Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall

I’m delighted to be sharing my review today of Imperfect Women by Araminta Hall as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Francesca Pearce for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.


‘Love this book’ Elisabeth Moss
‘Rare and complex’ Marian Keyes
‘A dark, delicious thriller’ Louise O’Neill
‘Immersive and unsettling.’ Sarah Vaughn
‘An excellent twist.‘ Dorothy Koomson
‘Beautifully written’ Samantha Downing
‘A masterclass’ Simon Lelic
‘Immersive, intelligent and gripping’ S.E. Lynes

Nancy, Eleanor and Mary met at college and have been friends ever since, through marriages, children and love affairs. 

Eleanor is calm and driven, with a deep sense of responsibility, a brilliant career and a love of being single and free – despite her soft spot for her best friend’s husband.

Mary is deeply intelligent with a love of learning, derailed by three children and a mean, demanding husband – she is now unrecognisable to herself and her friends.

Nancy is seemingly perfect: bright, beautiful and rich with an adoring husband and daughter – but beneath the surface her discontent is going to affect them all in terrible ways. 

When Nancy is murdered, Eleanor and Mary must align themselves to uncover her killer. And as each of their stories unfold, they realise that there are many different truths to find, and many different ways to bring justice for those we love…

Everyone wants a perfect life. But there is no such thing…

Oh this book is just gorgeous! I loved everything about it! From the stunning cover to the exquisite writing and the absorbing storyline, Imperfect Women sets a high standard amongst its competitors on the bookstore shelves. I was gripped by the story of these three very different friends and the ties that kept them together-the silk ribbons of friendship that no matter how frayed they got, remained in place. That is until one of them was murdered…

Eleanor, Mary and Nancy have been friends since university. They all have very different lives but have remained close to each other and their families. But when Nancy is found dead it leads Eleanor and Mary to look deeper into her life. Nancy seemed to have it all-the looks, the gorgeous husband who adored her, intelligent and wealthy-so she was living the perfect life, right? WRONG! Envied by those who knew her, Nancy should have been the happiest woman alive but even if you have it all, you always seem to want more. Perfection just keeps on needing to be fed. This book gives a brilliant insight into how, as women, we see what we want to see even in those women we are closest to.

I loved how the author understood the friendships that get us through the toughest times in our lives as there’s often still a barrier as though we can’t let anyone see into the very depths of who we truly are. Mary was my favourite character and the one that I identified with the most as she felt like someone I would like to know and be friends with. I wanted to offer her the support I felt she was lacking from her friendship group.

For me it wasn’t so much about finding out the secrets in Nancy’s life but uncovering what it is that draws women to each other and how that changes and adapts throughout their lives. And how we are all carrying around guilt about something when we should be able to let it all go and just…be!!

Imperfect Women is darkly inspired and insightful, beautifully crafted and deliciously compelling. Araminta Hall has exceeded all my expectations for this book. I loved it.

Araminta Hall has worked as a writer, journalist and teacher. Her first novel, Everything & Nothing, was published in 2011 and became a Richard & Judy read that year. Her second, Dot, was published in 2013, and her third, Our Kind of Cruelty, in 2018.

She has taught creative writing for many years at a variety of places, including New Writing South in Brighton, where she lives with her husband and three children. 

Contact Araminta on Twitter at @aramintahall

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.