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Those Other Women
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Those Other Women
A Novel

"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.

"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.

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  • Nicola Moriarty is a Sydney-based novelist, copywriter and mum to two small (but remarkably strong-willed) daughters. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and completing her Bachelor of Arts, she began to write. Now she can't seem to stop. Her previous works include the novel, The Fifth Letter, which was published in several countries and optioned by Universal Cable Productions for film and television. She blogs (occasionally) at her website here: www.nicolamoriarty.com.au.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 2, 2018
    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 soufflé, she does serve up a tasty divertissement. Agent: Pippa Masson, Curtis Brown (Australia).

  • Library Journal

    June 1, 2018

    Moriarty (The Fifth Letter) delves into the perils of social media in her new novel. Poppy's husband and her best friend have fallen in love. Even worse, Garrett and Karleen are going to have a baby. Poppy never wanted children and thought Garrett felt the same. While she's still stinging from the breakup, she is befriended by coworker Annalise. The two decide to form a private Facebook group for other women who don't want to have kids. Initially the group works well, offering tips and support for those who deal with the challenges of nonmumhood. Then someone in the group shares an angry, drunken post of Poppy's to a mom's Facebook page. As Poppy realizes she has lost control of the gang, she's also becoming aware that Annalise has not been honest with her. VERDICT Moriarty expertly captures the tensions women face from all sides about all of their choices. There is real suspense here, generated not by a crime, but by the snowball effect of small actions and how they can grow and grow. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]--Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Liane Moriarty #1 New York Times bestselling author "A firecracker of a novel..."
  • Marian Keyes, internationally bestselling author I devoured it, loved it, and totally escaped into it...Fun and topical."
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