Review: Strange Girls and Ordinary Women by Morgan McCarthy

Posted October 22, 2014 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments

Strange Girls and Ordinary Women by Morgan McCarthy

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Strange Girls and Ordinary Women by Morgan McCarthyStrange Girls and Ordinary Women by Morgan McCarthy
Published by Headline Publishing Group: Tinder Press on July 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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They say you know instinctively who to trust.
Alice is normal; she'd never do anything rash. But when she sees her husband one day with a younger girl, she knows at once that he's having an affair. And it must be stopped.
Vic loves her friend Michael, more than he knows. He wants happiness, and thinks he's found it with the magnetic Estella. But Vic feels sure she can't be trusted - and she needs to make Michael see that too.
They don't know Kaya; her life is tougher than they can imagine. But Kaya's a survivor, and she's determined to find a way out of her miserable world.
Three women, three lives that come crashing together in this dark, lyrical and utterly enthralling story of warped perceptions, female intuition and 'the other woman'.

In Strange Girls and Ordinary Women there are three women – Alice, Vic and Kay.  All whom lead very different lives but though a series of events they all become linked. Each of them are effected in different ways and they all have distinct personalities and coping mechanisms.

All three women have a something that the reader can relate to. Alice is a housewife but it is her back story that makes her feel so real and relatable – haven’t we all found ourselves in a situation that we actually had hoped would never happen? Then there is Vic, who is jarringly socially awkward. And finally there is Kaya who is struggling with the life she leads.

Kaya was the character I felt most for as her story unfolded. She is a young woman, who is able to learn so much from her experiences and progress. She has an interesting philosophy and is quite capable of seeing people for what they really are – her perceptions of the world are quite candid.

For me it did take a while to get into this book, I found it much easier to read Alice’s and Kaya’s story than Vic’s. Perhaps this is because I could relate more to Alice and Kaya, or perhaps it is because I didn’t really like Vic and to be honest, there were times when I wished she would disappear.

The plot of Strange Girls and Ordinary Women is structured in a way that enables the reader to gain answers while at the same time produces more questions. Each of the three women can be considered as strong and independent females who all have very human and very real weaknesses. And it was interesting to read how the women viewed each other – after all as it says on the cover of this book “We all see what we want to see“.

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