Reviewed by Poppy Johnson
The story within the pages of The Four Ms. Bradwells centers on Mia, Lainey, Betts and Ginger, four women who have been friends since law school, but that now live in different states. The women talk regularly, sharing the details of their charmed lives – they reside in “high-powered” areas, where their children are perfect and so are they. The book offers chapter notes at the start of each chapter as a guide to sorting it all out.
Mia, Lainey, Betts and Ginger keep on in the same way until a decades-old secret threatens to emerge, which will ruin them all.
As the women struggle with their collective feelings of guilt, over the shared event (no spoilers here), they take turns offering their perspective of the events. These differing perspectives keep the story line moving in the right direction, with many twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, while getting to know the characters at the same time.
I enjoyed The Four Ms. Bradwells and thought the way the characters handled the events that occurred was very realistic. If anything, I would have preferred to read about a less perfect background and fact pattern. How many books have you read with someone going to an Ivy League university (Harvard this, Princeton that), and let out a big yawn?
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After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
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