The Girls by Bella Osborne

Thanks to Aria Fiction for my digital proof copy of The Girls by Bella Osborne. I’ve enjoyed reading Bella’s previous books and you can read my mini review for The Library at I’m sharing a mini review for The Girls today.


In the 1970s, The Girls were best friends sharing a house and good times: Zara the famous diva actor, Val the uptight solicitor, Jackie the wild child and Pauline the quirky introvert. Now they’re in their twilight years, and Zara suggests that they live with her to support each other through old age.

Initially, being housemates again is just as much fun as in their heyday. But then Zara reveals the real reason she asked them to move in with her, and suddenly things take a sinister turn.

As the women confront their demons they come under the spotlight of the press, the police and an angry parrot. With their lives spiralling out of control can they save their friendships and each other?

My thoughts:

I have to admit that I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to read this book when in an early chapter, one of the main characters is planning her death – I’ve lost close family members to suicide.

However, this book dealt with this issue in a sensitive way and I was able to enjoy the book. I loved meeting Val, Pauline, Jackie and Zara – the now older (but not necessarily wiser) Girls who had shared a house during their younger days. Each ‘girl’ needed their friends in different ways now.

Can the four friends rekindle their friendship and move forward from events that happened in the past? This is a no spoiler review, so all I’m going to say is that it isn’t always fun and laughter, but there are plenty of giggles in this book.

Happy to recommend this book to readers of my book blog. Available now in ebook and paperback.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.

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