Think Expectation meets The Couple Next Door, this is the new novel from bestselling writer, Araminta Hall, author of OUR KIND OF CRUELTY.
This novel was previously published as Imperfect Women in hardback.
FRIENDS TELL EACH OTHER EVERYTHING. DON'T THEY?
'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...
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
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
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