the longings of wayward girls // book review

The Longings of Wayward Girls– Karen Brown [⭐️⭐️⭐️/5]

Having grown up in a seemingly idyllic Connecticut suburb, Sadie, now a wife in mother, is transported back to her early teenage years when the disappearance of two young girls shook the residents of the town to its core.

For me, Longings was incredibly…disquieting. I found the main character, Sadie, very difficult to like or relate to, even though she had just suffered a personal tragedy. The book jumped back and forth in time, from the summer when there was a disappearance to the present, and both times she was portrayed in an unflattering light. As a teen, she and her best friend were incredibly cruel to a girl considered an outsider, and as a victim of bullying myself, it really bothered me.

In the present time, she finds herself having an affair with a childhood crush, and her willingness to betray her family and her husband was unsettling. It seems to me that a girl who had been so hurt by her mother would do her best to ensure that her children would not endure what she had, but instead, Sadie found herself dangerously close to becoming her mother. The ending was more interesting than I had expected the resurfacing of the past brought about the answer to mysteries, but not on a good note.

Overall? Not a recommended read.

Have you read this book? What did you think?


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