Monday 14 July 2014

Review: Strange Girls and Ordinary Women

Strange Girls and Ordinary Women 
by Morgan McCarthy
Publisher: Headline
Release date: 3 July 2014
Rating: ****
Back cover blurb:
They say you know instinctively who to trust. Alice is normal; she'd never do anything rash. But when she sees her husband one day with a younger girl, she knows at once that he's having an affair. And it must be stopped. Vic loves her friend Michael, more than he knows. He wants happiness, and thinks he's found it with the magnetic Estella. But Vic feels sure she can't be trusted - and she needs to make Michael see that too. They don't know Kaya; her life is tougher than they can imagine. But Kaya's a survivor, and she's determined to find a way out of her miserable world. Three women, three lives that come crashing together in this dark, lyrical and utterly enthralling story of warped perceptions, female intuition and 'the other woman'.

Strange Girls and Ordinary Women is a tale of exactly that. Split into three parts each covering different periods of time in the lives of our three main characters; Alice, Vic and Kaya.

Alice is married to Jasper whom she suspects is having an affair. Neither of them are happy but they have a teenage son to think about.

Vic is alone on the Island of Madeira, managing the hotel that her parents used to own before they returned to UK.

And then there is Kaya young and intelligent, let down by her family, desperately wanting to go to University and better herself.

On first glance, these women appear to have absolutely nothing in common, but as Alice begins scrutinising her husbands life a little more closely she discovers a little more than she bargained for. As Alice keeps on searching for answers we delve deeper into the lives of all three women.

Nothing is quite as it seems, and the three strangers lives are at once thrown together in ways that you could never imagine.

A beautifully written novel telling a compelling tale; Strange Girls and Ordinary Women should definitely be on your 'to read' list this year.

Strange Girls and Ordinary Women is available to buy from Amazon online and all good book shops.
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Thank you to the publishers who approved my request on netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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