Review: The Understudy by Sophie Hannah, Claire Mackintosh, B.A. Paris, Holly Brown

I was gifted The Understudy by Serial Box in order to read and give my honest opinion in a review. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by Serial Box.

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Published: Expected, August 22, 2019

Author: Sophie Hannah, Claire Mackintosh, B.A. Paris, Holly Brown


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 able to move on. When new threats surface and “accidents” begin to happen—just as a mysterious new girl enters the scene—the mothers take matters into their own hands. But they will have to risk their own secrets being exposed if they stand a chance at uncovering the truth.

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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 takes you to, and none are correct.

The book is set in London at a performing art school and is told from the view point of the mothers, Carolyn, Bronnie, Kendall, and Elise, of four of the students. Ruby, Bel, Sadie, and Jess are going into their second year when things begin to go awry. With the introduction of a fifth girl into the mix, the bullying begins. With the unveiling of new information around every corner, who is the aggressor, and more importantly, why?

I thoroughly enjoyed The Uprising. When I saw B.A. Paris, I jumped on it. This book had me questioning if I was the bully?? What had I done to set the chain of events in motion?? <Insert laughy face> It did start out a little slow for me, but easy enough to push through. Also, it is set like a ten episode series? So, I thought that was weird but it did not affect my reading at all.

I only gave it four stars because it was not a book that I literally could not put down. I read it over about two weeks in between reading other books. It was definitely an easy, thought provoking read.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★

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