Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is from a book that has been languishing on my Kindle.  Those Other Women, by Nicola Moriarty, has been hiding out on Paige since June 2018: “A firecracker of a novel…” -Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies



Beginning: (Part One: Poppy)

Poppy pulled into the driveway of the tall, gray Harris Park town house she rented with her husband. It was a gorgeous summer’s evening, and as much as she was loving the warmer months, she wasn’t enjoying the way the back of her blouse was sticking to the car seat.  It was too hot to cook, so she’d picked up Chinese takeaway on her way home from work.  Wontons instead of spring rolls because they were Garret’s favorite.  Steamed rice instead of fried because she was “making an effort” to choose healthier options.  Beef in black bean sauce plus battered honey chicken because she wasn’t making that much of an effort.


Friday 56%:  Annalise scrolled through Sophie’s account.  “I see photos of her out to dinner, photos of her rock climbing with some guy…oh, that’s her husband, I think.  Oh, my God!  There’s a pic of her here with a kid!…”


Synopsis: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.


I’ve been eager to start reading this one, as I love all the Moriarty authors.  What do you think?





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