Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, host of the long-running Book Stew, a video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, authors, playwrights, and even a cat who survived a tornado and wrote a book about it.
Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner
As close to perfect as a domestic thriller could be, the author mixes pregnancy, adultery, sexual assault, women’s friendships, and gas-lighting into a riveting mélange of class warfare.
At first there seems to be little connection between the perspectives of the three narrators, but after Rachel, a wild young woman, shows up drinking wine and smoking cigarettes at Helen’s prenatal class, the strands begin to converge.
Helen and her husband Daniel are finally hopeful, after four miscarriages; Helen’s brother Rory and his wife Selena are due at the same time; and childhood friend Katie, now an investigative journalist, becomes involved when covering a rape case in the wealthy neighborhood that echoes one that ended in acquittal 10 years before.
The outcome is so satisfying that the reader might punch the air in glee.
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