Book Review Of “Woman No. 17” By Edan Lepucki



High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady.
But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.

I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 Stars, as it evoked some huge reactions and feelings out of me. And never before has a book made me so conflicted on if I loved it or hated it. And to be honest, I still don’t know how I feel about it.

Lady was a selfish person, very selfish, and she was no good to the people around her, who honestly just wanted the best for her. Some of the things she did in this book seriously aggravated me.

S was just weird, awkward, and somewhat vulgar. I know that if she were a real person, she would be someone I wouldn’t want to know, or would I? Because she could add charisma, and adventure into my life. She is the character in this book, that makes me so confused on my love/hate relationship with it.

What I do know for certain, is this book is fantastically written, and I was drawn to it. I can imagine this as an Indie Film. It has the slow build up to the end, when you witness everything unravel. I think it ended exactly as it needed to, I hoped for a bit more closure. But I understand why it was ended the way it was.

Thank you to my lovely ladies at BookSparks for sending me this book, in exchange of an honest review, as part of #SRC2017

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