Girl Well Read
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A special thank you to Greer Hendricks for a copy of the audiobook.
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
At first, the book alternates between the perspectives of Richard's ex-wife, Vanessa, and his new-and-improved younger fiancée, Nellie. Vanessa was left humiliated and penniless with the break up and she has a drinking problem—is this what was responsible for the dissolution of the marriage? Nellie can't shake the feeling that she is being followed and that there is something to the anonymous calls she has been receiving. Vanessa is jealous and becomes obsessed with her replacement—she is determined to stop Richard from marrying again. Just how far will she go?
That's about all I can safely synopsize. But what I can tell you is that I'm speechless. What a fantastic book.
The writing is BRILLIANT! You can tell that Pekkanen is a seasoned author and by extension, Hendricks' previous editing experience also makes her a great writer. The attention to detail and pace is what really sets this book apart in this genre, especially with all the "girl" and "wife" titled books out there right now. (Is it me, or does every other mystery/thriller book have "girl" or "wife" in the title?)
And the plot is so layered—when you think the story is over, there is one final twist. So. Bloody. Clever! The difference between 4 and 5 stars was the subplot with Maggie and Jason. I actually thought this was a bit of filler that wasn't necessary.