books of the month
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

Reader Reviewed
The Good Girl by Fiona Neill

The Good Girl

Family Drama   Books of the Month   Literary Fiction   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   
Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Literary Contemporary Facebook group Share this book

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

April 2015 Book of the Month.

The basis of this novel is a porn video that goes viral and the story behind those involved and those affected, told partly by the 17-year old girl of the film and partly in the third person by those who surround her. It is pretty raw stuff with the teenage characters behaving as teenagers do amongst their peers, which may be shocking to some readers. A number of the adults don’t behave a lot better either! There are many plots and sidelines within the book but the main theme, or moral if you like, is that nothing is secret in today’s world. If you commit something to your mobile or your computer it can be there for any interested party to find. This is an extraordinary book which teenagers will identify with and parents should read to better understand their hormonal children.

If you like Fiona Neill you might also like to read books by Sarah Rayner, Allison Pearson and Emma Jane Unsworth.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.  You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Margaret Madden - 'Do we know what our teenagers are doing?  How well do we think we know them? Are their lives as simple as we think?  A mother finds out the hard way, via an explicit video posted online...'
  • Josie Barton - 'At times quite poignant and other times quite shocking, The Good Girl commands your attention from the beginning and shows both the vulnerability and the overwhelming strength of family life.'
  • Cat Hogwood - 'I enjoyed this book and felt the aspects it touches on are important ones for adult and teenagers.'
  • Sandra Rabiasz - 'A compelling cautionary tale of how easy it is to make mistakes and how impossible it can be to escape them.'
  • Maggie Patterson - 'Full of well developed characters and interesting plot twists...Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.'
  • Jane Pepler - 'I initially found the narrative over detailed and found myself flicking through the information about neuroscience...I enjoyed the way the book was told through the different perspectives of characters...'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'I highly recommend this book...I am so thrilled with Fiona Neill's writing that I now must read every book that Fiona has had published.'
  • Caroline Mathews - 'I preferred the chapters written from Romy's point of view, and felt that the author got inside the head of a teenager very realistically and believably.'
  • Megan Abbott - 'An enlightening and compelling novel...I would definitely recommend this to other teenagers so they can see the consequences as well.'
  • Dana Captainino - 'This is a well-written novel which tackles serious issues in an engaging way. Ultimately it's a good read that makes you think...'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'This book is more than a classic family with a few problems trying to patch themselves it and I bet it will make your family seem more normal!'
  • Alison Greenacre - 'A very interesting look at the modern family life. I really enjoyed this book.  Frightening in parts, lots of interesting facts about the brain, but most of all study in modern family life.'
  • Rachel Hall - 'For a novel which in the early stages offered so much promise and had the potential to make a real statement, I felt this book ultimately fell short of the mark.'

Win a Family Break to Salisbury!

Don’t miss out! Enter to win a family break to Salisbury!

Here at and we have joined with VisitWiltshire. You could see yourself indulging in the finest food and slumbering comfortably into one of the grand rooms at The Red Lion Salisbury for two nights. The Red Lion Hotel is located in medieval city of Salisbury, which is home to all your favourite stores as well as independent shops, restaurants, cafes and parks and green spaces. Nearby is Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain and numerous sites of historic and archaeological interest.

There are many seasonal events in Salisbury, and you can find out what’s on here. You will also receive a family ticket to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, the gardens are especially beautiful in the winter, with bold coloured stems, scents, and fabulous foliage, you can be sure to be impressed. For the children there is also a play park, and you can stop off in the Victorian tea room to warm up and treat yourself to a traditional cream tea.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. Entries close 31st January 2018.

Good luck!

Terms and Conditions

Red Lion: Two night stay includes breakfast for two adults and up to two children sharing a family room. Subject to availability and cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash value. Not to be used in combination with any other offer. Valid until 1st Dec 2018 and excludes bank holidays.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens: Valid for day entry, Not to be used for special events or group entry. Voucher is not transferable or refundable, no Cash Value. Ticket must be redeemed on entry. Valid until 31 Dec 2018. Gardens open daily from 10am – closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Prize admits 2 adults and accompanying children Under 17 FREE to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 31/01/2018


The Good Girl by Fiona Neill

Bestselling author Fiona Neill is back with The Good Girl - a dark, compelling and controversial novel of one family's darkest secrets. When Ailsa Field uproots her family to Norfolk, she's determined a change of scene will fix all their problems. Then the Fairports move in next door. Lively, free-spirited and open, Ailsa is terrified their influence will damage her own fragile family's new start. But for teenagers Romy and Jay, none of that matters. There's no mistaking the intense attraction that draws them together, yet all too soon their relationship is tested by Jay's dark secret. Ever the diligent student, Romy decides to help Jay, but in doing so sets into motion a chain of events beyond her control. And what started as an innocent plan quickly becomes the catalyst that threatens to destroy the Field family forever...From the number one bestselling author Fiona Neill, The Good Girl is a provocative and unflinching novel of a family falling apart. Praise for Fiona Neill: Neill's characters are so cleverly depicted, you feel as if you've met at least one of them before. (Vogue). Packed with observations of wince-making accuracy. (The Times). Fiona Neill is the internationally bestselling author of three other novels, and a journalist. Who has written for many publications including The Times, the Telegraph Magazine and Intelligent Life. She has written a screenplay of her first novel for the BFI and lives in London with her family.


Praise for Fiona Neill:

‘Neill’s characters are so cleverly depicted, you feel as if you've met at least one of them before’ Vogue

‘Packed with observations of wince-making accuracy . . . Superb entertainment’ The Times

About the Author

Fiona Neill

Fiona Neill is a novelist and journalist. Her first novel, The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy, based on her hugely popular column in The Times, was widely acclaimed and went on to become a Sunday Times bestseller that sold in twenty-five countries. She lives with her family in North London.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

9th April 2015


Fiona Neill

More books by Fiona Neill
Author 'Like for Like'

Author's Website


Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd




Family Drama
Books of the Month
Literary Fiction
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites



It is a website dedicated to those who adore reading It really is a one stop shop for book lovers. Love it!

Edel Waugh

I recommend Lovereading because you get honest reviews on a whole range of genres-there's something for everyone. It's the only site I need.

Sian Spinney

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!


Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill

I love reading books I wouldn't normally choose before everyone else gets to read them!

Dawn Lynch

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.