Title: The Other Girlfriend
Author: Alex Stone
Published on: 28 July 2022
Genre: Mystery and Thrillers | Psychological Thriller
Lizzie and Tom are friends since childhood. As they grew up, Lizzie fell in love with Tom. He was dating someone else but he too confessed his love for Lizzie. He was meaning to break up with his girlfriend on that trip. But then, something terrible happened and Tom left Lizzie broken hearted.
A decade later, Lizzie is still coping up with anxiety and OCD. Tom turns up on Lizzie’s doorstep claiming he’s back as promised. He still loves her and he knows she does too…
The story begins with Tom arriving at Lizzie’s doorstep. She’s trying her best to start her life afresh. She goes by Beth now and seeing Tom brings back memories she had pushed to the darkest corner of her heart.
He spends the day with her and then asks if he could stay over. He’s come with baggage – both physical and emotional. Lizzie starts to remember the times she spent with Tom, especially the incident that occurred ten years ago – the one that pushed Tom away from her.
Lizzie always found herself clinging to Tom. She chose the same uni that Tom did, so that they could be together. As friends. But soon, Lizzie realized she had feelings for Tom. But Tom was dating Hannah. Rebecca, Lizzie’s friend, suggested she spend a weekend with Luke and her at her aunt’s caravan. Hannah and Tom too tagged along – (no) thanks to Luke for inviting them.
Lizzie gave Tom an ultimatum. Break up with Hannah or she will not continue this hush-hush relationship with him. Hannah and Tom parted ways alright, but not in a way one would think…
The story alternates between THEN and NOW. While THEN deals with the past memories – as Lizzie remembers it, NOW deals with Lizzie in two minds about allowing Tom in her life. As the story proceeds, Lizzie gets in touch with her old friend Rebecca who once again warns her about Tom. Lizzie knows Tom will hurt her – just like last time. But she loves him… Or, does she?
The story ended on a very interesting note – I really loved the twist at the end. But I cannot say the same about the first 75% – I felt we were going in circles. Lizzie’s past, Lizzie’s mental issues, past, issues… ugh! Also, it was quite annoying to see Lizzie being manipulated. She knows she’s being taken advantage of and yet she does nothing about it because she loves Tom. Lizzie never grew up, I suppose! *eye roll*
I loved the writing but the story wasn’t up to my expectations. Also, Lizzie was an annoying character and I did not like her – definitely not the choices she made. Well, at the end, she did learn a lesson and stood up for what’s right (for her, that is) but it didn’t make me change my opinion about this story.
The Other Girlfriend by Alex Stone was a disappointing read for me. I love psychological thrillers but this one didn’t scare me or keep me on the edge of my seat.
I received an ARC from Boldwood Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.