When three women suddenly get spooky powers, they do what must be done—solve crime and exact revenge on the patriarchy.
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In the Long Island oceanfront community of Mattauk, three different women discover that midlife changes bring a whole new type of empowerment…
After Nessa James’s husband dies and her twin daughters leave for college, she’s left all alone in a trim white house not far from the ocean. In the quiet of her late forties, the former nurse begins to hear voices. It doesn’t take long for Nessa to realize that the voices calling out to her belong to the dead—a gift she’s inherited from her grandmother, which comes with special responsibilities.
On the cusp of 50, suave advertising director Harriett Osborne has just witnessed the implosion of her lucrative career and her marriage. She hasn’t left her house in months, and from the outside, it appears as if she and her garden have both gone to seed. But Harriett’s life is far from over—in fact, she’s undergone a stunning and very welcome metamorphosis.
Ambitious former executive Jo Levison has spent thirty long years at war with her body. The free-floating rage and hot flashes that arrive with the beginning of menopause feel like the very last straw—until she realizes she has the ability to channel them, and finally comes into her power.
Guided by voices only Nessa can hear, the trio of women discover a teenage girl whose body was abandoned beside a remote beach. The police have written the victim off as a drug-addicted sex worker, but the women refuse to buy into the official narrative. Their investigation into the girl’s murder leads to more bodies, and to the town’s most exclusive and isolated enclave, a world of stupendous wealth where the rules don’t apply. With their newfound powers, Jo, Nessa, and Harriett will take matters into their own hands…
GONE TO SEED
No one had seen the woman who lived at 256 Woodland Drive since early November. Now it was late April and the house looked abandoned. A modern masterpiece, set back from the road and surrounded by gardens, it had once been the neighborhood’s biggest attraction. Real estate brokers ferrying clients contemplating a move to the suburbs had gone out of their way to drive past it. Now the gardens had grown wild and a gutter dangled from the roof. The children across the street speculated that the owner, like so many unfortunate old ladies before her, had probably been eaten by cats. Their mother assured them that couldn’t have happened as she cast a worried look at the family pet.
The owner’s name was Harriett Osborne, and though she wasn’t new to the neighborhood, few people on Woodland Drive could claim to know her. For over a decade, she and her husband had left for work early each morning, and if they returned, it was late at night. The two would vanish completely for days at a time, but while they were gone, the house rarely seemed empty. Twice a week at nine on the dot, a small army of cleaners and gardeners descended on the property. The curtains on the tall street-facing windows were yanked open and the house’s interior was revealed to all. Cars passing by often slowed or pulled over. The house developed a significant social media following after influencers christened it a monument to good taste.
Why I love it
Author, The Lost Apothecary
Set in Mattauk, a Long Island oceanfront village, Kirsten Miller’s The Change features an eccentric cast of characters. Three women—Harriett, Jo, and Nessa—are each embroiled in their own midlife crisis. But pity them not: these women might have a slew of problems, but they’ve also stumbled on a few unexpected…powers.
It’s impossible not to find this book relatable. Who among us doesn’t have experience with stalled careers, rocky marriages, hot flashes, and wrinkly skin? The Change is a (sometimes comical) reminder that as the years go by, many of us deal with the same chaos. But we have each other, do we not?
This brings me to my next point: The Change is empowering and deliciously feminist. At every turn, we see women banding together in hilarious yet poignant ways. Whether challenging their husbands or the patriarchal systems at large, Harriett, Jo, and Nessa are a refreshing trio. These women aren’t the complacent sort; they’ve got scores to settle, after all.
Miller’s prose is confident and unapologetic, not unlike the three women in this story. The Change is a domestic, witchy drama that will have you entranced from page one. Refreshingly unique in its premise, it’s also a playful read, perfect for a beachy summer vacation with your best girlfriends—and a few herbal cocktails, too. Mint mojito, anyone?
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I don’t have enough allotted characters to express my love for this feminist fiction. It’s more empowering than “The Power”, and just as entertaining as “Lessons in Chemistry”, but in a different way!
When I started I almost DnF’d. As it went on I couldn’t put it down. Tons of action and always interesting. Despite its length, it only took me a couple days to finish and I didn’t want it to end.
I loved this book, one of my favorites of 2022! Clever, empowering, magical, & kept me guessing - I couldn’t put it down! All three characters were so well written, & I loved their friendship! 10/10!
This is my favorite of 2022 so far. There’s so much going on in this book; murder mysteries, super powers, badass women, backstories…it was such a fun read and I didn’t want to put it down. 10/10!
Who knew women had these gifts after childbearing days, but so glad they do! I can only hope without these gifts we/women can protect ￼our next generation of women. Very empowering & gives women hope!