Blog Tour: Those Other Women – Nicola Moriarty

I’m absolutely delighted to be part of the Those Other Women blog tour today. Huge thanks to Penguin RandomHouse and Nicola Moriarty for having me, I’m so happy to spread the book love on this Sunny Sunday. The tour kicked off last Monday and as always I’ve been loving reading other lovely bloggers thoughts on this one. It’s a brilliant story and I think you’ll love it!

Confession: I’ve never been a Mumsy Mum. Not that there’s anything wrong with always having muslin to hand, multiple nursery league table conversation threads on Mumsnet and at least one packet of Quavers about your person at any given moment. (In fact, whilst we are confessing….the latter may be applauded….but that’s not my point)

I was the disorganised one without a wedding ring, always looking for the coffee and avoiding dirty noses at all costs.

To be super-clear I’m not shaming the Mums who obsess about their babies and talk of nothing else – I admire their dedication and focus – it’s just not me, and never was. Integrating with these super-motivated-dedicated-Mums groups was really challenging and made me question my own skills as a Mum so much when my son was small. Really, all I needed to do was find the groups who gave just as many shits as I did about textbook parenting and organic rusks.

My point is, finding MY community was the key and this book takes a really interesting approach to this, and in particular online communities.

Not everyone wants to be a Mum, especially Poppy. When she finds out her best friend and her husband have been having an affair and she is now pregnant, she quite understandably has a bit of an anti-motherhood moment. She sets up a secret Facebook group for women just like her, the ones who never want to have children and are pretty bloody fed up of all the perks they miss out on because of their life choices. No finishing work early to dash to school plays, no flexibility and no holiday priority – it’s enough to make a girl get cross and get online. And that’s exactly what she does.

When the local smug Mums network discovers this secret group, it sets off a rivalry which escalates prrrrrrretty quickly and soon makes Poppy question the honesty and integrity of those close to her.

One thing that Nicola Moriarty always NAILS is the subtlety and nuance in toxic female relationships. It is so cleverly done, you almost physically feel the sly digs and deceit. The way the book is structured with parts focused on each of our main characters is really engaging and helps keep you hooked to the very end.

I can’t recommend this enough, I absolutely loved it. I also think no matter which side of the motherhood debate you fall on, there’s something here you’ll enjoy too.

It’s a slightly sinister and super-smart five cwtches from me. Get your copy here.

Once again, a big thanks to Penguin RandomHouse and Nicola Moriarty for having me on the tour. It’s been a pleasure!

Big cwtches xx

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The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarty

Four friends. Five letters. One big secret. 

Joni, Deb, Erin & Trina have all been best friends since school and in an effort to maintain their friendship into adult life they organise a girlie getaway each year. Enjoying time to catch up away from their careers, partners, children & real lives. What could be lovelier? 

On a boozy evening during their trip the girls decide to each write an anonymous letter containing their biggest secret. Each letter holds their deepest, darkest confessions and exposes their rawest vulnerabilities. What seems like a fun idea to open up and further strengthen & deepen their friendship, starts a catastrophic chain of events, when suddenly a fifth letter appears. 

Who has written the extra letter? Who has an extra secret to hold? 

This is a really gripping story which keeps you guessing. I’ll be honest I struggled a bit to keep up with the four & remember who had which issues (there’s LOTS of drama. It’s a good thing!) but the relationships are so well constructed & described you quickly pick them up again. I love how all four women interact, it’s such an interesting picture of toxic female friendships. The use of a confessional conversation with the priest was a nice touch but there was a “round off” (no spoilers) that felt a tiny bit awkward & far-fetched, so it’s four cwtches from me. 

Thanks to Netgalley & Penguin for the chance to read & review. A fascinating story of secrets, lies, friendships & frenemies. Get your copy here