Just Like the Other Girls by Claire Douglas #bookreview

Una Richardson is devastated after the death of her mother. Hoping for a fresh start, she responds to an advertisement and steps into the rich, comforting world of elderly Mrs Elspeth McKenzie.

But Elspeth’s home is not as safe as it seems.

Kathryn, her cold and bitter daughter, resents Una’s presence. More disturbing is the evidence suggesting two girls lived here before.

What happened to the girls?

Why will the McKenzies not talk about them?

As the walls close in around her, Una fears she’ll end up just like the other girls . . 

My thoughts on Just Like the Other Girls

While I haven’t read all of Claire Douglas’ books, I have read a few, starting with The Sisters back in 2016 (have I really been blogging about books for that long?). Each book I’ve read has been better than the last. This is definitely the case for Just Like the Other Girls.

It is such a clever book. It starts in what seems like a fairly standard way for a psychological thriller. A young woman is looking for a better life. She thinks she’s found it. Only to realise that she’s put herself in danger. In Just Like the Other Girls, the young woman is Una.

She’s recently lost her mom, broken up with her boyfriend, and needs to earn enough money to go travelling with her best friend. Acting as a companion for an old lady living in a large house in the good part of town seems like the ideal solution. Until it isn’t.

Una discovers there have been other young women before her, young women who died in ways that were explained but don’t quite make sense. Unsure of whether this is a coincidence of something more, Una starts to investigate.

Which is where the books takes a twist I didn’t expect and – for me – took it to a whole new level. I won’t say more for risks of spoilers. Other than, it made the book so much more than it first appeared. And it made me question every assumption I’d made about just ‘who-dun-it’.

It’s probably no surprise then, that I’d highly recommend this book. And, if you do read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Emma x

Please note, I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.

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