Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty Review

Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty Review
Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty, ISBN 9781460753316, 448pp

I’m a big fan of Liane Moriarty’s books, but I haven’t read her sister Nicola Moriarty‘s books before. Then I spotted a copy of Those Other Women at a book fair and snapped it up back in February. I don’t want to judge Nicola’s writing against her sister’s, but I will say that she’s a great writer in her own right.

Those Other Women was an entertaining and slightly stressful read. Why? Because it’s a book that pits women against women in the online world of Facebook groups. And as you know, women can be very mean to each other. In this book, the rivalry springs up between the Mum’s Online in Parramatta Facebook group (MOP) and a non-mum’s group called NOP. NOP is started by Poppy, who never wanted to have kids and thought her husband agreed. But then her husband leaves her for her best friend and has a child. Feeling left out and excluded from female Facebook groups where entry is based solely on being a mum, Poppy decides to start a non-mum’s group with her work friend, Annalise.

But things start getting out of hand when members of NOP start confronting mums in the real world, following a misguided, drunken post from Poppy. What started out as fun soon gets very heated. And there’s also a mole in the NOP group. A mum who joins to give herself a break from her kids. Once the mothers’ Facebook group finds out about the anti-mum group, it’s all-out war.

So, there’s a lot of conflict in this book – hence the stress. I dislike it when women judge other women even though it’s something that happens all the time, especially on social media. Those Other Women raises lots of issues about being a mum or choosing not to have children and how this is perceived by society. As well as how other women judge one another based on if you have kids or not. But what’s soon apparent is that life can be tough for every woman regardless of whether they are a mum or not.

This story is told mostly from the perspective of Poppy, her friend Annalise, their work colleague Frankie, and the mystery mole in the group. There’s a ton of conflict and it explores the impact of social media on our lives and how sometimes it can do more harm than good. Those Other Women would make a great read for a book club.

I felt that I could see both sides of the story. The one character I didn’t really warm to was Annalise. She’s a complicated character who you don’t know whether to like or hate. I still don’t know!

Verdict: An entertaining domestic drama that’s full of conflict.


3 thoughts on “Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty Review

  1. Bookfrendzy May 3, 2020 / 4:56 pm

    This sounds like a stressful book haha. Is there a satisfying ending to the book? I don’t want to compare Liane with Nicola but Liane always wraps her book up with a lot of closure and feel-good moments, like everything will be ok. How does Nicola end her books?

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    • Janereads May 12, 2020 / 11:56 am

      Nicola did a great job of resolving this. But it was super stressful getting there!


  2. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins May 11, 2020 / 5:28 pm

    Ha! This one sounds so interesting! “Mum” Facebook groups have always seemed so wild to me, the DRAMA that can be whipped up out of thin air is just… anyway, it sounds like it manages to address some really important and timely stuff in a way that’s still engaging and fun. I’d not actually heard of this one before (only one of her others, The Ex I think it was called?), so super-grateful to you for sharing!

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