Book Review: Strange Girls and Ordinary Women by Morgan McCarthy

Strange Girls and Ordinary WomenWhat’s it about?

They say you know instinctively who to trust.

Alice is normal; she’d never do anything rash. But when she sees her husband one day with a younger girl, she knows at once that he’s having an affair. And it must be stopped.

Vic loves her friend Michael, more than he knows. He wants happiness, and thinks he’s found it with the magnetic Estella. But Vic feels sure she can’t be trusted – and she needs to make Michael see that too.

They don’t know Kaya; her life is tougher than they can imagine. But Kaya’s a survivor, and she’s determined to find a way out of her miserable world.

Three women, three lives that come crashing together in this dark, lyrical and utterly enthralling story of warped perceptions, female intuition and ‘the other woman’.

My thoughts

I’d not read anything by Morgan McCarthy before but admit that I was enticed by the captivating cover and the line “We all see what we want to see”.

The story revolves around 3 women: Alice, Vic and Kaya and how their lives will ultimately connect.  These are 3 very different women with very different lives that intertwine even when they don’t know it.

The book is split into parts with each part giving each of the 3 women a chapter each. You do get to learn a lot more about them quicker this way but it does make for a long read before there’s a break (if you like to read in chapters like I do). However, the timeline is jumbled between chapters, you know things about the other characters before it’s revealed in their own chapter which I wasn’t sure if I liked.

It’s an exceptionally well written novel and the plot itself was quite interesting but it was just too slow to enforce any real interest and I didn’t feel engaged in what I was reading.

The 2 epilogues were a clever way to bring it altogether and bring closure but you could have got the gist of the book by just reading these and not the actual book. On the whole, it’s quite an intense read and probably one to read for yourself.

Many thanks to Headline for sending me a copy via Bookbridgr.

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1 Comment

  1. 3rd September 2014 / 8:59 am

    I saw this book on Bookbridgr and like you was captivated by the cover – now I’ve read your great review I think I’d like to try this one for myself although I’m not sure how I’ll get on with the prior knowledge that you mention. Thank you 🙂

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