Imperfect Women

Araminta Hall. MCD, $27 (304p) ISBN 978-0-374-27258-6
This heart-wrenching psychological thriller from British author Hall (Our Kind of Cruelty) charts the fraught lives of three best friends from university. Nancy Hennessy has stayed ostensibly close to Eleanor Meakins and Mary Smithson in the nearly three decades since they were at Oxford together. When Nancy is murdered after meeting with her secret lover, Eleanor’s affair with Nancy’s husband becomes so engrossing and guilt-wracked that it keeps Eleanor from helping Mary with her husband’s illness. Three successive narratives center on the interior life of each woman: Eleanor immediately after the murder, Nancy in the time leading up to her death, and Mary further along in the murder’s aftermath. Hall shows each woman being emotionally drawn to doing something she knows is awful, revolting against feeling trapped, and feeling separated from her support system by guilt, evoking both empathy and outrage in the reader. The suspense alone is crafted skillfully enough to hold interest, but the dark portrait of the stifling nature of contemporary womanhood makes this story really stick. Agent: Lizzy Kremer, David Higham (U.K.). (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 03/10/2020
Release date: 06/16/2020
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-1-250-79868-8
Compact Disc - 978-1-250-75280-2
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