Strange Girls and Ordinary Women

Strange Girls and Ordinary Women 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

  • Title: Strange Girls and Ordinary Women
  • Author: Morgan McCarthy
  • ISBN: 9781472205803
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, than he knows He wants happiness, and thinks he s found it with the magnetic Estella But Vic feels sure she can t be tThey 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, 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.

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    1. ***3.5 stars***Publication Date: Available Now from Tinder Press.Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via Bookbridgr.So, Strange Girls and Ordinary Women which involved a bit of both – and admittedly I was a little bit up and down on this one. After a fairly slow burn, a little way through it suddenly kicked in big time for me and I was hooked. Then it has to be said, I felt a little let down by the ending – offering as it did closure on some things but not on others and [...]

    2. Morgan McCarthy's first novel "The Other Half of Me" so enthralled me that I couldn't wait to get my hands on her second one - Strange Girls and Ordinary Women". It's early days yet, as I'm only halfway into it, but so far not only am I not enthralled, I'm really struggling to engage with any of the characters. The writing style is also completely different, this being heavy with long convoluted sentences which don't seem to make a great deal of sense.The story centres around three women:Wishy-w [...]

    3. I received a copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book got off to quite a slow start for me, and whilst it did pick up in pace as we went along, it didn't really "hold me tight" whilst reading, I was finding myself struggling to focus, and to connect with the story and the characters. Nevertheless it's a well written novel that I think will be one of those that you either really like or you simply don't. The novel addresses the lives of three se [...]

    4. Strange girls and ordinary women by morgan mccarthy The blurb 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 [...]

    5. Three and a half stars from me!First of all, many thanks to Book Bridgr (the fantastic site which provides books to eager book bloggers like myself) and to Tinder Press for allowing me to read a copy of this intriguing novel in return for an honest review. I've never read anything by the author, Morgan McCarthy before and I'm always keen to try new authors especially those that capture my attention with an eye-catching title and a tag-line that states: "We all see what we want to see."Strange Gi [...]

    6. Strange Girls and Ordinary Women, by Morgan McCarthy, is a mixed bag of a novel. It tells the separate stories of three women whose lives collide, a narrative device that is common enough, yet which in this case frustrated me as I read the book. Moving between the early chapters felt abrupt, an irritation. With two strong and one weaker plot I felt pangs of annoyance each time I had to work my way through the less engaging segments in order to progress with the story.The chapters given over to A [...]

    7. I was sent this book through bookbridgr and I’ve wanted to read it since it arrived, however I had too much uni reading to do. I’ve finally found the time to pick it up and I have to admit, I’m quite disappointed…The novel focuses on the lives of three very different women. Alice, whose marriage is gradually falling apart; Vic, who is in love with her best friend but is confused about her feelings and Kaya, who begins working as a stripper in order to save money for her degree. Although [...]

    8. I received this book for free through First Reads.Strange Girls and Ordinary Women is a contemporary novel by British writer Morgan McCarthy. It is a story of three very different women whose lives end up connected in various ways.The first woman is Alice Rooke, a middle-aged doctor’s wife with a young son named Ben. When her husband begins staying out late, or occasionally not coming home at all, she begins to suspect that he is having an affair. Determined to uncover the truth she follows h [...]

    9. What a really enjoyable story.  I've not read one as intelligent and well put together as this for a long time.  An unusual title too. The story is set into three Parts and I found it a great advantage to have enough time set aside to read Part One within a day.  This gave a good grounding of each of the three main female characters.  Alice, Vic and Kaya.  Alice's story takes precedence over the other two being the first story in each of the three Parts of the book. She is becoming a run o [...]

    10. SynopsisThe lives of three women become intrinsically linked through a set of circumstances beyond their control. The way they handle the changes, the chance encounters and the choices they make all impact their future and how they are seen by others.ReviewStrange Girls and Ordinary Woman is very much a book driven by its characters. It is very languorous in its pace and not very much actually happens. Although, on reflection, a lot actually does; the book is laden with affairs, the sultry and s [...]

    11. Reviews can also be found on my blog Escapades of a BookwormThe three women – Alice, Vic and Kaya, all 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 backstory that makes her feel so real and relatable – haven’t we all found ourselves in a situation that [...]

    12. Alice, Vic and Kaya - a housewife in England, a hotel manager in Madeira and a stripper - three lives so different to each other, how could they possibly have anything in common.Can I start off by saying how much I dislike this cover? It doesn't do this book any justice, I thought this would be a flimsy romance about empty-headed women, a chick-lit holiday read. How wrong I wasThe writing in this novel left me breathless, it is amazing, to be honest it doesn't really matter what the story is, I [...]

    13. Told from three points of view, Strange Girls and Ordinary Women draws you in just like the title suggests although as I began to identify with each character, the story moved on. About a third of the way through the novel I realised how the characters were connected but read on, eager to find out how it would be resolved. Surprisingly however, the open ending didn’t pose much of an issue for me as I often live with characters for a while after I finish a book – and it felt as if Morgan McCa [...]

    14. I received this book through first-readsIt took my longer to read this book than I thought it would but I'm not entirely sure if that was because I didn't have time or because I didn't enjoy it. My first impressions of this book were one of anticipation and interest, the three different points of view are unique and the whole idea was unlike any other book I've read, 10/10 for originality. Though I have to admit the initial excitement of this wore off pretty quickly and then there wasn't anythi [...]

    15. I'd not read anything by Morgan McCarthy before but admit that I was enticed by the captivating cover and the line "We all see what we want to see".The story revolves around 3 women: Alice, Vic and Kaya and how their lives will ultimately connect. These are 3 very different women with very different lives that intertwine even when they don't know it.The book is split into parts with each part giving each of the 3 women a chapter each. You do get to learn a lot more about them quicker this way bu [...]

    16. Won this in a giveaway.This is a very character driven book that revolves around three women whose lives are interlinked and interrelated in ways they are not even aware of. Very little happens in the way of action or story progression and it did take a little while to get into but once you do you discover three women with a surprising amount in common despite their very different backgrounds. As the book progresses we discover more and more about each character and their lives from the day to [...]

    17. Alice’s husband is becoming increasingly critical and his excuses for his absences from the home more and more lame; is she right to suspect he’s having an affair? Vic, managing the hotel in Madeira previously owned by her parents, is delighted when her old friend Michael returns to work on the island; should she share her doubts about the honesty of his new girlfriend, Estella? Kaya dreams of studying philosophy at university but for now, having fled her feckless mother and her mother’s d [...]

    18. I Received this book through Book Bridgr and Tinder Press for an honest review.Strange Girls and Ordinary Women tells the stories of three women whose lives end up colliding. Each Chapter switches between the 3 women. I felt personally that this was done quite abruptly for me it just didn’t seem to flow.Victoria (Vic) I just did not seem to grasp the character and found her very confusing and a bit whiny.Back over to the positives I really enjoyed the chapters where Alice and Kaya they both se [...]

    19. Intriguing title - perhaps ordinary women see other women that they come into contact with as strange girls? This is a tale of three women whose paths cross to a greater or lesser extent, though there is another binding factor that draws them all together, but this will become clear when you read it. This is cleverly written and you don't see what is coming. Some beautifully described settings, especially in Madeira, this looks at relationships (real and imagined) and how they work, or don't. Th [...]

    20. I was very intrigued by both the cover and the summary for this book.I found the start of the book quite slow to get into and at first seems like three separate stories about three different women but as the stories progress Alice, Kaya and Vics lives become entangled together.This is a perfect portrayal of how peoples lives blindly weave within each other's, leaving trails we don't always want to face. Once I got into this book I found it very engaging and hard to put down, highly recommended.B [...]

    21. Couldn't put this book down in order to find out what would happen next. But couldn't give it more than three stars due to one particular character making it boring to read through her chapters.The story of 3 women whose lives are connected without them knowing.Alice - a good housewife and mother who finds out her husband is cheating on her with a younger woman.Kaya - a young female from a broken family who ends up working as a strip club to make ends meet.Vic - {the only annoying character in t [...]

    22. l won this book in Good Reads First Reads. lt is the best book l have read for some time. Three women with no apparent links with each other find their lives intertwined and l couldn't wait to see the intricacies of how it unfolded. l loved the references to J P Sartre and his existential theories as l did my university thesis on his use of religious analogies.l will read this book again at some time and look forward to seeing the characters in a new light as l now know of their inter-connection [...]

    23. Morgan's best book to date. Alice's husband is having an affair with Star. Vic is concerned for her friend Michael and his relationship with the mysterious Estella. Kaya has survived a tough childhood and intends to go on surviving. What Alice and Vic do not realise is that Star, Estella and Kaya are the same woman who wreaks havoc wherever she goes. I have had the pleasure of reading Mccarthy's two previous books and both were excellent. this though might be her best yet.

    24. An enjoyable book featuring 3 interesting but very different women - Alice,Vic,and Kaya - a fairly affluent doctor's wife, a hotel manager in Madeira and a club dancer. We follow their very different lives in London and Madeira with so many aspects of modern life and emotions involved. In some ways the characters were not particularly likeable but at the same time it was well worth finding out how their paths were ultimately linked.

    25. I won this book in a giveaway.Slow start but I got into it by part two, wanting to know how these three peoples lives turn out. I enjoyed Alice's story and how she managed her life when her husband strays away. Vic was strange, and I didn't really find her part of the story that necessary. Kaya had the hardest life and tied the other two women together. It was an ok read.

    26. This was a rather low starter but as the three narratives began to collide I was totally bowled over by how clever this book was. I found myself not wanting to put it down. The author takes you deep inside the mind of three very different women and their perceptions of themselves, one another and the men in their lives were fascinating. Very well written and intricately thought out.

    27. It was a terrible book of infidelity and obsession combined. How a marriage can be so one sided for on the love meter that the person is blindsided when they are betrayed by the one they love repeatedly. Terrible self absorbed doctor thinks he's god. Hated his self imposed infirorty complex.

    28. I won this through the giveaway.And I feel bad but I just couldn't finish it. I enjoyed it to start, liked the writing style but then it seemed nothing was happening and I was really struggling to carry on. Finally gave up about half way through, couldn't care less what happened.

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