Thursday 9 May 2024

The Temp - Kelly Florentia


What if your dream job became your worst nightmare?

Bella seems to have it all – a beautiful home, a brilliant career, a loving husband and teenage daughter, and supportive family and friends. The only thing missing is her body confidence.

So, when her PA goes on maternity leave, she decides against hiring a temporary assistant and employs a personal trainer instead. Why squander hard-earned cash on a temp when she could put the money to better use? Surely, she deserved some happiness after years of being a mum, wife, and housekeeper.

But little did she know Frank would want more than tightening her glutes and toning her biceps. Angry and frustrated for making the wrong choice, Bella sacks Frank and hires a temp, Daisy.

Daisy has settled in nicely. She thinks she’s landed a great job. But if Bella thinks she can happily move on, as if Frank never existed, she may have to think again…

What did I think?

Oh what a tangled web you weave, Ms Florentia!  The Temp had my brain twisting and turning so much it's a wonder I wasn't dizzy!

Bella appears to have the perfect marriage but it's a slippery slope when you start hiding things from your other half.  Tom is a bit of a scrooge when it comes to the family finances so Bella has to hide the fact that she has hired a personal trainer at the gym.  Bella wishes she hadn't hired Frank when he won't take no for an answer and she can't get rid of him.

As if Frank appearing everywhere Bella turns isn't enough to drive her mad, she now has to hire a temp to cover her assistant's maternity leave.  It just so happens that the perfect candidate turns up without Bella having to advertise the position.  Uh-oh the alarm bells were positively deafening in my head when Daisy turns up out of the blue.

The plot twists and turns as the reader tries to work out what's going on with both Frank and Daisy but I would have never worked it out in a million years.  Reading books such as this is the one occasion when I'm more than happy to be wrong!

Compulsive, twisty and incredibly gripping, The Temp is a fantastic thriller that entertained, shocked and surprised me.  I absolutely loved it and would definitely recommend giving it a read.

I chose to read a digital ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

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