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

  • Vivienne
    Oct 05, 2019
    My thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for an eARC via NetGalley of ?The Understudy? written by Sophie Hannah, Clare Mackintosh; B A Paris; and Holly Brown in exchange for an honest review. This intriguing novel is centred on the exclusive and highly competitive Orla Flynn Academy ...
  • Noemi Proietti
    Oct 14, 2019
    I wish I could say I enjoyed this more. I was drawn to it because it was written by some of my favourite authors and yet I couldn't really get into the story. While the plot is intriguing and twisty, I found the characters highly annoying and I couldn't symphatize with any of them. The...
  • 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...
  • Kath
    Oct 10, 2019
    Having read and loved books by each of the four authors of this book, I was both intrigued and excited to see how they would do with this collaboration. Sadly, for me, the expectation fell short in its execution. I am not sure of the mechanics behind how they wrote the book, apart from...
  • 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...
  • Fiona Mccormick
    Oct 04, 2019
    I was excited to read this book as it is a collaboration between 4 prolific authors known for their psychological thrillers. It was cleverly done and told a good story with plenty of surprises and twists. However, I felt the subject matter of teenage girls at a stage school was a bit t...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Emily
    Oct 14, 2019
    I was intrigued by exactly how this book would work written by four authors but this was made clear when I realised each took a different long chapter to write, coming together for the last. I 've read and loved 3 of the 4 authors solo books but honestly? I was disappointed. I'm not su...
  • 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...
  • Maggie
    Oct 18, 2019
    The first thing to mention about 'The Understudy' is that it was written by four authors with them coming together for the final chapter. I was a bit apprehensive as I have read collaborative novels in the past & found that they don't really fit. However with this book, as I was a ...
  • Karen Barber
    Oct 10, 2019
    On paper this sounds like an idea that might work...four very different writers (all very good at what they do) each take a section of story and work it into a whole novel. Our story focuses on a group of girls at the Orla Flynn Academy, a stage school where there are some definite di...
  • 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...
  • Val Robson
    Oct 02, 2019
    This was an intriguing premise for a book as it is written by four already well known and successful authors. The plots centres on four girls, Ruby, Jess, Annabel (Bel) and Sadie and their respectively mothers Kendall, Carolyn, Bronnie and Elise. The girls are all about sixteen and stu...
  • 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...
  • Jacqueline  sharp
    Sep 26, 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...
  • Kerry Henderson
    Oct 03, 2019
    Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for the chance to read this book. Four mothers all with talented children at a top drama school, four girls all trying to be the best when another comes along and causes problems. Soon it becomes clear theres lots of lies surrounding all...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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?...
  • tinalouisereadsbooks
    Oct 14, 2019
    Four mothers, Carolyn, Bronnie, Kendall and Elise all have daughters who are friends at an academy for performing arts. New girl Imogen Curwood arrives and things start to happen at the school possibly putting one student in danger. This book shouted out to me because it was a combi...
  • Fay Flude
    Oct 02, 2019
    London and a performing arts school where a group of 4 girls, Bel, Sadie, Ruby and Jess are causing trouble, not just any trouble but the sort of antics that can get a girl expelled. Is Ruby jealous of Jess? Is that why she placed a mutilated ballerina in a music box, playing an auditi...
  • 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...