The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth @charduck @QuercusBooks

Book Description:

NOW
Helena is a career woman with no job and a mother without a baby. She blames Ashley for destroying her life. But is what happened really Ashley’s fault?

THEN
When Helena hires Ashley to work for her, she’s startled but impressed by her fierce ambition. They form a dream team and Helena is proud – maybe this is the protégée she’s always wanted to have. But soon Helena realizes that nothing will stand in the way of Ashley’s drive to get to the top. And when Helena becomes pregnant, everything she has worked so hard for is suddenly threatened, with devastating consequences…

My Thoughts:

This is a story that flicks between past and present as well as alternates between Helena and Ashley.

Helena and Ashley are very much like each other. They are passionate about their work and their careers are something that comes first in their lives. To start with Helena quite admires Ashley but as Ashley seems relentless in her mission to get higher up, Helena starts to fear for her own job.

I think most women can relate to Helena. A younger woman on her heels waiting for her to trip up so she can step over her. Ashley does to a certain extent admire Helena but she also gets frustrated as she wants to get up the career ladder, quickly.

The story has an almost ‘Single White Female’ feel to it. You have that sense that Ashley will stop at nothing to get what she wants. It was really intriguing to see things from Ashley’s point of view as well as Helena’s. I was very interested in finding out more about Ashley’s past as well as what had happened in present day with Helena being jobless and motherless.

The Rival was a story that drew me in and held me captive until the last page. I enjoyed the build up of suspense whilst waiting for everything to unfold. The ending didn’t disappoint either.

My thanks to Quercus Books for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

The Rival is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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