by Araminta Hall
In this book we follow three women and their struggles in life. One of the women, Mary, is found murdered and we then follow her two best friends as they navigate the strange world where their friend is gone. We mostly follow a woman called Elanor since she was the one closest to Mary and also happens to be in love in Mary’s husband.
It is set up as a mystery. Who killed Mary? It starts out rather interesting where we learn that Mary had an affair with someone, a man called David. No one knows who he is and we get hints here and there to this man and at the same time the mystery unfolds and suspicions are cast upon Mary husband.
Then, nothing sort of happens. The mystery is there, but lessens for every page as we get information in the most unsatisfying way. It’s just nagging women who can’t seem to fulfill their lives without the utterly assholes of men in their lives.
I struggled with this book so much. It sounded so good and a murder mystery and these women and… well. It was boring. Straight out boring.
Nothing happened, the characters were just talking about ramdon stuff and not moving on and being just bad people. I don’t know, but I wanted more action, more momentum in the story.
Narratively, I couldn’t even tell the women apart. And I listened to this on audiobook and there was hardly any clear distinction between the different women point of views. The narration definitely would have benefitted from having three separate women reading this because this one narrator did not make it easy.
And maybe I’m mistaken here, but I think two characters in the book shared the same name? The daughter of Elanor’s elderly neighbor and the murder victims daughter, weren’t they both called Sarah? (I listened to this as an audiobook so I couldn’t really tell if there was a difference, but it all sounded too similar).
Overall, I just didn’t get along with the book at all. So, sadly, not for me.