A serial killer story like you’ve never read before – a literary thriller of female empowerment and social change
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‘Marvellous.’ Daily Mail
‘A stunning achievement.’ Sunday Times, BOOK OF THE MONTH
‘A gripping novel with a difference.’ Psychologies
‘Immersive and immensely powerful.’ Guardian
‘A haunting read but a quite brilliant one.’ Independent i
‘Intense, brutal and glittering, a call to listen to the voices of the ignored.’ Observer
The dancer. The mother. The cop. The artist. The wife.
These women live by countless unspoken rules. How to dress; who to trust; which streets are safe and which are not. The rules grow out of a kaleidoscope of fear, anguish, power, loss and hope. Maybe it is only these rules which keep them alive.
When their neighbourhood is rocked by two murders, the careful existence these women have built for themselves begins to crumble…
‘Pochoda turns grief, suffering and loss into art, crafting a literary thriller that is no less compelling for its deep emotional resonance.’ Vogue
What readers are saying:
‘Gritty and addicting.’
‘The kind of storytelling you hope to find in your movie theaters one day.’
‘Pochoda weaves a mystery that not only had me turning the page, but dwelling on lines of prose.’
‘This book was far from what I was expecting it to be . . . I couldn’t tear myself away.’
‘I devoured it in one sitting . . . I LOVED IT.’
‘This is one of those books that tears into you and doesn’t let you go – even after you read the last page.’
A searing novel set in a rundown area of Los Angeles . . . In an atmosphere of rising menace, Pochoda shows the impact of the unsolved murders on grieving mothers and a new generation of young women who live on the margins. It’s a tough read, written in the language of the streets, but These Women is a stunning achievement that challenges conventional narratives about serial killers.
Roiling with female voices – angry, grieving, usually swearing . . . when the denouement comes it’s truly menacing, and Pochoda’s descriptions of a muddy, neon-soaked LA where it’s always night are as gritty and aggressive as Raymond Chandler’s.
A well-plotted murder mystery and a smart dissection of the way in which society treats women. A haunting read but a quite brilliant one.
Serial killer thrillers normally focus on the perpetrators of these crimes, but this marvellous novel concentrates instead on the victims... Pochoda evokes the lives of a victim, a mother who lost her daughter to the killer, a female cop and a young woman trying to escape the dark alleyways of LA. Each is portrayed with wrenching emotional empathy, drawing the reader in to their uncomfortable worlds and creating a web of fear, grief and loss that is absolutely heartbreaking.
An immersive and immensely powerful novel, challenging and angry, about what happens when women’s voices go unheard.
Ivy Pochoda moves, with great sensitivity, between the perspectives of various women, all marginalised, all ignored . . . intense, brutal and glittering, a call to listen to the voices of the ignored.
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