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The Goddesses

3.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,509 ratings  ·  307 reviews
The Descendants meets Single White Female in this captivating novel about a woman who moves her family to Hawaii, only to find herself wrapped up in a dangerous friendship, from the celebrated author of We Could Be Beautiful.

When Nancy and her family arrive in Kona, Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Nancy's husband has cheated on her; they sleep in separate bed
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Doubleday Books
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Bethany Currie Single White Female is a movie from the 90's about a woman who becomes roommates with another woman who suddenly becomes obsessed with her and basical…moreSingle White Female is a movie from the 90's about a woman who becomes roommates with another woman who suddenly becomes obsessed with her and basically copies everything about her. The Descendants is a different thriller movie set in Hawaii. (less)

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Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-reads
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Carol (Bookaria)
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017, fiction
This book is about Nancy who recently moved with her husband Chuck and their teenage twins to Hawaii. In the island she meets Ana (pronounced "O-na") who is a yoga instructor, among other things. They start a friendship where Nancy is more of a traditional stay-at-home mom and Ana is sort of an adventurer, their personalities complement each other.

When I started reading I thought the book was mainly about female friendships and bonding and to some degree it is, but soon turns out to be darker th
Sarah Joint
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Part of the reason romance books and I don't get along is the "instant love" many feature. You know, when two people meet and a week later they're sure they should be married and serenading each other under the sunset. Gag me. This isn't a romantic book, but it features the same kind of connection, though it's platonic. These two women meet and they're very quickly enveloped into each other's lives. The synopsis mentions Nancy leaving her twins to her own devices, and that made me picture them a ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 21, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: reviewcopy
Reasons I bailed:

This entire book reads like a Costco advertisement, kind of like the way tv shows these days ever so nonchalantly throw in product placement. If you find yourself craving a Costco ham + pineapple pizza or Red Vines, stop and think. It never stops.

The author will sometimes shift into foreboding metaphor at the end of a chapter and then slam it down the reader's throat. I do not need that much help, and rather than building tension, I was just annoyed. I can't quote directly since
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Enough with the bad reviews! This is a brilliant book, and has a lot to offer, especially on a deeper level. That seems to be a strength of author Swan Huntley, the ability to write from inside someone's mind, their soul even.

Nancy is a woman who's had her heart broken, and, not to sound cliche, is having a mid-life crisis of sorts. She feels unwanted, unneeded, and wonders if she even likes herself at all. When her family moves to Hawaii for a change of scenery, she vows to make changes in her
Holly  B
I previously read Swan Huntley's first novel, We Could Be Beautiful and I loved it so much that I was excited to read this next novel . WCBB had lots of twists and wasn't predictable. This one didn't really capture my interest and I didn't find that I liked any of the characters. I almost gave up on it several times, but wanted to "give" it a chance. I was underwhelmed when it came to twists and overall plot. The ending was just not interesting/thrilling and it left me feeling unsatisfied.

On a
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
I’m pretty conflicted trying to decide exactly how I feel about this one, there were many things that I really liked and then there were also many things that bothered me. Middle of the road reviews are my least favorite kind, I have the hardest time writing them, but I think I’ll stick to the format that’s worked best for me in the past. I’ll share what I liked, then what didn’t work for me with the hope that I’ll give you guys enough information to decide for yourselves if you want to try this ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Things haven’t been too great for Nancy and her family. Her husband has cheated on her and her teenage sons are lighting illegal fires. It’s time for a change. Their move to Hawaii is an effort to make a fresh start. And things do seem a bit better there. Nancy and her husband have some romantic evenings and she’s hopeful that their relationship has a chance. She begins a yoga class where she meets Ana. Ana is very different from Nancy. She isn’t married, has no children and is a free spirit. Na ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
This is the October, 2017 read for the Keep Turning Pages Group. Many thanks to Doubleday for providing me with a copy in their giveaway.

Nancy and Chuck Murphy move to Hawaii with their twin teenage sons hoping to recharge their troubled marriage and get a fresh start, but as usually happens, they bring some of those same problems with them. And worse, their sons start acting out.

Nancy is stay-at-home mom who wants to break away from what she thinks of as her boring persona as 'mom' and try so
Jun 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
Nancy is a stay-at-home housewife and her husband Chuck works at Costco. Chuck has recently cheated on Nancy so they decide to move to Hawaii (with their two sons) to start a new chapter in their life.

Nancy starts taking yoga with Ana (pronounced On-a). Ana starts calling Nancy "Nan" and they start to hang out in a jacuzzi and hand out sandwiches to homeless people in their personal crusade to feel better about themselves (Sandwich Sistahs, holla). Nan starts leaning out and dressing boho chic
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Maybe 2.5 stars - I didn't completely dislike it, but would not recommend it to any anyone. I'm going to Kona, Hawaii on vacation next month so liked the setting - not the characters. ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, hawaii
A solid 3.5! Its always interesting when you pick a book from the staff recommended shelves at the library. I hadn't heard anything about it, but I scooped this one up.

You guys know I don't like to give away much of the plot, more describe my reactions to it. I would say this book is about a woman who moves to Hawaii with her family, to work on her marriage and start fresh, after the discovery that her husband cheated on her, and the older twins were also having some challenges. All of this we k
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nancy and her husband, Chuck relocate with their twin teenage boys to Hawaii. They move there in order to rediscover their love for one another after he cheats on her. To them Hawaii is paradise - a perfect location for their fresh start and to escape all the reminders of their previous unhappiness in San Diego. When they arrive it seems like they made the right decision. The beautiful and romantic landscape begins to have a positive effect on Nancy and Chuck's relationship which is slowly getti ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank @penguinrandomhouse & @swanhuntley for providing me a review copy!
This is a novel about a woman who loves her family to Hawaii, only to find herself wrapped up in a dangerous friendship !
I enjoyed this book in maximum it was very psychological for me and it is a perfect connected story that Huntley could write!
The Author is very talented to create such an interesting novel! Reading this book will give you mixed feelings as the Author's writings are such rare! .
The novel is a re
Linda Zagon
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Review of "The Goddesses" by Swan Huntley

First of all I would like to thank Doubleday Books and NetGalley for the Advanced Reading Copy of "The Goddesses" By Swan Huntley for my honest review. I would rate this story as 3.5 stars. 

The genres for this novel are Psychological Thriller, Women's Fiction and Adult Fiction. The timeline of this story is set in the present. I do like the way the author describes the scenic areas in Hawaii, where most of the story takes place.

The author describes the
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure why I disagree so much with other reviewers, but I actually loved this book. I loved reading about the setting in Hawaii, and I felt that the main character, Nancy, to be very identifiable. The toxic relationship she developed with Ana was fascinating. And, I found the ending to be a realistic take on what could happen in this situation. This book certainly wasn't a thriller. However, the psychology behind what can happen when one is desperate for life satisfaction makes this a page ...more
Kimberly Hicks
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kimberly by: Net Galley
Shelves: read-on-kindle
It’s a rarity to find a true friend. You’re lucky if you have one you can call a friend. Nancy Murphy had a pretty decent life. And by that, I mean, it was mundane and boring. Her husband Chuck worked for Costco as a manager and pulled a nice salary. Nancy and Chuck needed a break from the norm. Unfortunately, Chuck made a break of the worst kind. He had an affair on his wife and both he and Nancy needed to have a fresh start.

So, Chuck moved his family from San Diego to Kona, Hawaii. What bette
Probably 2.5 total but rounding to 3 stars for the Kona, Hawaii setting and how the author captured the Big Island vibe and feelings of a recent Hawaii transplant.

I wanted to love this book, pulled in by the Hawaii setting (I am a sucker for Hawaii-set books) and a premise that sounded intriguing and interesting but ultimately it fell flat and didn't deliver what I was looking for. I found the story predictable when I was hoping for plot twists and surprises and I wanted it to be a darker, more
Apr 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
I disliked Ms. Huntley's debut We Could Be Beautiful more so for the ridiculous plot and less for the shallow, hollow, empty characters because I'm a native New Yorker. I've pretty much seen and met them all.

When I won a copy of The Goddesses from a Goodreads Giveaway, I was excited because Duh! It's a free book! That meant I came into this with no expectations, no assumptions, no likelihood and no chance of me actually, possibly perhaps enjoying this.

And I was right. And I do love it wh
Bitchin' Reads
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I found this book a quick read, which is normally indicative of a good book for me, but I find myself conflicted. You see, though I breezed through it, it wasn't a "I want more, more, more" drive that had me flipping pages and scanning the words at an abnormal quickness. Oh no, it was more of "where is the moment I start to like this book?" The more pages I turned and found myself still feeling the drag of disconnection, the more I forced myself to go, go, go until I ended up at the conclusion. ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I had really high hopes for The Goddesses based on the synopsis. However, it was an utter let down of monumental proportions. Let’s start with the premise: Nancy and Chuck, along with their twin teenage sons Jed and Cam, have moved to beautiful Hawaii to start afresh after Chuck’s affair and his heavy drinking. This seems like a great thing with the beautiful island of Kona as the backdrop and a new start for the family.

It would be except Nancy soon meets Ana (pronounced On-a) on her new journey
This is going to be a another tough review for me, because I don't really have a lot to say about this book. I checked to see if I'd left any comments on Goodreads as I was reading, and found only one:

July 26, 2017 – 51.0% "First half was a slow burn, but hasn't lost my interest. Seems to be picking up the pace a bit at the start of the second half. Curious to see where the story goes from this point on."

Quick Recap: Nancy and her family move to Hawaii after her husband cheated on her, hoping fo
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 Stars.

The island of Hawaii is the perfect place to restart a new life. Across the Pacific, Nancy can wash away the past of her husband's infidelity and her subsequent insecurities. With a fresh start in Kona, Nancy decides to focus on her health and appearance. With her children in school and a working husband, Nancy has some free time and takes up yoga. Ana, the yoga teacher, becomes a fast friend and helps Nan finds her true self. But did she find more than she bargained? The more time she
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nancy, Chuck and their teenage twin boys move to Hawaii filled with the hope of starting over. With her marriage on the rocks and the boys growing up, Nancy does not know what kind of life she wants anymore. Chuck’s job transfers smoothly to the Costco in Kona and the boys seamlessly become star players on their high school water polo team. But what about Nancy? With middle age settling in and her body expanding out Nancy decides to try a yoga class. The class and teacher Ana become Nancy’s new ...more
mindful.librarian ☀️
Thanks to Doubleday Books for providing me with a finished copy of this book for review purposes - all opinions are my own.

I couldn't put this book down - I classify it as one of those "train wreck" stories that you are upset with while you read, but just can't stop reading anyway. Disturbing and full of characters I did NOT love, THE GODDESSES hits readers with an addictive relationship in a beautiful setting. The cover is deceptively calm for a story that holds so many twisted people and even
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm not really sure what I just read.

At the end of the day, all this book did was serve to remind me why I stay away from books classified as "chick-lit". If we're being honest, I picked it up because I was in the mood for something fluffy. I figured between the cover and the fact that the book is set in Hawaii, I'd get lots of fluff. I did get some fluff. Right up until about the last 30% of the book, there was all kinds of fluff. Then at the 70% mark, the book completely went off the rails of
Leah Bayer
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
3, maybe 3.5 stars. Really like 3.25

I feel like recently I have read a lot of sophomore books from authors where I enjoyed their debut work a lot. But, for various reasons, the second work of theirs never seems to quite live up. Universal Harvester, Swimming Lessons, The Fire Child... all books I just didn't love quite as much as the author's first. And, sadly, The Goddesses falls into that category. I really enjoyed Huntley's first book, We Could Be Beautiful: it was kind of amazingly fun given
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Certainly did NOT like this as well as We Could Be Beautiful. I guess I am a bit underwhelmed at the “you can’t trust anybody” story arc. I want to trust people. Having been betrayed by several people in whom I had explicit trust, I realize many cannot be trusted, but I refuse to believe every single new person with whom I have contact is not to be trusted.

One thing I did appreciate in this book is that each character’s flaws and foibles are depicted. And that is true. Each of us has character
Kenneth Iltz
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
My parents lived in Kona, Hawaii and we had a second home there. This book caught my attention because it is based in Kona and I recognized many of the locations that were part of the narrative.

The book concerns an all-consuming friendship between two middle-aged women—one of whom may not be exactly who she seems.

Nancy Murphy, her husband and her two children move to Kona from San Diego. Her husband has a position at COSTCO. Nancy’s husband had an affair in San Diego and the move is an attempt
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Don’t waist your time. Middle aged white lady realizes her life is unfulfilling and does boring stuff with new BFF to try to find excitement while author tried too hard to make it deep.
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