Title: The Woman at Number 24
Author: Juliet Ashton
Genre: Woman’s Fiction, Literary Fiction
Pages: 414 (I’ve read Kindle version)
Sarah is living in the building number 24 in West London with another five separate families. She is doing her best to recover from her husband’s betrayal, their divorce, and her loneliness. The pain is bigger knowing the fact that he is with another woman under the same roof, her neighbor Helena. Sarah’s heart aches when she accidentally meets Leo or Helena on the stairs, how she avoids them when she lives on the top floor, and they live below.
New neighbors move in the building, one lovely couple Tom, and Jane. They are very much in love, but really do they? The strange feelings are sparkle between Tom and Sarah. But, could she do the same thing what Helena did to her?
With the first pages, I sense Sarah’s pain and anxiety. I feel almost what she felt looking Leo happiness with another woman, so close to her. I feel it because of the author’s ability to make the reader to feel the words. I wanted to see more, to read more about Sarah, how she will survive the act of betrayal and is she capable of doing the same that she encountered to another woman.
Sarah seems like a real woman to me, she struggles with her feelings and all she wanted is to move and forget Leo, but he is there with another woman, and it is not possible to avoid him. She spends time with him and then becomes insecure and vulnerable which makes me nervous reading that.
Leo is the worst kind of a man that possibly exists in and out of the literary world. I don’t like him at all especially when he is near Sarah.
The story is captivating, touching and thoughtful which could make you think and wonder what it would be if…
I recommend this book to everyone who loves woman’s fiction and literary fiction.
Everyone who likes One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell will like this book: