Renee Conoulty: The Ladies of the House by Molly McGrann


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The Ladies of the House by Molly McGrann

On a sweltering July day, three people are found dead in a dilapidated house in London's elegant Primrose Hill. Reading the story in a newspaper as she prepares to leave the country, Marie Gillies has an unshakeable feeling that she is somehow to blame.

How did these three people come to live together, and how did they all die at once? The truth lies in a very different England, in the double life of Marie's father Arthur, and in the secret world of the ladies of the house . . .

Stylish, enchanting and deliciously atmospheric, this is a tragicomic novel about hidden love, second chances and unlikely companionships, told with wit, verve and lingering power.

Hey! Here's my review.

This story begins at the end, then tells us how each of those characters came to be where they are. The Ladies of the House are prostitutes or high class call girls as they call themselves. They all work for Arthur Gillies, who owns a string of brothels, unbeknown to his family. The other ladies whose stories are entwined in this book are Arthur's wife and daughter. 

I never really got into this book. I found the story jumped around a lot between different character POV and also back and forth in time. I didn't really like or care about any of the characters. The writing style made me feel I was looking on from a distance more than part of the story. 

This would appeal to people who like slow moving drama, historical fiction from the mid 1900's and literary fiction. I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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