When a cult threatens to ruin the lives of you and your closest friends, wouldn’t you do something about it?
Shay Deroy is a suburban socialite married to a wealthy businessman in Texas. Back when she was Shay Evans, in college, she and her two best friends fell victim to their flatmate’s father and his manipulative ways. Clem and Laurel, along with Shay, were abused by a man with wealth and power. Clem committed suicide to escape.
Now, in her cushy life in Texas, Shay listens to her high school best friend’s true crime podcast. This is how she learns that Laurel is dead, also by suicide. Shay and Jaime, the podcaster of Transgressions, team up to take down a cult of abuse and misconduct that may just be bigger than they expected.
This novel is an intricate, dark exploration of complicity and its connection to misogyny. I couldn’t catch my breath as I read this novel in two sittings. I was compelled, engrossed, and utterly entranced. The Last Housewife has much to say about power, truth, and abuse.
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One of the best books of the year is an understatement. Winstead is masterful in her creation of characters and their motivations. The characters are real and feel genuine, even though the narrative twists and turns all the way through. I don’t have words for the way this novel enveloped me. You need to read it and thankfully for you, it releases today!