The Goddesses

The Goddesses

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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The Descendants meets Single White Female in this captivating novel about a woman who moves her family to Hawaii, only to find herself wrapped up in a dangerous friendship, from the celebrated author of We Could Be Beautiful. When Nancy and her family arrive in Kona, Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Nancy's husband has cheated on her; they sleep in separate bedrooms and their twin sons have been acting out, setting off illegal fireworks. But Hawaii is paradise: they plant an orange tree in the yard; they share a bed once again and Nancy resolves to make a happy life for herself. She starts taking a yoga class and there she meets Ana, the charismatic teacher. Ana has short, black hair, a warm smile, and a hard-won wisdom that resonates deeply within Nancy. They are soon spending all their time together, sharing dinners, relaxing in Ana's hot tub, driving around Kona in the cute little car Ana helps Nancy buy. As Nancy grows closer and closer to Ana—skipping family dinners and leaving the twins to their own devices she feels a happiness and understanding unlike anything she's ever experienced, and she knows that she will do anything Ana asks of her. A mesmerizing story of friendship and manipulation set against the idyllic tropical world of the Big Island, The Goddesses is a stunning psychological novel by one of our most exciting young writers.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780385542227
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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Jul 07, 2018

An excellent thriller that will keep you turning the pages! The exploration into family, marriage, and female friendships feels real and relatable, even when the portrayal of characters seems deflated. At times, it seems like we hardly know anything about the characters, except for their relationships to each to other, making it difficult to connect to them personally. The author does an excellent job of building up to the explosive ending without giving much away, making it an enjoyable surprise rather than a predictable ending.

Oct 09, 2017

Having lived in Hawaii for 20 years I disliked this book for it's inaccurate use of Hawaiian words, such as ohana which means family in Hawaiian and not separate quarters for a drinking husband and for the portrayal of the only Hawaiian character as an evil teen. It is true he makes trouble but the two main characters are the ones who have committed evil deeds.

Cynthia_N Sep 09, 2017

Interesting book about the blossoming friendship between Nancy and Ana (On-a). At first I thought it was great how these two women just clicked but then the twinges started and they just got bigger and bigger. I did guess a couple of the twists but that did not detract from the shock! I must admit that Nancy's stress of the correct pronunciation of Ana (On-a)'s name made my brain keep correcting itself when I didn't read it correctly. Good read!

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