Cherish Farrah

Penguin Random House Audio. Feb. 2022. 11:08 hrs. ISBN 9780593509005. $20. THRILLER
Farrah Turner and Cherish Whitman are the only two Black girls in their very white community. They have been best friends since childhood, and though they are similar in many ways, Cherish was adopted by a white, wealthy family and is something Farrah calls WGS—White Girl Spoiled. When Farrah’s family is dealt a financial blow, she is determined to hold on to the lifestyle she is accustomed to and moves in with the Whitmans. All is not what it seems with the Whitman household, and things begin to unravel. Or do they? Told from the perspective of Farrah, this commentary on race and class is thrilling and addictive. Performed by Angel Pean, the narration starts a bit dry, but amps up toward the end. She performs the book slowly, which seems like a choice to build tension, but ends up wearing out the tautness a bit.
VERDICT Morrow’s (MEM; A Song Below Water) social horror/psychological thriller is definitely worth a listen.
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