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The Ex – Girlfriend by Nicola Moriarty

 

Publisher: Penguin 43805738._sy475_

Publishing Date: 31st October 2019

Source:  Received from the publisher, thank you!

Number of pages: 400

Genre: General Fiction (Adults), Mystery

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Synopsis:

SHE WANTS HIM BACK. SHE WANTS YOU GONE.

Luke is the one. After everything she’s been through, Georgia knows she deserves someone like him, to make her feel loved. Safe.

The only problem is his ex-girlfriend. Luke says Cadence is having trouble accepting their break-up, but Georgia thinks there’s more to the story. She has the feeling someone is watching her.

So when everything starts to go wrong at work, at home, in her old friendships and her happy new relationship with Luke, Georgia starts to feel afraid.

It’s becoming clear Cadence wants what she has. But how far will she go to get it?

Rating: four-stars

 

When Georgia meets Luke in a bar, after being stood up by her Tinder date, she is immediately attracted to him. He’s charming, handsome, funny and caring. she feels he is “The One” and she won’t let his stalking, psycho ex to spoil this new relationship. Or will she? The problem may be bigger than she thinks, as Luke and Cadence are still sharing one flat. Moreover, Cadence starts stalking Georgia, leaving aggressive notes on her car, sending her messages. She feels like she’s being followed. So Luke, on the premise that it’s going to soothe the situation with his ex, moves together with Georgia. Except it doesn’t happen, and things just seem to be getting worse.

It is really hard to review “The Ex – Girlfriend” without giving anything away and so I must be careful in what I’m saying. The characters were incredibly engaging and I quickly found myself immersed in their lives, keeping my fingers crossed or wanting to shake them. There came a moment when I really wasn’t sure whom can I trust. I had my own suspicions but nevertheless, the author has played great mind – games with me and I couldn’t be sure anything. However, and I’m not sure if it was done on purpose, then came the first great hint and I was sure I KNOW – the thing I only didn’t know was – why.
There were moments that Georgia didn’t feel like Georgia and it surprised me, as I thought that I already know her as a balanced, believable character – however, when I found out there was a reason why she was like this, the puzzles finally found their right places. Nevertheless, she was incredibly down to earth and real, our Georgia, she only wanted a relationship, a normal relationship, and you can’t help but simply fell for her and her wish, and when she meets Luke you want them to succeed, because everything seems so perfect.
I was truly thankful for Cadence’s point of view. It often happens that we are given only one side of the story but this time the author has thought about everything, giving her perspective. Ms Moriarty has brilliantly demonstrated how easy it is to be manipulated, especially when – just like those two women – you trust unconditionally. However, she also gave her characters strong spines and it was a great rollercoaster journey, seeing them realising what’s happening.

As much as I liked the heart – felt subplot of Georgia’s favourite patient, I think this book could easily do without it. Also, even though the story was fast – paced, there were moments that it slowed down, especially when the author introduced us to the whole stalking – issue, and I urged the book to speed up, to shake things up, to take action eventually. There was much talking of doing things but not much happened really.

“The Ex – Girlfriend” was a fast – paced, twisted story that had me glued to the pages and I’ve read it over a weekend. Yes, the plot could feel a bit predictable but there were still questions that needed to be answered and it was done in an engaging, complex way. There was the feeling throughout the story that something is going to happen but you’re not sure what and when. It was a tense and captivating tale about love and revenge, yet it was easy to read, even though the author touches upon heavier issues, such as stalking, mental illness, depression, but presenting them with sensitivity and empathy. So far I’ve read three books by Nicola Moriarty and I think this is her best yet – truly recommended!

 

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Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty / #BlogTour

Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty

 

35552879Publisher: Penguin

Publishing Date: 3rd May 2018

Source:  Received from the publisher in return for an honest review, thank you!

Number of pages: 448

Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

From the author of The Fifth Letter comes a controversial and darkly comic story about the frustrations of being a childless woman in the modern baby-obsessed world . . .

Poppy’s world has been tipped sideways: the husband who never wanted children has betrayed her with her broody best friend.

At least Annalise is on her side. Her new friend is determined to celebrate their freedom from kids, so together they create a Facebook group to meet up with like-minded women, and perhaps vent just a little about smug mummies’ privileges at work.

Meanwhile their colleague Frankie would love a night out, away from her darlings – she’s not had one this decade and she’s heartily sick of being judged by women at the office as well as stay-at-home mums.

Then Poppy and Annalise’s group takes on a life of its own and frustrated members start confronting mums like Frankie in the real world. Cafés become battlegrounds, playgrounds become warzones and offices have never been so divided.

A rivalry that was once harmless fun is spiralling out of control.

Because one of their members is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And she has an agenda of her own . . .

Rating: four-stars

“Those Other Women” by Nicola Moriarty introduces us to two different groups of women – one of them is a mother’s online group, so – called MOP, and the other one is NOP, the non – mothers’ one. The second group has been established by one of our main characters, Poppy, who’s tired with – as she thinks – mothers being favoured everywhere and, basically, having it all easier – like getting holidays, finishing their work earlier and so on. Also, Poppy’s husband has betrayed her with her best friend and they’re now expecting a baby – A BABY! It’s like double back – stabbing, as they’ve decided they never want babies, right? Poppy befriends a work colleague Annalise and they both set up this other online group, NOP – this group embraces those women who doesn’t want children. Not those, who can’t have children because… but those who just don’t want to have them.
The groups end up working against each other, with disastrous and dangerous results, which Poppy and Annalise haven’t seen coming – they wanted a positive place where you can meet same minded women from the neighbourhood, and not this… war?

The characters were very realistic. They weren’t perfect, they were full of flaws but it made them much more multi dimensional. Poppy was much more likeable character than Annalise in my opinion. While we get Poppy’s story immediately, it takes time to learn more about Annalise and her background but I think it’s not the reason that it took me so long to warm to her, and actually I’ve never warmed to her completely. It was not the fact she was keeping secrets, it was not the fact she was so abrupt, she was just like hedgehog, keeping everyone at bay. Sure, she had her reasons, I really did get them, and I felt sorry for her in the end but I just had a feeling that she’s pushing everyone off, me included.

I’m only happy that I’m not a member of such group – though, of course, you can’t avoid being a member in any group those times. Reading the posts, I really often wonder if those grown people don’t have other problems, or maybe that they’re just too bored, and I’m happy that I have my own real life, with real problems and the times when I was worrying what people there think about me are long, long gone.

It is a multi – layered story, told from different points of view, and I really liked this way of narration, as we got an insight into the groups and the way the characters were ticking and what was happening in their lives. It sometimes read like three different stories, but in the end they all came smoothly together. It also showed me that life isn’t as easy as we’d like it to be, that nothing is white or black, that there are the shades of grey and there are always two sides of the story. It’s easy to take sides but the truth is always somewhere in between. I’m not sure what to think about the end and about the “mole”, to be honest. Yes, I was wondering who it might be, I was suspecting almost all of the characters and I didn’t guess it, however the moment of reveal didn’t knock the life out of me and was not as much a wow – moment as oh, ok – moment.

Personally I think that “Those Other Women” was a better story than Nicola Moriarty’s debut novel. It is thought – provoking and it made me think really hard. It also touches upon this still controversial topic of women who are not mothers, for whatever reason. My opinion is: live and let live. I hate judging women on the fact of them having children or not. There are thousand reasons why they’re childless and all other people should respect it, period. It’s actually unbelievable that so many still think that being a mother defines a woman, it’s so wrong on so many levels and it is cruel and unfair to label and stereotype.
It is a bold and brave book about friendship and motherhood, all sides of motherhood, but also giving insight into what life is being childless and I liked the fact that the author didn’t judge her characters – well, the readers can do that on their own, and I think it’s a fact that not matter what and who you are, you’re going to be judged.

It examines and asks if women really need to be mothers to be considered “complete” women, it asks question why the women do not support each other, no matter what their family status is, and why it is actually expected from women to be mothers, no matter what. It was complex, sometimes funny, sometimes sad read, also about consequences of social – media interactions, about empathy and coming together. Recommended!

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The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

 

32599703Publisher: Penguin

Publishing Date: 23rd February  2017

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review!

Number of pages: 198

Genre: Women’s Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)

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Synopsis:

Joni, Trina, Deb and Eden.

Best friends since the first day of school. Best friends, they liked to say, forever.

But now they are in their thirties and real life – husbands, children, work – has got in the way. So, resurrecting their annual trip away, Joni has an idea, something to help them reconnect.

Each woman will write an anonymous letter, sharing with their friends the things that are really going on in their lives.

But as the confessions come tumbling out, Joni starts to feel the certainty of their decades-long friendships slip from her fingers.

Anger. Accusations. Desires. Deceit.

And then she finds another letter. One that was never supposed to be read. A fifth letter. Containing a secret so big that its writer had tried to destroy it. And now Joni is starting to wonder, did she ever really know her friends at all?

Rating: 3/5

I love stories about friends, about women that have something in common, whose stories intertwine, so already it was a great starting point for me when I spotted “The Fifth Letter” by Nicola Moriarty. The synopsis sounded also really intriguing, what with the fifth letter being found, so with the friendship and the little mystery promised to be weaved into the pages, full of hope and enthusiasm I started to read this novel.

There were four friends and Joni was the main character, the story was told from her point of view. I often had problems, even deep into the story, to separate Deb, Eden and Trina from each other – their stories just mixed with each other. They were also not too convincing in the things they did and said and the way they were around each other just didn’t ring true for me. However, it was great to see that they were all so different and each of them had their ups and downs, different expectations and led different lives.

The writing style was engaging though there were too many flat moments for my liking and sometimes it dragged a little too much. The mystery, well, it was there but I can’t say that it kept me on my tenterhooks, that I couldn’t wait to see who’s written this letter and why. Sure, I was trying to guess and with every new hint I changed my mind and in the end it turned out that I didn’t guess at all, so it was a nice surprise, but it was not a life – changing letter and so there was almost none tension for me. The secrets in the letters were, well, some of them were really disturbing but also not such that kept my breath away. I just expected something different, a bit more from this book. I was waiting for a big bang probably, for the secrets to turn out dirty, filthy and dangerous and I just had a feeling that the book isn’t sure if it wants to be a women’s literature, domestic drama, mystery or psychological thriller – and it could be any of them, guys, as the author touches upon a very wide range of issues in this story, as already mentioned before. There was a surprise revealed every few chapters and I just kept going with the story. The end is very neatly wrapped up, it makes sense though guys, let’s talk a little about the fifth letter. After such an introduction and the whole drama you would expect it to be incredible, to be something very special. While in fact it was, well, I think the weakest part of the book. It just didn’t sit with me, the motivation of the writer was somehow childish and just, after so many years, unbelievable. For me, at least.

So for me the book lacked in something and it annoys me to say that I don’t know exactly what it was. It was a nice enough read but not the one that wow – ed me, that I could say oh wow, it is so special. It had its moments but mostly I had a feeling that the friendship between the girls was too forced and imposed on them. The letters were interesting, that’s true, but the outcome was not as life – changing as you could expect from the premise. There were some surprises on the way, and each character had her own story but I missed the depth to them, they just seemed to me as if they really didn’t care about each other. So yes, the story had tons of potential and it just made me feel so sad that it didn’t work the way I hoped for. However, I am sure that with every new book Nicola Moriarty will get better and better and personally I can’t wait for her next novel! All in all, I enjoyed this story, really. If you’re a fan of a light mystery with lies and secrets and messing about this is for sure a book for you. “The Fifth Letter” is a story exploring friendship, loyalties, family dynamics and probably teaching us that sometimes it’s better to let the skeletons stay in the closet as it showed that sharing secrets doesn’t often do good. It is a book with an edge to it and with some more serious undertones but altogether it is an easy, relatively light – hearted novel.