The Liar's House is the fourth in the series, but I haven't read the first three. DI Gina Harte has a past having to do with her abusive husband that she would rather not be made public, but years later, her equally despicable brother-in-law turns up in her current case.
In her current case, Jade Ashworth has been murdered, and
seven years ago, Samantha disappeared. At first glance--nothing appears to connect the two women. Yet as Gina and her team investigate, the connections appear.
A suspenseful plot with several twists. My main problem is with the number of controlling men and the women who allow the control. It isn't that I don't realize that this sort of thing can happen, but this book has way too many women who are easily dominated by the men in their lives.
The plot involves a wife-swapping group, and most of the women don't want to take part, but are pressured by their husbands or partners. Of course, the women have to have been habituated to that kind of pressure even before the "parties," but it is discouraging to read about so many women in unequal relationships, who feel it so necessary to have a man in their lives that they give up their own autonomy.
The reviews of this one are overwhelmingly positive, and it is suspenseful and the guilty party unexpected, but it was depressing.
Read in May. Blog review scheduled for June 28.
Crime/Police Procedural. July 2, 2019. Print length: 337 pages.
Behavioral scientist Paul Dolan "analyzed data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS)" that indicates single women without children are happiest: Unmarried Women Are the Happiest and Healthiest. The same survey is also in The Guardian and The Independent. Interesting and taking in several factors that make sense, and yet....
This might be true if there were no pressure to marry and have children, but there is tremendous social pressure to have a partner and few women can resist it. A bit of a conundrum. "Despite the benefits of a single, childless lifestyle for women, Dolan believes that the existing narrative that marriage and children were signs of success meant that the stigma could lead some single women to feel unhappy."
It is interesting that I read these articles after reading The Liar's House which already had me curious about why so many women find such unsuitable partners--women who are willing to sacrifice their own beliefs and who choose partners who make them miserable.