Sunday, December 13, 2020

Review of The New Girl by Harriet Walker

 I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

How far would someone go to replace you? A new mother on maternity leave grows increasingly paranoid about her ambitious young temp in this Hitchcockian debut from the fashion editor at The Times (UK) .

Margot is the object of every woman's envy: as an editor at Haute, she has a glamorous job, a beautiful new baby girl, a seemingly perfect life. But when Margot's lifelong friend, Winnie, loses her own newborn boy, their shared dream of pushing strollers together turns to ash. And then there is the matter of Margot's maternity temp: bright, plucky, ambitious Maggie--the young woman Margot chose, but who now seems to be trying to eclipse her in every possible way.

When a cyber-stalker emerges, mocking Margot's façade of perfection and threatening to expose a dark secret she's spent years repressing, Margot feels attacked from all sides. Soon, the innocent preoccupations of motherhood spiral quickly--and perhaps lethally--into a frightening and irretrievable paranoia.

My Review:

5 Stars

The author does a great job of taking a fresh off maternity leave mother and turning her into a frenzied paranoid shell of who she used to be.

Margot has worked hard to get to where she is. Going on maternity leave was supposed to be a walk in the park. Sure she would have some catching up to do, but everything will be as it was in no time. What ensues is not what Margot had planned for. Not even what she anticipated. 

When a threat after threat keeps appearing Margot can't help but think she knows who's behind everything. While Margot's life seems to be spiraling out of control Maggie's seems to be taking off. 

An intriguing and delicious read.  

The New Girl is whiplash-paced, and a harrowing look into the profound sense of insecurity that prowls deep in the psyches of women everywhere.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Review of Best Behavior by Wendy Francis

 I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

A modern-day family gathers for a weekend to remember in a novel rich in both humor and heart…

Meredith Parker has made the journey to Bolton, her twins’ college, dozens of times. This weekend, though, is different. Dawn and Cody are about to graduate and move away to separate corners of the country. Meredith is proud of her kids, and she’s proud of herself for helping them get this far. She just never expected the tidal wave of emotions sweeping over her—or the tangled family dynamics complicating everything.

Meredith doesn’t miss her cheating ex, Roger, one bit, but sitting across from his very young, very gorgeous second wife threatens to unravel the graceful façade she’s trying so hard to maintain. Joel, Meredith’s husband, can see she’s feeling the first pangs of empty-nest syndrome and wants to soften the blow—but he’s distracted by a familiar face. Meanwhile, Cody and Dawn are sitting on their own secrets, and Roger’s new wife, Lily, wonders if she really wants to be a part of this wild, mixed-up family.

As tensions simmer with each passing appetizer tray, Meredith’s vision of the perfect weekend goes up in flames. But before the party’s over, as best behavior gives way to brutal honesty, there’ll be a chance for this new blended family to truly come together—in all its messy and glorious imperfection.

My Review:

4 Stars

A family splitting up is never easy. It's hard on everyone involved, but especially when there are children to take into consideration. Couple that with you now adult children getting ready to start their lives and it can turn even the most sane woman into a maniac for a little bit. 

Meredith tries very hard to make sure the weekend is perfect. It's the last hoorah for her twins. The last event before they are off and starting their own lives. But when ex's and new partners are involved even the best laid plans will somehow go awry. 

The author captures perfectly the family dynamic and its struggles. Having a blended family myself I know how hard it can be in certain situations. The important thing is to be there for the children no matter what and to try and put your personal differences aside. Like with Meredith it's easier said than done. 

A great family story about coming together and letting go. 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Review of The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton

 I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

From the internationally bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend.

Two women. A dying wish. And a web of lies that will bring their world crashing down.

Two women. A dying wish. And a web of lies that will bring their world crashing down.

Nina and Marie were best friends—until Nina was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Before she died, Nina asked Marie to fulfill her final wishes.

But her mistake was in thinking Marie was someone she could trust.

What Nina didn’t know was that Marie always wanted her beautiful life, and that Marie has an agenda of her own. She’ll do anything to get what she wants.

Marie thinks she can keep her promise to her friend’s family on her own terms. But what she doesn’t know is that Nina was hiding explosive secrets of her own…

My Review:

5 Stars

Nothing is harder than watching a loved one pass away. Especially when that loved one has entrusted her family to you. 

Marie and Nina were those friends. Friends that shared everything and were always there for each other. When Nina's time came Marie was not only handling her grief, but the grief of Nina's family as well. Promising to help fulfill her final wishes, Marie sets out to be as Nina like as she possibly can, but they are some big shoes to fill. 

When some of Nina's family starts to think that Marie is getting a little too comfortable Marie starts to feel like she's being taken for granted and that not one of them is thankful for all that she has sacrificed throughout this difficult time. Especially since there are things about Nina that nobody knew until she was longer among them. 

Mysterious and gripping, The Last Wife is a story that tests the bonds of friendship and family with equal measure.