Thanks to Doubleday Books for providing me with a finished copy of this book for review purposes – all opinions are my own.
The Goddesses by Swan Huntley
(Doubleday Books – July 25, 2017)
I couldn’t put this book down – I classify it as one of those “train wreck” stories that you are upset with while you read, but just can’t stop reading anyway. Disturbing and full of characters I did NOT love, THE GODDESSES hits readers with an addictive relationship in a beautiful setting. The cover is deceptively calm for a story that holds so many twisted people and events – be aware. And honestly, that’s why I liked it so much. It sucked me in with the serene image and the promised Hawaiian setting, and then glued me to the pages with Ana’s despicable character and her attempted ruin of Nancy’s life. Or was it an attempt to ruin her? Still trying to figure that out!
This isn’t a frothy beach read, it’s a glimpse into the desperation many of us fall into when we are forced into a situation where loneliness looms and nothing is familiar. Nancy’s attraction to Ana reminds me of how desperate I was for ANYONE to hang out with when I was a stay-at-home mom of an infant and all of my friends worked……I ended up at some girl’s house for a pitch about a pyramid scheme thingy because we met at Target and had babies the same age for goodness sakes! Nancy isn’t the best mom and she isn’t the best wife and she isn’t the best anything…….but neither are the rest of us.
Recommended for readers who love a slow burn and don’t mind reading on the dark side.