An ambitious, suspenseful and interesting read, made intimate as it is told from the first-person perspective of two women, in two different time periods : Tash, a journalist with a toddler, struggling to carve out a place for herself amongst a strange and much richer clan of sparkly young mothers; and Sophie, an enigma, a nanny, beautiful, perhaps a liar, and soon, we know to be a victim – whose disentangled story is rapidly becoming an obsession for Tash.
Taut and well written, this is a tale of psychological suspense, brimming with envy and commentary on money, class, and of course, power, and the desperate longing to belong to an ‘in group’ seemingly having it all. But what is real, and what is only portrayed, and who does one know, after all, from the outside, looking in? Including one’s own husband, or step-child, (or nanny, or lover) – the list is endless and as emotions spiral out of control, the only certainty, for the reader, is that this ambiguous world is indeed a dangerous place, and a murderous ending (which we know is coming and are scrambling to figure out) will finally be unpacked.
A great big thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for an ARC of this book, all thoughts presented are my own.