The New Girl by Ruth Heald
Published: January 25, 2022
Genre: Psychological Thriller
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Ruth Heald studied Economics at Oxford University and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting. She worked at the BBC for nine years before leaving to write full-time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and what drives people to violence, destruction, and revenge. She’s married with two children, and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives.
Sophie feels like she is suffocating. She longs for change, a fresh start. When an offer too good to be true falls into her lap, she leaps. Moving to London, she starts what she thinks is her dream job. Everything seems to be turning around- until her past comes back to haunt her. Now, Sophie is getting brutal reminders that she can outrun.
This was pretty intense. And the premise is heavy. There is serious mention of sexual assault and victim-blaming, so trigger warning before reading this novel.
Sophie was a great leading lady. She was authentic. She had struggles that many young adults have, and she is a survivor. She had so much strength, such resilience, and a will that couldn’t be broken.
James is a classic, swoon-worthy character. He’s smooth- he always knows what to say and how to say it. There is a mysterious air about him that makes it difficult to determine if he is sweet or slimy.
Cassie seems like such a strong, intelligent, confident woman. A total female-female. She knows what she brings to the table, and she owns it.
Max is mysterious and brooding and appears to have everything handed to him because he’s a man. He had grown up in a world of endless privilege and isn’t afraid to show that.
This was a profoundly intense read. Sophie’s past trauma was so palpable, and you literally feel her pain, anxiety, and fear.
I think the representation of women who try to report their assault was well represented. And the truth is that often they aren’t believed.
I loved the twist of honesty, obscene wealth, and sheer desperation were running themes. The balance between light and dark, truth and lies, was so well done.
As the story continued, it became harder to decide who did what and who could be trusted. The game was set up well, and the tests were executed brilliantly—a deeply intense read, from start to finish.