#Review By Lou of a twisty, strong female character #book – The Change By Kirsten Miller @bankstirregular @HQstories #menopause #mystery #ContemporaryFiction

The Change
By Kirsten Miller

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am delighted to be on the blog tour for The Change. Thanks to the publisher HQ for inviting me to review and for a hardback copy of this twisty, intriguing book that covers many topics from the menopause to friendships to mystery solving and other worldly issues and elements. Take a look at the blurb and my review to discover more.

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Blurb

Nessa: The Seeker
Jo: The Protector
Harriett: The Punisher

With newfound powers the time has come to take matters into their own hands…

After Nessa is widowed and her daughters leave for college, she’s left alone in her house near the ocean. In the quiet hours, she hears voices belonging to the dead – who will only speak to her.

On the cusp of fifty Harriett’s marriage and career imploded, and she hasn’t left her house in months. But her life is far from over – in fact, she’s undergone a stunning metamorphosis.

Jo spent thirty years at war with her body. The rage that arrived with menopause felt like the last straw – until she discovers she’s able to channel it.

Guided by voices only Nessa can hear, the trio discover the abandoned body of a teenage girl. The police have written off the victim. But the women have not. Their own investigations lead them to more bodies and a world of wealth where the rules don’t apply – and the realisation that laws are designed to protect villains, not the vulnerable.

So it’s up to these three women to avenge the innocent, and punish the guilty…

The time has come to embrace The Change.

Review

There has been a lot of talk recently about peri-menopause and the menopause and this is one aspect of a women’s life this book tackles in a well told, formidable story. It’s hard hitting and explodes with anger at the world, but it is worth reading beyond this as the rage aligns to then having a purpose and matures and the book then goes on to harbour deep themes and bonds. There is, surprisingly, the occasional great pieces of waspish humour surrounding this is a great story, essential themes and strong characters. It is this that essentially makes it a more compelling read.

I shall note here that readers don’t have to be menopausal to read this. I was interested because I am not at that age quite yet, but getting ever closer and it’ll happen one day. There are many themes that most, if not all women will be able to relate to I’m some form or another.

The women, as a reader, I felt sorry for. They’ve all had so many issues – body image, marriage and career issues and so much more. Now, Nessa, Harriett and Jo have reached an age where they’ve developed another layer in life. They want to deal with these issues and they’re also not going to be out off by misogynist men any longer, especially those who want to enter female only spaces. There are also some beach murders, the rage then  becomes more kick ass and grows into a certain maturity, with focus. The women also decide what sort of people they want to become again, and the story benefits from this and realise what they want from their lives and that they don’t need to feel how they used to. They develop some know how as to how to change and in some cases, bloom again, instead of hiding away, like Harriet once did for so long in her life.

There aren’t just issues amongst the living, but also the dead, more than just the obvious of them no longer being alive, as a couple of people have been found, murdered, creating a mystery to also solve. The women are determined to get justice for everything and even go onto a popular podcast to speak out about what has been happening.

The book is twisty with an intriguing plot line showing corruption, murder, gossip and hedge funds. It’s interesting about how of course, the menopause changes women, but also how they choose to change their lives and realise they are in the positions to be able to do this. In amongst the anger and the murders are life stories of friendship, positivity and hope and a certain amount of truth as to how segments of the world works at the moment.

 

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