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Review: The Other Mrs. Miller

The Other Mrs. Miller

The Other Mrs. Miller
By Allison Dickson
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780525539247,  July 2019, 352pp.

The Short of It:

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this one but what I got was an enjoyable, twisty read.

The Rest of It:

Phoebe and her husband live in a fairly well-to-do neighborhood. Mostly due to the fact that she came from money but not money that she likes to flaunt given that her father’s wandering eyes got him into a whole lot of trouble with young women all over. Although comfortable financially, her marriage is falling apart, she’s let herself go, and she wakes each day unhappy and anxious.

One morning, she notices a car parked across the street and the same car arrives daily. Could this be something related to her father’s dealings? As she becomes increasingly paranoid over this intrusion of privacy, a new family moves in across the street.

To Phoebe, this family provides a much-needed distraction until things get out of hand. Vicki and Phoebe get too close, too fast. Jake, Vicki’s eighteen-year-old son provides the type of distraction that an unsatisfied wife may seek but certainly does not need. All in all, both these families become entwined in a way that no one expects. I was honestly surprised at the direction the story took. It’s good, and twisty and fun. I am loving these types of books lately.

If you like a story that keeps you guessing, then pick up The Other Mrs. Miller soon.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Review: Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age
By Kiley Reid
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780525541905, December 2019, 320pp.

The Short of It:

A slow build but once I got into it it was like a time bomb ready to go off.

The Rest of It:

For once, I read a buzzy book when everyone else was reading it too. Such a Fun Age is making the rounds and getting a lot of praise. It was selected for Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club and although I’ve not read all of her selections, the ones I have read have been really good. This was no exception.

Emira is at a club celebrating with her friends when her boss calls her to ask if she can possibly watch her daughter due to an emergency. One, it’s late. Two, she’s dressed for the club. Three, she’s been drinking. Although she explains this to her boss, the desperation on the other line wins out.

Minutes later, Emira finds herself with three-year-old Briar in an upscale supermarket checking out the nuts, dancing in the aisle, doing whatever it takes to keep the kid occupied while her mother, Alix, tends to her emergency. Just minutes into their visit, they begin to draw the attention of other shoppers. Emira, a young black woman, and Briar, a young white child, wandering the aisles so late at night seems out of place. So much so, that a security guard begins to question her. Emira explains that she is Briar’s babysitter, which is the truth but she knows how it looks. Things escalate. That is where the story begins.

This is one of those slow-build books. Conflict is everywhere but you know something big is coming and as the story plays out, the one word that comes to mind is EXPLOSIVE. This is a book about race but also fetishsizing race, which I thought was interesting.

Two things stood out for me. One, the story is a little gritty. Not overworked or polished which I liked very much. The author did a good job of portraying each character’s POV. None of these characters are perfect and you won’t find yourself siding with any of them. They all play a role in how the rabbit falls down the hole.  Two, the portrayal of Briar, the young child seemed a little off. She’s critical to the story but her observations were often not believable to me and they took me out of the narrative at times.

However, there is a lot to think about here and you will find yourself eagerly flipping those pages towards the end because it’s like a train wreck and you can’t possibly look away. I wouldn’t say it was a perfect story but I don’t think it was meant to be.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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