[Book Review] Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

44913866. sy475 Synopsis: All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn’t touch her?

All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town?

All Sloane wanted was to be admired. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband, who liked to watch her have sex with other men and women?

Three WomenΒ is a record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions.

This book took my breath away.

I’m not usually a reader of non-fiction, but something about this book caught my eye. The cover helped, but the amazing reviews which all of my friends and work colleagues had given it pre-release sealed the deal.

Three Women is about, well… Three Women. Individual in their lives and stories, but all linked by an overriding theme: lust, desire, and the lengths we as women go to to fulfil those desires.

Never have I been so utterly captivated and absorbed in a book as I was when reading this. Each woman’s narrative was unique yet equally as valid and enthralling as one another.

Maggie’s story begins in her teen years as she is enraptured by her teacher, and we follow their developing relationship. Jump forward six years and we see her finally able to speak out as she realises how deeply it has affected her life and her ability to love another, as she confronts him in court. But how could someone as well presented, admired and appreciated as “Teacher of The Year” possibly do such a thing?

Lina is a 30-something year old woman who married the “right man”, yet he won’t kiss her, touch her or have any kind of physical relationship with her. Their therapist tells him that it’s okay to not want to kiss his wife, he doesn’t have to if he doesn’t want to and it’s completely normal to feel that way. In a social group where all the other women are married, and to divorce would be a scandal, Lina feels totally segregated and torn as to what the best decision would be: to leave, and for once feel wanted and desired, or to stay in an unhappy marriage as that is what is expected of her, and best for the kids?

Sloane is in her 40’s, married to a husband who worships the ground she walks on, and sleeping with other men and women so her husband can watch. Her entire life she has been told that she is a burden, all she wanted was to be loved, wanted and appreciated. The dynamic within this relationship is odd, or so would be perceived by her friends and relatives so she cannot tell anyone. To do so would have catastrophic repercussions.

Each one of these women’s stories are unique, valid and gripping. Knowing that they are real lives adds a whole other element of power to the writing, and as I reader, I could identify with each one of their struggles even though their personal circumstances are so far removed from my own life.

In short, every woman should read this book. If not for the emotional and empowering journey it will take you on, but for the thriller-like, unputdownable way that it reads.

Honestly, I could read this book over and over again, every single day for the rest of my life.

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