Author: Nicola MoriartySummary: The author of The Fifth Letter takes a laser look at the uneasy relationships between women and the real-world ramifications of online conflicts and social media hostilities in this stunning domestic drama. A story of privilege, unspoken rivalries, and small acts of vengeance with huge repercussions sure to please fans of Sarah Jio and Ruth Ware. Overwhelmed at the office and reeling from betrayals involving the people she loves, Poppy feels as if her world has tipped sideways. Maybe her colleague, Annalise, is right—Poppy needs to let loose and blow off some steam. What better way to vent than social media? With Annalise, she creates an invitation-only Facebook group that quickly takes off. Suddenly, Poppy feels like she’s back in control—until someone begins leaking the group’s private posts and stirring up a nasty backlash, shattering her confidence. Feeling judged by disapproving female colleagues and her own disappointed children, Frankie, too, is careening towards the breaking point. She also knows something shocking about her boss—sensitive knowledge that is tearing her apart. As things begin to slide disastrously, dangerously out of control, carefully concealed secrets and lies are exposed with devastating consequences—forcing these women to face painful truths about their lives and the things they do to survive. ~amazon.com
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction
Bottom Line: An interesting look at how women hurt each other by competing instead of supporting
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Review: How would you react when finding out that your husband was sleeping with your best friend and was leaving you for her? Would you be more upset for losing him or losing her? What if the reasoning was because he decided he wanted children and knew you weren't open to it? Yet, he never gave you a chance to discuss it. This is the scenario that Poppy finds herself in and she reels from it.
She takes to social media to develop a Facebook page for women who are childless by choice. She meets a lot of women who have the same view as her but little does she know there are a couple lurkers there looking to start trouble. It is Poppy's go to when she's feeling low and needs to vent. Annalise is encouraging her all the way.
Both Annalise and Poppy grow and change through the book which is nice to see. As they change their friendship changes but for the better. Annalise had been closed off and only let Poppy see what she wanted. I was happy that Poppy didn't abandon Annalise with her reveal.
I really enjoyed this one but felt that at times it dragged on when it could have been resolved a bit quicker. I wanted a bit more on Annalise’s life and that seemed rushed with the explanation. I liked both Poppy and Annalise a lot. I wondered about their friendship at first but did grow into a genuine one by the end of the book. There were a lot of other interesting subplots as well. I liked the ending of the novel and the real “women should support women” theme.
This is a great book for a fans of Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin and Sarah Jio.