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You’ve only just met. But she already knows you so well. When Rachel moves into the spare room in Mary’s flat, everyone is quick to jump to the conclusion that there’s something strange about her. Everyone apart from Mary. And when Rachel starts sleepwalking, everyone’s fears grow. But there’s something about the new girl that Mary can’t help but trust, and having recently es You’ve only just met. But she already knows you so well. When Rachel moves into the spare room in Mary’s flat, everyone is quick to jump to the conclusion that there’s something strange about her. Everyone apart from Mary. And when Rachel starts sleepwalking, everyone’s fears grow. But there’s something about the new girl that Mary can’t help but trust, and having recently escaped a toxic relationship, she needs the support. Rachel becomes a friend and an ally, and Mary soon discovers that they have more in common than she ever could have imagined. In fact, Rachel seems to know more about Mary than she knows about herself…


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You’ve only just met. But she already knows you so well. When Rachel moves into the spare room in Mary’s flat, everyone is quick to jump to the conclusion that there’s something strange about her. Everyone apart from Mary. And when Rachel starts sleepwalking, everyone’s fears grow. But there’s something about the new girl that Mary can’t help but trust, and having recently es You’ve only just met. But she already knows you so well. When Rachel moves into the spare room in Mary’s flat, everyone is quick to jump to the conclusion that there’s something strange about her. Everyone apart from Mary. And when Rachel starts sleepwalking, everyone’s fears grow. But there’s something about the new girl that Mary can’t help but trust, and having recently escaped a toxic relationship, she needs the support. Rachel becomes a friend and an ally, and Mary soon discovers that they have more in common than she ever could have imagined. In fact, Rachel seems to know more about Mary than she knows about herself…

30 review for The New Girl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)

    4.5 Stars She may live in the UK now, but we will still claim her as our own! Sydney's own Ingrid Alexandra is making a big name for herself as a best-selling thriller author, as her debut novel hits stores here is Australia next month! Out now in the UK, it is a complex, chilling and crazily-twisted read that I devoured in one sitting - glued to my chair! Mary and her best friend Cat move from Melbourne to Sydney after Mary leaves an abusive relationship. They live in an eastern Sydney apartment 4.5 Stars She may live in the UK now, but we will still claim her as our own! Sydney's own Ingrid Alexandra is making a big name for herself as a best-selling thriller author, as her debut novel hits stores here is Australia next month! Out now in the UK, it is a complex, chilling and crazily-twisted read that I devoured in one sitting - glued to my chair! Mary and her best friend Cat move from Melbourne to Sydney after Mary leaves an abusive relationship. They live in an eastern Sydney apartment by the beach with a flatmate, however they need extra funds and a new housemate so Rachel soon moves in. Everyone thinks there is something odd about her and Mary is the only one who really connects with her. But Rachel seems to know a lot about Mary. More than she should. What exactly is it that she is hiding? I thought this was a great read! Twisted and chilling, it was impossible for me to put down!  The writing was excellent! Gradually, small parts of information became clear as you went along, which built up some awesome tension, and it had some MAJOR twists and turns. The characters were all really well imagined. You couldn't know who to trust, who was playing or being played. I love books that do that! No character was reliable and it left it open for anything to happen! There was drama, action, so many psychological twists and turns, and even a little romance! The only problem I had was that the ending was a little TOO twisted. A little too out there. But I still enjoyed it. Those twists and turns, Man! They were something! Would I recommend The New Girl? Absolutely! Thriller fans will eat this one up. It was REALLY well imagined and well written and I have no doubt that we will be seeing much more from this talented Aussie author in the future! *Thanks to Avon books and the author via Netgalley for a copy of The New Girl in exchange for my honest review. For more reviews check out my Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kylie D

    A gripping thriller that sees our protagonist Mary on the run from an abusive relationship and living in a shared flat on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Mary's parents disappeared when she was 15 years old and she soon found herself living with Mark, a man much older than herself, in Melbourne. The relationship, however, is toxic. Mary is often mentally abused, sometimes physically, and as a mechanism to cope turns to drink and drugs and often suffers from blackouts. Then one night Mary awakes with A gripping thriller that sees our protagonist Mary on the run from an abusive relationship and living in a shared flat on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Mary's parents disappeared when she was 15 years old and she soon found herself living with Mark, a man much older than herself, in Melbourne. The relationship, however, is toxic. Mary is often mentally abused, sometimes physically, and as a mechanism to cope turns to drink and drugs and often suffers from blackouts. Then one night Mary awakes with little memory of a party she and Mark attended, covered in blood and with just vague flashbacks of Mark holding a bloody brick. She goes on the run to Sydney, determined to get her life together and put Mark behind her forever. Going to Sydney with her is her best friend Cat, and they soon move into a 4 bedroom apartment on the beach with a guy named Ben. To make ends meet the three advertise the 4th bedroom and a troubled girl, Rachel, moves in with them. Mary and Rachel soon click, sharing similar backgrounds, but soon it becomes clear that all is not as it seems, as Rachel knows more about Mary and what she's been through than she should. Mary can't seem to get it together though. She's drinking excessively and still wakes up with no memories as to what she's been doing. She starts to get flashes of memory from the fateful party in Melbourne and struggles to put together the whole story. Rachel steps in to try to help her remember, and Mary tries to figure out who she can trust, when she can't even trust herself. What really happened that night? Is someone withholding secrets from her? And where does Rachel fit into the picture? I raced through this book, trying to find answers and I must say I got Rachel's character totally wrong! An excellent thriller, riveting, chilling at times, and thoroughly entertaining. Recommended for all lovers of psychological fiction. My thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dash fan

    3☆ Friendships and Trust The New Girl is a thriller that makes you think about trusting new people and inviting them into your home. Mary and Cat share a house together but they decide they need to get another lodger to help pay the rent. In walks Rachel. She seems to be the perfect housemate. But Cat just feels that something isn't quiet right about her. But is it just jealousy as Mary is her best friend and the saying goes.... two's company Threes a crowd! Or is it something more? I had mixed feeli 3☆ Friendships and Trust The New Girl is a thriller that makes you think about trusting new people and inviting them into your home. Mary and Cat share a house together but they decide they need to get another lodger to help pay the rent. In walks Rachel. She seems to be the perfect housemate. But Cat just feels that something isn't quiet right about her. But is it just jealousy as Mary is her best friend and the saying goes.... two's company Threes a crowd! Or is it something more? I had mixed feelings with this book. At times I felt the plot was a little confusing and disjointed as the story jumped about a fair bit. There was plenty of twists. The characters wasn't particularly likeable but I think that was the point you wasn't meant to. There are some sensitive subjects which some readers may find difficult such as relationship abuse and mental health. Overal The New Girl is a good read with good dose of twists. It just wasn't my usual suspenseful gritty dark thriller/mystery I usually read. Thank you to Avon books for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily. My Review is also on my Blog Website :- https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2018/0...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    1.5 stars. I'm addicted to psychological thrillers. The blurbs always draw me in, and they promise so much intrigue and creepiness and tempt me with secrets that I suddenly *must* know the answers to. Sometimes they live up to my expectations, but often I feel less than satisfied at the end, kind of like I've just eaten too much junk food. This was was decidedly on the junk food side for me. I was sucked in at first, but then it went downhill and I was skimming most of the second half. The endin 1.5 stars. I'm addicted to psychological thrillers. The blurbs always draw me in, and they promise so much intrigue and creepiness and tempt me with secrets that I suddenly *must* know the answers to. Sometimes they live up to my expectations, but often I feel less than satisfied at the end, kind of like I've just eaten too much junk food. This was was decidedly on the junk food side for me. I was sucked in at first, but then it went downhill and I was skimming most of the second half. The ending was bonkers in a way that's sort of par for the course of you've read a lot of these books. So, this one was not for me, and I wouldn't really recommend it--but if you are a committed lover of psychological thrillers you might get more out of it than I did. *I received a free pre-release copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Joint

    Another "Girl" title with a mystery and female lead characters. There are fresh plot devices here, and it did end up surprising me. I was just a little confused about how it got to it's far-fetched conclusion, but I did enjoy reading it. I liked that it was set in Australia, it was a pleasant surprise. The beachy, warm-for-Christmas setting was exciting to me, because it's definitely the opposite of what I'm used to. Mary is happy to share a flat with her best friend Cat and a friendly man named Another "Girl" title with a mystery and female lead characters. There are fresh plot devices here, and it did end up surprising me. I was just a little confused about how it got to it's far-fetched conclusion, but I did enjoy reading it. I liked that it was set in Australia, it was a pleasant surprise. The beachy, warm-for-Christmas setting was exciting to me, because it's definitely the opposite of what I'm used to. Mary is happy to share a flat with her best friend Cat and a friendly man named Ben, but they need another roommate. In comes Rachel, beautiful and kind but secretive and damaged. Mary immediately feels a connection with the other woman, but her friend Cat doesn't seem so thrilled with the new addition. Mary still feels a connection with her, even though she is a bit strange. Before long, Rachel is sleepwalking... further freaking out her roommates. Except for Mary. The characters are all adults but very young, and make the common mistakes and lapses in judgement a lot of us make in our very early twenties. They are interesting to read about, and there's lots of twists in this story. At times it was really far-fetched, but it kept my attention. I won't give too much away in my review, especially because I've already seen a few with some spoilers. If the synopsis sounds interesting and you aren't put off by the "Girl", give it a shot. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Avon Books UK, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Well, this one just didn't do it for me. Between timelines that didn't always make sense, unbelievable behaviour from certain characters, and an overwhelming desire to slap some sense into Mary, the main character, I struggled to enjoy this one. I appreciated the quick, short chapters -- those are my favourite in a thriller novel and often help to keep things from being too convoluted for me. Unfortunately, though, I was still confused far too much of the time while reading this. I get that the r Well, this one just didn't do it for me. Between timelines that didn't always make sense, unbelievable behaviour from certain characters, and an overwhelming desire to slap some sense into Mary, the main character, I struggled to enjoy this one. I appreciated the quick, short chapters -- those are my favourite in a thriller novel and often help to keep things from being too convoluted for me. Unfortunately, though, I was still confused far too much of the time while reading this. I get that the reader is supposed to be disoriented to a point -- that's the main appeal to having an unreliable narrator -- but in this case it was just too much. I spent a lot of time flipping back through the pages thinking I must have missed something or misunderstood certain timelines. I was really frustrated with some aspects that seemed contradictory in the story. Things like the fact that Mary and her friend were so afraid for Mary's safety after she left an abusive relationship that they moved cities to escape Mary's evil ex, but both of them kept their Facebook accounts active and updated (they just, you know, unfriended evil ex-bf). As much as rolled my eyes or spent time flipping back to see what was going on, I still found the writing style to be compelling enough and the plot interesting enough that I wanted to see how things turned out. So definitely not a good choice for me, but maybe a fun thriller for those who don't mind having to really suspend their disbelief and are ok with confusing timelines. Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for providing me with a DRC of this book.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Mandy White

    When I picked up this book had no idea that it was set in Sydney and Melbourne so that was a nice surprise. This book was a very addictive and fast read, I was hooked straight away. A great new author to look out for There is a lot happening in this story. Mary and her best friend Cat have moved to Sydney from Melbourne after Mary's end to a toxic relationship. It is her chance to start afresh but her anxiety is hindering her. When Rachel moves in Cat and her other friends think that she is a bit When I picked up this book had no idea that it was set in Sydney and Melbourne so that was a nice surprise. This book was a very addictive and fast read, I was hooked straight away. A great new author to look out for There is a lot happening in this story. Mary and her best friend Cat have moved to Sydney from Melbourne after Mary's end to a toxic relationship. It is her chance to start afresh but her anxiety is hindering her. When Rachel moves in Cat and her other friends think that she is a bit weird bu Mary finds a friend in her and starts to confide. The ending was definitely one that I did not see coming at all.. Thanks to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    New Girl for a new month. A psychological thriller with female leads and the word Girl in the title. Now there’s something not even remotely original. But then again it’s what sells and here’s yet another author jumping on that ever so popular and frankly overpopulated bandwagon with her debut. The main plot driver is that the narrator is wildly unreliable and possibly quite bonkers, although just to what extend you’ll find out in the end. Or, if you’ve read this sort of thing before and/or poss New Girl for a new month. A psychological thriller with female leads and the word Girl in the title. Now there’s something not even remotely original. But then again it’s what sells and here’s yet another author jumping on that ever so popular and frankly overpopulated bandwagon with her debut. The main plot driver is that the narrator is wildly unreliable and possibly quite bonkers, although just to what extend you’ll find out in the end. Or, if you’ve read this sort of thing before and/or possess even slight powers of deduction, pretty early in the game. The main protagonists here are all obscenely young, something like 20, just out of their teens enough to have this not be YA, but not mature enough yet to not make the stupidest mistakes and seriously terrible personal choices. And roommating situations especially seem to be something that positively reeks of youth, not too many adults would conceive of sharing their living space and essentially their life with a complete stranger. Hasn’t anyone seen Single White Female at least? Anyway, here’s a story about some roommates with a twist, sort of kind of. For all its faults it’s actually very readable, the snack food of literature if you will, and reasonably entertaining. It doesn’t particularly challenge the readers, but doesn’t really insult their intelligence either. Clocking in at exactly 180 minutes it was a perfectly adequate way to spend a morning and just barely satisfy a mystery thriller craving. And it’s Australian, so should technically count for international reading, although the location, outside of topsy turvy weather, doesn’t really that much of a difference in this case. Thanks Netgalley.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Shirley

    The New Girl started of really well, it was quite a gripping read at times but towards the end it sort of lost the way and got quite confusing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ

    As we read Mary's diary we learn of her violent, volatile relationship with Mark. We also learn she has started a new life, in a new flat, with her friends Ben and Cat. They have an extra room to rent out and that is where Rachel enters the picture, and something seems just a tad familiar. I’m tired. I can’t think tonight, don’t have the energy. I just want to drink. Be drunk. Forget. I glug the remains of the wine from my glass. This seems to be the main theme of the story, which is very rep As we read Mary's diary we learn of her violent, volatile relationship with Mark. We also learn she has started a new life, in a new flat, with her friends Ben and Cat. They have an extra room to rent out and that is where Rachel enters the picture, and something seems just a tad familiar. I’m tired. I can’t think tonight, don’t have the energy. I just want to drink. Be drunk. Forget. I glug the remains of the wine from my glass. This seems to be the main theme of the story, which is very repetitive. The book is kind of interesting at first but then it dissolves into silly drivel that is just ridiculous. The story is weak and the ending is ridiculous and I found it laughable in more than one place. The characters just were not clicking with me and the storyline seemed monotonous. The more I wanted to like this book, the more I just could not get into it. It seemed liked I was halfway through before the story kicked into gear and we see any action. I did like the premise but the execution just didn't pan out. The main charachter of Mary is so annoying and whiny that I was rooting for the bad guys. I was hoping one would kill her, dump the body, and get away with it. She's that irritating. I will end this on a positive note, I really loved the cover, it was very colourful and kinda creepy and that fit with the storyline.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Michelle

    In this book a new girl name Rachel moves into a spare bedroom of the flat when Mary lives. This new girl seems strange and everyone is weary of her, except for Mary. This new girl Rachel seems to have a lot of things in common with Mary  where they grew up, etc and Rachel seems to know quite a lot about Mary. Is this strange? How does this new girl know so much about Mary? This book for me started off a bit slow but began to pick up the pace. It was interesting to read all of the twists and turn In this book a new girl name Rachel moves into a spare bedroom of the flat when Mary lives. This new girl seems strange and everyone is weary of her, except for Mary. This new girl Rachel seems to have a lot of things in common with Mary  where they grew up, etc and Rachel seems to know quite a lot about Mary. Is this strange? How does this new girl know so much about Mary? This book for me started off a bit slow but began to pick up the pace. It was interesting to read all of the twists and turns in the book, as the story unfolded and began to answer some of the questions that keep you guessing. A great psychological thriller and it has a great twist near the end, which quite what I had expected which I really enjoyed. Exploring the depths the human mind will go to, to protect you from trauma, betrayal, and hurt.  Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 3 out of 5

    Julie Parks

    Instead of a review because it's impossible to describe how I felt about the book without giving anything of the plot away, I wanted to say this:(minus the dog in the picture) I think this for me takes the cake of all the books that completely throw you off what's coming from their synopsis. To say this was nothing I'd expected would be an understatement. It felt like a pyramid of twists build (as in written) only to be continuously explained throughout the book. And that is to say, my mind hurt t Instead of a review because it's impossible to describe how I felt about the book without giving anything of the plot away, I wanted to say this:(minus the dog in the picture) I think this for me takes the cake of all the books that completely throw you off what's coming from their synopsis. To say this was nothing I'd expected would be an understatement. It felt like a pyramid of twists build (as in written) only to be continuously explained throughout the book. And that is to say, my mind hurt trying to follow as opposed to enjoying a thrilling read. Also, it's hard to describe this story not using the words disturbing, far-fetched and misleading. I could translate that misleading to boring if I had a bad day. In the end, I don't know how I feel about the reveal or even the plot itself, it's just SO NOT the roommate mystery I'd expected. And, sadly, it reads more or less chick-lit style whenever any dialogue comes in. That cover really lured me in this time! Thank you Netgalley for the copy in exchange for my honest review.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Melissa

    2.5/5 Hmm... this may be the book that represents the straw that broke the camel's back. I've read so many psychological thrillers with far too many of them containing the word "Girl" in the title. Therefore, if you're going to put yourself out there and follow that trend, you need to have an original idea- or at least make your book exciting and fun to read. In this, I got neither. Sorry to be so harsh.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Erin Sherlock

    Thank you Net Galley and Publisher for this ARC! The New Girl just didn't cut it for me. As an avid reader and lover of psychological suspense and thrillers, this fell short of my expectations. I found the characters very unlikable, and not even to the point where you can deal with it. Too drawn out.

  15. 3 out of 5

    Jenny Buchta

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was just "okay." Most of the time I thought that Mary/Rachel were the same person, like a split personality type of thing. That ended up not exactly being the case. The journal to present tense writing kept the pace of the novel moving nicely, but I didn't feel like everything aligned; some things were mentioned in the journal that were going on at the same as the present tense, so it got confusing. I found the end to be extremely rushed, which was disappointing because Mary's personal This book was just "okay." Most of the time I thought that Mary/Rachel were the same person, like a split personality type of thing. That ended up not exactly being the case. The journal to present tense writing kept the pace of the novel moving nicely, but I didn't feel like everything aligned; some things were mentioned in the journal that were going on at the same as the present tense, so it got confusing. I found the end to be extremely rushed, which was disappointing because Mary's personality was finally just revealed, which was a huge plot twist! The author should've spent more time on the ending and not rushed it so much.

  16. 3 out of 5

    Grass monster

    The Blurb : You’ve only just met. But she already knows you so well. When Rachel moves into the spare room in Mary’s flat, everyone is quick to jump to the conclusion that there’s something strange about her. Everyone apart from Mary. And when Rachel starts sleepwalking, everyone’s fears grow. But there’s something about the new girl that Mary can’t help but trust, and having recently escaped a toxic relationship, she needs the support. Rachel becomes a friend and an ally, and Mary soon discovers tha The Blurb : You’ve only just met. But she already knows you so well. When Rachel moves into the spare room in Mary’s flat, everyone is quick to jump to the conclusion that there’s something strange about her. Everyone apart from Mary. And when Rachel starts sleepwalking, everyone’s fears grow. But there’s something about the new girl that Mary can’t help but trust, and having recently escaped a toxic relationship, she needs the support. Rachel becomes a friend and an ally, and Mary soon discovers that they have more in common than she ever could have imagined. My Thoughts : We meet Mary Baker, who has just moved from Sydney to Melbourne, she wants to start afresh after the split with her ex boyfriend Mark, who wasnt a very nice person. She moves into an apartment block and shares with Ben and Cat. They need a fourth person to help with the rent and bills so along comes Rachel. After Rachel moves in, Mary feels an instant connection with her and seems to think she is a kindred spirit just like herself. But Ben and Cat are really not sure about Rachel and think there is more to her story but cant quiet put their finger on it. Rachel seems to know more about Mary than she should. I enjoyed enjoy the journey that Ingrid Alexandra took us on, the setting which was in Sydney Australia, the descriptions of the area and where they lived really set the scene. I am glad everything is tied up at the end. It certainly has a few twists and turns along the way. It touches upon abusive relationships and mental illness which is such a stong point in today’s society. Although Chick Lit is my Genres, I do like to branch out with the occasional psychological thriller. Looking forward to the next book from this Author.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lee

    This story is based around Mary; she flees to a new city with her childhood best friend after escaping the hands of her abusive boyfriend. When they start a search for a new roommate, Rachel comes along. Mary seems to have a fast connection with the “new girl” Rachel. But Mary’s best friend begins to worry about this new closeness. Deception lurks at every turn and we are gifted with another unreliable narrator. My interest was piqued from the beginning but quickly waned. If this book wasn’t so s This story is based around Mary; she flees to a new city with her childhood best friend after escaping the hands of her abusive boyfriend. When they start a search for a new roommate, Rachel comes along. Mary seems to have a fast connection with the “new girl” Rachel. But Mary’s best friend begins to worry about this new closeness. Deception lurks at every turn and we are gifted with another unreliable narrator. My interest was piqued from the beginning but quickly waned. If this book wasn’t so short I would have stopped reading and looking back, I wish I had. The whole story seemed disjointed and the big twist was mediocre. There wasn’t enough depth to any character to get fully invested in any of them. This book just wasn’t for me. Thank you NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    I found this book fascinating. Its all about our two main characters Mary and Rachel. Mary decides to get a roommate after leaving her abusive boyfriend and then she stumbles across Rachel. The two move in instantly. The book is set up in almost two parts the main one where the two girls are living together and then the past where Mary is dealing with her abusive partner and a potential murder. Things are going fine until the past catches up to them and Mary's partner decides to try to find her. I found this book fascinating. Its all about our two main characters Mary and Rachel. Mary decides to get a roommate after leaving her abusive boyfriend and then she stumbles across Rachel. The two move in instantly. The book is set up in almost two parts the main one where the two girls are living together and then the past where Mary is dealing with her abusive partner and a potential murder. Things are going fine until the past catches up to them and Mary's partner decides to try to find her.That is when things take a turn for the worse and Rachel soon finds out that her friend Mary might not be as friendly as she once thought. I found this book very fast pace and ever time I tried to put it down it turned into one more chapter. While I usually don't like books that jump back and forth I found this one easy to get lost in because it gave lots of back story and it wasn't to confusing because of the interesting way that the author laid it out. The characters were very interesting both the good ones and the bad ones and it left you wanting to know more about all of them and their histories. This book had everything from romance to thriller, to adventure and starting new. Very glad I got the chance to read it. It did kind of remind me of the movie "Single, White, Female" when her roommate started to become a little obsessed with her but those kinds of plots always bring up that movie for me. This book leaves the reader always guessing what is going to happen next. The best part about this one is definitely the way that the author brings you into both characters lives. You really get a chance to see into their heads. Very nice read and the ending wow what a shocker, it put a whole new spin on the story I just read. Loved it!

  19. 3 out of 5

    Ankita Singh

    The New Girl was a chilling read, and I'd expected a lot from it. A lot. The start was pretty awesome, it built up just enough suspense to bring me to the edge of my seat, but then things started spiraling downwards. It was pretty clear just after a few chapters—to me, atleast—what was going on. The truth about who Sophie was, was pretty much told when Cat gets worried about Mary seeing the letter that arrived for Sophie. On the other hand, the suspense about what happened on The Night and what Mar The New Girl was a chilling read, and I'd expected a lot from it. A lot. The start was pretty awesome, it built up just enough suspense to bring me to the edge of my seat, but then things started spiraling downwards. It was pretty clear just after a few chapters—to me, atleast—what was going on. The truth about who Sophie was, was pretty much told when Cat gets worried about Mary seeing the letter that arrived for Sophie. On the other hand, the suspense about what happened on The Night and what Mark was going to do, kept me reading. And the end might have been a tad anticlimactic. Read my full review on my blog! Link in bio!

  20. 3 out of 5

    Tiffany Foskey

    Hmmmm not sure how I feel about this one. It wasn't in my opinion a psychological thriller but it was good. Mary lives in an apartment with two roommates Ben and Cat. While she is trying to get over her ex boyfriend and the abuse she endured from him. A new girl Rachel moves into their flat. Cat automatically distrusts her and warns her against Mary but Mary likes her. Senses a kindred spirit in her. Little does she know that trusting this new girl will change her life forever and not necessaril Hmmmm not sure how I feel about this one. It wasn't in my opinion a psychological thriller but it was good. Mary lives in an apartment with two roommates Ben and Cat. While she is trying to get over her ex boyfriend and the abuse she endured from him. A new girl Rachel moves into their flat. Cat automatically distrusts her and warns her against Mary but Mary likes her. Senses a kindred spirit in her. Little does she know that trusting this new girl will change her life forever and not necessarily in a good way. Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books for the oppurtunity to read this book.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Brenda

    The synopsis may not give away yet its more than just a 'new girl'. The title can be ambiguous if read the book. The book has weird vibes mostly the main character that is not a health person. Too druged or making up theories. I feel sorry for her and was sad to see that people who loved her most could not reach out for her. Mary is a runaway with the money and all the free time its not easy to guess how she is that way. I feel anger towards her because its always right in her face. The story is The synopsis may not give away yet its more than just a 'new girl'. The title can be ambiguous if read the book. The book has weird vibes mostly the main character that is not a health person. Too druged or making up theories. I feel sorry for her and was sad to see that people who loved her most could not reach out for her. Mary is a runaway with the money and all the free time its not easy to guess how she is that way. I feel anger towards her because its always right in her face. The story is back and forth and sometimes I was feeling doubts about what she is writing was real or not. Rachel I did not like the character and she is obssessive slash stalker who tendencies I dont know in the book. My only thought is that maybe one day Mary will be fine

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle arc of The New Girl. I need to make better choices in my life, starting with the books I choose on NetGalley. The New Girl suffers from many debut errors, namely ridiculous avalanche of crap going on that the reader is unable to suspend disbelief for. ** Minor spoilers ahead ** The premise is not original: Mary and her BFF Cat and roomie, Ben, are looking for a new roommate. In walks Rachel. She and Mary hit it off because they are both from similar background Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle arc of The New Girl. I need to make better choices in my life, starting with the books I choose on NetGalley. The New Girl suffers from many debut errors, namely ridiculous avalanche of crap going on that the reader is unable to suspend disbelief for. ** Minor spoilers ahead ** The premise is not original: Mary and her BFF Cat and roomie, Ben, are looking for a new roommate. In walks Rachel. She and Mary hit it off because they are both from similar backgrounds. Mary is trying to get her life back together after escaping from an abusive boyfriend. Rachel's presence seems to help except she seems to know an awful lot about Mary. Why? The why is actually silly and dumb. The rest is just plain ridiculous. Mary is a P.I.T.A. No, its not her fault. Its the author's fault. Naturally, she is an unreliable narrator, and an alcoholic. Actually, everyone in the book drinks to excess. Is this what millennials do? I don't know what's worse, starting almost every chapter with Mary waking up from a nightmare or sensing something in the dark or describing Mary as a twit. There are multiple subplots running through this contrived plot; the death of Mary's parents, her abusive boyfriend, the murder he may or may not have committed, Mary's intent to seek justice for a dead man, her muddied thoughts about her past and future. And Rachel. Sigh. Rachel is neither diabolical or a twisted, witty villain. She's just a sad, jealous little snowflake. Boooo, not booo-urns. The ending ends with a death, and a final showdown between Rachel and Mary, with the former spouting expositional detail to explain how it all went down. Then, POW! readers are told the shocking twist, non-twist about Mary, which I figured out. The good ol' Sybil defense, which is not a twist, its lazy. The only person who used a variation of this subterfuge to decent effect was the late, but always great Ms. V.C. Andrews in My Sweet Audrina. Its as if the author kept thinking of various obstacles to throw in Mary's path and decided, 'What the heck? I'll just throw in the whole kitchen sink." There are no interesting or redeeming characters to root for; nothing original or fascinating about the premise; it is neither dark or darkly comedic, or suspenseful or the slightest bit thrilling. Oh, wait, there was one good thing about this book: short chapters.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    As the weather turns colder I admit I do love a good thriller and The New Girl covered those bases for me on a dreary Sunday. I enjoy reading books set in other locations and this one features Australia. I won't talk about the story too much as I feel the synopsis does give you a fairly good basis of the plot and what might follow. The characters were well developed and although at first I didn't feel I knew Mary I loved how we found new layers of her as the story moved forward. Her diary entrie As the weather turns colder I admit I do love a good thriller and The New Girl covered those bases for me on a dreary Sunday. I enjoy reading books set in other locations and this one features Australia. I won't talk about the story too much as I feel the synopsis does give you a fairly good basis of the plot and what might follow. The characters were well developed and although at first I didn't feel I knew Mary I loved how we found new layers of her as the story moved forward. Her diary entries were especially good, at times graphic and had me begging for more. In fact Ingrid (Author) was great at making you want more each chapter, making you work for it and then rewarding. I don't want to talk much about the other characters in the book, I'm not one for spoilers but big mentions obviously go to Cat, Mary's best friend who played a massive part in her growth and everything happened. But obviously Rachel, the new room mate. Who I will let you make your own mind about. I will add this book is not a slow burner, you feel the tension early on. Mary is a great narrator in this tale, but can you trust everything she tells you? That's what I loved about this book. I found this book quite eerie early on. There's so much you don't know at first that you start coming up with all your own conclusions. Many of mine were wrong. Some were predictable. I feel those who like a good thriller set in Australia with a great set of characters (Who aren't all very likeable) will enjoy The New Girl. There may be some triggers for some (Abusive relationship) so bare that in mind too. The reason I didn't give this book 4 stars (And it was very close to 4 stars) is that at times the story was a little confusing. IT felt a little 'bitty', like we were given slabs and there wasn't a flow. This wasn't throughout the book, but I do like my books to kind of flow and this was a little jumbled. Still a easy 3.75 stars on this one. I was given this book via NetGalley in exchange for a review. I already had it on my shelves to read before hand so would have purchased this book anyway.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Grass monster

    The Blurb : You’ve only just met. But she already knows you so well. When Rachel moves into the spare room in Mary’s flat, everyone is quick to jump to the conclusion that there’s something strange about her. Everyone apart from Mary. And when Rachel starts sleepwalking, everyone’s fears grow. But there’s something about the new girl that Mary can’t help but trust, and having recently escaped a toxic relationship, she needs the support. Rachel becomes a friend and an ally, and Mary soon discovers tha The Blurb : You’ve only just met. But she already knows you so well. When Rachel moves into the spare room in Mary’s flat, everyone is quick to jump to the conclusion that there’s something strange about her. Everyone apart from Mary. And when Rachel starts sleepwalking, everyone’s fears grow. But there’s something about the new girl that Mary can’t help but trust, and having recently escaped a toxic relationship, she needs the support. Rachel becomes a friend and an ally, and Mary soon discovers that they have more in common than she ever could have imagined. My Thoughts : We meet Mary Baker, who has just moved from Sydney to Melbourne, she wants to start afresh after the split with her ex boyfriend Mark, who wasnt a very nice person. She moves into an apartment block and shares with Ben and Cat. They need a fourth person to help with the rent and bills so along comes Rachel. After Rachel moves in, Mary feels an instant connection with her and seems to think she is a kindred spirit just like herself. But Ben and Cat are really not sure about Rachel and think there is more to her story but cant quiet put their finger on it. Rachel seems to know more about Mary than she should. I enjoyed enjoy the journey that Ingrid Alexandra took us on, the setting which was in Sydney Australia, the descriptions of the area and where they lived really set the scene. I am glad everything is tied up at the end. It certainly has a few twists and turns along the way. It touches upon abusive relationships and mental illness which is such a stong point in today’s society. Although Chick Lit is my Genres, I do like to branch out with the occasional psychological thriller. Looking forward to the next book from this Author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Smith

    I do like a psychological thriller and this story of a new flatmate who isn't all she appears to be appealed to me straightaway. Mary Baker is the main protagonist. She's just moved to Sydney from Melbourne with her best friend, Cat. Mary is trying to get away from Mark, her ex-boyfriend, a man who really wasn't very nice at all, to Mary or to anyone else. They also share with Ben and then Rachel. Rachel is 'the new girl'. But, whilst Mary takes to Rachel and sees a kindred spirit, the others ar I do like a psychological thriller and this story of a new flatmate who isn't all she appears to be appealed to me straightaway. Mary Baker is the main protagonist. She's just moved to Sydney from Melbourne with her best friend, Cat. Mary is trying to get away from Mark, her ex-boyfriend, a man who really wasn't very nice at all, to Mary or to anyone else. They also share with Ben and then Rachel. Rachel is 'the new girl'. But, whilst Mary takes to Rachel and sees a kindred spirit, the others aren't sure about her. She sleepwalks and seems to know more about Mary than she ought to do. There's a real underlying sense of menace to this story, particularly from the half way point. I was reading that section in bed at night and it was quite unsettling. Mary is an unreliable narrator, one of those where you don't know if what they are saying is the truth or not. This is mainly because Mary suffers from memory problems and drinks a lot. This made for quite an exciting read and I did find this book to be a page turner. I thought the ending let it down a little bit. It seemed a little rushed, a little contrived. But I do think psychological thrillers are often like that. To maintain that sense of unreliability, of suspense, the story often throws a curveball that might not be completely plausible. Nevertheless, I enjoyed all the book including the ending. I liked the Australian setting. Location is relatively important in this book and I was able to really imagine the set up in Sydney in particular. The flat where the characters live, the complex swimming pool, the fact that it's really warm at Christmas, all these helped to bring the story to life for me. Overall, I thought this was an excellent debut novel and I'd definitely read more by Ingrid Alexandra.

  26. 3 out of 5

    booksofallkinds

    **RATING 3.5** THE NEW GIRL by Ingrid Alexandra is a dark and harrowing tale of abuse, friendship, and denial with plenty of twists along the way to keep you interested. Mary is still getting used to making her own decisions and living her own life after finally escaping her abusive ex-boyfriend. Other than her Aunt and her best friend Caz there aren't many people that Mary can trust. But when they need a new flatmate and Rachel applies, Mary feels an instant connection with her, almost as if she **RATING 3.5** THE NEW GIRL by Ingrid Alexandra is a dark and harrowing tale of abuse, friendship, and denial with plenty of twists along the way to keep you interested. Mary is still getting used to making her own decisions and living her own life after finally escaping her abusive ex-boyfriend. Other than her Aunt and her best friend Caz there aren't many people that Mary can trust. But when they need a new flatmate and Rachel applies, Mary feels an instant connection with her, almost as if she knows her from somewhere, and when Mary's past is determined to catch up with her, it isn't long before everything starts to crumble around her in very unexpected ways. ​From the beginning, we are thrown into Mary's life or snippets of it as Mary tries to explain what has happened to her so far. But we soon recognise that she can be an unreliable narrator as there are huge chunks of her life that are blank. Domestic abuse, drug addiction, and sexual assault are just some of the serious topics that are dealt with in this story so this isn't an easy-read thriller by any means. ​ THE NEW GIRL by Ingrid Alexandra is evenly-paced and the characters are intriguing even if they are unlikeable and distant at times. Overall, I found THE NEW GIRL to be a solid debut thriller. *I voluntarily reviewed this book via Netgalley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jean Holmes

    Thanks for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review! I had high hopes for this book but was confused by mixed reviews. I'm glad I kept an open mind and took the chance though as I loved this book! I think people might be confused or felt misled by the thriller tag, and there's a lot of attitude about using 'girl' in your title these days. It's definitely psychological and a chilling, suspenseful read but 'thriller' might be a bit of a stretch as it's not your typical action-packed sort o Thanks for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review! I had high hopes for this book but was confused by mixed reviews. I'm glad I kept an open mind and took the chance though as I loved this book! I think people might be confused or felt misled by the thriller tag, and there's a lot of attitude about using 'girl' in your title these days. It's definitely psychological and a chilling, suspenseful read but 'thriller' might be a bit of a stretch as it's not your typical action-packed sort of thriller, it should definitely be classified as *psychological*. It's a thrilling, haunting read that messes with your mind and stays with you long after you've turned the last page. The characters are so realistic I felt I was reading a true story at times. I wonder if the author has experience in the subject she writes about? Or maybe just a great imagination! I loved this book, every chapter felt like a whole short story within itself, the end of every chapter had me wanting to go on and I ended up reading until 2am! I love me a good can't-put-it-down story! I was sorry to see it end - and holy moly, I dod NOT see that coming! Highly recommended.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ranjini

    The book opens with Mary, Cat (aka Catherine) and Ben looking for a fourth tenant to share their flat, as they are pressed for money. In walks, Rachel. Mary feels an instant connect with her - there’s just something about her which seems so familiar, yet they have never met! There is something definitely not right about Mary, the plot’s central character. There are definitive things in her past that continue to haunt her. That includes a horrible ex-boyfriend, Mark, from whom she’s on the run. Tol The book opens with Mary, Cat (aka Catherine) and Ben looking for a fourth tenant to share their flat, as they are pressed for money. In walks, Rachel. Mary feels an instant connect with her - there’s just something about her which seems so familiar, yet they have never met! There is something definitely not right about Mary, the plot’s central character. There are definitive things in her past that continue to haunt her. That includes a horrible ex-boyfriend, Mark, from whom she’s on the run. Told between the then and the now, from Mary’s point of view, interspersed with her diary entries - we learn why Mary’s behaviour is so erratic and what happened on THE night of the incident that changed her life forever. However, one thing is certain - Mark won’t let her go. And she has to keep him at bay because she knows the one secret that could ruin him. At places, the writing seemed disjointed and didn’t connect with the previous chapter. But, the what and why are slowly revealed as the plot culminates in a surprising finish. The ending redeemed the few lapses and disconnect one may feel while reading the book. Worth one read. 3.5 for me

  29. 3 out of 5

    Raychel

    I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. When Rachel moves into the spare room in Mary’s flat, everyone is quick to jump to the conclusion that there’s something strange about her. Everyone apart from Mary. And when Rachel starts sleepwalking, everyone’s fears grow. But there’s something about the new girl that Mary can’t help but trust, and having recently escaped a toxic relationship, she needs the support. Rachel becomes a friend and an ally, and Mary soon di I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. When Rachel moves into the spare room in Mary’s flat, everyone is quick to jump to the conclusion that there’s something strange about her. Everyone apart from Mary. And when Rachel starts sleepwalking, everyone’s fears grow. But there’s something about the new girl that Mary can’t help but trust, and having recently escaped a toxic relationship, she needs the support. Rachel becomes a friend and an ally, and Mary soon discovers that they have more in common than she ever could have imagined. The book started out slow but quickly picked up. I loved the twists and turns in the book. Just when I had the ending figured out it switched. I couldn't put this one down and was finished within a couple days. Each chapter had me wanting more. The Author touches on mental illness and domestic abuse as well as toxic relationships. I highly recommend this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pip Gee

    I really couldn't put this down. On first glance it was a bit chick lit for me and to be honest I think the cover and title could be a bit misleading for some people. It doesn't really belong with all those other 'girl' titles (well, it does but it doesn't) as the sense of place - love the Australian coastal setting - and lyricism of the writing set it apart. It somehow manages to be both commercial and literary in style. This is an incredible debut. It left me feeling a bit lost when I finished I really couldn't put this down. On first glance it was a bit chick lit for me and to be honest I think the cover and title could be a bit misleading for some people. It doesn't really belong with all those other 'girl' titles (well, it does but it doesn't) as the sense of place - love the Australian coastal setting - and lyricism of the writing set it apart. It somehow manages to be both commercial and literary in style. This is an incredible debut. It left me feeling a bit lost when I finished because I wanted more. That said it was a satisfying ending - and holy crap what a twist! This story delves deep into the dark worlds of mental illness and domestic abuse with chilling insight. I think it's so important that it touches on the lesser-known psychological aspects of domestic abuse situations and it sheds light on other forms of toxic relationships like between friends etc. It kept me up reading late at night and gave me nightmares (in a good way)! Highly recommended.

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