These Women by Ivy Pochoda – Review

Genre: Crime Thriller
Published: December 2020
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Pages: 335
My Rating: πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹.5/5

“The world is out to destroy our bodies and all we have is our bodies to protect us.”

Ivy Pochoda

Set in LA 2014, a group of women are tied together by horrific murders that have taken place in their neighborhood. As we learn each one’s story and background, we find out what connects them. Detective Perry is determined to get to the bottom of this case and to prove herself, she won’t let anyone stand in her way.

When I picked up this book, I didn’t exactly know what I was getting myself into. I was under the impression that this was your standard crime novel, but it tackles so many other issues on top of the actual crime.

We get a glimpse into the lives of six women living in LA, all so different but linked in some way and all with their own struggles that they are facing.

There are 6 parts in this book, focusing on different women. A prostitute, a dancer, mother, cop, artist, a wife.

Feelia who was a victim 15 years ago, is one of the main characters, with her chapters all told from her own POV in between each of the other women’s chapters. As the story progresses we learn how each women is connected to the next. Besides alternating between Feelia and each of the other women, the chapters also alternate between the 1999 and 2014.

It’s raw and in no way sugar coated. With a serial killer targeting women in LA, you would think this would be of high priority, but it seems that no one cares or bothers to go further with the investigation because of the type of women being targeted. All believed to be prostitutes, dancers, drug addicts, none thought to be contributing positively to society.

“Perhaps they are intentionally blind. Or perhaps it’s the sort of women who’ve been killed that make their deaths irrelevant.”

But a determined female detective will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of these murders, because these women will never be able to tell their own story and they need someone to fight for them.

She is constantly having to prove herself in her field, being disrespected and underestimated by her male colleagues. And on top of this being haunted by her own past.

An important message to take away is that no matter where these women live, how they dress, what jobs they have and what background they come from, they all matter and each one deserves justice. 

Disclaimer: I was sent this free copy for review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. This does not influence my review or rating in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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