Review: A Special Place for Women

Hi and welcome to the reading world!

Today, I’m excited to be sharing a review for a book I actually buddy read, A Special Place for Women!

A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin
Published: May 11, 2021
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This is one I read along with @rachels.booksta on Bookstagram, and we had so much fun chatting about it while we read! A Special Place for Women is a book that is honestly difficult to describe- it reads like both a contemporary fiction and a thriller. There’s a lot of tension and intrigue as well as commentary on feminism, being a woman, and social connectivity and belonging.

I think one of the greatest strengths of the novel is in its dynamic changes over the story’s course. While Jillian was sometimes irritating in the beginning by being hypocritical in numerous instances, she ultimately showed extensive character depth and growth. Additionally, the side characters oftentimes had dimension and the interactions had subtleties that were interesting to read on.

The pacing of the story slowly built up over time. In the beginning, there were slower moments but as the novel progresses, the intrigue grew. I think the ending of the story was an excellent one for a standalone- there was resolution of some elements, and some left open to interpretation. I think this will be a great fit for fans of endings that are all wrapped up and those that like some open ended elements.

My main issue with the book was that I wanted more of certain pieces. For example, sometimes Jillian’s commentary on her issues with Nevertheless included lack of inclusion and intersectional feminism, but oftentimes these were brief comments that didn’t feel like there was enough of these moments for discussion and analysis in the way I wanted when they were brought up. Another example was also in the beginning when I wanted more in terms of creating atmosphere to build the tension and intrigue that was so well executed later in the story. However, I think that this book does ultimately deliver a thriller that introduces some social commentary, even if it didn’t explore some of the issues presented within the narration.

Overall, I think A Special Place for Women is a very unique read. There are plot twists and story developments that I genuinely think will be hard to see coming, and I really enjoyed this one as a buddy read.

What was your most recent buddy read?

Thank you for stopping by!

-Rae

4 thoughts on “Review: A Special Place for Women

    1. I really enjoy buddy reads so I recommend it! This one was a particularly good one to buddy read because of some plot twists and opportunities to discuss as we went. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the review!

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