The Women - S.E. Lynes
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The night she moves in with Peter, she’s so happy, so exhilarated, so in love. Later, she will remember a much smaller feeling, a tiny one percent in her gut. And she will remember pushing that feeling aside… Samantha Frayn doesn’t know why Peter Bridges picks her – a nobody with bitten fingernails and a troubled childhood behind her – but she falls quickly. He’s older, charming, likes fine wine and French films, and his beautiful home has real art on its walls. Peter transforms Samantha’s life in an instant. He sees the better version of herself – the one she’s always wanted to be. It’s only normal that there’s a little friction, when she moves in, over domestic matters like where things are kept, or the proper times to eat, sleep and shower. She’s lucky to be with someone who can help her find a new job, move on from childish friends, and speak with greater sophistication. But as Samantha notices, more and more, Peter’s temper, she starts to wonder if there might be consequences to breaking the rules of the world he has so quickly built around her. And then she receives an anonymous note that makes her ask: is she the first woman to feel trapped by Peter? Is she being paranoid, manipulated, or could she be in danger? You can tell the truth about your life, but someone needs to be listening. Someone needs to trust you. And someone needs to save you from the man you thought you loved.
I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this when I got started. The first couple of pages are littered with Italian places and words; it felt like I was reading the book in a foreign language. It also felt too over descriptive for my liking. I usually give up on books straight away if they go into minute detail of everything around rather than getting into the story. However, it is only the first couple of pages and a few, later on, when back in Rome so I could cope with that. It did become more intelligible and easier to read as the first chapter progressed. The end of chapter one hooked me straight away, what had happened to Peter and Samantha that they ended up at this juncture in their lives? The book develops slowly with Samantha receiving a note, then another and then building everything up to substantially more sinister events. The book feels like it is finishing about two-thirds of the way through as we get some answers to what is happening, but there is still so much more to come. Everything that is revealed is hitting both us, the reader, and Samantha around the head. There is so much to be uncovered. How she didn’t go insane and remained so calm is beyond me. It was all very shocking and was revealed exceptionally well. Overall the book was very well-developed and written, and I will be looking into more of this author’s books. I really enjoyed it.