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The Understudy by Sophie Hannah, Clare Mackintosh, B A Paris, Holly Brown

The Understudy

Sophie Hannah, Clare Mackintosh, B A Paris, Holly Brown

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Imprint: Hodder Paperback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 3 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781529303926

Four authors at the top of their game come together on this pacey, suspenseful novel of secrets, betrayal and motherhood

5 stars out of 5
Alison Flood
5 Nov 2019

"Bringing together four crime writers to write one thriller could be a disaster. But in the case of The Understudy, this quartet pull it off with aplomb"

Bringing together four crime writers to write one thriller could be a disaster. But in the case of The Understudy, this quartet pull it off with aplomb, while clearly having a whale of a time. The set-up verges on the melodramatic, but that’s all part of the fun. Four teenage friends attend the exclusive Orla Flynn Academy for the Performing Arts. When a new girl joins, threatening things start happening to the group: is the new girl responsible, or is one of the friends hiding something? Told from the perspectives of their four mothers, and through glimpses of the girls’ Snapchat exchanges, this is as scathing, astute and tangled as a teenager’s friendships.

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