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Imperfect Women

9780374718008
Hardcover, MCD × FSG, 2020
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Araminta Hall

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**Editors' Choice at The New York Times Book Review**

A Most Anticipated Book of 2020 at The Millions

A Most Anticipated Book of Summer at CrimeReads

"Creeps on you slowly, like a fog, until you find yourself enveloped in this tangled skein of relationships . . . The real mysteries concern love, friendship, obligation, the disappointments that come with the passage of time and the mysteries of other people’s hearts—as well as your own." —Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review

When Nancy Hennessy is murdered, she leaves behind two best friends, an adoring husband and daughter, and a secret lover whose identity she took to the grave. Nancy was gorgeous, wealthy, and cherished by those who knew her—from the outside, her life was perfect. But as the investigation into her death flounders and her friends Eleanor and Mary wrestle with their grief, dark details surface that reveal how little they knew their friend, each other, and maybe even themselves.

A gripping, immersive novel about impossible expectations and secrets that fester and become lethal, Imperfect Women unfolds through the perspectives of three fascinating women. Their enduring, complex friendship is the knot the reader must untangle to answer the question Who killed Nancy?

Imperfect Women explores guilt and retribution, love and betrayal, and the compromises we make that alter our lives irrevocably. With the wickedly sharp insights and finely tuned suspense that has drawn comparisons to Patricia Highsmith and Paula Hawkins, Araminta Hall returns with another page-turning, thought-provoking tour de force.

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  • "Creeps on you slowly, like a fog, until you find yourself enveloped in this tangled skein of relationships, eager to see how all this is going to play out, who is going to betray whom and in what way . . . The real mysteries concern love, friendship, obligation, the disappointments that come with the passage of time and the mysteries of other people’s hearts—as well as your own."

    —Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review

  • "Mines that grey area where friends' lives feed our own insecurities to dazzling effect." 

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  • “A brilliant exploration of the secrets and hidden lives women create for themselves as they try to navigate their way through life. A fabulous novel of modern love, life and people, with an excellent twist.”

    —Dorothy Koomson, author of Tell Me Your Secret

  • "A stunning, dark novel about who women want to be and the reality of who they are.”

    —Samantha Downing, author of His Lovely Wife

  • "Suspenseful and astute." 

    —Molly Odintz, CrimeReads

  • "Rare and very refreshing . . . Middle-aged women are represented in all their wise, sensual, flawed complexity. I enjoyed it so much." 

    —Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups

  • “A thoughtful examination of the psyche of three credible women with baggage and flaws. So much will resonate: not least Hall’s exploration of gender politics and motherhood. At points I was folding pages repeatedly. Deeply unsettling.” 

    —Sarah Vaughan, author of Anatomy of a Scandal


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