The Change - a highly entertaining thriller/fantasy celebrating women of a certain age.
Three women come together in the Long Island, New York beach town of Mattuck in this pure fantasy about female empowerment and revenge. One that will keep you rooting for these fierce women. Harriet Osborne, a once successful advertising executive, has been put out to pasture as she approached turning 50. Her deserved promotion was given to a man who had nowhere near her qualifications. Divorced and living alone, she spends her time in her rather interesting garden and is viewed as the town witch. Nessa James is a widow and a retired nurse. As she has grown older, it appears she has inherited the family gift of hearing and seeing spirits. And Jo Levison, who was also pushed out of an executive position, operates a gym and as she has entered into the next stage of life, her changes have given her a new, strange strength. Hot flashes have a whole new meaning. When the women find the dead body of a teenage girl on the beach, they discover that more girls have gone missing and believe a serial killer is lurking.
With the three women banding together, they use their talents to not only uncover who is behind this tragedy but also vow to deliver justice. Author Kirsten Miller writes how women’s lives have three parts: education, creation and in the third stage, we use our power to protect those who are weaker. And boy, do these three badass women do that. The Change addresses serious issues of female equality, wealth versus poverty and more and includes lots of refreshing female rage. At almost 500 pages, this book moves fast. And while you might not agree with the means in which the women settle the score, I bet that you’ll be smiling anyway.
Many thanks to William Morrow & Company, HarperCollins and Book Club Girl Early Reads for the opportunity to read this intriguing book in advance of its release. It's a unique, entertaining combination of being suspenseful, serious yet often very funny. Cheers to these women of a certain age!
And once you’re done reading, turn on Annie Lenox/Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin’s “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves.”
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Genres: Mystery / Thriller. Fantasy/Supernatural.
Publication Date: May 3, 2022.
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