All the Wrong Places by Joy Fielding

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A husband’s death, a difficult divorce, a brutal break-up, dissatisfaction with a boring relationship: for various reasons, four women turn to online dating, hoping to right-swipe the way to love and happiness.

Paige and Heather are cousins, locked in a lifelong rivalry that recently culminated in Heather taking Paige’s boyfriend for herself, although now Heather isn’t quite sure she wants him. Paige’s mother, Joan, is trying to get back on her feet after the death of the love of her life two years ago. And Paige’s longtime friend, Chloe, is considering giving her unfaithful husband a taste of his own medicine.

Together, the women are navigating the choppy waters of online dating, until one of them unwittingly makes a date with a killer, starting the clock on a race to save her life.

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Right away the opening chapter caught my attention. I started the novel without reading the description and I was hooked immediately. All seems like it is going well, a couple going on their first date, learning about what has brought them to this point and then a totally 180 shift, where we learn that this date is not going to end well.

I don’t know what it says about me that I got excited when the mood shifted and things got dark and creepy. Sadly, as the novel went on, I learned that this novel wasn’t about a serial killer, it was all about 4 women, the relationships between them and their problems with their man (or lack of).

Paige is our main character and has a strong relationship with her mother, Joan and wants nothing to do with her cousin, Heather, who was caught cheating with Paige’s boyfriend. Chloe is Paige’s best friend and wants to leave her very good looking husband (who abuses and cheats on her), but who is also very good looking. Did I mention good looking?

I wasn’t a fan of any of the women, with the exception of Joan. All of them were complaining about the men in their lives and begin to experiment with online dating (this is where the killer comes in). It took over 300 pages to catch up with the events of the opening chapter. The novel was mostly the day to day activities and interactions that the 4 women went through with a few chapters from the killer’s view.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Not the novel that I thought it would be. More geared towards family drama than thriller.


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