Woman of the Year

S. & S. Audio. Jan. 2023. 6:27 hrs. ISBN 9781797150796. $17.99. THRILLER
College friends Lorelei and Holly were seemingly inseparable until Lorelei became entangled with their charismatic, controlling professor. After he abruptly ended their relationship, the friends were driven apart by suspicion and jealousy. Decades later, when, as an activist and advocate, Holly wins Woman of the Year, the realization that she has become universally beloved rekindles Lorelei’s resentment and incites her need for revenge. As Lorelei revisits the deceit and devastation she has endured, her initially innocent plan to embarrass her former friend takes a deadly turn. Bell (A Simple Favor; All I Want) presents an intricate and intense psychological suspense about manipulation and murder. Narrator Tavia Gilbert dramatically depicts Lorelei’s first-person perspective, evoking the obsession and abuse that rule her relationships. The strained, stirring delivery, paired with Bell’s tension-building twists, yields an engaging and anxious listening experience.
VERDICT This audio will appeal to listeners seeking psychological suspense with a sympathetic but unreliable narrator facing guilt, gaslighting, and grief. Recommended for fans of Alice Feeney, Ruth Ware, and Gillian Flynn.
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