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The New Girl


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Harriet Walker is the fashion editor of The Times. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge and has been a broadsheet journalist for more than a decade. She lives in South London with her husband and daughter.


Taut, stylish, utterly gripping . . . satisfied all my thriller cravings and my love of fashion world gossip -- Lucy Foley
Keenly observed and brimming with tension, The New Girl is a must-read -- Clare Mackintosh
Her blistering first novel . . . a disturbing psychological thriller . . . Walker's inside knowledge of the fashion world will fascinate civilians, while her superbly paced plot keeps you up all night, compulsively turning pages * The Times *
A Devil Wears Prada-meets-Gone Girl mash-up, this is a deliciously heady concoction of fashion and fear, best gobbled down whole, over one lockdown weekend -- Pandora Sykes
I was so absorbed by The New Girl. In this suspenseful debut, Harriet Walker applies the finest of brushes to those shades of grey between friendship and rivalry - not so much domestic noir as domestic gris. I recommend -- Louise Candlish
I have not been as gripped and stunned by a story since reading Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. I could not put it down. This is a masterpiece -- Emma Gannon
Female friendship, fashion and intense rivalry makes for an unsettling and unputdownable debut novel * Grazia *
A harsh look at the deep insecurities of women in an intriguing debut from The Times fashion editor * Woman & Home *
Single White Female meets The Devil Wears Prada, this is an ingenious thriller that I couldn't put down. A beautifully written, tense and chilling story of toxic friendships, insecurities and guilt. This deserves to be huge * Claire Douglas *
A taut psychological thriller, and a chilling and intricate examination of the complexities of female friendships and rivalries -- Charlotte Philby
A sleek and stylish thriller * Red *
i devoured it. I could never predict the ending, which takes immense skill. This book is going to be a huge hit -- Bella Mackie
New wave of postnatal punk * The Sunday Times *
Harriet Walker's The New Girl, set against a backdrop of magazines, explores female friendships while ramping up the tension and is ideal for lazing in the sun with * Stylist *
Movingly portrays the fragility of friendship and the corrosive effect of mistrust and recriminations in a wickedly funny psychological thriller that's in turn brutal and tender * Publishers Weekly *
A tense, sophisticated exploration of female friendships fraught with insecurities set in the ruthless world of fashion magazines. Gripping and thrillingly unsettling, it kept me reading through the night -- Ruth Hogan
A magnificent rollercoaster of a book * Celia Anderson, author of 59 Memory Lane *
This gripping tale of friendship and motherhood is the perfect summer read * MSN *
A taut and tense debut . . . with a plot that is both pacy and rich with tension and a cast of unreliable and flawed characters. The New Girl is suspenseful and stylish writing at its very best. * The Literary Edit *
Wonderfully drawn . . . Reveals something deep and real about the isolation of new motherhood. There were moments when I held my breath in this twisty tale, and moments when I caught my breath in sharp recognition. * Georgina Clarke, author of Death and the Harlot *
As smart and stylish as a fashion week catwalk show, this gripping debut kept me hooked late into the night! * Annie Lyons *
Wonderfully twisty and richly psychological - a compelling read * Leaf Arbuthnot *
A compulsive and gripping story that delves into the female psyche and explores how despite appearing to have everything we can be our own worst enemies. With a twisty plot and deftly drawn characters this was a compelling and all-consuming lockdown read * Hannah Persaud, author of The Codes of Love *
Ideal for lazing in the sun with * Stylist *
Offers a pacey account of modern paranoias . . . a cleverly observed study of the pressure on women to identify as professionals or parents * The Sunday Times *
A proper page turner * The Mail on Sunday's YOU Magazine *
A smart page-turner [which] tackles female rivalry * i Newspaper *

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