Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

23616719Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

320 Pages

Published May 9th 2017 by Hogarth

Goodreads Summary: 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.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She’s going to need a hand with her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In comes S., a magnetic young artist, who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s young toddler son, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage, one. S. performs her day job beautifully, 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.

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

Review: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hmm what to say about this book. I really enjoyed the author’s first book, California, but this one was completely different. The two main characters were both pretty unlikable and some of the scenarios described seemed a little far fetched but then again, I grew up in Minnesota, far from the Hollywood lifestyle so what do I know. I didn’t feel emotionally connected to any of the characters. More often than not I just wanted to ask them wtf they were doing. I think this was an interesting look at motherhood and how one child can be so different from another. If you are offended by some language, excessive drinking, and sex scenes, I would hesitate before picking this one up.  I was hoping for something I enjoyed a little more.  It was good but I don’t think I will read it again.

3 Stars

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