The Woman in the Sable Coat

Tin House. Mar. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781959030355. pap. $17.95. F
When Nina Woodrow first meets Guy Nicholson, a nearby neighbor, she is a dreamy adolescent, and he is a married twentysomething with a pregnant wife. And while their lives intersect only briefly for one afternoon and evening, she doesn’t forget about him. Their paths cross again during World War II when they are stationed at the same British base, and they begin an affair while Nina mistakenly believes Guy is divorced. At first, she is over the moon in love, but she soon discovers that Guy isn’t as perfect as he seems. Kate, Guy’s wife, learns of his infidelity when Nina stops by their house on her way to visit her father. Kate, remembering the kindness of Nina’s father, turns to Henry Woodrow and befriends him as a way to deal with her grief over Guy. The two develop a friendship despite their age gap and unconventional connection. Brooks (The Whispering House) draws in readers with a unique plot and several unexpected secrets.
VERDICT Told in multiple POVs, Brooks’s latest features complex yet fragile characters that will engage readers until the end.
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