Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

Whoo boy, this book! Pretty early on, I got a weird, twisted vibe from Lady Daniels. Then the same feeling from her live-in nanny, S. It felt similar to reading The Woman Upstairs and The Dinner. And just like those two novels, Woman No. 17 had the same kind of slow burn. The dual narrative (alternating between Lady and S) worked very well; it moved the story along at a nice pace. But these two characters are truly awful. Their thoughts are problematic and discomforting, the things they do are outrageous. So yeah, they're interesting, and I couldn't get enough of them! This novels explores a lot of themes: Mothers' fears of messing up their kids, children being smothered by their mothers, estranged parents, conflict…


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