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You'd do anything for your friends. But would you tell them the truth?

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....

©2020 Araminta Hall (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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The perfect staycation novel - a psychological thriller with added oomph

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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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You are loved...

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.