On my blog today I’m sharing my thoughts on Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall. After finishing it at the weekend, I can see why everyone has been talking about this book.
Nancy, Eleanor and Mary met at college and have been friends ever since, through marriages, children and love affairs.
Eleanor is calm and driven, with a deep sense of responsibility, a brilliant career and a love of being single and free – despite her soft spot for her best friend’s husband.
Mary is deeply intelligent with a love of learning, derailed by three children and a mean, demanding husband – she is now unrecognisable to herself and her friends.
Nancy is seemingly perfect: bright, beautiful and rich with an adoring husband and daughter – but beneath the surface her discontent is going to affect them all in terrible ways.
When Nancy is murdered, Eleanor and Mary must align themselves to uncover her killer. And as each of their stories unfold, they realise that there are many different truths to find, and many different ways to bring justice for those we love…
Everyone wants a perfect life. But there is no such thing…
Imperfect Women is a dark and compulsive read by Araminta Hall. It follows the lives of three women, Nancy, Eleanor and Mary; who have been friends since university. It is a book which examines their friendship and the lies which ultimately are revealed when one of them ends up dead. It makes you wonder do you really know the people who you are friends with. Surely friends don’t keep secrets from you?
I found this novel very addictive. There aren’t any chapters in this book. It’s split into three parts as it is told from the viewpoint of the three women. It didn’t bother me at all that there were no chapters, and I flew through it very quickly.
Nancy is found dead in the early chapters of the book, and her devastated family quickly learn that she has been having an affair. Eleanor was the only person from the group who knew about Nancy’s affair, but she never really knew who it was who she was seeing, only that his name was David. She knows that Nancy has been trying to end the affair and that David was angry about her decision. This, of course, puts this person right at the top of people of the list of suspects. It did make me think that Eleanor seemed quite annoyed at Nancy for not giving her more details. But Mary is even more so as she is the one who was kept in the dark.
I liked how Araminta Hall really got inside the heads of her characters. I loved how she gradually unpeeled the layers, and as we got to the truth, we begin to see a different side to the people who we thought we knew.
One of the characters who I really felt for as I was reading was Mary, especially as I was reading the section of the novel from her point of view. I was rooting for her as I was reading this part, but I need to be careful here, so I don’t reveal anything about what she is thinking. It makes for really gripping reading as she gets closer and closer to achieving her aims.
I wanted to get to the bottom of what had happened to Nancy. I wanted the person who was behind what happened to her to face justice. Even though I didn’t feel that Nancy was a particularly likeable character, I still wanted the other characters in the book to know the truth to bring them closure.
This is a dark, absorbing read which I flew through in a couple of days. It’s a book that will keep you thinking about the characters within the pages. I loved it! I can’t wait to read more from Araminta Hall.
Publication date: 4th August 2020
Print length: 271 pages
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