Thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
So the media hype is most definitely real with this one. Quite simply, this is a book about the lives, loves and desires of three women. Maggie, a young woman who has become a local pariah, despite being a victim of a predatory teacher. Lina, a victim of abuse trapped in a loveless marriage, who still pines over a lost love, and Sloane, an enigmatic woman from a background of privilege who has a complicated relationship with her own needs and desires.
All of these women are completely fascinating in their own way. In their stories we have outrage and affirmation, love, despair, desperation, raw desire and confusion. It’s not always an easy read and there were times I wanted to give some of the women a shake and tell them to get a grip of themselves. I had to remind myself that these are real people with all the associated flaws, demons and idiosyncrasies we carry around. There were some quotes that really hit home about the female experience:
“We pretend to want things we don’t want so nobody can see us not getting what we need”
‘If only they could have talked more. Now they merely visited each other in beautiful places, where they each kept their own closets of shit’
Of the three women featured I was less into Sloane’s story. I felt she was much more of an enigma and I struggled to get to know her and to identify with her experience. Perhaps if I was a stunningly beautiful, WASP type it would have been easier but alas, I am not.
A great book that will leave you both outraged and full of admiration for all the crap we go through in the name of love.