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Imperfect Women

Narrated by: Helen Keeley
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
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Summary

Nancy, Eleanor and Mary met at college and have been friends ever since, through marriages, children and love affairs. 

Nancy married her college sweetheart and is now missing that excitement of her youth.

Eleanor put her career above all else and hasn't looked back, despite her soft spot for Nancy's husband.

Mary fell pregnant far too young and is now coping with three children and a mentally unwell husband.

But when Nancy is killed, Eleanor and Mary must align themselves to uncover her killer. And as each of their stories unfold, they realise that there are many ways different truths to find and many different ways to bring justice for those we love....

©2020 Araminta Hall (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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The perfect staycation novel - a psychological thriller with added oomph

having listened to Araminta Hall’s last novel, Our Kind of Cruelty on Audible before and enjoyed it, I had high expectations of Imperfect Women. These expectations were only raised when I heard via Twitter Elisabeth Moss has optioned the TV/film rights. In such circumstances I’ve frequently found raised hopes can end up dashed when the actual novel doesn’t live up to its hype - but the opposite was true for me in this case: it’s my favourite of Araminta’s books so far. The book is divided into thirds and we follow the story of three women, Eleanor, Mary and Nancy, who meet at university and remain friends for decades afterwards, so at the start of the novel they’ve known each other about 30 years. The book opens with a death so is a psychological thriller in terms of genre, but it is certainly a cut above most that are out there because it has a depth of character and breadth of theme that I find is sometimes lacking in genre fiction. It tackles big themes such as sexual politics and moral culpability and is narrated brilliantly by Helen Keeley. If, like me, you enjoy authors such as Lucy Atkins, Sarah Vaughan, Adele Parks and Lisa Jewell, this will tick all the right boxes. Highly recommended.

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I enjoyed this book wholeheartedly. It’s sensitive, shocking, cruel and kind - page after page. Thanks to the author for putting pen to paper on this and allowing me to join Ellie, Nancy and Mary who were loved.

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A disappointment

Not the gripping tale I expected- too much repetitive self obsessed introspection from the annoying women. Not recommended.