She glanced at her phone again. There were appeals from the girls, from her colleagues, a text from Steve reading 'Call me.' She couldn't. She couldn't call anyone . . . She leaned forward, gripping the edge of the bench, and stared at the ground. God, she thought, am I losing my mind? Is this what happens when you lose your job?

The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she'd ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer in London?

As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new - one without professional achievements but instead, long days at home with her ailing mother - she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby. Best friends since university right through their working lives, and for all the happiness and heartbreaks in between.

But these career women all have personal problems of their own, and when Stacey's redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits . . .

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