The Understudy

The Understudy

How far would you go to protect your daughter? Carolyn, Bronnie, Elise, and Kendall are bound together by one thing?their four daughters are best friends at the highly competitive Orla Flynn Academy for the Performing Arts. Last year the foursome exploded because of brutal bullying between the girls, but they've since forgiven each other. The mothers, however, haven?t been How far would you go to protect your daughter? Carolyn, Bronnie, Elise, and Kendall are bound together by one t...

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Title:The Understudy
Author:Sophie Hannah
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Genres:Thriller
ISBN:B07SD5J6L8
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Understudy Reviews

  • Louise
    Sep 12, 2019
    3.5 stars This was cleverly done,multiple authors,multiple narrator's,yet it never felt disjointed. All very seem less. To be honest not a huge amount happened in the first part of this book,just references to past bullying,and a new girl that's a bit odd. But all the mother's nar...
  • Pgchuis
    May 12, 2019
    I received an ARC of this novel from SerialBox. The story of four girls at a performing arts school and (more particularly) their mothers, as Ruby, having bullied Jess the previous year, seems to be the victim of vicious pranks this year. Ruby has been tentatively taken back into th...
  • Vikram
    May 02, 2019
    Review of The Understudy Very happy to get this ARC ? first time that I?m reading (and commenting on) one, actually. The concept of Serial Box is also interesting: Serialized fiction released in episodes (much like TV serials), which provides around 40 minutes of reading. Fi...
  • Lynn Brown
    Sep 17, 2019
    I was intrigued by the multiple authorship of this book. I have read books by B A Paris and that really drew me in and the knowledge that the other authors are also well regarded. Four mothers and their daughters - eight characters first off to keep track on and I couldn't. Which d...
  • Kate
    Sep 13, 2019
    This is typically twisty and turn, I couldn't put it down but I did feel a flicker of disappointment at the ending - NO SPOILERS - it was so good and so unexpected (although to read Hannah's books is to expect the unexpected - and it will still blind-side you!) that I wanted just a lit...
  • Mia Whittemore
    Oct 01, 2019
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  • Liz Barnsley
    Sep 22, 2019
    I thoroughly enjoyed The Understudy, it was wildly entertaining and twistier than a bag full of pretzels on a rollercoaster. It is peppered with highly dislikeable yet extraordinarily engaging character's, set within a highly competitive environment, where each passing chapter send...
  • Lee Allen
    Apr 24, 2019
    Four authors. Four mothers. Four daughters ? and a fifth girl around whom the mystery knits together. ?The Understudy?, a serial from Serial Box, written by Sophie Hannah, BA Paris, Clare Mackintosh and Holly Brown, is an intriguing mystery, a gripping thriller and an insight int...
  • Clare
    Sep 26, 2019
    With thanks to Netgalley and Hodder and Staughton for this ARC in exchange for and honest review. The Understudy is about a four friends and wannabe actresses Jess, Ruby, Annabelle and Sadie. The girls attend the Orla Flynn Academy for Performing Arts. Ruby had moved to the UK fr...
  • Heather
    Sep 20, 2019
    This book is a collaboration between four writers of psychological/thriller books, and will interest many readers because of this. It?s told through the eyes of four mothers of daughters at a performing arts academy. Carolyn is a Cambridge Law Professor, with aspirations to write mu...
  • Claire Watson
    Sep 13, 2019
    The Understudy is a unique concept in that the book has been written by four different authors. It features four mothers and their daughters who are best friends. It?s a tale of bullying, secrets and accidents and whilst enjoyable I did sometimes lose sense of who was related to who....
  • Carla
    Jun 02, 2019
    What an interesting character study, of both the mothers and the daughters. Competition breeds such intense emotions and actions it is hard to predict where it will lead. When one daughter gets the lead in a production, the other daughters are supportive, or so it seems. Someone is try...
  • Colette Lamberth
    Sep 17, 2019
    I have previously read work by three of the four authors and was keen to read this collaborative work. To be honest I?m not sure I would have known from reading it that there were four authors involved had the chapters not been attributed to them individually. With 4 mothers and thei...
  • Rissa
    May 01, 2019
    The mothers are forced to come together when their daughters are being targeted but they have to find out if the newest member to their drama school is the killer, possessed perhaps or just a wicked little girl that wants to be a star. I thought that considering it was written by m...
  • Louise Wilson
    Sep 26, 2019
    This story centres around the mothers of four teenage girls who all attend a performing arts school. Jess, Ruby, Bel and Sadie attend the Orla Flynn Academy. They are studying musical theatre and form a close friendship group. The mothers, Carolyn, Kendall, Bronnie and Elsie are aslo f...
  • Melanie Austin
    Apr 20, 2019
    I am a huge fan of Clare Mackintosh and B. A. Paris and so when I found out they were working on a project together, I could not wait to read it. I have never had the pleasure of reading any of Sophie Hannah?s or Holly Brown?s books until now, but after reading this, I will definit...
  • Jacqueline  sharp
    Sep 25, 2019
    I was really looking forward to reading this book, as I am a fan of all four writers involved and have read most of their books. The writing itself is great, and flows seamlessly for saying it was written by four people each with their own style of writing. There are so many charact...
  • Daniel
    Jun 11, 2019
    I was very hyped when I got an invitation from Serialbox to check out the ARC of this book. Especially, since I'm a fan of all B.A. Paris' books. I liked "The Understudy". Unfortunately that's all. It didn't blow my mind. The beginning was a bit hard to follow. Many characters, many p...
  • Pauline
    Sep 11, 2019
    I really enjoy B.A. Paris and Clare Mackintosh books and had high hopes for this book. The story is about a group of teenage girls who are at drama school and their mothers who will do anything for their daughters. I just could not get into this story at all. I could not relate to th...
  • Kenzie
    May 06, 2019
    Another thank you to Serial Box for my eARC of "The Understudy!" I was so excited to see that B.A. Paris was going to be one of the authors for this project as I am already a fan of her work. All of the authors who contributed to this work flow together beautifully; their writing s...
  • Tiffany {Beyond the Stars: Book Blog}
    Jun 12, 2019
    I was gifted a copy of The Understudy by Serial Box in order to read and give an honest review. All opinions are my own. Classic case of who-done-it, right here ladies and gentlemen. The best part though is you literally don't know. There are so many options, so many people you mind...
  • Gillian Nolan
    Sep 12, 2019
    Did not finish this book. Was so disappointed. Horrible unlikeable characters and unbelievable story line at times ...
  • Mark
    Sep 16, 2019
    So, The Understudy, a book with an amazing pedigree of 4 top of their game writers although I must confess to only reading Paris and Mackintosh previously, both of which I have read everything they have published and mainly enjoyed The book is split into long chapters and ( I only ...
  • Mrs A
    Sep 14, 2019
    Four mothers with four daughters and how far will they go to protect them. All of them go to the Orla Flynn Academy for the Performing Arts and all are very competitive. A new girl arrives, Imogen, and wants to be in the gang. Who is she? and when things start happening who is in dang...
  • Bernadette
    May 28, 2019
    This story is a collaborative work by four authors. On reading the story it flows seamlessly from one author to another. Each adult, female character gets their own voice by virtue of the fact that each section is written as a first person perspective. The students have text message ...
  • Andrea Hicks
    Sep 27, 2019
    My thanks to Hodder and Staughton and the authors for the ARC of The Understudy. I wanted to like this book because it had a unique background but unfortunately it didn't chime with me at all. I found it difficult to want to champion any of the characters. I know everyone has faults b...
  • Sheri
    Sep 14, 2019
    Both Sophie Hannah and Clare Mackintosh are must-read authors for me; I?ve read a couple of books by B.A. Paris, but I?m not familiar with Holly Brown. A book co-written by four people sounded an intriguing proposition, and it actually works pretty seamlessly. It helps that it?s ...
  • Sarah
    Sep 27, 2019
    I was intrigued by what four authors could achieve in a collaboration and the end result is smoothly constructed and although each chapter tells you who wrote it the overall tone was fairly consistent. The plot had a lot of promise however the telling was somewhat disjointed and I don?...
  • Raluca
    May 01, 2019
    I received an ARC book of this and I was excited to be among the first to read this. Especially since both BA Paris and Claire Mackintosh are among my favourite thriller writers. If you've read Big Little Lies or In a Dark, Dark Wood, you'll love this. It's about the life (and lies)...
  • Caroline Kerdouci
    Sep 30, 2019
    Written by some very big names in crime fiction, The Understudy delves into the highly competitive and cut throat world of acting/show business. Centre stage are four young aspiring, talented wannabe actresses and their equally pushy mothers seemingly willing to do anything to put th...