Imperfect Women Synopsis
YOU'D DO ANYTHING FOR YOUR FRIENDS. BUT WOULD YOU TELL THEM THE TRUTH? 'Love this book' Elisabeth Moss, star of The Handmaid's Tale 'Rare and complex' Marian Keyes 'A dark, delicious thriller. I loved it.' Louise O'Neill, author of Only Ever Yours 'Immersive and unsettling.' Sarah Vaughn, author of Anatomy of a Scandal 'I read this in no time. An excellent twist.' Dorothy Koomson, author of The Ice Cream Girls 'Beautifully written ... should not be missed' Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely Wife 'Immersive, intelligent and gripping' S.E. Lynes, author of Mother Nancy, Eleanor and Mary met at college and have been friends ever since, through marriages, children and love affairs. Eleanor is calm and driven, with a deep sense of responsibility, a brilliant career and a love of being single and free - despite her soft spot for her best friend's husband. Mary is deeply intelligent with a love of learning, derailed by three children and a mean, demanding husband - she is now unrecognisable to herself and her friends. Nancy is seemingly perfect: bright, beautiful and rich with an adoring husband and daughter - but beneath the surface her discontent is going to affect them all in terrible ways. When Nancy is murdered, Eleanor and Mary must align themselves to uncover her killer. And as each of their stories unfold, they realise that there are many different truths to find, and many different ways to bring justice for those we love... Everyone wants a perfect life. But there is no such thing...
Imperfect Women Press Reviews
A cracking read. * Steph McGovern * A dark, delicious thriller which holds the complexity of female friendship at its heart. I loved it. * Louise O'Neill * The story of three female friends and the equally imperfect men in their lives. It's about deception, disappointment & murder. It's also about female friendship and platonic love, which cuts through the darkness. Gripping stuff! * Paul Burston * A psychological page-turner of a story that deftly explores the dark and confronting dualities of womanhood. I read hungrily it in a day. * Laura Jane Williams * A brilliantly unsettling exploration of secrets and lies. * Jo Spain * Not only a deeply satisfying psychological thriller but an insightful and sometimes disquieting exploration of relationships, families and the challenges and pressures confronting women today. * Cara Hunter * A perfect slow burning thriller that beautifully dissects the complexities of female friendship and the choices women make. * Nikki Smith * A tense psychological story about female friendship and bad choices. * Julie Cohen * Toxic relationships, crushed hopes & rebuilding yourself from rock bottom... a fabulous novel. * Liv Matthews * A dark take on friendship and festering secrets that had me turning pages well into the night. * Caroline Hulse * A slow-burning, tense build to a furious conclusion. Female friendships and the compromises women make are explored in stark detail, and through three different perspectives the story develops to a pleasing and very just ending. It's great. * Harriet Tyce * A stunning example of the new breed of psychological thriller with a deep dive into the conflicted worlds of three brilliantly-drawn female characters, irradiated by a terrible crime. A pitch-perfect, meticulously-observed and utterly absorbing novel. * Philippa East * An immersive, intelligent and gripping exploration of the deep wells of female friendship and what it means to be a woman in a world made by and for men. Hall gives us three flawed female characters and shows how their expectations of life are thwarted in different ways, exploring their relationships and enticingly messy behaviour with compassion, even in the darkest of deeds. * S.E. Lynes * Beautifully written and expertly structured - a masterclass in psychological thriller writing. * Simon Lelic * Dark, visceral, proper psychological thriller with a powerful feminist agenda. * Laura Wilkinson * It's been clear from the start that Araminta Hall has a talent for telling unpalatable truths and Imperfect Women is no exception. Expertly peels the layers from the everyday lies we tell each other, and ourselves * Sarah Hilary * 'A stunning, dark novel about who women want to be and the reality of who they are. Beautifully written, thought-provoking and should not be missed. * Samantha Downing * Imperfect Women is a painfully honest, haunting portrait of friendship, betrayal, marriage and disappointment. While Hall is able to keep you on the edge of your seat (and awake much later than you should be) she can also make you weep, such is her insight and lack of judgement of the human condition. A beautiful book that will stay with me for a very long time. * Dolly Wells * A brilliant exploration of the secrets and hidden lives womn create for themselves as they try to navigate their way through life. The friendships are real and touching, the relationships are consuming and passionate. I read this in no time and really enjoyed the pace, flow and insights Araminta writes about. A fabulous novel of modern love, life and people, with an excellent twist. * Dorothy Koomson * A psychological thriller in the truest sense of the word: a thoughtful examination of the psyche of three credible women with baggage and flaws. So much will resonate: not least Hall's exploration of gender politics and motherhood. At points I was folding pages repeatedly. Deeply unsettling. Recommended. * Sarah Vaughn * Rare and very refreshing ... a novel where middle-aged women are represented in all their wise, sensual, flawed complexity. I enjoyed it SO much * Marian Keyes *
About Araminta Hall
Araminta Hall has worked as a writer, journalist and teacher. Her first novel, Everything & Nothing, was published in 2011 and became a Richard & Judy read that year. Her second, Dot, was published in 2013, and her third, Our Kind of Cruelty, in 2018. She has taught creative writing for many years at a variety of places, including New Writing South in Brighton, where she lives with her husband and three children. Contact Araminta on Twitter at @aramintahall
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