By Ore Agbaje-Williams
Publication Date: May 16, 2023
This is an Amazon’s Editor Pick for best literature and fiction, which isn’t too shabby for a debut. (I hesitate to call it a novel, because at roughly 47,000 words, it falls in the longer novella zone. But I’m sure you could argue either way.)
The plot revolves around the tension between a married couple, who are never named, and the wife’s childhood friend, Temi, and one day when these tensions come to a head. That’s it. That’s the plot. And because that’s the entire plot, this is going to be a short review.
I’ve said before that I don’t like writing critical reviews, and I always try to find something positive in a book, but I’m struggling with this one. There’s no tension, no suspense. There isn’t even any “normal” dialogue to break up paragraph after paragraph after paragraph. Half of the novel is character building and backstory, the other half is simply a day in the life of a wife stuck in between her husband and best friend who don’t like each other (to put it mildly). Unfortunately, I wasn’t even able to sympathize with the wife because she refused to take a stand and frankly, treated her husband shabbily. I’m not sure how I’m supposed to care about characters who aren’t even given a name.
So, three people. A wife who doesn’t seem terribly involved in her own life, a husband who assumes he’s in a conventional marriage and has more money than he obviously knows what to do with, and a selfish, toxic best friend who needs to grow up and learn what it means to actually be a friend. My apologies to anyone who liked this book, but if it weren’t an ARC, I wouldn’t have finished it.
If you did read this and liked it, please, please, please drop me a comment and enlighten me because that means I missed something.
1/5 stars ⭐
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for providing the ARC ebook. I’ve left my review honestly and voluntarily.
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