Those Other Women

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 18 Mar 2019

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Working in an office environment with a number of women, I could identify with a lot of the problems and issues mentioned in the book. Interpersonal relationships get very complicated and women are the worst.... The book was well written and gripping until the end.
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This book was difficult to get into and slow to progress as a result.

Although the book is sectioned into characters, I struggled to keep track of who was who, and what their part in the story was. The story in places didn't seem realistic, which is a shame, as Poppy could be anyone of us- thinking they are in a happy, lifelong marriage, only for it all to come crashing down due to infidelity.
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This author is just brilliant at what she does.  This is a great chick lit read and the descriptions of the relationships, struggles and lives of the characters are so so realistic. reading it is like having tea and a gossip with our closest friends

The women are not really that nice and to be honest I didn't like any of them,. . but I think that was the point. 

It is a fun tale and quite fun.. I think all readers will connect to the tale and smile.
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A good story which explores the issues of your best friend having an affair with your husband. Who do you feel the most betrayal from? Would you ever trust anyone again
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This book is great modern fiction. It took me a wee while to get going but I stuck with it. It's the story about woman with children versus women without children. Mainly in the working world and on Facebook. It was quite a good ending which I enjoyed.
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This is a really fantastic book which I enjoyed very much. My full review can be found on cwtchupbooks.com
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Absolutely loved this book, so well written, has everything, drama, humour, a gripping storyline, loved it!
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Those other women

I can't make my mind up the whether this is a good one for the beach or for a winter's night tucked up with hot chocolate and tissues.

This novel has so many layers and small short episodes that it's almost a collection of stories. not totally  what I expected from the title.  

We meet Poppy  straight away having a married life crisis.  We follow her through her life choices.

At work she makes friends with Annalise who becomes her best friend.  We think we know but we're not quite sure as the writer drops hints about Annalise's secret past.

Then there's Frankie the boss's secretary who appears to be having an affair but confusingly sticks up for Poppy when a similar situation arises.

All of this while  Poppy, as a modern woman, not wanting to have children, creates a group on Facebook for other like-minded women. she thinks, but the writer shows us we can never trust everyone on Facebook to be honest about who they are, causing conflict in the group. Cue the war between mother's and non mother's or MOP and NOP!

This is so well written and layered that it feels like a novel twice the size and I needed to have breaks to allow me to pause between crisis / events in all of their lives.

This is beautifully written and easy to read but the contents maybe a bit too heavy for a lounge by the pool. 

Either way I really enjoyed this story of modern women at different stages/choices of their adult lives. 

I received a free copy from net galley.com for my fair and honest review.
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This was a very interesting and captivating read following the story of Poppy who, at the very beginning of the book, is presented with the devastating news that her husband and best friend have been having an affair and that husband Garrett is leaving Poppy to set up home with her. To add further insult to injury it's not long before Poppy discovers that they are expecting a baby despite Garrett and Poppy agreeing that neither ever wanted to have children. Poppy is already feeling that working mothers in general seem to get an easier ride and have less expectations than that of their childless peers so her feelings of betrayal and unfair treatment are at an all time high! Her work colleague and friend Annelise shares many of her feelings of frustration and is also child-free through choice and together they set up a "secret" Facebook group for like-minded women in direct opposition to the Facebook groups for mothers. It is not long before the gloves are coming off and it appears that there is a mole within Poppy's group sharing secrets with the "enemy". An interesting read which examines the ever-topical subjects of working mothers, childless women by choice, social media pitfalls and how woman can be women's worst enemy when it comes to judging and supporting each other. 
Many thanks to Netgalley UK and Penguin UK-Michael Joseph for the advance review copy.
Update: Amazon review posted 14/05/18
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An easy to read book. I enjoyed reading all about the different characters and how they all fused together. A great read.
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Nicola Moriarty champions the cause of childless women. Not infertile, but childless by choice. Poppy and her husband are concentrating on their careers and enjoying life. That is until he betrays her, with her best friend, and everything is turned on its head.

The “them and us” scenario takes on a new meaning. She comes across a Facebook group for local mothers and realises that she, and others, are missing out. Where is the camaraderie of women like herself? The polar opposite of the local Facebook group.

At work, she becomes friendly with colleague Annalise whose situation is the same as Poppy's. They start up their own group and it quickly gains a lot of members. They comment at work, on the number of women getting in their requests for leave early, arrive late, time off because of their children. This hardly seems fair to them or the men in the company who have wives to keep appointments etc. They are fed up with mothers letting their children running riot in shops, have nappy changing facilities everywhere. They appear to have very facility available because they have children.

Membership of their group snowballs and things begin to take a turn for the worst. Soon they are head to head.

I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are all my own and completely unbiased. My thanks to NetGalley for this opportunity.
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Clever story about guilt betrayal and a lot of lies.
It is a book of the 21st century where social media is central to the storyline. It has a theme which all women who work can relate to regardless if they have children or not.
Very clever and in some places very dark because what you think you see is not actually the reality.
Loved it.
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Really enjoyed this story. Full of great characters and a delightful setting. Will read this author again. I recommend it.
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I received an advance copy of this book on Netgalley.  Nicola Moriarty has a lovely way with narrative that makes her books very easy to read and enjoy.  At the same time there is a complexity in the storyline as the plot weaves through these women's lives.  The characterisation is varied and very well done and as the reader I had real empathy with all the characters.  There is a reality in the way the author portrays the characters and unfolds the storyline - I could see some of the emotions in my own life,  raising children, Nicola Moriarty has a real hold on the lived experience of those with and without children.
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When Poppy thinks her life is running smoothly then she is shocked when one day after work she finds her husband and best pal waiting for her and is shocked to discover that her beloved hubby has been having an affair with her lifelong pal and what's more he is leaving her. How this modern story develops is beautifully told when Poppy sets up a Facebook group that is the opposite of a young Mothers Group and she calls it NOP. into the mix add a new pal from work Annalise who seems to hard to believe and some nasty postings on each website and as they say, "light paper and retreat. How the pals cope with the outworkings of this and how the the Company they both work for becomes involved makes for a great read. A modern take on life and the myth of happy ever after!
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Poppy has never wanted children and she thought her husband Garrett didn’t want them either until he reveals that he got her best friend pregnant. Without husband and best friend, Poppy finds comfort in her new friendship with her colleague Annalise. They are tired of other women threating them as strange when they reveal that they don’t want to have children or mothers using their children to get off work earlier so they decide to start a Facebook group where women like them can connect and share their experiences. Things get out of control when their group start a war with a Facebook group for mothers. In the meantime, Frankie, another colleague, is so busy with her children and with her work that she doesn’t find time for anything else and she feels like a bad mother every time she doesn’t have time to go to a school event or help her children with a project. This novel is not only about mothers vs childfree women, but also a book about working mothers and stay-at-home mothers. I didn’t really like any of the characters, I couldn’t really sympathize with any of them and I found some of their motivations and the rivalry between the two groups petty. There were a few moments that kept me interested in the story, but I found the author’s other book, The Fifth Letter, far more interesting and intriguing.
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With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

Poppy felt shocked and betrayed when she found out her husband Garrett was having an affair with her childhood friend Karleen.  When Poppy first met Garrett she explained she never wanted children which he agreed upon.  However Garrett had changed his mind and did want to start a family.

Four months after Poppy and Garrett had divorced she was devastated to learn Karleen was pregnant with his child.  Football fanatic Poppy soon made friends with work colleague Annalise when she joined her football team.

Poppy and Annalise further bonded when Poppy found out  Annalise did not want children either.  In work meetings Annalise and Poppy felt resentful because they felt women with children could finish work earlier  and take time off for assemblies. They both hated Frankie who was their boss Paul's  PA, Annalise suspected Frankie and Paul were having an affair.

Poppy decided to form a Facebook group for non mothers called NOP.  An alternative group  for mothers called MOP.    NOP quickly became popular until a MOP member posing as NOP member wrote a scathing article in a local newspaper.  Angry Poppy declared on Facebook it was time to retaliate and to confront the parents if there child does something wrong.   Suddenly the peaceful group Poppy envisioned goes to pieces and hears stories about her members confronting women in restaurants.....  But who is the mole in the group?
I think Nicola Moriarty has become one of my new go to authors.  I think the storyline was very relatable.  I work in an office environment, many times a work colleague has asked me to work late so they can finish early so they can pick the kids up from school.  Or I have had to cover the work of someone who is part-time.  I have to admit I have felt bitter in the past but I have never considered the other side of the story.

My favourite characters were Poppy who dealt with the breakup of her marriage so well.  I also liked Frankie who on  the surface seemed so calm but her legs were paddling underneath.  I was not keen on Annalise, I thought she was reckless but I came to feel sorry for her on the charity cruise.

In a nutshell Those Other Women had some memorial moments with great characters.  I highly recommend this book to other readers.
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I was lucky enough to review Nicola Moriarty’s first book The Fifth Letter last year so was  interested to see what she wrote next.  Those Other Women, like her first book, centres around a group of women, their friendships secrets and lies.  The book follows Poppy after her husband leaves her for her best friend.  What makes this an even bigger betrayal is that Poppy and her husband had decided that they didn’t want children, but now her best friend is also pregnant.  In comes Annalise to take on the role of best friend and together they form a Facebook Group for women, like themselves, who make the choice not to have children as an opposition to a similar group that only allowed mothers to be members. The plot is narrated by Poppy, Annalise, and towards the end Frankie, their work colleague who has wanted to be their friend.

The Other Women does have an interesting point in how women who choose not to have children can be treated by other women.  Mostly sartorial it does open up many   relevant  discussions about women’s issues, but in a light hearted way.  There are a few humorous moments in this book that made me laugh out loud.  Also, being a mum, it brought back all those experiences and problems with having young children; I remember locking the bathroom door just so I could have a bath in peace.

The characters were very realistic and I found I really warmed to all of them for different reasons.  Poppy has lost her husband and best friend in one go, and her mother is forever telling her that she will change her mind about having children. Whereas Poppy has her family for support, even if they are annoying at times, Annalise is alone.  She doesn’t seem to have any friends apart from Poppy and only has one night stands as she doesn’t want any emotional commitment. There is an air of mystery about her, she never talks about her past or childhood and the mystery is further fuelled by a red notebook that she always has with her to write her thoughts in.  Frankie is their work colleague  and a mum who is struggling to find the balance of work and childcare.  She feels those at work, like Poppy and Annalise, look down on her as she frequently has to leave early to pick up her kids from school.  She also feels inferior to those mothers who don’t work and again feels that they judge her harshly.

The Other Women is one of those books that you feel comfortable with from the first page, and know you are going to enjoy it. There is a lot of humour in this plot, mainly between the two opposing Facebook Groups, one for mothers and one for those who chose not to be mothers, and some mothers wishing they could have five minutes without their children. This is a witty and warm book with wonderful characters and a plot many readers will relate to.
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I enjoyed this book of female solidarity and friendship. Bit of a plodder though and took me a while to get through but glad I stuck with it.
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Thanks Netgalley and the Publisher.  I have read a few books by this author and have to honest this was not the best and do not feel I could give an honest review hence the lower score
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