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Review: The Women by S.E. Lynes @bookouture

WomenSamantha Frayn doesn’t know why Peter Bridges picks her – a nobody with bitten fingernails and a troubled childhood behind her – but she falls quickly. He’s older, charming, likes fine wine and French films, and his beautiful home has real art on its walls.

Peter transforms Samantha’s life in an instant. He sees the better version of herself – the one she’s always wanted to be. It’s only normal that there’s a little friction, when she moves in, over domestic matters like where things are kept, or the proper times to eat, sleep and shower. She’s lucky to be with someone who can help her find a new job, move on from childish friends, and speak with greater sophistication.

But as Samantha notices, more and more, Peter’s temper, she starts to wonder if there might be consequences to breaking the rules of the world he has so quickly built around her. And then she receives an anonymous note that makes her ask: is she the first woman to feel trapped by Peter? Is she being paranoid, manipulated, or could she be in danger?

You can tell the truth about your life, but someone needs to be listening. Someone needs to trust you. And someone needs to save you from the man you thought you loved.


I am pleased to say that I have read and enjoyed every book by S. E. Lynes. The Women is another twisty, captivating read by the author which cements her place in my list of favorites.

Sam meets an older guy, Peter, who seems like a dream come true. He is charming, intelligent, sophisticated, drives a flashy sports car and lives in a huge house. She quickly falls for him but is Peter really the prince charming that he appears to be?

The story is narrated from Sam’s POV. We learn of her relationship with Peter and the nightmare that followed. As much as I don’t agree with all her decisions, I understood her actions even when they were unreasonable. I understood the decisions that she made especially at the initial stages of the relationship. Her character was very well crafted and she was relatable in many ways.

I enjoyed everything in this story even the little details such as the literature pieces mentioned. Without going into details, one of the characters taught an interesting writing class that I wished I could join. I was invested in the lessons and actually learned something new. This was quite a treat and it made me enjoy the story even more.

The Women is a story about secrets, lies, manipulation and vengeance. As always, Lynes’ writing is flawless and enthralling. I was pulled in right from the prologue to the last page. There were moments of frustration when certain characters didn’t behave like I wanted them to but that is just a testament of how well the story and characters were developed. The prologue created such suspense that I couldn’t wait to see how the story would unfold. What a captivating read!

Other titles by S.E. Lynes that I have read and enjoyed include: Valentina, Mother, The Proposal and The Pact.




25 comments on “Review: The Women by S.E. Lynes @bookouture

  1. Oh the setting of a writing class sounds interesting! I have a serious bout of FOMO now.. I can’t believe she already wrote 5 books and I still haven’t started reading her novels! Great review D.!

    • Diana
      May 23, 2019

      Thanks Inge. The writing class was such a nice touch. I so wanted to be one of the students despite all the creepy things that were happening. Lynes has really good books. My favourite one was Mother, this one might be my new favourite. Valentina is also pretty good.

  2. Shalini
    May 23, 2019

    So happy you havmd fun with this book. Awesome flawless review 😍

    • Diana
      May 24, 2019

      Aaaw, flawless review is such a wonderful compliment. Thanks Shalini. Yeah, I enjoyed this one.

  3. Shalini
    May 23, 2019


  4. jennifertarheelreader
    May 23, 2019

    Lovely review, Diana! I’m so intrigued by this book and author! Which book do you think I should start with?

    • Diana
      May 24, 2019

      Thanks Jennifer. The Women is a great place to start. I also enjoyed Valentina and The Mother.

  5. I think I need this book in my life! Fantastic review!

    • Diana
      May 24, 2019

      Thanks Berit. I read a review on your blog and assumed it was by you but just realized that it was Vicci. I hope that you will also get the chance to read this one though.

  6. Yvo
    May 23, 2019

    Fab review! I’ve yet to try her work, but you definitely make me want to.

    • Diana
      May 24, 2019

      Thanks Yvo. I hope that you will get the chance to try out one of her titles soon.

  7. anovelglimpse
    May 24, 2019

    I’m happy to hear this author’s books are ones you enjoy. I have actually read one of hers. I read Valentina a while back and it had some good twists and turns.

    • Diana
      May 24, 2019

      Thanks Deanna. Yeah, Valentina was twisty. I also loved the Scottish setting.

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  9. B Lostinacoulee
    May 24, 2019

    Great review, Diana!

  10. ChrissiReads
    May 25, 2019

    I think I need to try this author!

    • Diana
      May 27, 2019

      I definitely recommend her books for when you are in the mood for a good thriller.

  11. deesradreadsandreviews
    May 26, 2019

    I’m adding this for sure!! Great review 🙂

    • Diana
      May 27, 2019

      Glad to hear that. Thanks Deanna.

  12. Norrie
    May 31, 2019

    Oh damn, i actually have this book, and also two others – without realizing they were written by the same person. LOL. My attention span is like a gold fish’s.
    Sounds really good – feel like i made a good choice when i bought them 😀

    • Diana
      May 31, 2019

      Haha, I am yet to find a book by Lynes that I didn’t like. I hope that you will enjoy the two that you have when you get the chance. Thanks.

  13. carhicks
    July 5, 2019

    Wonderful review Diana. I have never read anything by SE Lynes, but have heard good things. This one sounds really good, but I hope it has a happy ending.

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