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Women helped each other in ways small and large every day, without thinking, and that was what kept them going even when the world came up with new and exciting ways to crush them.Alyssa Cole, Let Us Dream
I first came across this book as a recommendation from the VP of Marketing at Goodreads. She mentioned this on a podcast- What Should I Read Next? I don’t usually delve into the genre of horror, but after all, it was the recommendation of someone at Goodreads. I had to give this a try for sure.
And boy was I not disappointed. Written by Grady Hendrix, this book struck a chord with me. Set in the town of Charleston, the book revolves around the life of Patricia Campbell who gave up her career as a nurse to become the perfect wife and mother. However, not much seems to go in her favor. Her husband is distant, her kids are ungrateful and her days never seem to end. Her only respite lies in the company of her book club friends. Made up of Charleston’s mothers, the book club regularly meets to discuss true crime books. The story takes a major turn when James Harris enters. Local children start going missing and as Patricia begins her investigation, she uncovers a truth that could shatter their unsuspecting community.
I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s writing style and especially liked how he built the plot and the climax of the story. The story is intense, captures your attention, and keeps you on your toes. Every character has their own background story, and it shows that the author has invested time and words in developing his characters.
Set in the 90s, the author has touched upon multiple social issues. The author explores the relationship between the white and black women in the South, the emotional burden that housewives have to bear while carrying about their day-to-day duties, and the misogynistic and controlling nature of husbands. He has tackled issues such as domestic abuse, the value of African American lives, and the struggle of American housewives.
I had this in the audiobook format and I would recommend listening to it. This was an intense read for me and I was hooked to the book till the end. I give it 4/5 stars.
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