When Nancy and her family arrive in Kona, Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Nancy’s husband has cheated on her; they sleep in separate bedrooms and their twin sons have been acting out, setting off illegal fireworks. But Hawaii is paradise: they plant an orange tree in the yard; they share a bed once again and Nancy resolves to make a happy life for herself. She starts taking a yoga class and there she meets Ana, the charismatic teacher. Ana has short, black hair, a warm smile, and a hard-won wisdom that resonates deeply within Nancy. They are soon spending all their time together, sharing dinners, relaxing in Ana’s hot tub, driving around Kona in the cute little car Ana helps Nancy buy. As Nancy grows closer and closer to Ana skipping family dinners and leaving the twins to their own devices she feels a happiness and understanding unlike anything she’s ever experienced, and she knows that she will do anything Ana asks of her.
A mesmerizing story of friendship and manipulation set against the idyllic tropical world of the Big Island, The Goddesses is a stunning psychological novel by one of our most exciting young writers.(less)
My Review of “The Goddesses” by Swan Huntley
First of all I would like to thank Doubleday Books and NetGalley for the Advanced Reading Copy of “The Goddesses” By Swan Huntley for my honest review. I would rate this story as 3.5 stars.
The genres for this novel are Psychological Thriller, Women’s Fiction and Adult Fiction. The timeline of this story is set in the present. I do like the way the author describes the scenic areas in Hawaii, where most of the story takes place.
The author describes the characters as complicated, complex and flawed. Nancy and her family move to Hawaii to get away from the disturbing fact that her husband had cheated on her, and her twin adolescent boys had been acting out. Her husband is able to get a job transfer to Costco in Hawaii making this move possible. Nancy meets a Yoga instructor, Ana, and the two become best friends. They have some unusual adventures, and a mysterious and perplexing friendship. Nancy’s friendship with Ana, and her relationship with her family appear to be quite dysfunctional. At times there is a feeling of danger, or going too “far”.
There are times where it seems that the characters are “acting” or trying to be what they are not. I appreciate that the author has written an unusual story. I would recommend this book for those readers that like a light Psychological thriller. Happy Reading!