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Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Woman No. 17
This is a story of two women. Lady, a writer currently separated from her husband. She hires a nanny, S, to help take care of her younger son Devin. Her older son, Seth, also lives in the house. As a mute, Lady is very protective over him and defensive to a fault. As S starts to become part of the family, her lies eventually catch up to her. Told alternately from both women's perspectives, we see Lady's insecurities in dealing with her writer's and S's continued art performance and the reasons behind both.

Personally, while the story read fine, I just didn't get it. Nobody was likable in this book - except perhaps the youngest son, Devin, and that's just because he's pretty innocent and a just a kid. I couldn't wrap my head around a few things re S's "performance" and how she was getting away with so many different things. It read slow in certain parts and I guess I was expecting something more to happen. It just seemed a little bit all over the place for me. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, it just didn't quite do it for me.

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