The 'perfect life' we portray on social media is a facade. No one knows what really goes on behind closed doors. The envy and resentment we feel when we compare ourselves to another person's Instagram life are a lie.
This is the main theme explored in Kerry Fisher's incredible book. Fisher is a master at creating fleshed-out, relatable characters, whose flaws endear them to the reader. She explores a slice of life with such an astute and acute lens, the reader can't help but become introspective.
For readers of Liane Moriarty, Jodi Piccoult and Jojo Moyes, you will love this book.
Wow! This was my first book by Kerry Fisher and I loved it! It would have been a one-sitting read if I hadn't had to go to work the next day!
The Woman I Was Before is told from three points of view: Kate, Giselle and Sally. They have all bought houses in the same street in a new residential development and tentatively begin friendships filled with feelings of inadequacy as they see each others' apparently perfect lives. However each woman has her own dark secret and is fighting her own battle. The power of social media is dealt with really well.
All three narratives were told beautifully and with depth. I came to like all three women equally and felt a deep empathy with their individual circumstances. There were some very poignant moments where I wanted to cry for their heartbreaks.
This is a story about two couples and a single parent family who are new neighbours and Facebook friends. At first in the book all looks well but as the book progresses you start to see the complications, the difficulties and the conflicts that the characters are dealing with but which they have hidden deep inside. Their specific issues then publically surface between the neighbours in the last 25% of the book and the relationships between them all are redefined.
It’s a fascinating, quite topical study of modern society and how social media has become one avenue in which illusions about others are perpetuated of unintentionally and to their own detriment because it then becomes harder for them to reach out for help when needed.
A well-written, captivating tale of women and their struggles. I enjoyed the depth of characters and the thread of hashtags woven through proving that what one sees on social media is often far removed from reality. This book had emotion, drama and most of all, enduring friendship. A wonderful read.
The storyline of this book was great, easy to follow, no huge shockers or plot twists but that's not what I'd be looking for in a book of this genre. For a book about everyday people and the life challenges they go through, this was well written, interesting, with relatable characters, a great read.