Strange Girls and Ordinary Women – Morgan McCarthy.

They say you know instinctively who to trust …..

Alice is normal; she’d never do anything rash. But when she sees her husband one day with a younger girl, she knows at once he’s having an affair. And it must be stopped.Vic loves her friend Michael, more than he knows. He wants happiness, and thinks he’s found it with the magnetic Estella. But Vic feels sure she cant be trusted – and she needs to make Michael see that too.

They don’t know Kaya; her life is tougher than they can imagine. But Kaya is a survivor, and she’s determined to find a way out of her miserable world.

What I Think :

The story centers around three women, Alice, Vic And Kaya.

Alice is a Doctors wife and a mother to their son Ben. She is just a normal housewife, she works at the local charity shop. She has a rather strained relationship with her mother Tamara. Alice and her husband Jasper have an OK marriage. One day she sees her husband with a another woman. She then realizes that her husband is having an affair. She becomes a bit of a stalker wanting to know everything about the ‘other woman’.

Vic, lives in Madeira, She is a hotel manager in the hotel her parents once owned before they returned to the UK. She is a catholic and is very religious. Her childhood friend Michael has returned to Madeira with his new girlfriend Estella. As VIc gets to know Estella she realizes that Estella she is rather ‘odd’ and maybe she’s not all she seems.

Kaya is a lap dancer at ‘The Tiger Lounge’. she has no money and lives in a rundown part of town in a flat with her friend Chloe who also works at the club. Her Mother, Louise a alcoholic. she really hasn’t got much of anything.

When I first started reading this book I found it quite difficult to get into it. The characters seemed to jump about and I really wondered how it was all going to fit together. But then a few chapters in it got a lot better and I realized I was hooked and really wanted to know how it would all end. I could really relate to the characters and started anticipating how it was going to pan out.

I really wouldn’t have guessed the twist, although it really all made sense once it was revealed. This is quite a dark, Intense tale, and by no means are these women ‘Ordinary’ !

I really liked this book in the end and give it  8/10.

published on 03 July 2014 by Tinderpress.

 

Thank you to Bookbridgr and the Publishers Tinderpress for the copy of the book to read and review.

 

 

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