Sophie O’Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. But Sophie soon realizes that life is now too quiet, and she’s feeling bored and restless.
Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is part of an elite clique secretly known as the Hunting Wives. Sophie finds herself completely drawn to Margot and swept into her mysterious world of late-night target practice and dangerous partying. As Sophie’s curiosity gives way to full-blown obsession, she slips farther away from the safety of her family and deeper into this nest of vipers.
When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods where the Hunting Wives meet, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and her life spiraling out of control.
One of the best book covers I’ve seen in a long time.
Combine a shot of rich ladies with too much time on their hands, a shot of desperate infatuation, a shot of unsecured firearms, and a splash of desire with a bottle of vodka and you have the recipe for some very bad decisions.
The main character, Sophie, is a seemingly typical young mom who’s moved back to her small community for a quieter life. That lasts a few weeks before she is craving excitement and the target of her desire, Margot Banks. Once Sophie is accepted into Margot’s circle of shotgun shooting, hard drinking, cheating sycophants, she loses herself and almost loses everything.
I’m not sure how I feel about this book. Much like a pitcher of margaritas (there is a ton of binge drinking in this book) it is fun and intoxicating. It would be a fabulous beach read. I read it in two sittings and was captivated by the bad behavior of the women. But, also like a pitcher of margaritas, it left me feeling icky the next morning. These are terrible people.
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of the novel for review.
My rating – 4 Stars