The Ex Girlfriend by Nicola Moriarty

Today I’m delighted to be sharing my review of The Ex Girlfriend by Nicola Moriarty. Many thanks to Sriya at Penguin Randomhouse for the invite and my review copy of the book.

About this book…


Finally, Georgia has found the one. Luke is kind, handsome, and makes her feel safe – which is what she needs after everything she’s been through. 

The only problem is his ex-girlfriend. 

Luke says Cadence just can’t accept the breakup, and that explains the texts, the emails, the notes . . . 

But then things start to go very wrong – will Cadence really do whatever it takes to get what she wants?

My review…

I wasn’t sure when I first started The Ex Girlfriend that I was going to enjoy it. The Sydney setting wasn’t the one I had been expecting and although I love a slow burner, it did seem to be taking its time heading towards the “big twist” that I have come to expect from this style of psychological thriller. I was right in my guess about what was going on but OMG about half way through, the pace increased and there were so many twists and turns that I felt decidedly dizzy with delight at the direction in which it now appeared to be heading!!

When Georgia is stood up by her Tinder date she is thankfully rescued from unwanted advances by the gorgeous, gentlemanly Luke. They become close and Luke has to tell her about his ex-girlfriend Cadence who is refusing to let go of him even though their relationship is over. It isn’t helped by the fact they live together still either! Georgia by that time is in too deep and nothing will keep her from following her heart even though Cadence is now sending her threatening messages. But when things start to go too far, Georgia decides to face her tormentor with horrifying consequences…

The more I read The Ex Girlfriend, the more involved I became in its addictive narrative. The games being played went from harmless to full on dangerous very quickly indeed and I became very worried for Georgia’s safety and mental health! I had come to like her far more than I had expected from the opening chapters and when her life becomes endangered I was on the edge of my seat!

My Ex Girlfriend is a book that gradually grew on me so that by the last few pages I couldn’t put it down. The epilogue didn’t quite work for me personally as I don’t need things wrapped up in bows to feel fulfilled by the narratives I enjoy.

A recommended psychological thriller!

Meet the author…

Nicola Moriarty is a novelist, copywriter and mum to two small (but remarkably strong-willed) daughters. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and studying at university, she began to write. Now, she can’t seem to stop. The Fifth Letter was her UK debut novel, followed by Those Other Women.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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