REVIEW: Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty

Those Other Women

Expected publication: June 26, 2018 by William Morrow
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I LOVE books that have anything to do with social media. After reading the description for this novel, I was even more excited to get reading.

I really enjoyed this novel!

Poppy Weston has just been betrayed by the two people she trusted most in the world. She didn’t see it coming and it’s left her reeling….and extremely angry. But with the help of her co-worker and new friend, Annalise, Poppy finds an outlet for that anger. However, it’s not long before something that was giving her such satisfaction turns on her and ends up leaving her feeling worse than ever. She’s thankful that she has Annalise, although it seems like Annalise is keeping things from her. Poppy realizes there’s a lot she doesn’t know about her new friend.

“Why didn’t she know anything about Annalise beyond the woman she saw in front of her? Why had they never chatted about Annalise’s childhood, her family?”

Poppy wonders if she can fully trust Annalise….

Annalise doesn’t like to talk about herself or her past. She thinks co-worker, Poppy is a good girl who always follows the rules. But she can clearly see that she has been betrayed and is in pain. It’s something Poppy can’t hide. Annalise wants to help her.

But there are things that Poppy doesn’t know about Annalise….things that no one knows. And when something happens that threatens to turn everything in Annalise’s life upside down, she doesn’t know what to do….or who to trust.

If she comes clean will she lose Annalise?

Frankie is overwhelmed with everything. She can feel the judgment and the disdain that Poppy and Annalise have for her yet she doesn’t know what she did to cause it.

Frankie has secrets too.

And then comes the worst day of Frankie’s life…

The Imposter “Just being logged in under the fake persona made her breathe a sigh of relief”

“Did she feel a level of guilt about lying to these women? Yes, of course. But it didn’t last”

Who is The Imposter? What do they want?

The story is told from multiple perspectives. We hear from Poppy, Annalise, Frankie, and The Imposter. Interspersed throughout the book are Facebook posts, private messages, as well as notebook entries which I thought really added to the story and gave insight into the characters.

I found “Those Other Women” honest and realistic in many ways. The author has written a story with relatable characters who have relatable issues.  The story deals with relationships and conflicts both online and in real life, and it was a very enjoyable read. I wish a few things had a little more clarification at the end but overall I was really happy with how it all came together.

Women can be really hard on themselves and other women. Many of us are so fearful of being judged. And behind the keyboard, it’s often even easier to say what you think/give your opinion. Over the years I’ve seen people say such vicious things to other people on social media. Nothing seems to be off-limits.

This really was a very entertaining and well-written domestic drama about social media, family, friendship, secrets, and lies. I’m really looking forward to reading more from Nicola Moriarty.

I’d like to thank William Morrow & Company for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Throwback Thursday – All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

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Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is: 

 

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

All Fall Down

 

Goodreads Description:

Allison Weiss got her happy endinga handsome husband, adorable daughter, a job she loves, and the big house in the suburbs. But while waiting in the pediatrician’s office, she opens a magazine to a quiz about addiction and starts to wonder…Is a Percocet at the end of the day really different from a glass of wine? Is it such a bad thing to pop a Vicodin after a brutal Jump & Pump class…or if your husband ignores you?

The pills help her manage the realities of her good-looking life: that her husband is distant, that her daughter is acting out, that her father’s Alzheimer’s is worsening and her mother is barely managing to cope. She tells herself that they let her make it through her days…but what if her increasing drug use, a habit that’s becoming expensive and hard to hide, is turning into her biggest problem of all?

With a sparkling comedic touch and a cast of unforgettable characters, this remarkable story of a woman’s slide into addiction and struggle to find her way back up again is Jennifer Weiner’s most masterful work yet.

My Thoughts:
 
I’ve read a few books from Jennifer Weiner, but this was one of my favorites. The ratings and reviews are varied, but it was a read that I really enjoyed. With the constant increase of opiate and pain pill use, I thought this was a well-written and thought-provoking read. The main character, Allison was hard to like at times (as most addicts can be) but I thought her story was an important one. I think the author told a very good story that dealt with many important issues.

REVIEW: Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

Tell Me Lies

Published June 12, 2018 by Atria Books

 

“Tell Me Lies is about that one person who still haunts you—the other one. The wrong one. The one you couldn’t let go of. The one you’ll never forget”

This was such an addictive read. The blurb and that cover pulled me right in. I started the book and was finished a few hours later. Thankfully, I had no plans for the day. Groceries and cleaning house? Bah…they could wait!

2017 – Lucy Albright is on her way to a friend’s wedding. She is extremely anxious…because HE’S going to be there.

“the sickness in my stomach is growing worse by the minutes, the familiarity of the pain creating a nauseating déjà vu. The same gut-wrenching dread I lived with for years.”

2010 – Lucy’s mother doesn’t understand why Lucy won’t attend University closer to home. But Lucy chose Baird because she wanted to be as far away from her mother as possible. A few years ago her mother did what Lucy calls “ The Unforgivable Thing ”.

Now she’s finally at college. A new start. She loves it. She has great classes, awesome new friends, and attends great parties. She meets Stephen DeMarco at one of these parties.

When they first meet, Lucy isn’t really interested. Something about him seemed a bit off. She almost wished she could ask her mother but “when you have a mother who did the Unforgivable Thing, you can’t ask her those kinds of questions.” She runs into Stephen a few more times and it’s not long before she realizes she’s falling for him.

To say Steven is confident and self-assured is putting it mildly. He’s charming when he wants to be, and when he wants something, he goes after it full throttle. “ When I decide I like someone, my first step is to gather as much information as possible about every aspect of her life in order to more closely resemble her ideal partner.”

Stephen has secrets. Things he doesn’t want anyone to know. The night he meets Lucy, Stephen is drinking to get rid of the anxiety that often creeps up on him…reminding him of THAT night.

Wow…what a read!

This is definitely NOT your typical love story. This is about a toxic and an all-encompassing obsessive kind of “love”.

Many of us have had “ the one that got away ” some have “the one that we would have done anything to keep ”. I think many people could relate to parts of this story. But there were times I wanted to scream at the characters. Yes, I found a few parts a bit over the top, but relationships are like that sometimes…. over the top. Many of us have known a Lucy. Some of us have been Lucy.

The story is told from Lucy and Stephen’s alternating perspectives. The storyline also alternates, focusing on the years from 2010 to what is happening currently in 2017. There is a bit of repetition, but for the most part, I found it interesting reading both perspectives of some of the situations that came up.

I’m pretty satisfied with how it all came together although part of me wishes things ended a little differently. I really wanted a couple of things…sorted out. But we can’t always have what we want and like I mentioned at the beginning, I was still addicted to this story, unable to put it down.

“Tell Me Lies” is a fascinating and gripping read about toxic love, addiction, obsession, secrets, and betrayal. Carola Lovering got me hooked on Stephen and Lucy’s story and I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

I’d like to thank Atria books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

Teaser Tuesday – June 12, 2018

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker.

It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read and open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Here are my “teasers” :

She tried to understand how it was that her mother had handed her own child off to this criminal. She’d walked her to the bus depot, delivered her to him like a gift. But the even greater mystery, she thought, was Sally herself. What on earth would have made her agree to go with him, this fiend?

From the novel:

 

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Rust & Stardust

Expected publication: August 7, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
 
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Goodreads Description:
 
Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11 year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth’s, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute―unless she does as he says.

This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.

Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic Lolita.

My Thoughts:

I’ve only read the first couple of chapters, but I’m hooked. I can tell this is going to be a very emotional read. I’m going to have a hard time putting this one down….