Woman No. 17
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Washington Post Best Books of 2017
New York Times bestselling author Edan Lepucki's Woman No. 17 is a "winning novel.”
— New York Times Book Review
High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady.
But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.
Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.
From Publishers Weekly
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Woman no. 17
I kept looked forward to a final plot twist or revelation. Nothing. Just characters with little value, doing more of the same. I think the author forgot to add the last few chapters. A unsatisfying end. And what's up with the dead bunny? Odd.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Woman No. 17. The writing was engaging and well thought out setting the stage for a unique plot and cast of characters. I am delighted to find a novel that's fresh and original. If you're looking for a dramatic series of events this isn't the book for you but if you're looking for an original, well written summer read this is it.