The Good Girl

by Fiona Neill

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LoveReading View on The Good Girl

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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Girl Synopsis

Scratch the surface of any family hard enough and you'll draw blood...No one can believe it when straight A student Romy Field finds herself at the centre of a scandal, least of all her mother Ailsa - who is also the head of her new school. Ailsa is quick to hold Romy's new boyfriend and his parents responsible for what has happened. But as mother and daughter reveal their very different version of events, a much darker truth emerges. It soon becomes apparent that Romy isn't the only member of her family harbouring secrets and her disgrace becomes the catalyst for the unravelling of all those around her. It takes a split second to make a decision that can alter the course of your life. And a lifetime to undo the consequences. Bestselling author Fiona Neill is back with The Good Girl - a dark, compelling and controversial novel of one family's darkest secrets. Praise for Fiona Neill: The Good Girl raises all kinds of contemporary issues with wit and sensitivity. (Times). Neill writes with verve, honesty and breathtaking insight. Utterly unputdownable. (Helen Walsh, author of The Lemon Grove). 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). Sometimes touching, sometimes shocking...this cautionary coming-of-age tale is a thought-provoking one. (Daily Mail). Clever, grown-up and totally gripping. (Lisa Jewell). A topical, tense and addictive read. (Good Housekeeping). Neill takes a light scalpel to online disaster in this exceptional dual-narrative. (Grazia). Two families become embroiled in each other's lives and long buried secrets are unravelled. Contemporary issues are tackled here with both humour and realism, making for an engrossing read. (My Weekly). Cracking. (Prima). The Slummy Mummy columnist is back - this time, somewhat incongruously, with a psychological thriller. The Good Girl looks set to be the next Gone Girl, with its dark compelling exploration of family secrets. It tells the story of the relationship of two teenagers and their families when a chain of events leads to a scandal that affects them all. A confronting look at the way that one moment of malice on social media can spiral out of control. (Seven Books to Read, House Seven). The Author 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.

The Good Girl 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 up...read 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.'

The Good Girl Press Reviews

'Neill writes with verve, honesty and breathtaking insight. Utterly unputdownable' Helen Walsh, author of The Lemon Grove

'The Good Girl raises all kinds of contemporary issues with wit and sensitivity' Times

'Clever, grown-up and totally gripping Lisa Jewell A topical, tense and addictive read' Good Housekeeping

'Tapping into the issues of the day ... this is a novel made for heated book club debates' Stylist

'The Slummy Mummy columnist is back - this time, somewhat incongruously, with a psychological thriller. The Good Girl looks set to be the next Gone Girl, with its dark compelling exploration of family secrets. It tells the story of the relationship of two teenagers and their families when a chain of events leads to a scandal that affects them all. A confronting look at the way that one moment of malice on social media can spiral out of control.' Seven Books to Read, House Seven

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780241952566
Publication date: 16/07/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780718181277
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241952566
Publication date: 16th July 2015
Author: Fiona Neill
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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.

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