"A firecracker of a novel..." -Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies
The author of The Fifth Letter takes a laser look at the uneasy relationships between women and the real-world ramifications of online conflicts and social media hostilities in this stunning domestic drama. A story of privilege, unspoken rivalries, and small acts of vengeance with huge repercussions sure to please fans of Sarah Jio and Ruth Ware.
Overwhelmed at the office and reeling from betrayals involving the people she loves, Poppy feels as if her world has tipped sideways. Maybe her colleague, Annalise, is right—Poppy needs to let loose and blow off some steam. What better way to vent than social media?
With Annalise, she creates an invitation-only Facebook group that quickly takes off. Suddenly, Poppy feels like she’s back in control—until someone begins leaking the group’s private posts and stirring up a nasty backlash, shattering her confidence.
Feeling judged by disapproving female colleagues and her own disappointed children, Frankie, too, is careening towards the breaking point. She also knows something shocking about her boss—sensitive knowledge that is tearing her apart.
As things begin to slide disastrously, dangerously out of control, carefully concealed secrets and lies are exposed with devastating consequences—forcing these women to face painful truths about their lives and the things they do to survive.
Australian author Moriarty follows her debut, The Fifth Letter, with a darkly droll page-turner. Devastated Poppy Weston, who's been blindsided by her husband's announcement that he's dumping her for her best friend and that he has changed his mind about not wanting kids, finds comfort where she can, first from office mate Annalise and then from the Facebook group they launch to connect childfree working women like themselves in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta. But each of these brings problems of its own. Beneath spunky Annalise's exterior lie disturbing maybe even dangerous secrets. And the Facebook group, known as NOP (for Non-Mums Online in Parramatta), begins to fall apart after a mole leaks some of the more vitriolic anti-mum posts to their archenemies, MOP (Mums Online Parramatta), leading to a few hairy real-life run-ins. Although Moriarty doesn't quite manage to successfully infuse the weightier material that appears, including abuse and early-onset dementia, into a thriller that's largely a chick-lit souffl , she does serve up a tasty divertissement.