Book Review: Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty

I stopped off at the library to return some books and went past the shelf displaying new books. Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty was proudly displayed and I picked it up quickly as it was on my TBR list.

In this story we read about a group of working women who create a Facebook page to connect with other women who have no wish to have children. The connection and solidarity among childless women quickly descends into something more sinister as things begin to slide out of control with devastating consequences as secrets and lies are exposed.

The Facebook group is begun by Poppy and her new friend, Annalise, when she is made aware of a deception by two people whom she loves. The group helps Poppy find her equilibrium and self-worth; and she learns that her life choices are worth celebrating. Then someone begins leaking the group’s private posts and stirring up some nasty backlash, causing her to doubt her choices. Frankie is feeling judged by her disapproving female colleagues and by her own disappointed children. She also knows something sensitive about her boss which she feels guilty holding back. The result is that she is careening toward a breaking point. As things escalate, the women are forced to face some painful truths about themselves, their lives, and what they will do to survive.

This well-written novel realistically describes the relationships between women both at the workplace and at the personal level. It describes how the betrayal of a close friend can cause a woman to falter and do some soul searching. The novel perfectly describes how women divide themselves into ‘us’ and ‘them’, causing friction among themselves. The story accurately reflects the role social media plays in our lives, and how it influences some of our decisions. I enjoyed reading this contemporary drama. It is relevant to today, and reflects the experience and choices of the modern woman.

I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was the 41st in my 50 book pledge for 2018)

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