IMPERFECT WOMEN by Araminta Hall

When Nancy Hennessy is murdered, she leaves behind two best friends, an adoring husband and daughter, and a secret lover whose identity she took to the grave. Nancy was gorgeous, wealthy, and cherished by those who knew her—from the outside, her life was perfect. But as the investigation into her death flounders and her friends Eleanor and Mary wrestle with their grief, dark details surface that reveal how little they knew their friend, each other, and maybe even themselves.

Imperfect women is a gripping story. An immersive novel about impossible expectations and deadly secrets seen through the perspective of three fascinating women.

Araminta Hall explores love and betrayal, punishment and guilt, chronic illness and emotional abuse but also the compromises we all make in order to protect our families. It is so raw that I often found myself stopping, closing my eyes and breathing heavily, thinking what would I have done in any of these women’s shoes? They are friends since forever, they think they know each other best but the reality is, they don’t. Every woman has a deep dark secret, every woman has done some terrible things and she is never completely understood.

All these three incredible women live with so many insecurities, each envying another and not seeing just how strong they are. And this is real life. Maybe not all commit murder, cheat their other half with their best friend’s husband but all have guilt, frustrations, insecurities and at some point or another have been suppressed by a man.

None of the women are likable from the beginning but let’s not forget about those absolute a…holes of men who should be slapped and shamed for their attitude towards their wives. As I sank deeper and deeper into the story I understood many of their actions and agreed with what they have done.

“Marriage is very strange. It’s as full of hate as it is love. We can’t possibly speculate at what happens between any couple when all the doors are shut and all the curtains are drawn.”

What can be truer than this?

I know not everyone had a good taste after this book but I took out the truth behind the story, I tried to think of just how women in general are abused, put down by men and betrayed by their so called best friends and I loved just how they find the strength to move on, how they pick themselves up and become a better version learning to let go of the past (obviously, I left out the murder part while thinking of all these but you get my point).

I loved this book and I think you will to.

Coming out 20th of August

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