Synopsis (from Goodreads):
A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California.
High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She’s going to need a hand with her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In comes S., a magnetic young artist, who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s young toddler son, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage, one. S. performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But as the summer wears on, S.’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. Lady and S. will move closer to one another as they both threaten to harm 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.
This was one of those books that completely “hit the spot” for me. I love a book that really delves into flaws and relationships and dysfunction, and this one did exactly that.
Part of the appeal of this story was the selfishness of so many of the characters. They were so absorbed in themselves that they couldn’t even get out of their own way. Everyone was on a fast-track to destruction, but they couldn’t see it coming. Call me crazy, but being able to get lost in that world was solid entertainment. I can’t stand drama in real life, but put it in a book and I’m sold!
I also loved that we got to see the inner thoughts that led to the different relationships throughout the book, both those built and those torn apart. On one hand these people are complete loons, but on the other they’re just people trying to figure it all out.
I could keep rambling about how much I loved the intricacies of this story and the nuances of the characters, but that would get annoying. Instead I’ll say this: add it to your summer reading list. It’s the perfect mix of women’s relationships, family drama, and twisted humor.
Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.