My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: July 2nd 2019
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Abuse, Feminism, Realistic Fiction, Sisterhood
Of all the stories from female authors that have been published this month, this is the one Reese chooses for her book club? I mean it’s her book club, she can do whatever she wants, but I normally understand why a book is highlighted and right now I’m confused. While this is a timely story with somewhat meaningful commentary on womanhood, wifehood, motherhood and the power relations at play on the work field between men and women, the plot itself is nothing captivating because nothing new is actually being said. And I could not stand the narration style.
It reminded me too much of those TV series that have a narrator narrating everything that is happening, even though the viewer is able to understand that on their own. There were many series like that in Romania, where I spent time this summer, and they drove me absolutely crazy. For example, you see a woman on the screen approaching another person and you hear the narrator say, ‘‘Alicia doesn’t know how to approach Clive. She is deeply in love with him but is afraid to show her real feelings because she doesn’t want to be rejected.’’ Omg stop.
The writing is good, though. The author does over-describe or over-explain but she does so in a way that is straight-forward and clear, not confusing or unnecessarily purple-y. The story is not what is promised. I was promised a thriller or at least an interesting mystery but it’s a very soft type of mystery that is only a mystery because most of us are human beings who cannot read the future and so cannot predict what will happen in twenty, fifty, two hundred pages. If you don’t care that little will shock or surprise you and you simply want to read a story about female bonds, ambition and revenge with different not-quite-memorable POVs and an unconventional narration style, I will not keep you from reading this book.
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