first book by this author that I have read but it will not be my last. Overall, a very enjoyable read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    The Other Girlfriend is my second read by this author. I'd describe this one as a slow burn psychological character driven story. It isn't an action story, rather and complex and layered story of a women who is struggling with the past and trying to learn the truth about what happened. The authors portrayal of the characters trauma and agoraphobia is very well done and realistic. I've seen other reviews mention the frustration about the characters personalities but for me that is the essence of The Other Girlfriend is my second read by this author. I'd describe this one as a slow burn psychological character driven story. It isn't an action story, rather and complex and layered story of a women who is struggling with the past and trying to learn the truth about what happened. The authors portrayal of the characters trauma and agoraphobia is very well done and realistic. I've seen other reviews mention the frustration about the characters personalities but for me that is the essence of the book, the author knows how to write complex characters and makes us want to see them grow and succeed. Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for an arc of this book in exchange for a review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    julie

    Lizzie Green once loved Tom Murphy with a passion that bordered on obsession all she wanted was his love to be returned then one night something terrible happened and Tom left Lizzie broken hearted she swore she would never let him hurt her again she loves him not Now ten years later and Tom turns up on Lizzie’s doorstep still as charming as ever and Lizzie knows he still has the power to break her heart and destroy her life again I really enjoyed this book totally recommend Thank You NetGalley Lizzie Green once loved Tom Murphy with a passion that bordered on obsession all she wanted was his love to be returned then one night something terrible happened and Tom left Lizzie broken hearted she swore she would never let him hurt her again she loves him not Now ten years later and Tom turns up on Lizzie’s doorstep still as charming as ever and Lizzie knows he still has the power to break her heart and destroy her life again I really enjoyed this book totally recommend Thank You NetGalley and Boldwood Books I just reviewed The Other Girlfriend by Alex Stone. #TheOtherGirlfriend #NetGalley

  8. 4 out of 5

    emmabbooks

    Great characters and a thoughtful plot After 10 years of being apart Tom suddenly appears at Lizzie’s door. Is this a dream come true, or are Lizzie’s dreams best left in her imagination? The chapters alternate between now and about 11 years ago, blending well to make the story flow and Lizzie’s anxieties seem very real. What happened all those years ago? Where has Tom been in the intervening years? Why, when once Lizzie was so sure of Tom, is she now having doubts, instead of being so thrilled ev Great characters and a thoughtful plot After 10 years of being apart Tom suddenly appears at Lizzie’s door. Is this a dream come true, or are Lizzie’s dreams best left in her imagination? The chapters alternate between now and about 11 years ago, blending well to make the story flow and Lizzie’s anxieties seem very real. What happened all those years ago? Where has Tom been in the intervening years? Why, when once Lizzie was so sure of Tom, is she now having doubts, instead of being so thrilled everything she’s ever wanted in life is now coming true. The story is told mostly from Lizzie’s point of view, and I found myself quite involved in her dilemma and wondering (as much as Lizzie) what was going on. Themes of agoraphobia and anxiety, as well as self-belief added interest and I loved that the story was set in Dorset, including Durdle Door in the story. The ending was excellent, and rounded up this enjoyable, involving and thoughtful thriller well. A great 2nd thriller from this great author. Can’t wait for Alex Stone’s 3rd book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leah • leahreads__

    I was really excited about this one from the synopsis to the glowing reviews, but this story was just boring to me. I hated Lizzie/Beth and how she is just so desperate for Tom’s attention and to be loved by him. Everything she says and does is for his approval, even after he disappeared for ten years. I just couldn’t stand her need to make everything perfect for him, to BE perfect for him and to let him walk all over her. I guessed the first “reveal” right away and it was so early in the book I I was really excited about this one from the synopsis to the glowing reviews, but this story was just boring to me. I hated Lizzie/Beth and how she is just so desperate for Tom’s attention and to be loved by him. Everything she says and does is for his approval, even after he disappeared for ten years. I just couldn’t stand her need to make everything perfect for him, to BE perfect for him and to let him walk all over her. I guessed the first “reveal” right away and it was so early in the book I wondered what the rest could be about. That’s the only reason I kept reading rather than DNFing. When the big ending happened, I was still yawning. Really one of the good things about this book was the short chapters and the alternating timelines. But even that part bored me. I feel bad that I disliked this so much. Thank you to NetGallery and Boldwood Books for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lost Vegas

    Lizzie and Tom had been best friends from childhood all the way up to the day of the incident. After the incident Lizzie becomes Beth, wanting to try a new life after dealing with panic and agoraphobia. 10 years later Tom turns up at Beth’s house, she hasn’t heard from him since that day and he tells her he will be staying a while. He’s come back to be with her. I was so sad for Beth constantly, Tom treats her horribly and she doesn’t try to break free. Tom was an odious character and the ending Lizzie and Tom had been best friends from childhood all the way up to the day of the incident. After the incident Lizzie becomes Beth, wanting to try a new life after dealing with panic and agoraphobia. 10 years later Tom turns up at Beth’s house, she hasn’t heard from him since that day and he tells her he will be staying a while. He’s come back to be with her. I was so sad for Beth constantly, Tom treats her horribly and she doesn’t try to break free. Tom was an odious character and the ending didn’t satisfy me there hadn’t been any justice. I find it a struggle to read books when those with mental health conditions are exploited and I feel that this wasn’t really resolved. This could be a great novel if there was a bit more meat to it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stina

    Lizzie and Tom had been best friends since childhood. They grew up together, played together, went to high school and uni together. Until one day, Lizzie realised that she was in love with Tom. There was just one problem...he already had a girlfriend in the gorgeous and wealthy Hannah. Her mask slips one day and Tom, who has always been able to see right through her, realises that she is in love with him. He confides in her that he loves her too but he must stay with Hannah for the time being be Lizzie and Tom had been best friends since childhood. They grew up together, played together, went to high school and uni together. Until one day, Lizzie realised that she was in love with Tom. There was just one problem...he already had a girlfriend in the gorgeous and wealthy Hannah. Her mask slips one day and Tom, who has always been able to see right through her, realises that she is in love with him. He confides in her that he loves her too but he must stay with Hannah for the time being because he envisions a dream job with her wealthy father...and Hannah can make that happen for him. Lizzie reluctantly agrees but as time goes by Tom is still with Hannah and showing no signs of breaking up with her, long after he has secured a job with her father. But Lizzie is devastated. All she wants is for her love to be returned. Her friend Rebecca suggested that she needs a getaway to forget about Tom and Hannah, and she has the perfect opportunity with her and boyfriend Luke heading to Durdle Door. But then Luke inadvertently invites Tom and Hannah to join them. And so Lizzie ends up being the fifth wheel and odd one out between two couples. Then one night, a terrible tragedy occurs changing their lives forever. And to make matters worse, Tom leaves leaving Lizzie brokenhearted. For the ensuing months, Lizzie couldn't function; couldn't eat; couldn't sleep; couldn't leave the house. She had lost everything, but most of all she had lost herself because she had lost Tom. Without him, she was nothing. Ten years have passed and a knock at the door leaves Lizzie, who now goes by Beth, reeling. She is not expecting anyone. She likes order, routine, structure. She opens the door and it is Tom. He has come back for her just as he always said he would. It's all she has ever wanted, all she has ever dreamed about. But Lizzie is not the same woman she once was. However, none of that seems to bother Tom as he moves himself in "just for a week or so" and makes himself right at home. Although it what she has wanted for so long, it feels somewhat disconcerting. Her home is her safe place...and now it has been invaded, it seems. Lizzie struggles with her feelings as to whether this is really what she wants or if it is just a dream she fantasised about for so long? And more than that, Tom's reappearance is bringing back up all those memories which she has buried for so long. But can she trust those memories? Are they real? Or are they false memories? Is anything real? THE OTHER GIRLFRIEND is not a bad read but it's not the greatest either. I wouldn't call is a psychological thriller like a psychological drama without the twists. There are secrets, lies, deception, manipulation, gaslighting and lots of questionable decisions. Our narrator, Lizzie, is somewhat unreliable and even a little naive at times. She borders on obsession when it came to Tom which lead to some pretty questionable decisions on her part. She could be incredibly irritating at times and I saw right through Tom and didn't trust him one bit. In the end, I wasn't really bothered by what happened to either of them. The story unfolds through Lizzie's narrative in alternating chapters between the present and the past, as the incidents leading up to the tragedy and beyond are drip fed to us. I do like this style of writing and the short chapters, so that was always going to be a definite plus for me. This is my second read by this author and I'm still not entirely sure whether her books are the right fit for me. I enjoy them to a degree but I do find their build a little slow and once they reach that point where everything starts to come together, I wonder if it was worth the ride. By the time Lizzie grew a pair she'd already made her impression on me. I wanted to like this book far more than I did but the slow burn and unexciting story left me a little disappointed and even a little depressed. But I am giving it 3 stars because I did enjoy...even if it was to a degree. I would like to thank #AlexStone, #Netgalley, #BoldwoodBooks and #RachelsRandomResources for an ARC of #TheOtherGirlfriend in exchange for an honest review. This review appears on my blog at https://stinathebookaholic.blogspot.com/.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (www.chicklitcentral.com) The Other Girlfriend was the type of psychological thriller I can get behind. Some thrillers are really in your face about it–there are blatant obstacles and over-the-top moments that are fun for the genre, but I prefer the stories that are more subtle, because you never know what’s going to happen next or what might be lurking around the corner. That’s how it felt with the dynamic between Lizzie and Tom. Is Tom back in Lizzie’s Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (www.chicklitcentral.com) The Other Girlfriend was the type of psychological thriller I can get behind. Some thrillers are really in your face about it–there are blatant obstacles and over-the-top moments that are fun for the genre, but I prefer the stories that are more subtle, because you never know what’s going to happen next or what might be lurking around the corner. That’s how it felt with the dynamic between Lizzie and Tom. Is Tom back in Lizzie’s life because he missed her? Or is there something more sinister involved? I’m not always a big fan of flashbacks, but in this case, the flashbacks provided within the story show us the past for Lizzie and her friends, and the fast forward to the current time really helped the reader get a sense for how much Lizzie had changed from her uni years to now. It also provided the backdrop for why she’s changed–and why she has become ‘Beth,’ the new persona she’s taken on in order to live her life as best she can, despite the past. With Tom’s reappearance, she can’t help but miss the young man she remembers, but his presence threatens the safety and security she’s put in place for herself. She’s equal parts excited and anxious, and Alex Stone really did a great job of showing that constant tug-of-war that Lizzie has within herself. Granted, this is fiction, but I feel there are some relatable moments within this story. Many of us can remember a time when there might have been someone in our lives who we thought the world of, but there were others who protested our vision of that person. Sometimes you’re too close to a situation to really see it for what it is, and that is what Lizzie experiences. That kind of scenario only drew me further in, because I’ve been there. I wondered what kind of choices Lizzie would make in the end, and if it would include Tom or not. The ending did not disappoint. The Other Girlfriend was the perfect subtle psychological thriller.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Lizzie (now known as Beth) grew up with Tom. They were best friends and one day before they started university, they realized they were in love. The problem was Tom was dating Hannah whose father owned the company he worked for. Thus, he promised Lizzie he would break up with Hannah when the time was right and they could be together. However, actually doing that was taking a long time while Lizzie’s heart was being broken. Lizzie’s parents wanted her to attend a university at some distance away s Lizzie (now known as Beth) grew up with Tom. They were best friends and one day before they started university, they realized they were in love. The problem was Tom was dating Hannah whose father owned the company he worked for. Thus, he promised Lizzie he would break up with Hannah when the time was right and they could be together. However, actually doing that was taking a long time while Lizzie’s heart was being broken. Lizzie’s parents wanted her to attend a university at some distance away so she could learn to spread her wings. But, she insisted that she attend a university locally. One day, something very bad happened that changed Lizzie's life and she became almost like a hermit. She rarely leaves her home and interacts with very few people. Ten years later and now known and Beth, she still lives in her parents home that she bought from them when they retired. So, it is with shock that she answers a knock on the door to find Tom whom she has not seen in 10 years. He has a suitcase with him and invites himself to stay with her for awhile. Can she let him back into her life? Does he truly love her and want to be with her? This is a dark and depressing book that made me want to smack Lizzie/Beth and tell her not to accept things that she was told. Let me just say: “Tom, it should have been you.” I realize that Lizzie/Beth had been diagnosed with agoraphobia, but it’s a shame she did not have better mental/medical care. The story left me disappointed with such a weak character - agoraphobia or not. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    The Other Girlfriend is a slow-burn, psychological, character-driven story. Complex and layered, it focuses on a woman who is struggling with the past and attempting to learn the truth and come to terms with what occurred. In alternating chapters between the present and past, the author's portrayal of trauma, anxiety and agoraphobia is very well done. Alex Stone knows her onions when it comes to complex characters. A fascinating tale for me. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my req The Other Girlfriend is a slow-burn, psychological, character-driven story. Complex and layered, it focuses on a woman who is struggling with the past and attempting to learn the truth and come to terms with what occurred. In alternating chapters between the present and past, the author's portrayal of trauma, anxiety and agoraphobia is very well done. Alex Stone knows her onions when it comes to complex characters. A fascinating tale for me. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Boldwood Books via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Kelly

    The Other Girlfriend by Alex Stone is a compelling story of Lizzie Green and her love for Tom Murphy. They were lifelong friends and even went to college together. One night in the past, lots of alcohol was consumed and a tragic accident occurred. Tom left for 10 years only to show up unannounced on Lizzie's (now calls herself Beth) doorstep. He kind of moves in without her permission. Unfortunately, she can't say no to Tom as she still loves him. Beth still has a lot of guilt pertaining to the a The Other Girlfriend by Alex Stone is a compelling story of Lizzie Green and her love for Tom Murphy. They were lifelong friends and even went to college together. One night in the past, lots of alcohol was consumed and a tragic accident occurred. Tom left for 10 years only to show up unannounced on Lizzie's (now calls herself Beth) doorstep. He kind of moves in without her permission. Unfortunately, she can't say no to Tom as she still loves him. Beth still has a lot of guilt pertaining to the accident and she just doesn't want her heart broken again. As time goes on though she comes to realize exactly who Tom really is. This is a psychological thriller, with lots of twisty turns. I liked Beth (Lizzie) and hoped that she would become the confident person that she wants to be. Tom, I found kind of sleazy right from the start, very controlling. I read this book in two sittings and really enjoyed it! I look forward to the next one by Alex Stone! I give it 4 stars! I received a copy of the book for review purposes only.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    The Other Girlfriend fields some strong themes, but very important themes. The first is beware of letting people from your past just sail right back into your life. I was appalled at how easily Beth allowed Tom to move right in. Second, women need to stand up to me. Beth was a complete doormat for Tom in the past and she was letting him walk all over again. Third, trust in yourself. Beth’s uncertainty played right into Tom’s schemes until she woke up and took charge. Fourth, you have to get out The Other Girlfriend fields some strong themes, but very important themes. The first is beware of letting people from your past just sail right back into your life. I was appalled at how easily Beth allowed Tom to move right in. Second, women need to stand up to me. Beth was a complete doormat for Tom in the past and she was letting him walk all over again. Third, trust in yourself. Beth’s uncertainty played right into Tom’s schemes until she woke up and took charge. Fourth, you have to get out and live, not hide in the shadows due to your fears. Lastly, don’t go climbing if you’ve been drinking. Thanks to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for the early copy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Farah

    Lizzie has always loved her friend Tom. But after leaving her broken hearted with a terrible secret, she picked up the pieces and learned to live again. When Tom shows up on her doorstep ten years later, Lizzie can't believe it. Could this be the second chance with him that she'd hoped for? Or is Tom after something else? Oh Tom, Tom, Tom....without giving anything away I'll just say that the ending was most deserving. Told in Then and Now timelines, we are given the backstory about the secret ea Lizzie has always loved her friend Tom. But after leaving her broken hearted with a terrible secret, she picked up the pieces and learned to live again. When Tom shows up on her doorstep ten years later, Lizzie can't believe it. Could this be the second chance with him that she'd hoped for? Or is Tom after something else? Oh Tom, Tom, Tom....without giving anything away I'll just say that the ending was most deserving. Told in Then and Now timelines, we are given the backstory about the secret each of the friends has had to keep and how they are dealing with it in present time. This was a cleverly written book that I was able to read quite quickly. With the short chapters, I kept picking it up "just for one more chapter". Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nataša

    Ok I almost quit after the beggining but I did not. Fortunately! It turned out that it was a nice weekend reading. Full of tension in dual time lines. I wanted to kick the ass to the younger version of the characters. I wanted to scream lound to do different, to be moral, to be loyal.. But they did not listened. And after ten years someone is on the door, that our main character has not seen for 10 years and wished he come for all this years back to her.. it begin a fairytail, she dreams... But Ok I almost quit after the beggining but I did not. Fortunately! It turned out that it was a nice weekend reading. Full of tension in dual time lines. I wanted to kick the ass to the younger version of the characters. I wanted to scream lound to do different, to be moral, to be loyal.. But they did not listened. And after ten years someone is on the door, that our main character has not seen for 10 years and wished he come for all this years back to her.. it begin a fairytail, she dreams... But then my romance turn to a great triller. And we have some great turns and sattisfying ending. Girl power! Thank you Farah to buddy read this with me. Thank Boldwood books publishers and Netgalley for this arc..

  19. 5 out of 5

    Els

    "Friendship, a state of enduring affection, esteem, intimacy, and trust between two people…" This is the definition of the word according to a dictionary. I think a lot of people should read this and compare it to how they treat their ‘friends’. In this book we meet Tom and Lizzie. Their friendship started when they were toddlers and they really shared a strong bond. Only one of them though paid attention in school when the word was explained. The other one uses friendship as a means to make themse "Friendship, a state of enduring affection, esteem, intimacy, and trust between two people…" This is the definition of the word according to a dictionary. I think a lot of people should read this and compare it to how they treat their ‘friends’. In this book we meet Tom and Lizzie. Their friendship started when they were toddlers and they really shared a strong bond. Only one of them though paid attention in school when the word was explained. The other one uses friendship as a means to make themselves better and stronger, while, in the meantime, crushing the other one’s heart. One tells tales in order to protect the despicable things they do. The other one suffers in silence, seeing their future ripped in pieces. One devastating event forces them apart. They have to keep their distance. One says it’s to protect the other. One feels still believes every word that comes out of their mouth. And then there is that blast from the past… Time heals all wounds, right? Is there still hope? Will finally the dream come true? One should be happy, but are they? One thinks they still got it, even after all those years, but do they? One has a lot to win. One has a lot to lose. Maybe it’s time the manipulator gets a taste of their own medicine? Friends… they can be so much fun and you can be really close. I thought I had a few good ones too and then, suddenly, one day they don’t seem to remember you even exist. Maybe you are better off without them. I saves you a lot of heartache. In this book the author shows us that one second can change your life. You are devastated and you are happy that someone can keep their cool. After all they do it to protect you. Or is it rather to protect themselves? Friendship should put all parties on the same level. Sometimes one person feels they should always take the lead, because they know best. Do they though? A very enjoyable read. 4 stars Thank you

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews

    First, I want to thank Alex Stone, Boldwood Books, NetGalley and Rachel's Random Resources for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review. OMG WOW!!! Alex Stone blew me away with her follow up to her debut novel The Perfect Daughter! The Other Girlfriend was an incredibly powerful and intense book that brought so many emotions out within me as I found it to be somewhat relatable. This is one book that you will want to clear your schedule to read in one sitting. A 5 star must read First, I want to thank Alex Stone, Boldwood Books, NetGalley and Rachel's Random Resources for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review. OMG WOW!!! Alex Stone blew me away with her follow up to her debut novel The Perfect Daughter! The Other Girlfriend was an incredibly powerful and intense book that brought so many emotions out within me as I found it to be somewhat relatable. This is one book that you will want to clear your schedule to read in one sitting. A 5 star must read that would be perfect for book clubs as there is so much to discuss. I absolutely loved the beautiful cover of The Other Girlfriend and thought the graphics department did a great job. Alex Stone is an incredible storyteller and has been a fan of hers since The Perfect Daughter. There were storylines that she threw in that in a way hit close to home. In this instance I felt total empathy towards Lizzie/Beth as I was once in a love triangle where I was lied to. I felt all the jealousy, hurt, lust, rage, self doubt, etc. One huge theme that was important to be addressed all throughout the book was mental health. Alex did a brilliant job. Everything Lizzie/Beth was going through affected her mental health and the steps she was taking to better herself. Alex Stone was clever and gave us a few jaw dropping mind blowing twist of events that altered the story like you wouldn’t believe. I was just shaking my head as I read the scene! I was at the point where I was yelling at my kindle at the huge revelation and their true colors were shown. One thing I loved about this book is how it went from present day to back in the day. Seeing both sides of the story got a better glimpse of what was really going on. I am not a fan of rereading books but this is one I would definitely reread again.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Even though there was a slow burn to the "secret" that had Lizzie/Beth feeling so guilty, it was easy to guess. As was the rest of the book. Beth is pining for the "love of her life". The story is told in flashbacks to when Lizzie, Tom, Hannah, Rebecca and Luke go on a camping trip for a little get away. There is a lot of wine, and after playing a game of truth or dare, Lizzie, Tom and Hannah go up the mountain. Only Lizzie and Tom come back, but Lizzie doesn't remember anything, and has lived h Even though there was a slow burn to the "secret" that had Lizzie/Beth feeling so guilty, it was easy to guess. As was the rest of the book. Beth is pining for the "love of her life". The story is told in flashbacks to when Lizzie, Tom, Hannah, Rebecca and Luke go on a camping trip for a little get away. There is a lot of wine, and after playing a game of truth or dare, Lizzie, Tom and Hannah go up the mountain. Only Lizzie and Tom come back, but Lizzie doesn't remember anything, and has lived her life full of regrets and guilt for Tom's decision to not see her again. But after 10 years Tom is back in her life and even though I liked the younger Tom, the older Tom is a total jerk. Beth has been pining for him all these years though, so she's blinded to the manipulation he brings to this new relationship. But as a reader, it wasn't hard for me to see where this was going, and I just kept wishing Beth would wake up. When she finally does, though, it's so sudden it made my head spin. This was a quick read, but I like my twists to be less predictable. Others may like the short chapters, the handling of the mental health issues (agoraphobia, OCD), which were handled well. 2.5 rounded up to 3. Thanks to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for an advance reader's copy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    L.S.

    It’s been ten years since Lizzie last heard from Tom, her childhood friend and the source of her unrequited love. And now, here he is on her doorstep, claiming he only ever wanted to be with her. She should be more suspicious, shouldn’t she? Especially since he dropped her friendship like a stone after that incident, leaving her broken-hearted and blaming herself for what happened that night. Lizzie has to start over, she couldn’t face university any longer and gives up the writing course she had It’s been ten years since Lizzie last heard from Tom, her childhood friend and the source of her unrequited love. And now, here he is on her doorstep, claiming he only ever wanted to be with her. She should be more suspicious, shouldn’t she? Especially since he dropped her friendship like a stone after that incident, leaving her broken-hearted and blaming herself for what happened that night. Lizzie has to start over, she couldn’t face university any longer and gives up the writing course she had so loved to move to a different college … one where he, nor any of her old friends, will be. Reinventing herself as Beth, she takes a job in IT and lives out her days quietly, primarily as a result of her agoraphobia but also because of doubts about her own self worth. And now he’s back, making himself at home in her house, insisting he was wrong to leave her all those years ago and that he never should have disappeared like that. Tom is actually very unsettling, his behaviour suspicious, his intentions unclear – and Beth (Lizzie) is struggling to make sense of it all. Is he for real? Or is there something more sinister afoot? It takes catching up with one of her old friends – one who was there that night – to make her realise that Tom’s motives are not as genuine as he’d have her believe. And, what’s that? He wants her to publicly take the blame for what happened? Why now, after ten years? Can she put aside her feelings for him to find the truth? The Other Girlfriend plays on Beth’s insecurities and Tom’s ability to manipulate her … and the truth, and the overall premise is tense. For me, it’s just too drawn out in getting to the crux of the story, Beth/Lizzie spends too much time in her head and overplays the victim card to the extent she becomes annoying for acting so gullible. Despite short chapters that make it a quick read, it takes a third of the book to discover what happened that night, when it’s pretty obvious from much earlier. That said, the ending is worth waiting for and validates Lizzie, allowing her to get the upper hand for once. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Arathi Chitrapura

    many years ago Lizzie and Tom were involved in an incident and would have covered up for each other. now years later Tom shows up at Lizzie's (now Beth) doorstep, and claims that he has come back to make sure that she is ok and wants to be with her. But Lizzie is not really sure about his motives and as the story progresses we learn what happened in the past and the reason for Tom's sudden appearance. The book was ok, not too bad but not really too thrilling for me - this was really guessable! Than many years ago Lizzie and Tom were involved in an incident and would have covered up for each other. now years later Tom shows up at Lizzie's (now Beth) doorstep, and claims that he has come back to make sure that she is ok and wants to be with her. But Lizzie is not really sure about his motives and as the story progresses we learn what happened in the past and the reason for Tom's sudden appearance. The book was ok, not too bad but not really too thrilling for me - this was really guessable! Thanks to Netgalley, Boldwood Books for inviting me to read this ARC.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Lizzie, now known as Beth, has changed her whole life and persona after a love triangle gone wrong turns into a true nightmare on a weekend getaway trip. She struggles with agoraphobia and has lost touch with friends. Out of the blue, Tom, the love of her life returns to town and is looking to rekindle their romance after a decade of radio silence. Is Tom her knight in shining armor, on a mission to help her find herself again, or is something more sinister at play? Who can be believed about wha Lizzie, now known as Beth, has changed her whole life and persona after a love triangle gone wrong turns into a true nightmare on a weekend getaway trip. She struggles with agoraphobia and has lost touch with friends. Out of the blue, Tom, the love of her life returns to town and is looking to rekindle their romance after a decade of radio silence. Is Tom her knight in shining armor, on a mission to help her find herself again, or is something more sinister at play? Who can be believed about what really happened that night? I’d rate this book as a 3.5/5. I’d classify it as a domestic thriller, although it’s more of a kind games/psychological thriller than a suspenseful page turner. I felt like the storyline was interesting, but a bit predictable. I would have loved more twists and turns, especially at the end after finding out what really happened that night (which I’d already guessed). All that said, it kept my attention and still was an enjoyable, easy read. If you like lighter, non-scary domestic thrillers- this book is perfect for you! Thank you to Netgalley and Boldwood Books for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lommie

    Nothing is quite pure like childhood best friends. Tom and Lizzie has been inseparable since they were young. Until one weekend getaway, everything has changed. Ten years after, one of them shows up on one’s doorstep. This second chance could either work out the relationship or break someone’s heart. The story started out good and slow. There were a couple of twists. However, there were times that I felt dull since it was told mainly in the POV of Lizzie. Although the storyline changes every now Nothing is quite pure like childhood best friends. Tom and Lizzie has been inseparable since they were young. Until one weekend getaway, everything has changed. Ten years after, one of them shows up on one’s doorstep. This second chance could either work out the relationship or break someone’s heart. The story started out good and slow. There were a couple of twists. However, there were times that I felt dull since it was told mainly in the POV of Lizzie. Although the storyline changes every now and then, it was still easy to follow. As the story unfolded, the narrative felt real and believable. I found myself affected to the narrative. I got carried away with the main character - Lizzie. She was vulnerable and obsessed to her best friend. Most of the time, she was annoying for me, because I felt like I was a concerned friend. I wanted to pull herself out from that toxic situation with Tom. In all fairness, the characters had delivered an excellent tension. I would sometime wanted to scream because there were events that were intensely irritating. There were also times I pause from reading to breathe. I didn’t wanted to DNF it though, because I still wanted to know what happened in the end. Overall, despite those experiences I had with this book, its content was more than just the entertaining thrill and suspense. It was thought provoking. The issues like agoraphobia, self-loathing, guilt, decision-making and self-care were cleverly discussed. If you want to jump into a gripping suspenseful story, you can’t go wrong with this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I was so excited when I was given the opportunity to read this as its description had me hooked. I loved the dual narrative and the time changes. I preferred Lizzie/Beth's POV and appreciated the short chapters. Story wise, I think there were some great plot twists but some took just a little bit too long dragged out. I think the whole aspect of Lizzie/Beth's OCD was approached in an effective way as well which is something I appreciate and a big part of this rounding up to 4 stars. Her characte I was so excited when I was given the opportunity to read this as its description had me hooked. I loved the dual narrative and the time changes. I preferred Lizzie/Beth's POV and appreciated the short chapters. Story wise, I think there were some great plot twists but some took just a little bit too long dragged out. I think the whole aspect of Lizzie/Beth's OCD was approached in an effective way as well which is something I appreciate and a big part of this rounding up to 4 stars. Her character when it came to Tom was both relatable and frustrating and I think younger me would be similar but older me wants to tell her to pull herself together! Overall, I enjoyed this book and would definitely read another book by Alex Stone. I recommend to give this book a chance if you like anything psychological/thriller because you will be so invested to find out what actually happened! *Thank you NetGalley for access to this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I am leaving this voluntary and all opinions are my own.*

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    This book started out promising and had a somewhat good plot and several characters. Tom has walked back into Lizzies life after ten years with no word, she is happy to have him back as it's all she's ever wanted, but at the same time she doesn't want him there as he's messing up her routines and way of life, it's taken her many years to find a new way to live peacefully. From the minute Tom came back into her life, I didn't like Lizzie. She is the type of pathetic, naive and gullible female char This book started out promising and had a somewhat good plot and several characters. Tom has walked back into Lizzies life after ten years with no word, she is happy to have him back as it's all she's ever wanted, but at the same time she doesn't want him there as he's messing up her routines and way of life, it's taken her many years to find a new way to live peacefully. From the minute Tom came back into her life, I didn't like Lizzie. She is the type of pathetic, naive and gullible female character that I hate. A blind man could see the way he manipulated her non stop, but she just ignored it and believed every pathetic word that dripped from his arrogant mouth. Other parts of the book would take Lizzie back in time to the event that would change her life and Toms and eventually bring us closer to finding out what really went on. But to be honest the whole book was an introspective view of what was going on inside Lizzie's head, her thoughts and feelings. Nothing ever actually happened, there was a massive lack of action or drama of any sort. Lizzie was a boring messed up character and every page just droned on & on about her. By the end I was quickly skim reading it and still wouldn't have missed anything. The parts going back in time where really the only semi good parts about it, as it was mainly action and drama, as opposed to Lizzie and herself. Thank you to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for the ARC in return for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    A new author for me and this was a deeply satisfying psychological thriller told largely from the POV of Lizzie in chapters alternating between the present, and the past during their university years, when a terrible event occurred that changed Lizzie’s life for ever. The main protagonists are well written. Tom was a toxic personality whereas Lizzie was quite weak and vulnerable although you can’t help but feel sympathy for her. Briefly, Lizzie, now called Beth, and Tom have been friends since c A new author for me and this was a deeply satisfying psychological thriller told largely from the POV of Lizzie in chapters alternating between the present, and the past during their university years, when a terrible event occurred that changed Lizzie’s life for ever. The main protagonists are well written. Tom was a toxic personality whereas Lizzie was quite weak and vulnerable although you can’t help but feel sympathy for her. Briefly, Lizzie, now called Beth, and Tom have been friends since childhood but he broke her heart. 10 years later he’s back. She’s thrilled to see him again but she now suffers from panic attacks and agoraphobia and wonders if she should she let him back into her life after what happened? I really liked the sympathetic way Beth’s agoraphobia was introduced and dealt with. It’s a genuinely debilitating illness. I also love the suspense about the ‘dreadful event’ which isn’t revealed until later in the book, although there are hints. A great well plotted story with a satisfying conclusion. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janalyn Prude

    Lizzie and Tom have been best friends since childhood, but in college she wants to be more and he lets her think they will be, but first he must continue to date Hannah because her dad gave Tom a job and he has a plan. When Lizzie is invited to a getaway weekend so she can forget about Tom and Hannah they somehow infiltrate their self into going. Hannah is everything Lizzie is not, strong, independent its self reliant in oh yes she can be a bit of a B at times. So when they’re on the beach and H Lizzie and Tom have been best friends since childhood, but in college she wants to be more and he lets her think they will be, but first he must continue to date Hannah because her dad gave Tom a job and he has a plan. When Lizzie is invited to a getaway weekend so she can forget about Tom and Hannah they somehow infiltrate their self into going. Hannah is everything Lizzie is not, strong, independent its self reliant in oh yes she can be a bit of a B at times. So when they’re on the beach and Hannah axes to play truth or dare the dare turns out to be life-changing. It will end the friendship Lizzie has come to depend on for 10 years later Tom comes back and knocked on her door. I must admit I had to keep reminding myself to finish the book. I didn’t like Leslie she was weak had no back bone not to mention her inner dialogue drove me crazy! The book did pick up but Lizzie had made her mark on me i’m sure some people will love this book but I did not. I have read books by Alex Stone already and Bo would book and both have produced stellar reads, just not this one. I was given this book by Net Gally, Boldwood Books and Alex stone for free but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review but all opinions are definitely my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Misfits farm

    Lizzie had a friend in Tom since she was small, they did everything together. They even arranged it so that they went to the same university. At uni, Tom met Hannah whose father owned the company he had always dreamt of working for and so began a relationship. Tom kept telling Lizzie this was all for their future and it is her he really loves. Alternate chapters are present day and back at university where something happened that both Lizzie, who now calls herself Beth, and Tom have kept quiet f Lizzie had a friend in Tom since she was small, they did everything together. They even arranged it so that they went to the same university. At uni, Tom met Hannah whose father owned the company he had always dreamt of working for and so began a relationship. Tom kept telling Lizzie this was all for their future and it is her he really loves. Alternate chapters are present day and back at university where something happened that both Lizzie, who now calls herself Beth, and Tom have kept quiet for ten years. Tom has now turned up on her doorstep by chance finding her living in her parents home and invited himself to stay.- she hasn't seen him and he hasn't contacted her since it happened. She always wanted him to come back but at the same time finds it rather unsettling as she has kept herself to herself and pretty much hidden away since that fateful day. What is Tom after and is Beth safe from whatever the truth is? This is an enjoyable read that I found myself racing through. There's an excellent tension between the pages and the mystery of what the “incident” was is kept until late in the book so as not to give too much away. There are hints and the reader ( as I did) may draw their own conclusions- which may or may not be correct. One to make you think about life and how sometimes the things we think hold us back can actually be turned the other way around- a strength and a gateway to other things. I admired Lizzie and towards the end it took my breath away. A cleverly thought out plot, well executed and one that kept my attention right the way through.

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