The Temp

The Temp Wanted Assistant to provide maternity cover for high powered TV producer Must be bright creative with killer instincts Emma would do anything to work for the woman who has the job she wants Carrie i

  • Title: The Temp
  • Author: Michelle Frances
  • ISBN: 1496712498
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wanted Assistant to provide maternity cover for high powered TV producer Must be bright, creative, with killer instincts.Emma would do anything to work for the woman who has the job she wants Carrie is at the top of her game, with a dream career, a baby on the way, and a handsome screenwriter husband For Emma, with parents who don t understand her ambition and a seriou Wanted Assistant to provide maternity cover for high powered TV producer Must be bright, creative, with killer instincts.Emma would do anything to work for the woman who has the job she wants Carrie is at the top of her game, with a dream career, a baby on the way, and a handsome screenwriter husband For Emma, with parents who don t understand her ambition and a serious misstep behind her, this temp position might be her last chance.Carrie has given up than anyone knows to get to the top of a ruthless business She won t give up this baby too But with Emma filling in for her at the office, her perfect life starts to unravel Her bank account is inexplicably overdrawn, her husband seems strangely distant and colleagues are all too happy to take Emma s creative direction Carrie finds herself dying to get back to work until a letter left at her door changes everything.Trust and fear trade places in a love triangle that defies readers expectations at every turn Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 432 pages Published January 29th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation first published 2018 More Details ISBN 1496712498 ISBN13 9781496712493 Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Temp, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Psychological Suspense for 2019 January June 91 books 56 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 04, 2018 Chelsea Humphrey rated it really liked it Recommended to Chelsea by Kensington Books Shelves from publisher A tiny ad, almost hidden at the bottom of the single page of vacancies Script editor on a long running, tired series She jolted as she noted the name of the production company After reading what feels like a multitude of thrillers over the past few years, it s getting difficult to find ones that wow me, or even hit above a 3 star rating on my scale So many of these feel similar, but every once in awhile, when I am feeling particularly jaded, something comes along, snatches my attention A tiny ad, almost hidden at the bottom of the single page of vacancies Script editor on a long running, tired series She jolted as she noted the name of the production company After reading what feels like a multitude of thrillers over the past few years, it s getting difficult to find ones that wow me, or even hit above a 3 star rating on my scale So many of these feel similar, but every once in awhile, when I am feeling particularly jaded, something comes along, snatches my attention, and completely absorbs my thoughts until I consume the entire book in 24 hours Ahem. I ll let you decide if this book feels unique or ground breaking, but what I can tell you is that it is a spine tingling, enjoyable experience She s just a script editor, she chided herself Stop being paranoid But the queasy feeling had resurfaced I ll admit, from reading the synopsis on the back of the book, I thought I had this one figured out before even starting it I don t want to spoil anything, and I m unsure just how much to say, but I was completely off base and did not, in fact, have this one figured out from the beginning Hooray for being duped I hate it when people hype up a book and talk it up to the point it s impossible for said book to live up to expectations, so I ll humbly leave it at saying this if you re looking for an entertaining read that s filled with domestic drama, creeping unease, and an explosive ending, consider putting this one on your list It has been quite some time since I ve not only picked up a book immediately upon receiving it in the mail, but also finished it in one day, which made this a wholly enjoyable experience Review copy provided via the publisher. flag 144 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Jan 21, 2019 Carrie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley After reading The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances last year I knew I needed to get a copy of The Temp and expected big things This thriller however fell into that I just read too many of these pile with a feeling that I may have read this one before.Carrie and her husband are both in the television business and thought they were perfect for each other and had their lives planned out This however changed when Carrie accidentally get pregnant throwing a wrench in their best laid plans.When Carrie After reading The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances last year I knew I needed to get a copy of The Temp and expected big things This thriller however fell into that I just read too many of these pile with a feeling that I may have read this one before.Carrie and her husband are both in the television business and thought they were perfect for each other and had their lives planned out This however changed when Carrie accidentally get pregnant throwing a wrench in their best laid plans.When Carrie decides to keep the baby she knows she will need to take some time off of her hectic TV producer job so she looks for a temporary replacement Emma walks into Carrie s life and at first it s a relief how good she is, that is until it begins to feel as if Emma is taking Carrie s place in not only Carrie s job but with everyone she knows.The Temp really wasn t a bad read at all I just felt as if to me this one was a little familiar Then when the final twist and turn took place I did have the biggest factor guessed relatively early on having read similar books I wouldn t let my experience scare most readers off of trying this one though as Michelle Frances does write compelling stories that are easy to immerse yourself into This one is a bit on the lengthier side but I still flew through it waiting to see if I would be correct and since I was I m only giving this one 3.5 stars, still a completely solid read in the end though.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For reviews please visit flag 52 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Kendall rated it liked it review of another edition So, reading many thrillers over the years I feel like it s getting bit tough to wow me So many seem too familiar to me and I just haven t been that impressed With having read Michelle France s debut thriller, I knew I had to get my hands on her second novel I was definitely intrigued by the book to begin with and kept my interest initially Then it sort of fell flat for me in the middle and in all honesty was a tad bit TOO long for my liking Are there twists in this one Of course bu So, reading many thrillers over the years I feel like it s getting bit tough to wow me So many seem too familiar to me and I just haven t been that impressed With having read Michelle France s debut thriller, I knew I had to get my hands on her second novel I was definitely intrigued by the book to begin with and kept my interest initially Then it sort of fell flat for me in the middle and in all honesty was a tad bit TOO long for my liking Are there twists in this one Of course but for some reason it was just lacking that wow factor for me Carrie has become pregnant by her husband Adrian and they both work in the tv industry Adrian is the writer and one selfish centered prick sorry but he is haha Carrie the producer has to take time off due to having her baby and 24 year old script writer Emma is hired to take her place during maternity leave Something isn t quite right with Emma and Carrie is starting to come on to the red flags that she sees surrounding not only her but also her husband Adrian.I absolutely loved the author s debut novel and she has an immense amount of talent Her writing is crisp, on edge, and engaging to the max But, I felt like this story was a bit repetitive and rushed at times There are definitely some interesting themes to the story including infidelity, adding a child to a marriage where one partner is not fully invested, and overall motherhood I feel like the story kind of went off in an odd direction and then the author wanted that bang of a surprise at the end It just left me a bit unsatisfied and wanting Overall, this was a decent and entertaining read I will continue to check out from this author because I m a huge fan 3.5 stars rounded down.Thank you to Kensington Publishing and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.Publication date 1 29 19Published to GR 12 10 18 flag 52 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Jan 15, 2019 Michelle rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley arcs This is my second book by Michelle Frances and if I m being honest I was one of the few that was disappointed in her debut, The Girlfriend, but because the synopsis of The Temp was so intriguing I decided to give her another shot This book fared slightly better than her debut Carrie and Adrian are a successful married couple She a television producer and he a script writer Carrie now finds herself in her early forties and pregnant She and Adrian agreed from the start of their relationship t This is my second book by Michelle Frances and if I m being honest I was one of the few that was disappointed in her debut, The Girlfriend, but because the synopsis of The Temp was so intriguing I decided to give her another shot This book fared slightly better than her debut Carrie and Adrian are a successful married couple She a television producer and he a script writer Carrie now finds herself in her early forties and pregnant She and Adrian agreed from the start of their relationship that they were never to have children so let s just say Adrian isn t exactly thrilled with the news Carrie feels like this may be her last and only opportunity to bare a child so she decides to keep the baby under the pretense that Adrian will come around in time especially once the baby is born Not only does Adrian not come around to having a son, Rory, Carrie now finds herself in a predicament where she has to hand over the reigns of her job to, Emma, a new hire that has come in to cover her maternity leave I will say that from reading the blurb I felt fairly certain that I knew exactly where this story was going but Michelle Francis did toss in a surprise I didn t see coming about 1 3 of the way through which took all my preconceived notions and turned them on their head However this book, like her debut, suffers from being too damn long Many pages skimmed with this one The ending I found satisfactory for this particular genre but not mind blowing by any means 3 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review flag 50 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Dec 22, 2018 Amanda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley After reading The Girlfriend I was very excited to get the chance to receive my copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.When producer and writer couple Adrian and Cassie discover they are going to be having a baby, they employ Emma as a temp script writer Unfortunately Carrie is alone at home with a crying baby, a husband who is a reluctant father and the need to go back to work as she does not trust Emma This is definitely not a black and white story, throughout you never After reading The Girlfriend I was very excited to get the chance to receive my copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.When producer and writer couple Adrian and Cassie discover they are going to be having a baby, they employ Emma as a temp script writer Unfortunately Carrie is alone at home with a crying baby, a husband who is a reluctant father and the need to go back to work as she does not trust Emma This is definitely not a black and white story, throughout you never really know who the bad guy is, liked the mystery and the ending wasn t what I thought it would be.So looking forward to Michelle Francis s next book, I swear she could rewrite the phone book and make that into the next bestseller flag 42 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 04, 2018 Pauline rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley The Temp by Michelle Frances was a thriller about the makers of a television show The writer with a big ego, his wife the producer who has just had a baby and is jealous of the temp who is very ambitious and has taken her place It has a few twists and turns in the story.I found this story very slow moving and I didn t like the characters at all.I would like to thank NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for my e copy in exchange for an honest review flag 36 likesLike see review Sep 17, 2018 Rachael rated it really liked it review of another edition Carrie and Adrian are a massively successful screen writer and producer couple who are at the peak of their respective careers Adrian has just won a BAFTA and Carrie is producing his next show, when she discovers she is pregnant with a baby that Adrian really doesn t want In her 40 s, Carrie decides to proceed with the pregnancy and 24 year old Emma is hired as a script editor to fill in for Carrie whilst she is on maternity leave With a newborn baby, an unhappy, uninvolved husband and a youn Carrie and Adrian are a massively successful screen writer and producer couple who are at the peak of their respective careers Adrian has just won a BAFTA and Carrie is producing his next show, when she discovers she is pregnant with a baby that Adrian really doesn t want In her 40 s, Carrie decides to proceed with the pregnancy and 24 year old Emma is hired as a script editor to fill in for Carrie whilst she is on maternity leave With a newborn baby, an unhappy, uninvolved husband and a young, talented writer filling her shoes, Carrie s life feels like it s falling apart Who does she trust Who should she trust I m rounding up my star rating from 3.5 I loved, loved, the author s previous book, The Girlfriend and so bought this on the day it was released It didn t hook me straight away and there was a lot of repetition at one point, which detracted from the tension There were a few too many coincidences and melodramatic proclamations which made the story unrealistic and there was a sadly trite and predictable ending The author has a massive talent, her writing is engaging and vivid, and her debut novel was amazing I just felt like this was perhaps rushed and at times overblown There are interesting themes here what happens to a relationship when one partner wants children and another doesn t Why is life so difficult for women who want both a career and to have children They weren t really explored enough, I felt The story veered in an odd direction before being neatly tied up and it left me feeling a bit cold and unsatisfied that s what she said.I can t wait to read Michelle France s next novel, I think she s fantastic I just hope that it s like The Girlfriend with it s slow burning tension and psychological insight, which I think is her forte flag 27 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 06, 2018 Dita rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Who is the good guy and who s bad in this creepy thriller You will guess until the end Carrie is a very successful TV producer about to go on maternity leave Her job defines her and she has anxiety about Emma, her ambitious, young, temporary replacement and what exactly her aspirations might be for Carrie s job But, you know, the show must go onAdding to Carrie s insecurities are her cut throat co workers, one of whom is her incredibly detached, emotionally unavailable husband, who can Who is the good guy and who s bad in this creepy thriller You will guess until the end Carrie is a very successful TV producer about to go on maternity leave Her job defines her and she has anxiety about Emma, her ambitious, young, temporary replacement and what exactly her aspirations might be for Carrie s job But, you know, the show must go onAdding to Carrie s insecurities are her cut throat co workers, one of whom is her incredibly detached, emotionally unavailable husband, who can t handle that a baby cuts into their jet setting vacations and white furniture buying He is well written and spectacularly awful, even referring to his child by the wrong name at one point.Thank you to Michelle Frances, Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 24 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jan 05, 2019 Amy GallivantingPages rated it really liked it Shelves read netgalley 4 4.5 Stars Publication date January 29th, 2019 I absolutely devoured this book and could not put it down Carrie is a successful TV producer and married to Adrian when Emma is hired as a temp and everything goes from there Is Emma interested in Carrie s husband and why Is Carrie just paranoid because she s pregnant and feeling distance with her husband With my favorite category of reads being thrillers, I totally thought I knew how this would end but surprisingly it was different and w 4 4.5 Stars Publication date January 29th, 2019 I absolutely devoured this book and could not put it down Carrie is a successful TV producer and married to Adrian when Emma is hired as a temp and everything goes from there Is Emma interested in Carrie s husband and why Is Carrie just paranoid because she s pregnant and feeling distance with her husband With my favorite category of reads being thrillers, I totally thought I knew how this would end but surprisingly it was different and wayyy better than I imagined The twist at the end totally caught me off guard as well I don t imagine anyone will predict it I love Michelle Frances writing style, short chapters that make it impossible to put down I also encourage others to read her previous book The Girlfriend.Special thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corporation for allowing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 22 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 19, 2018 Ova Excuse My Reading rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, netgalley 2018, out in 2018, good suspense This was a slow burning read but worth it I loved how Frances mapped out and opened up all the three characters, Carrie, Emma and Adrian I have read Michelle Frances s The girlfriend and it was also an above the average thriller.The Temp isn t as fast paced as The Girlfriend but still pretty satisfying, psychological thriller, but I don t understand why book cover pushes the reader into the idea of one woman stealing another woman s life.One thing I really enjoyed in this book is that you get This was a slow burning read but worth it I loved how Frances mapped out and opened up all the three characters, Carrie, Emma and Adrian I have read Michelle Frances s The girlfriend and it was also an above the average thriller.The Temp isn t as fast paced as The Girlfriend but still pretty satisfying, psychological thriller, but I don t understand why book cover pushes the reader into the idea of one woman stealing another woman s life.One thing I really enjoyed in this book is that you get to know how TV production business works Frances has worked in Entertainment and you can tell experience talks I have never known how TV sector worked behind the scenes, so it was definitely eye opening to read how Script Writers producers other TV crew operated Also Carrie s dilemma as a mum between her child and her career, the visit to the Outstanding nursery, the descriptions were so vivid and accurate, I really enjoyed reading this book Only criticism will be that it could have been shorter After 60% I got a bit distracted but the end was worth the read flag 21 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 08, 2018 Sarah rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wow this book was absolutely amazing I was hooked from start to finish It had so many twists and turns and it kept you guessing It had a brilliant ending which I always think is very important in a book I really really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it I can t wait to read books from Michelle Frances Her book the girlfriend was also a great read It was a very good book flag 18 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Amy rated it liked it Shelves netgalley 2.5 5I want to start off my saying that I think I m burnt out on slow burning thrillers in general and sick of waiting for a book to properly engage me for than half of it Unfortunately, that s basically what happened here and I think I was so disinterested by the time things did speed up, I just didn t care how great the twists were So keep all of this in mind while I share my thoughts The premise of this sounded interesting enough, I loved the idea that a young, ambitious and crafty wom 2.5 5I want to start off my saying that I think I m burnt out on slow burning thrillers in general and sick of waiting for a book to properly engage me for than half of it Unfortunately, that s basically what happened here and I think I was so disinterested by the time things did speed up, I just didn t care how great the twists were So keep all of this in mind while I share my thoughts The premise of this sounded interesting enough, I loved the idea that a young, ambitious and crafty woman tries to replace someone else and also that it was set in the television industry, not too common for a thriller But then not much really happened, there were a lot of subtle little hints about both Emma and Carrie s lives, both past and present, but I was just so bored So what kept me reading Well Frances is a good writer and I guess I just kept hoping I would get hooked at some point but honestly waiting for that until like sixty percent is just too frustrating for me.Another petty thing that irritated me was that it was divided into several parts, and in my experience before one part ends and another one begins, there s usually some sort of surprise or twist and that really didn t happen here Each part was labeled with one characters name but then the chapters were told from everyone s POV so what was the point of the labeling and separate parts even See, petty haha but it bothered me I do want to say that the twist was decent and I didn t predict it, but I just didn t care in the end If you don t mind waiting for things to pick up you may like this though, I just think I need a break from the simmering tension style books for awhile flag 16 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 Mandy White rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audible I was hooked Great narrator and a mostly unpredictable story Really enjoyed it flag 15 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 20, 2018 Lou rated it really liked it review of another edition After coming across Michellle Frances s internationally bestselling debut novel The Girlfriend and having deemed it such a solid start to her career, I was excited to get my mitts on a copy of this, her second novel This is the perfect thriller to settle down with on a cool, windy autumn day, and in the end it leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling that jumps off the pages.Essentially, this is a book about ambition, deception and betrayal and how each can leave a lasting impact on a persons li After coming across Michellle Frances s internationally bestselling debut novel The Girlfriend and having deemed it such a solid start to her career, I was excited to get my mitts on a copy of this, her second novel This is the perfect thriller to settle down with on a cool, windy autumn day, and in the end it leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling that jumps off the pages.Essentially, this is a book about ambition, deception and betrayal and how each can leave a lasting impact on a persons life Carrie is a TV producer and a career woman in an extremely high pressure job Married to Adrian, who is also in the industry, when she discovers she is pregnant which would require time off, she is terrified that, Emma, the temp is trying to take than her job Is it paranoia, or does Emma really have a secret agenda There are some unexpected surprises throughout the book, but some of them were rather obvious Normally, this would affect my overall enjoyment but, here, it actually didn t matter to me as it was great in many other ways The writing, as with her debut, is excellent, flows well and grabs you early on I also feel that if you re one of those thriller readers that need some believability to the storyline, you ll appreciate this one a lot The plot, up to a point, is certainly something that I could see happening in real life Jealously, paranoia and a lack of communication leading to unbearable situations and feelings Michelle s novels focus on fraught relationships between female characters and the potential for fear to build up and spiral out of control to the point where the individual cannot think logically any Naturally, this leads to a ratcheting up of the tension towards the back end of the book.Many thanks to Pan for an ARC I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own flag 15 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Chloe rated it really liked it Carrie a successful T.V producer with an award winning screenwriter husband Adrian finds herself pregnant and is looking for a temporary replacement while she goes on maternity leave.Emma , a 24 year old script editor feels like a perfect fit and everyone seems to love her but Carrie soon starts to suspect that there might be an ulterior motive to Emma s intentions.The Temp is my second book by Michelle Frances after loving her first book The Girlfriend.It is a fast, entertaining read with some Carrie a successful T.V producer with an award winning screenwriter husband Adrian finds herself pregnant and is looking for a temporary replacement while she goes on maternity leave.Emma , a 24 year old script editor feels like a perfect fit and everyone seems to love her but Carrie soon starts to suspect that there might be an ulterior motive to Emma s intentions.The Temp is my second book by Michelle Frances after loving her first book The Girlfriend.It is a fast, entertaining read with some expected and some unexpected twists Looking forward to reading the next one by Michelle Frances.I would like to thank Kensington Books NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review.This and reviews at flag 13 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 30, 2019 Tori rated it liked it Shelves netgalley I have been reading a lot of thrillers lately and while this one was decent and some things happened that I wasn t expecting, I wasn t completely hooked on this book It took me awhile to get through it and while for the most part it held my interest, I wasn t really thinking about when I would have my next free moment to continue reading like I usually do when I m submerged in a story Overall, it was a decent read and I have her other book on my tbr list Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington I have been reading a lot of thrillers lately and while this one was decent and some things happened that I wasn t expecting, I wasn t completely hooked on this book It took me awhile to get through it and while for the most part it held my interest, I wasn t really thinking about when I would have my next free moment to continue reading like I usually do when I m submerged in a story Overall, it was a decent read and I have her other book on my tbr list Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the arc flag 9 likesLike see review Jayme Thanks for the honest review This seems to be getting a lot of 3 star reviews think I will pass Jan 31, 2019 04 25AM Dec 22, 2018 Lisa Books Smiles rated it liked it Hummwhat do I have to say about this novel Well it s a novel that should have been played out on the Lifetime Movie Network I was excited for this book after reading and loving Frances previous book The Girlfriend Unfortunately, I was left feeling disappointed The pacing was off, the characters lacked dimension, and the plot was deficient in substance.Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an e arc copy in exchange for an honest review flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Kristy rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves ebook, netgalley, arc, fiction, kensington, mystery, read in 2019, thriller Carrie is a television producer married to Adrian, a television writer She has signed him to an exclusive deal with the production company where she s recently started working They ve come up with what they think is a brilliant idea for their next show But their big plans feel threatened when Carrie realizes she s pregnant and she plans to keep the baby Carrie and Adrian s glamorous life never included children, and it s clear he isn t keen on welcoming a child into their life now Carrie a Carrie is a television producer married to Adrian, a television writer She has signed him to an exclusive deal with the production company where she s recently started working They ve come up with what they think is a brilliant idea for their next show But their big plans feel threatened when Carrie realizes she s pregnant and she plans to keep the baby Carrie and Adrian s glamorous life never included children, and it s clear he isn t keen on welcoming a child into their life now Carrie and Adrian s boss brings on a temporary maternity hire, Emma, to assist She s young, pretty, and while rather inexperienced, she s quite clever Carrie is immediately threatened by Emma, but Adrian welcomes her input to his scripts and writing Carrie s convinced Emma wants her job and then some Is she right He was thinking of his career right now and part of her didn t blame him The timing was awful Everything had been going so well the new job, signing Adrian, the green light It was the worst possible time to be having a baby This was an odd yet very readable book In some ways the story sort of meandered along, as the plot unfolds from Carrie, Emma, and Adrian s point of view But I have to admit, it had me pretty well hooked From nearly the beginning, I was curious as to what Emma s deal was She clearly had some reason she wanted to be a temp for Adrian and Carrie in particular we just didn t know exactly why Figuring out her story was pretty interesting overall, and I enjoyed the read I was pulled into Emma s world it took a bit of time to warm up to her overall character, but it was easy to be puzzled by her intentions I wound up liking both her and Carrie and feeling a bit sorry for them I also liked the backdrop of the TV writing world it was an interesting background for a novel There are not a lot of characters in this novel we really have our main three, but they are fairly flushed out, and you get to know them well There are some good twists and turns in this one I would still describe it overall as a meandering read in some ways We sort of wander along with Emma, Carrie, and Adrian, discovering bits and pieces of their lives, especially their pasts Then, with only a very small percentage of the book left, we re thrown one very abrupt twist, which, while quite a surprise to me, seemed really thrown in out of left field I would have maybe liked to have seen a bit lead up to that one Still, even with the abrupt, twisty ending, this was an enjoyable read It kept me engaged and guessing I liked being sucked into Emma and Carrie s worlds and wondering about Emma s motives 3.5 stars I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review thank you Blog Twitter Facebook Google Instagram flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Zoe rated it it was amazing review of another edition Compulsive, unsettling, and surprising Full review to follow shortly flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 22, 2018 Elles Book Blog rated it really liked it Shelves domestic drama, standalones, thrills and chills, suspense, published 2019 Release Date January 29, 2019 Genre Domestic Drama Thriller Actual Rating 3.75 starsThe Temp is an absorbing domestic drama thriller that I devoured in a day While I didn t love the book I did find myself compulsively reading it until I hit the end The book had me absorbed and I didn t want to stop until the final twist One of the main reasons I have it a 3.75 stars rounded up to 4 is because everything develops so slowly Sure, it works for the story but I think had it been paced a Release Date January 29, 2019 Genre Domestic Drama Thriller Actual Rating 3.75 starsThe Temp is an absorbing domestic drama thriller that I devoured in a day While I didn t love the book I did find myself compulsively reading it until I hit the end The book had me absorbed and I didn t want to stop until the final twist One of the main reasons I have it a 3.75 stars rounded up to 4 is because everything develops so slowly Sure, it works for the story but I think had it been paced a little faster I would have enjoyed it What bogged it down for me was the technicalities of being a TV producer and writer being talked about over and over again Other than this, I think the characters were developed well, and while I didn t connect with them on a deep level, they were interesting enough to hold my attention for the entire book The twist is killer too I think many people will enjoy it I certainly didn t see it coming If your looking for a propulsive thriller that will slowly wind you up until the incredible twist, this is a book for you in 2019 I m excited to see how the authors writing started and plan to read her debut in the near future flag 5 likesLike see review Jun 10, 2018 Mark rated it really liked it review of another edition The Temp by Michelle Frances published by Pan Macmillan on Sept 20thSooo if you like psychological thrillers and you see the title of The Temp and wonder if this will be a comfort food of thriller readingyou would be righte plot, characters, sub and ba ck plots are all there and the story pans out as you want it to and its a nice warm fuzzy feel when you settle to read it as you, well know what is coming, kinda.ere are surprises and the book does take a few unexpected turns The Temp by Michelle Frances published by Pan Macmillan on Sept 20thSooo if you like psychological thrillers and you see the title of The Temp and wonder if this will be a comfort food of thriller readingyou would be righte plot, characters, sub and ba ck plots are all there and the story pans out as you want it to and its a nice warm fuzzy feel when you settle to read it as you, well know what is coming, kinda.ere are surprises and the book does take a few unexpected turns and the ending has a twist , sorry but it does I guessed it but not until about 2 3 s of the way through The book is based around TV and writers and producers and Emma the temp who goes to cover for Carrie who is having a baby.Carrie works with her husband Adrian.Emma though has her own reasons, 2 main ones for wanting the temp position and to be near both Adrian and Carrie and this becomes apparent through the bookIts a good, really good read and I enjoyed it and as I say a great comfort read if you love the genre and know exactly what you want from a psychological thrillerA worthy 8.5 10 and 4 stars flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 23, 2018 Shalini rated it really liked it review of another edition A slow read, this book had me gripped in bits and pieces The story starts with Carrie the producer and Adrian the writer of a TV show They are a couple till Carrie falls pregnant and then enters the temp Emma who wants Adrian and her job.The story comes with its twists and turns, the writing flows as Emma tries hard to hitch her claws in Emma is likable, her relationship with her newborn son was loving The end has its twist which makes the slow, slightly predictable story worthwhile A good A slow read, this book had me gripped in bits and pieces The story starts with Carrie the producer and Adrian the writer of a TV show They are a couple till Carrie falls pregnant and then enters the temp Emma who wants Adrian and her job.The story comes with its twists and turns, the writing flows as Emma tries hard to hitch her claws in Emma is likable, her relationship with her newborn son was loving The end has its twist which makes the slow, slightly predictable story worthwhile A good thriller flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Fizah Books tales by me rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 read, netgalley Actual Rating 3.5Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a digital arc in exchange for an honest Review I am not a big Mystery reader, I wanted to try diverse genres this year and fortunately, Netgalley accepted my request.Carrie is a famous producer and Adrian is an award winning writer, They are power couple of industry and planning on working together when Carrie got pregnant which wasn t in their life plan Here comes Emma a young struggling writer who got fortunate enough to get a chance Actual Rating 3.5Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a digital arc in exchange for an honest Review I am not a big Mystery reader, I wanted to try diverse genres this year and fortunately, Netgalley accepted my request.Carrie is a famous producer and Adrian is an award winning writer, They are power couple of industry and planning on working together when Carrie got pregnant which wasn t in their life plan Here comes Emma a young struggling writer who got fortunate enough to get a chance to temporary fill the Carrie job.It is the story which left you wondering who is who and what is what, you maybe can guess who is bad or good but there are layers than this.I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, For me, all of these characters were equally a bit psycho The ending was unexpected for me The story could be a bit better still It was enjoyable.It is filled with family, jealousy,conspiracy, misunderstanding, and drama flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Stephanie rated it it was ok I received a copy of this title via NetGalley It does not impact my review I have seen several glowing reviews for The Temp and was excited to give it a try Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it near as much as others have seemed to.First, I want to say that I think the synopsis is a little misleading Nothing it says is wrong, exactly, it just makes things sound like they happen much suspensefully or creepily than they actually do Anyways, I have recently read several light and fluffy Roma I received a copy of this title via NetGalley It does not impact my review I have seen several glowing reviews for The Temp and was excited to give it a try Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it near as much as others have seemed to.First, I want to say that I think the synopsis is a little misleading Nothing it says is wrong, exactly, it just makes things sound like they happen much suspensefully or creepily than they actually do Anyways, I have recently read several light and fluffy Romances in a row and I was really craving something with a little substance when I picked this book up I really wanted the suspense and thrills and The Temp just didn t give it to me I didn t think any of the twists were surprising There is one that is saved until almost the end of the book that I suspected within the first 20% of the story.Which leads me to my next point This book was far longer than it needed to be I felt like there was a lot of repetition and the pace was pretty slow The chapters became a little quicker towards the end, but I still felt like things were dragged out for too long I also thought it was structured kind of oddly The book is broken into four parts, each under a different character s name, but the story is told in third person and the POV changes almost every chapter, despite which part it s in I didn t understand the purpose of the different parts named after a character if that section didn t focus entirely on that character s POV Overall, The Temp just wasn t for me It had an intriguing premise and the writing wasn t that bad, it just lacked the suspense and creep factor I was expecting I wasn t surprised by any of the twists and I didn t find the characters very likable or relatable However, I have seen other people who have really enjoyed this book, so it still might be worth the read.Overall Rating out of 5 2 Stars flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 24, 2018 Rachel Gilbey rated it really liked it review of another edition Thoroughly gripping story that by the last quarter had me on the edge of my seat while I saw how everything unfurled To start with this feels like a nice reasonably gentle women s fiction novel, about a couple who are having a baby, but the father is rather reluctant, and the mother is fearing for her job while she is on maternity leave All issues that people face on a regular basis However it soon becomes apparent that there is something just isn t quite right with Emma, the temp, yes she is Thoroughly gripping story that by the last quarter had me on the edge of my seat while I saw how everything unfurled To start with this feels like a nice reasonably gentle women s fiction novel, about a couple who are having a baby, but the father is rather reluctant, and the mother is fearing for her job while she is on maternity leave All issues that people face on a regular basis However it soon becomes apparent that there is something just isn t quite right with Emma, the temp, yes she is amazing at her job but I found it hard to warm to her I wasn t too keen on her parents either who just didn t understand their daughter As events unfold, the tension ramps up, and its becomes a compelling read, and slightly unsettling, as everything was a bit too realistic and easy to believe With each chapter, the focus was on a different character, so we did get to know all the main protagonists, especially Carrie and Emma very well I m not sure how much I particularly liked anyone apart from Carrie who I did enjoy but the others weren t horrible, they were just harder to like, and the reasons do become apparent as you read This was the first book I have read by the author and I would be tempted to read The writing really drew me in and I m sure accounted to my disturbed sleep, last night This was a very good book, which for most of the first half I wasn t too surprised by but then the second half ramped it up a notch and I was completely wrong footed with the outcomes Thank you to Netgalley and Pan for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Babydimps Suzy rated it liked it 3 stars This was my first Michelle Frances book While it didn t wow me, I did like it a bit Carrie and Adrian are a married couple in the television industry When Carrie gets pregnant to the disappointment of her husband their office hires Emma the temp to fill her position while she s out on maternity leave Emma does a fantastic job She is well liked by her new colleagues So much so, that Carrie starts to feel her job is threatened But Emma has plans Plans that Carrie and Ad 3 stars This was my first Michelle Frances book While it didn t wow me, I did like it a bit Carrie and Adrian are a married couple in the television industry When Carrie gets pregnant to the disappointment of her husband their office hires Emma the temp to fill her position while she s out on maternity leave Emma does a fantastic job She is well liked by her new colleagues So much so, that Carrie starts to feel her job is threatened But Emma has plans Plans that Carrie and Adrian did not see coming I m not really a fan of slow burn thrillers There are very few that I have raved about This one started off with a lot of promise, but started to drag a bit towards the middle I would categorize The Temp as of a domestic drama rather than a thriller Maybe I ve just been reading too many thrillers, but the final twist was really lackluster and it was totally unexpected I wish it could ve been fast paced, but I did enjoy the story and will read from Frances Thank you to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Michelle Frances for the advanced copy to review flag 3 likesLike see review Meredith Wonderful review, Suzy Sorry you didn t love this but I am glad you liked it Jan 31, 2019 05 32AM JanB Suzy, sorry this was a disappointment I m feeling the same way about the genre although I do like a slow burn of it s atmospheric Jan 31, 2019 08 57PM Julie Terrific review, Suzy I hope your next book is better 19 hours, 42 min ago Oct 27, 2018 Suzisue13 rated it liked it review of another edition This one started off well but lost it for me Towards the end of the book I actually found it a chore to finish It was predictable and the ending was too weak and happy ever after for a thriller flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Alexis rated it liked it review of another edition Carrie is a producer on a big TV show Her husband, Adrian, just won a BAFTA for his last hugely popular show, and they have big dreams for the future success of their husband and wife team Predictably, all doesn t go to plan and Carrie falls pregnant Although they had agreed they would never have children, she wants to keep the baby Sadly, Adrian isn t so keen but agrees to go along with it because it s what Carrie wants It s not hard to guess that there will be issues.Anyway, all of this Carrie is a producer on a big TV show Her husband, Adrian, just won a BAFTA for his last hugely popular show, and they have big dreams for the future success of their husband and wife team Predictably, all doesn t go to plan and Carrie falls pregnant Although they had agreed they would never have children, she wants to keep the baby Sadly, Adrian isn t so keen but agrees to go along with it because it s what Carrie wants It s not hard to guess that there will be issues.Anyway, all of this means that Carrie will need time away from her job as a producer, and the company hires someone to help out Emma, the infamous Temp Emma really wants the job, and is very keen to please Carrie has an instant dislike of Emma, and this only grows when it becomes clear that Emma is great at Carrie s job, and everyone loves her and values her opinions Especially Adrian.Initially I thought this would be a very predictable read, and very much like other books I ve read where a younger model comes in and tries to take over But that isn t Emma s agenda She actually wants Carrie to like her, and she has her own reasons for being there, which are a mystery to everyone.The writing of this book is actually pretty good It is completely unpretentious, and honest, which works well for the characters It makes them seem real and down to earth, which when the story is based in a London TV production company could have been hard to achieve The story unfolds nicely and I failed to predict most of the twists and turns, of which there are many.All in all, I would say this is not a particularly memorable book or a literary masterpiece, but it was enjoyable to read I got through it quickly because it was easy to read and I liked picking it up of an evening And that s really all I want in a book flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 14, 2018 Paul rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves crime thrillers The Temp A Twisted Psychological ThrillerThe Temp is a twisted psychological thriller that keeps you guessing all the way to the end, and like all psychological thrillers gets really under your skin An examination of ambition, deception, betrayal and family, you will be drawn in, the characterisation is brilliant with a couple of characters you just cannot help disliking.Michelle Frances, a bestselling author, and former TV executive brings all her experience into this thriller She knows how The Temp A Twisted Psychological ThrillerThe Temp is a twisted psychological thriller that keeps you guessing all the way to the end, and like all psychological thrillers gets really under your skin An examination of ambition, deception, betrayal and family, you will be drawn in, the characterisation is brilliant with a couple of characters you just cannot help disliking.Michelle Frances, a bestselling author, and former TV executive brings all her experience into this thriller She knows how best to get the reader gripped, and totally immersed in the story and only come up for breath for a mug of tea.Successful TV producer, Carrie is married to Adrian, who has just become a BAFTA award winning screenwriter She has just signed up her husband to write a brand new tv series, which the BBC have accepted and given the green light too Things are on the up, but Carrie finds out she is pregnant, and this could not have happened at a worse time The idea of having maternity leave fills her with dread.Emma is the bright young thing who is taken on to cover Carrie while she is on maternity leave Carrie becomes concerned about Emma, as she seems to want everything she has, but seems to be doing it while nobody notices Emma seems to be obsessed with Adrian and Carrie feels cut a drift from him While Carrie manages to get Emma sacked, at about the same time she finds out Adrian has slept with her Then Adrian and Emma disappear, at first it seems annoying, but they really do need to meet especially with their new series filming Slowly Carrie, puts things together, and realises that Emma had never actually wanted to hurt her, but Adrian was the obsession When she learns details about Emma she has to find her While Adrian is slowly losing his mind.Great thriller that gets under your skin and you just want flag 3 likesLike see review Sep 27, 2018 Megan Jones rated it really liked it review of another edition Carrie is a successful TV producer in a high pressure job She is talented, liked and well respected She and her husband, Adrian, an award winning screenwriter, decided years ago that they did not want to have children But now, as they are both hitting the peak of their careers, Carrie discovers she is pregnant and is shocked to realise she wants to keep the baby But in a competitive industry where time off is seen as a sign of weakness, Carrie regards the prospect of maternity leave with tre Carrie is a successful TV producer in a high pressure job She is talented, liked and well respected She and her husband, Adrian, an award winning screenwriter, decided years ago that they did not want to have children But now, as they are both hitting the peak of their careers, Carrie discovers she is pregnant and is shocked to realise she wants to keep the baby But in a competitive industry where time off is seen as a sign of weakness, Carrie regards the prospect of maternity leave with trepidation Enter Emma, the temp, who is everything Carrie could wish for as a cover smart, willing and charming Carrie fears that Emma is manoeuvring her way into her life, causing turmoil in her marriage and work The problem is everybody else adores her increasingly isolated from Adrian and her colleagues, Carrie begins to suspect that Emma has an agenda, or is she just being paranoid The Temp is a delight to read, incredibly engaging for the reader and I was engrossed in the story from beginning to end This has been billed as a thriller and whilst there are some thriller threads running through, it is not a true thriller Instead, we have a detailed read focusing on three central characters and the suspicion that engulfs their lives, they are all engaging and whilst not especially likeable they are realistic and there are traits that as a reader can be supported Despite not fitting into its given genre there is still something in this that kept me engrossed and kept me wanting to know.Frances explores a very real issue of mothers working and does so with aplomb and sensitivity whilst still creating an exciting read I for one, was taken in by the suspicion surrounding Emma and enjoyed the process of Frances revealing the truth This brings me to my next point that the plot is incredibly clich d I had pretty much every twist worked out early on as I thought there was only one conceivable resolution and I was proved to be right Now, this is not a massive problem as like I say it works well for the plot and it did not necessarily detract from my enjoyment but again this is another reason that The Temp is not a true thriller.I have touched on the characters already but I must emphasise how perfect a character Carrie is, yes she is not one hundred percent likeable but she feels real and the decisions she makes are credible, Carrie is the only one that I was rooting for throughout Adrian and Emma are good characters and fit in well to the book but some of the decisions are beyond ridiculous and they lost a bit of credibility for me I did enjoy the overall effect that Frances is going for, exploring the changing relationships between Carrie, Adrian and Emma, they are an intriguing trio and reading about their lives provided nothing but pleasure The Temp is an engrossing read, exploring the relationship between a working mother and child and the complications that arise from work The Temp is a book saved by the wonderful character creations of Frances.Thank you to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for an advance copy flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. A tiny ad, almost hidden at the bottom of the single page of vacancies Script editor on a long running, tired series She jolted as she noted the name of the production company After reading what feels like a multitude of thrillers over the past few years, it s getting difficult to find ones that wow me, or even hit above a 3 star rating on my scale So many of these feel similar, but every once in awhile, when I am feeling particularly jaded, something comes along, snatches my attention [...]

    2. After reading The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances last year I knew I needed to get a copy of The Temp and expected big things This thriller however fell into that I just read too many of these pile with a feeling that I may have read this one before.Carrie and her husband are both in the television business and thought they were perfect for each other and had their lives planned out This however changed when Carrie accidentally get pregnant throwing a wrench in their best laid plans.When Carrie A [...]

    3. So, reading many thrillers over the years I feel like it s getting bit tough to wow me So many seem too familiar to me and I just haven t been that impressed With having read Michelle France s debut thriller, I knew I had to get my hands on her second novel I was definitely intrigued by the book to begin with and kept my interest initially Then it sort of fell flat for me in the middle and in all honesty was a tad bit TOO long for my liking Are there twists in this one Of course bu So, reading m [...]

    4. This is my second book by Michelle Frances and if I m being honest I was one of the few that was disappointed in her debut, The Girlfriend, but because the synopsis of The Temp was so intriguing I decided to give her another shot This book fared slightly better than her debut Carrie and Adrian are a successful married couple She a television producer and he a script writer Carrie now finds herself in her early forties and pregnant She and Adrian agreed from the start of their relationship t This [...]

    5. After reading The Girlfriend I was very excited to get the chance to receive my copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.When producer and writer couple Adrian and Cassie discover they are going to be having a baby, they employ Emma as a temp script writer Unfortunately Carrie is alone at home with a crying baby, a husband who is a reluctant father and the need to go back to work as she does not trust Emma This is definitely not a black and white story, throughout you never Afte [...]

    6. The Temp by Michelle Frances was a thriller about the makers of a television show The writer with a big ego, his wife the producer who has just had a baby and is jealous of the temp who is very ambitious and has taken her place It has a few twists and turns in the story.I found this story very slow moving and I didn t like the characters at all.I would like to thank NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for my e copy in exchange for an honest review.

    7. Carrie and Adrian are a massively successful screen writer and producer couple who are at the peak of their respective careers Adrian has just won a BAFTA and Carrie is producing his next show, when she discovers she is pregnant with a baby that Adrian really doesn t want In her 40 s, Carrie decides to proceed with the pregnancy and 24 year old Emma is hired as a script editor to fill in for Carrie whilst she is on maternity leave With a newborn baby, an unhappy, uninvolved husband and a youn Ca [...]

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