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Title:
The temp
ISBN:
9781496712493
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Edition:
First Kensington hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2019.

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Physical Description:
379 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"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 more 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" -- Front jacket flap.
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Summary

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 more 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.


Author Notes

Bestselling author Michelle Frances graduated from Bournemouth Film School, Bournemouth, in 1996 and then from the Masters program at the American Film Institute, Los Angeles, in 1998. Returning to London, she has worked in film and TV for 18 years as a script editor and producer for both the independent sector and BBC Wales Drama, producers of Doctor Who, War and Peace and Sherlock . The Girlfriend, her debut psychological thriller, has been optioned by Imaginarium Studios and translation rights have sold in sixteen foreign territories.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

British author Frances follows her well-received debut, 2018's The Girlfriend, with an outstanding psychological thriller that focuses on the everyday details of the life of a successful career woman. TV producer Carrie and her script writer husband, Adrian Hill, long ago decided on a childless life. Then, at 42, Carrie discovers she's pregnant, much to Adrian's annoyance. Months later, with the birth of baby Rory approaching, Carrie realizes she needs a temporary assistant during her maternity leave. She hires 24-year-old Emma, a bright, attractive, ambitious script editor who soon comes to worship Carrie. Or is it Carrie's job she worships? Emma works so well with Adrian, her ideas become indispensable to him. And because Rory is too distracting, the two frequently work together at the family beach house. Carrie's suspicious, and she finds Emma snooping in their London house. And Adrian later discovers Emma searching the beach house. Frances, who keeps the suspense high as the action accelerates toward the shattering finale, reinforces her position as a writer to watch. Agent: Markus Hoffmann, Regal Hoffmann & Assoc. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

It seems at first that this contemporary thriller will follow a predictable path. Unstable young intern eagerly steps into the producer role when the handsome screenwriter's pregnant wife goes on leave. But wait. Emma is freakishly familiar with the couple's work and is definitely hiding something. New mum Carrie is not wrong to think that Emma is spending too much time trying to make herself indispensable. And reluctant dad Adrian's not wrong to acknowledge that Emma's script doctoring is making his work much better. What's behind Emma's desire to get close to the power couple? Another solid psychological thriller from Frances, herself a former script editor and producer.--Karen Keefe Copyright 2018 Booklist