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Those Other Women

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  2,076 ratings  ·  328 reviews
From the author of The Fifth Letter comes a controversial and darkly comic story about the frustrations of being a childless woman in the modern baby-obsessed world... .

Poppy's world has been tipped sideways: the husband who never wanted children has betrayed her with her broody best friend.

At least Annalise is on her side. Her new friend is determined to celebrate their f
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Penguin
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Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arcs
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I LOVE books that have anything to do with social media. After reading the description for this novel, I was even more excited to get reading.

Poppy Weston has just been betrayed by the two people she trusted most in the world. She didn’t see it coming and it’s left her reeling….and extremely angry. But with the help of her co-worker and new friend, Annalise, Poppy finds an outlet for that anger. However, it’s not long before
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty is a 2018 Penguin publication.

A timely and cautionary tale-

When Poppy is informed by her lifelong friend that she and Poppy’s husband have been having an affair, which has resulted in a pregnancy, Poppy is blindsided. It’s not just the affair, it’s that she and her husband had both agreed they didn’t want kids. Now she’s been told that he really did want kids after all.

When Poppy makes a new friend, Annalise, they decide to create a private Facebook group f
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Let the claws come out and the hair come down! This one is a catty, women's fiction romp fest.

It was just another ordinary day in Poppy's life. She certainly didn't expect to come home and be face to face with the worst news of her life. Her best friend and her husband. Affair. Poppy could barely process these words as they were tumbling out of their mouths. Distraught and disheartened, Poppy begins looking online for support groups. The issue however, is that she is only finding support groups
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Poppy and Garret's separation was pretty easy. No kids, no pets, no mortgage. Separate bank accounts, one car each. And their rental lease had been due for renewal. There was a shared savings account they'd each been depositing money into to buy a house one day, and they simply split it down the middle. Admittedly, Poppy earned a little more than Garret, so she'd probably put more money into the account than he had, but she didn't care. She didn’t want to have any arguments. She didn’t ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by Nicola Moriarty and I wasn’t disappointed. The characters, situations and places all had an authentic and relatable ring to them. Being from Sydney I got a kick out of recognising some of the places mentioned and I could perfectly visualise the scenarios. The story follows two different groups of women, a mother’s online group and a non mother’s group which end up pitting against each other often with disastrous results. The book offers a real insight to the way we women tend to ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Look, after reading and re-reading this book about thirty times over the course of six months, I have the admit, the story started to get a tad predictable, but that said, I'll still have to give it five stars because of my fragile ego.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
This was a light, easy read about a whole bunch of people who I am very glad I do not know!

We meet Poppy first who one day, totally unexpectedly, loses her husband to another woman who wants children. Poppy does not and when she makes a friend who claims to feel the same way they create a private Facebook group for like minded women. The scene is set for what turns into a huge catfight between those who do and those who do not wish to procreate.

The author makes her point that woman can be each o
‘You need a change. I think you should do something radical,’ Annalise had said. ‘Get an undercut with patterns shaved into it! Dye it blue!’

‘Are you kidding me? You could get away with shaving the side of your head, I’d just look like I’d been in a terrible accident or had brain surgery.’

Poppy is a happily married young woman whose life changes instantly when the rug is pulled out from under her. She’s got a good job, has no kids, plays competitive soccer, and finds a new bestie at work
While it's true that sometimes it feels that women are their own and each others' worst enemies, it's also women, be it mothers and grandmothers, friends or acquaintances, who help in meaningful ways, for longer periods. So, yeah, we are a complex, crazy bunch, sometimes we feel "too much", give too much, expect too much, and definitely do too much. We are also extremely apt at splitting hairs and dwelling on things and agonising over what others might perceive as unimportant things etc. Details ...more
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Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
When you want to read a light but gripping, lovely chick-lit book, Moriarty sisters never let you down.

Nicola Moriarty has a witty and entertaining tone. I loved the way she described the 'hipster' cafes:

In a time when most cafes had gone full hipster - everything organic, staff with beanies and thick glasses, and seats made out of tree stumps or milk crates - the cafe next to Cormack was unapologetically ... plain. Everything on the menu had gluten in it, there was no fancy coffee art on top of
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Genre: Women's Fiction
Actual Rating: 4 stars

Those Other Women is an authentic and accurate novel about women. More specifically, moms versus non moms. It captures the feelings of those who have children and those who never wanted them to begin with. It allows readers to ponder their feelings on the subject and shows us what it's like to be on both sides of the fence. Overall, I truly enjoyed this novel. In fact, I was so absorbed in the story that one minute I wa
Sharon Metcalf
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, 2018
3.5 stars

Those Other Women is the sort of book I enjoy immersing myself in and for the space of a day that's exactly what I did. Billed as thriller/psychological it definitely had an Australian contemporary womens fiction feel to it - which I love. From the first page I was caught up in the drama as Poppy was blindsided by her husband Garrett and best friend Karleen's affair. I couldn't stop turning the pages as Poppy came to terms with their betrayal, of the news they were expecting a baby - th
Ova - Excuse My Reading
When you want to read a light but gripping, lovely chick-lit book, Moriarty sisters never let you down.

Nicola Moriarty has a witty and entertaining tone. I loved the way she described the 'hipster' cafes:

In a time when most cafes had gone full hipster - everything organic, staff with beanies and thick glasses, and seats made out of tree stumps or milk crates - the cafe next to Cormack was unapologetically ... plain. Everything on the menu had gluten in it, there was no fancy coffee art on top of
Nicola Gipson
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first picked up this book,I must admit I dreaded it.Anything to do with groups of women there’s always trouble.
The story starts with Poppy and the devastation she feels when her husband and best friend decide to tell her they are in love.
Their four month affair has resulted in best friend Karleen becoming pregnant. A complete shock to Poppy who had always believed her husband was on the same page as her regarding not wanting children.
Poppy moves on with her life and together with work co
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely heartbreaking. Poppy's best friend Karleen who was her maid of honour is a back stabbing bitch she's having an affair with Poppy's husband Garret. Too make Poppy's heart hurt even more she always thought that her and Garret had agreement that they both didn't want kids, but now Karleen tells Poppy that Garret does what kids. I'm always the happiest reading about marriage problems, but The Other Women certainly broke my heart for Poppy. Plenty more is ready for Poppy Weston with a grou ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
How refreshing it is to read a book where there are women who don't want children, never wanted children and don't feel the need to apologize for it. But also gives you a full circle look at women who do have children and the struggles each side goes through. Yes, each side. Although, we all are women and should be supporting each other (and I hope that we do), I'm never going to fully know what a mother goes through and (some) mothers will never understand that I can be completely fulfilled wit ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
It's all very well promising to write a review in return for a copy of a book, but this is where it gets difficult. I didn't like 'Those Other Women.' Please bear with me here because I have read through many other reviews that have praised it and provided excellent scores and I do seem to be very much in the minority. As I always say, mine is an entirely subjective point of view, and perhaps it wasn't the right time for me to read this book and enjoy it, or maybe it just isn't for me. Who knows ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I was excited to read a book about a friendship between two childfree women, as someone who doesn't want children myself and has a deep appreciation for my friends who aren't consumed by motherhood at this point in our lives. I got about halfway when I started to have a bad feeling, so I skipped to the end. I can't say much more without a spoiler tag, but I will say it's not a bad book, but it wasn't what I wanted it to be, and perhaps I shouldn't have expected to get the perfect book about chil ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Those Other Women" by Nicola Moriarty introduces us to two different groups of women - one of them is a mother's online group, so - called MOP, and the other one is NOP, the non - mothers' one. The second group has been established by one of our main characters, Poppy, who's tired with - as she thinks - mothers being favoured everywhere and, basically, having it all easier - like getting holidays, finishing their work earlier and so on. Also, Poppy's husband has betrayed her with her best frien
Wow! What a book! I thrived over the drama but at the same time, as a woman, I found the truth and honestly of the story rather confronting. Brilliant concept creating by Nicola Moriarty about women attacking other women. Judging and confronting women over their life choices and parenting skills - bad parent because you can’t control your loud child; jealously over working mums flexibility in the workplace; mums looking down at other mums because they’ve chosen to work or not to work.

But the ju
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Kind of uneven, I wanted to like this book a lot. The writing was not as stellar as it should have been. The story itself is compelling. Pitting non-mothers with mothers, adding in a bit of social media brouhaha. However there was something lacking and I can’t point out what it is. It took me a while to get through it.

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Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
I was keen to read this book after reading Nicola's book The Fifth Letter last year. This is a very interesting book - funny and sad at times, a little dark, and a little scary about modern life.
Poppy has just broken up with her husband, he left her for her best friend who is now pregnant with their child. Poppy and her husband had agreed that they didn't want ever to have children, consequently Poppy feels upset, angry and annoyed with them. At work she befriends Annelise who also says that she
Saarah Niña
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Crazy, dramatic, but relatable!

The story begins with Poppy. She discovers her husband hasn't been faithful. That, and he was slightly confused when he told her, he was like her, he didn't want children. A betrayal that would be hard for anyone to get past, alongside her mother's lack of acceptance that her daughter really and truly just doesn't want children. So to move on, Poppy creates her own private, exclusive, Facebook group to connect with like-minded women. It gets disastrous, as do mo
With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

Poppy felt shocked and betrayed when she found out her husband Garrett had been having an affair with her childhood friend Karleen. When Poppy had first met Garrett she explained she never wanted children which he agreed upon. However Garrett had changed his mind and did want to start a family.

Four months After Poppy and Garrett had divorced she was devastated to find out Karleen was already pregnant wit
Sherri Thacker
Only got to page 75 and DNF. I was so confused as to what was going on, why go any further? Not for me.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-arcs
Poppy and her friend Annalise are sick and tired of the special treatment some of the women at her job get, just because they have children.Why should they constantly get to leave work early, and have more flexible hours, simply because they chose to have kids? And what's the deal with the local Facebook group MOP (Mums Online in Parramatta) that only allowed mothers to join? Why wasn't there a local group that only allowed women who chose not to have kids as members? They couldn't do anything a ...more
Grace J Reviewerlady
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book which has captivated my attention on so many levels; it’s packed full of details with several story lines. It entertaining and fun, but with a serious side.

Poppy and Annalise are women who work for the same company and play sport together. When Poppy’s best friend betrays her in the worst way, Annalise helps her pick up the pieces. Fed up with – as they see them – smug mummies getting an easier ride at work than they do – they set up a facebook group for women who don’t want child
Abigail (Abbie) Osborne
I really struggled with this book. I thought it would be a really interesting debate about the choice to have children or not but I found the debate was lost. I didn't gel with the main character and found it confusing in parts. It wasn't for me I'm afraid.
Kate Olson
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for this free review copy!
A refreshing addition to the psychological women's fiction market, with the main storyline revolving around a group of women who choose to not have children banding together in a Facebook group. The age-old struggle between women with children and their childfree counterparts turns dark, making the first half of this book a riveting read for me. I had some issues with situations in the 2nd half of the book that were dealt with in a way that see
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Poppy's betrayed by her best friend and husband, she creates a social media group for fellow non-mothers to find like-minded women who are tired of being judged for their decision to not have children. Modeling itself after a popular mothers' group of the area, Poppy inadvertently fuels a rivalry between the two groups when members of the mothers' group infiltrate -- for innocent or more devious reasons -- and start riling both groups up.

As the two groups snowball into their more less flatt
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Nicola Moriarty lives in Sydney's north west with her husband and two small daughters. She is the younger sister of bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Jaclyn Moriarty. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and studying teaching at Macquarie University, she began to write. Now, she can't seem to stop.

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