“It wasn’t envy, though. I didn’t want to be her… I wanted to be near her. For her to notice me, too… It became powerful and even consuming.”The Hunting Wives – May Cobb
In Summary of The Hunting Wives
Sophie O’Neill leaves behind big city life to hunker down in small-town, East Texas with her husband and son. However, she becomes restless with this new, slow life and seeks entertainment in a local group of middle-aged, socialite women. Margot Banks, the ringleader of the group, begins inviting Sophie to their parties, which involve shooting practice, partying, and other men. Sophie falls for this seemingly glamorous, underground lifestyle – and especially for Margot Banks herself – but then quickly realizes that she has intertwined herself in a secret clique filled with backstabbers and potential murderers.
Warning: Infidelity, murder, abortion
|Drama, drama, drama||Sometimes goes overboard with moral line-crossing|
|Successful twists and turns create surprise|
|Setting makes the characters and story feel unique|
“As it turns out, you can’t outrun who you are.”
*Sits down and pours some tea* You’re going to need several cups for this novel.
If you are a fan of trashy tv shows and movies (i.e. Mean Girls, Sex and the City, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Real Housewives) that depict groups of women up to no good, then pick this book up.
Yes, The Hunting Wives is a guilty-pleasure-read filled with hot moms, scandal, and seduction within the setting of forested East Texas. It’s a train wreck of all things spicy and immoral. Then throw a murder mystery in there, and you have an entertaining ride.
I wish I could say that this book wasn’t my thing, but it was so difficult to put down.
But hey, I won’t judge you if you don’t judge me.
Okay, okay… I will admit that this book was a bit too smutty for me sometimes, and the sexual obsession between the main characters sometimes nauseated me. Blame it on my evangelical upbringing. However, if you can get past this or truly love this type of book, you won’t be disappointed.
I will warn you: You will probably hate the characters, as they are not likable in really any way. I personally hated Sophie’s treatment of her sweet, loyal husband, especially since she should be the one most likely to treat her husband well. I wish there had been less deceit on Sophie’s part toward him because it made her just that much more unbearable. Additionally, Sophie’s stalker tendencies don’t seem like they fit her character, but I know this makes her relationship with Margot and the other women much more interesting.
Let’s be honest… in a story like this, are we really rooting for anyone to come out on top? Or are we secretly rooting for the destruction of all involved?
You be the judge on this one.
*This book is currently available for purchase! Happy publishing day!
The Hunting Wives Book Information
- Published: 2021
- Publisher: Berkley
- ISBN: 9781501139239
- Format: Hardback (purchased as Early Release through Book of the Month)
- Length: 368 pages