Book Review: Woman No 17.
Title: Woman No.17
Author: Edan Lepucki
Publish Date: May 9, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, fiction, noir
Edition: E-book * (ARC)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Trying to be a writer Lady has decided to take a break from her husband, a trial separation. She’s going to need a hand with her youngest son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In comes S., a young artist, struggling to find a place in the art world, who will live in the guest house, care for Lady’s young toddler son, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage, one. S. performs her day job with quirky aplomb, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But as the summer wears on, S.’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. Lady and S. will move closer to one another as they both threaten to harm the things they hold most dear.
The Fancy blurb:
A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California
Wow! Not really sure where to start, this book was un-put-down-able! The writing was wonderfully captivating, I love it when an author can grab a hold of you in the first chapter and keep you engaged through the whole book. Told from an alternating narrative of 2 very different yet very similar woman. Who meet at different turning points in their lives, but somehow become friends, albeit uneasy ones. Lady is trying to write a memoir about her oldest son being mute, how she fund out and their early struggles. Having trouble with writing it and handling her young toddler, while on a “break” from her husband. In comes S. who is hired to be a nanny. S. is at a bit of a crossroad herself, having recently broken up with her boyfriend and a major fail on an art project. S. decides to start a new art project and become her mother, when her mother was the age that S. is now, she over hauls her appearance and personality, eventually she encompasses it to include other peoples mothers as well. This is the part where she gets involved with Lady’s older son. It’s a bit unhealthy for the both of them in my opinion. As I’m sure you’ve imagined it all comes to head one night, and the spell is broken.
Honestly, I am not sure if I liked these woman very much, they seemed pretty shallow and overly dramatic. I was however drawn into their stories. Also, I kept waiting for the sinister part to happen but it never did, so I am not sure why that’s in the blurb.
Complex relationships seemed to be the main theme here, but there are many smaller ones within as well. It is a wild ride, one I very much enjoyed. Pick up a copy, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
I received a free advanced digital copy from the first to Read program through Penguin Random House, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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