She's borrowed your life. What if she decides to keep it?
'Keenly observed and brimming with tension, The New Girl is a must-read' Clare Mackintosh
Glamorous Margot Jones is the fashion editor at glossy women's magazine Haute, and pregnant with her first child. Margot's used to her carefully curated life being the object of other women's envy - who wouldn't want her successful career, loving husband, beautiful house and stylish wardrobe?
Maggie, a freelance journalist, certainly knows she doesn't measure up. So when Margot gets in touch to suggest she apply for her maternity cover at Haute, Maggie seizes the chance at living a better life - even if it's only temporary.
But the simultaneous arrival of Margot's baby and a brutal end to her oldest friendship sends Margot into a spiral of suspicion and paranoia. Are Maggie's motives as innocent as they seem? And what happens at the end of the year when Margot wants her old life back - especially if Maggie decides she doesn't want to leave?
'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 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
'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
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
Keenly observed and brimming with tension, The New Girl is a must-read
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
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
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
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
Female friendship, fashion and intense rivalry makes for an unsettling and unputdownable debut novel
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
A taut psychological thriller, and a chilling and intricate examination of the complexities of female friendships and rivalries
A sleek and stylish thriller
i devoured it. I could never predict the ending, which takes immense skill. This book is going to be a huge hit
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
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
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
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
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!
Wonderfully twisty and richly psychological - a compelling read
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