in•sane | adjective | in a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction; outrageous
Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki was a whole lot of crazy. This book was equal parts not for me, and intriguing.
What I loved about this book was the superb writing, it was an undeniably well-versed book. I enjoyed the alternating perspectives between the two main characters, Lady and S. I was highly invested in the outcomes for two of the minor characters, Karl and Devin and was hoping for a 'better off' ending for them. Seth's story was interesting, I haven't read many books with a mute character and it was a unique perspective.
Woman No. 17 had just as many issues that were a miss for me. I felt as though the protagonists were completely unrelatable. Lady and S were utterly self-absorbed and their lives were cringe-worthy. I wasn't invested in their outcomes at all, which doesn't bode well considering they were the main characters. I was undecided how I felt about Seth, he was somewhere in the middle of 'the victim of circumstance and manipulative'. The plot was strange and all over the place.
Bottom line, this one just wasn't for me. I love a book with a heavy dose of crazy, but Woman No. 17 was just a bit of a disaster for me. It currently has an average rating of 3.5 stars on Goodreads. I do, however, love this cover!!
I give this one 3 certifiably crazy stars out of 5.
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