Woman No. 17

Author: Edan Lepucki

Publication Date: February 13th, 2018

Publisher: Hogarth

Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Edan Lepucki’s Woman No. 17 “reads like a Hollywood Hills film noir.” Seattle Times

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady.

But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

Woman No. 17 is the kind of book that had plenty to offer in terms of a unique voice and writing style, with an interesting story that you knew you were going to have to follow through on until you finished!

The characters in Woman No. 17 are really different than I was expecting, and this kind of reads like a Hollywood movie that you just want to devote all of your attention to so that you can truly enjoy it.  I read this book in the course of a single, snowy afternoon in which I just couldn’t put it down because it had plenty to offer.  Back to the characters, though – they were well rounded and fleshed out, and had plenty to offer the story, and when you combine the two of them, you are in for a real treat.

I spent the entire book trying to figure out some things, only to be taken by complete surprise at the really awesome plot twists that happen.  This is the kind of book that will leave you guessing long after you think you know what’s going on, and there is truly so much happening at all times that you won’t be able to stop reading.  I loved how it kept me on the edge of my seat!

If you want to read something a bit different that brings an interesting premise, shocking characters, and twists you won’t see coming, Woman No. 17 is a great book to choose.

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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