This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Those Other Women
“A firecracker of a novel…” -Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies
The author of The Fifth Letter takes a laser look at the uneasy relationships between women and the real-world ramifications of online conflicts and social media hostilities in this stunning domestic drama. A story of privilege, unspoken rivalries, and small acts of vengeance with huge repercussions sure to please fans of Sarah Jio and Ruth Ware.
Overwhelmed at the office and reeling from betrayals involving the people she loves, Poppy feels as if her world has tipped sideways. Maybe her colleague, Annalise, is right—Poppy needs to let loose and blow off some steam. What better way to vent than social media?
With Annalise, she creates an invitation-only Facebook group that quickly takes off. Suddenly, Poppy feels like she’s back in control—until someone begins leaking the group’s private posts and stirring up a nasty backlash, shattering her confidence.
Feeling judged by disapproving female colleagues and her own disappointed children, Frankie, too, is careening towards the breaking point. She also knows something shocking about her boss—sensitive knowledge that is tearing her apart.
As things begin to slide disastrously, dangerously out of control, carefully concealed secrets and lies are exposed with devastating consequences—forcing these women to face painful truths about their lives and the things they do to survive.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
The description of this book has you thinking you are heading for a story with some suspense, a little mystery (who is leaking the posts?!) but truly it’s more contemporary women’s fiction with a slight mystery and a twist that is tepid at best.
I had a friend once tell me she couldn’t read Liane Moriarty because all her books turn into “mommy wars”. Not being a mom myself- that doesn’t faze me- but I could understand her POV.
This book, though, was war between non-mommy VS mommy. And at first it was slightly entertaining- reading the posts in the secret Facebook group because we’ve all had that friend who thinks that because she’s had children- her time is more valuable. That maybe she should get some special perks. That invites you to every birthday party, play, function and sometimes you just want to say NO. So when the non-moms were getting this off their chest- I was giggling a bit. Because there is def more than a hint of truth to that.
But then it devolved into just an out and out war and it became less entertaining. By the end, I think Nicola made the point that moms and non-moms are just women trying to make the best of the life and choices and we should cut each other a break and maybe not be so quick to label each other….. Or to see beyond the label that mom and non-mom means to society… BUT, by that point I was just wanting to finish this book.
If you want to read a good book- try The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty. I enjoyed it much more!
Bottom line: If you like a book that is like a front seat to social media fights that go public- well this book might interest you. For me, I’m not recommending it.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
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T @ Traveling With T