The Temp by Michelle Frances #bookreview #thriller

Title: The Temp

Author: Michelle Frances

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

Page Count: 476

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

Wanted: Assistant to provide maternity cover for high-powered TV producer. Must be bright, creative, with killer instincts.

Emma would do anything to work for the woman who has the job she wants. Carrie is at the top of her game, with a dream career, a baby on the way, and a handsome screenwriter husband. For Emma, with parents who don’t understand her ambition and a serious misstep behind her, this temp position might be her last chance.

Carrie has given up more than anyone knows to get to the top of a ruthless business. She won’t give up this baby too. But with Emma filling in for her at the office, her perfect life starts to unravel.  Her bank account is inexplicably overdrawn, her husband seems strangely distant and colleagues are all too happy to take Emma’s creative direction. Carrie finds herself dying to get back to work . . . until a letter left at her door changes everything.

Trust and fear trade places in a love triangle that defies readers’ expectations at every turn.


After reading The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances last year I knew I needed to get a copy of The Temp and expected big things. This thriller however fell into that I just read too many of these pile with a feeling that I may have read this one before.

Carrie and her husband are both in the television business and thought they were perfect for each other and had their lives planned out. This however changed when Carrie accidentally get pregnant throwing a wrench in their best laid plans.

When Carrie decides to keep the baby she knows she will need to take some time off of her hectic TV producer job so she looks for a temporary replacement. Emma walks into Carrie’s life and at first it’s a relief how good she is,  that is until it begins to feel as if Emma is taking Carrie’s place in not only Carrie’s job but with everyone she knows.

The Temp really wasn’t a bad read at all I just felt as if to me this one was a little familiar. Then when the final twist and turn took place I did have the biggest factor guessed relatively early on having read similar books. I wouldn’t let my experience scare most readers off of trying this one though as Michelle Frances does write compelling stories that are easy to immerse yourself into. This one is a bit on the lengthier side but I still flew through it waiting to see if I would be correct and since I was I’m only giving this one 3.5 stars, still a completely solid read in the end though.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Michelle has worked in television drama as a producer and script editor for fifteen years, both for the independent sector and the BBC. The Temp is her second novel, following The Girlfriend.


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