Book Review

Book Review – The Women on Retford Drive by Alretha Thomas

Synopsis

Julia Pritchard, an aging sitcom star making a comeback, and her stepdaughter, Blythe Pritchard, an aspiring attorney, form a pact to start fresh and pursue their dreams. But their plans go awry when Keith Pritchard, Julia’s soon-to-be ex-husband and Blythe’s father, goes missing and is presumed dead, the day they plan to move out of his mansion.

The women are filled with bittersweet emotions when they consider the idea that Keith, a tycoon and functional alcoholic, could be out of their lives for good. Moreover, they fear the police will name them as persons of interest because of the abuse they suffered at Keith’s hands. Julia believes Keith hasn’t met with foul play but orchestrated his own disappearance, hoping the women will be blamed. However, Blythe believes her father is dead. When the police reveal a damning piece of evidence, which could result in one of them being charged with Keith’s possible murder, they join forces to find out what happened to him. Did one of the women go off script and kill Keith, or is another agenda at play, unbeknownst to the women and the police, that’s far more sinister?

I loved this book! I was instantly sucked into a world of wealth, privilege, and mayhem. The characters are extremely well developed and I enjoyed each and every one of them, even Dolores, the deplorable mother-in-law.

I was kept guessing from nearly beginning to end, not sure who had committed the crime, or even if a crime had really been committed. At one point in time or another, I suspected every single character.

While this book had many triggers – most especially domestic violence, I love the fact that Julia not only survived, but overcame and was able to live a fulfilling life.

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