Book Review: A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Thriller

Warnings: Death of a parent, psychological manipulation

Read if you liked: Gossip Girl, Happy & You Know It

Steam: Implied but off page, minimal description

Summary: Via Goodreads

Well, this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2021 and Laura Hankin did it again…she surprised me with a unique twist and I honestly didn’t think it would go there. I’m still kinda not sure if I even liked this book but it was really well written, a fascinating concept and one I didn’t see coming so I’m going to say, “yeah, check it out”.

It’s technically classified as a thriller, it gives off thriller vibes because YOU DON’T KNOW what is going on until 60% in and still, you’re trying to figure out the angle. There’s also a bit of a romance thrown in which of course I enjoyed. The New York vibe is there! The story also shows the bonds of female friendships and the changing dynamics after the loss of a parent.

Big discussion/theme about performative feminism in elite white communities, and how it can be toxic and harmful to women as a whole. It’s literally about a secret society of privileged women in Manhattan…who doesn’t want a peek behind the door to see what happens?

If you’ve read it, how did you feel about it? I’m still not sure and maybe that was the point!

This is a bit different than my normal reviews, but this is a different book.



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