May Cobb – 3/5 Stars
Read this if you:
· are looking for a murder-mystery that won’t keep you up at night
· like a bit of glam with your small-town fiction
· know that you have to keep your friends close and your enemies closer
Sophie O’Neill wants what’s best for her family – and that means leaving the fast-paced life of Chicago to move to a small Texas town. This seemingly perfect life is exactly what Sophie wanted, until she starts to become bored with her mundane day-to-day errands. When she meets socialite Margot Banks and is invited into her elite social circle known as The Hunting Wives, Sophie begins to find herself developing an obsession during their late-night target practices followed by hours of partying. That is, until the body of a teenage girl is discovered on Margot’s property and Sophie finds herself entangled in a murder investigation.
My thoughts on the book:
First things first: this book took the problematic issues of grooming and drunk diving and made them seem very light and NBD. Those problems aside, this book was very well-written and while I pretty much hated all of the characters and didn’t really care about what happened to them, I COULD NOT put it down! I loved the vibe of overly-fabulous housewives in a boring small town, even if those housewives are unbearable (I’m looking at you, Sophie, and all your horrible decisions…)
If you’re in to thrilling thrillers, I would definitely recommend skipping this one. I felt as though not much happened for the first 60% of the book and all of the action really came closer to the end. At one point, I had to stop reading because it was getting close to bedtime and nothing had really happened yet so I figured the “scary” parts were coming…. but they never did. There is definitely a huge plot twist at the end that had me explaining the entire story to my husband just so I could talk to someone about how shocked I was, but otherwise I didn’t find this to be particularly action-packed.
I would probably only recommend this book to people who want to join the ‘thrillers’ conversations but are too scared to pick up anything on a Steven King level (me), or people who can endure a slow-moving plot and unlikeable characters if the story is very well written.