A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California.
High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She’s going to need a hand with her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In comes S., a magnetic young artist, who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s young toddler son, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage, one. S. performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But as the summer wears on, S.’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. Lady and S. will move closer to one another as they both threaten to harm the things they hold most dear. Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.
Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki
Publication Date: May 9, 2017 by Hogarth Press
This book is the pure definition of literary noir and I loved every minute of it. Woman No. 17 is filled with complex female characters and the tension that carries throughout the novel creates a sense of impending danger from the very first page. Despite the suspense, there’s also plenty of dark humor to move the plot along as well and I found myself completely absorbed in the complex relationships and damaged characters. Woman No. 17 is for those who love film noir, but would also like to see well-developed female characters who are more than just the femme fatale stereotype.