blog tour, books, reviews

Blog Tour: Perfect Strangers – Araminta Hall

Previously published as Imperfect Women in hardback.

FRIENDS TELL EACH OTHER EVERYTHING. DON’T THEY?


Everyone wants perfection.
But there is no such thing.

Nancy has the perfect life. She is bright, beautiful and rich with an adoring husband and daughter.

At least that’s what it seems on the outside to her two best friends.

But then Nancy is murdered.

And as the lies start to unravel, they realise they never knew their perfect friend at all.

She clearly had as many secrets as they do…

My thoughts: how well do we really know our friends? That’s the question Ellie and Mary find themselves asking after Nancy is murdered and they learn she was having an affair. In the wake of her death revelations surface and the pair soon realise they knew nothing about their best friend.

This was an interesting book – I liked the way it was sectioned with different narrative viewpoints, starting with the present, then switching to Nancy in the lead up to her death, filling in the blanks as to who she was sleeping with and what was going on. I felt for her in a way, although I don’t think cheating is OK, she seemed to have some other issues that never got properly addressed and I don’t think her husband was that supportive.

But it’s Mary I rooted for in the end, her life just seemed to have gone to shit. Stuck with a miserable husband, no life really and the children all growing up and pulling away from her. Her secrets and inner life that her friends never saw as she sought to make the best of it, the fact her husband basically manipulated her into being dependent on him. Thankfully she’s smart and resourceful. The ending was pretty satisfying.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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