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The Rival

Written by: Charlotte Duckworth
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins

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Publisher's Summary

An addictive psychological suspense about ambition, female rivalry, and how far you'd go to get what you want.


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?


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 realises 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....

©2018 Charlotte Duckworth (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic Reviews

"A gripping psychological suspense that delves deep into the complex relationship of two women." (Elisabeth Carpenter, author of 99 Red Balloons)

"A chilling and compelling debut." (Lucy Dawson, author of The Daughter)

"Absolutely terrific, a beautiful debut from an exciting new voice in psychological fiction." (Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door)

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  • Emma Reed
  • 25-09-18

Psychological suspense...which went on a bit!

Would recommend this as a psychological book to read, but wasn't blown away. The story line, I found, was quite repetitive and obvious at times, and the characters started to annoy me in their frantic tones (appreciating this is part of the point, but not so as you want to mute the book as it's gone on too long!).

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  • Fee
  • 10-10-19

A rare return

Gave myself 30 minutes, couldn’t bear the narration, had I persevered they may have grown on me,as often happens, but today? Couldn’t take another minute. So I don’t know about the story, that may be great.