Woman No. 17: a Review 

WomanNo. 17

By: Edan Lepucki

320 pages

May 2017

General Fiction
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. Goodreads Synopsis

Woman No. 17 has been billed as a mystery .  This, I would need to strongly disagree with.  Yes, it’s mysterious,  however not really a mystery novel.  I finished the book and still haven’t solved what I thought was the biggest mystery of the book.  I think it would be better categorized as general fiction.

The artistic vibe of the book  and characters added another level.  Figuring out S. was a fun ride.  Such a multilevel character.  The relationships throughout the book were complex and very well developed.

This would be a great read for fans of general fiction, not too literary, but plenty of depth.


Thank you, Blogging for Books for sending me a copy if Woman No 17 for review.


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