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A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times best-selling author of California.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she's going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she's ever going to finish her memoir.

In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guesthouse out back, care for Lady's toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit and becoming a confidante for Lady.

But in the heat of the summer, S's connection to Lady's older son takes a disturbing and possibly destructive turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady's privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

©2017 Edan Lepucki (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Babysitter Gone Bad in Hollywood Hills

Woman No. 17 is a wonderfully weird tale about a babysitter gone bad in Hollywood Hills. Have any of you seen the 1970s noir Three Women with Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek? This book totally has those vibes — female friendships that morph into something strange and sinister. (There’s also an art school side story, which I loved.) Narrators Cassandra Campbell and Phoebe Strole immediately drew me into the story, which doesn’t always happen for me with audio fiction, so it was especially fun to be hooked from track 1.

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captivating

I listened to this book non stop. I really enjoyed the reader's perception of lady.

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  • 08-11-17

four and a half

I would honestly give it more like four and a half stars but it's raw and beautiful and the story feels so uncut in the most perfect imperfect way. The book doesn't feel like it throws anything into the basket for the sheer factor or shock for those dumb enough not to see things coming like in other books. It's a story, yes. However, it feels like a real one. It's as if Lady stopped writing her other book and started writing this one instead.

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I don't get the point of this Novel

Seriously, this was just a bunch of endless dialogue with no plot. I pondered this, tried to figure it out but no, I'm sure there was not a plot. It started out good but quickly fell flat and stayed that way.

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Meh.

Well written, good character development, but the story lacked substance and appeal. Most of the characters are just self absorbed idiots and it makes it difficult to sympathize and relate to them. It's essentially a story about selfish people making poor choices and barely having to deal with the consequences.

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curse you stephen colbert

This book is for a world of quasi-feminists, first year psyche students, and curious on-lookers to the mythical story of having a sub par mommy and parenting a disabled child. The novel was built on trite dialogue and first world angst - please avoid and join me in a cruelty free ear experience and choose another more capable author

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