A twisty, domestic suspense debut about a clique of mothers that shatters when one of their own is murdered, bringing chaos to their curated lives.
She was the perfect wife, with the perfect life. You would kill to have it...
Ciara Dunphy has it all--a loving husband, well-behaved children, and a beautiful home. Her circle of friends in their small Irish village go to her for tips about mothering, style, and influencer success--a picture-perfect life is easy money on Instagram. But behind the filters, reality is less polished.
Enter Mishti Guha: Ciara's best friend. Ciara welcomed Mishti into her inner circle for being... unlike the other mothers in the group. But, discontent in a marriage arranged for her through her parents back in Calcutta, Mishti now raises her young daughter in a country that is too cold, among the children of her new friends who look nothing like her. She just wants what Ciara has--the ease with which she moves through the world--and in that sense, Mishti might be exactly like the other mothers.
And there's earth mother Lauren Doyle, born, bred, and the butt of jokes in their village. With her disheveled partner and children who run naked in the yard, they're mostly a happy lot, though unsurprisingly ostracized for being the singular dysfunction in Ciara's immaculate world. When Lauren finds an unlikely ally in Mishti, she decides that her days of ridicule are over.
Then Ciara is found murdered in her own pristine home, and the house of cards she'd worked so hard to build comes crumbling down. Everyone seems to have something to gain from Ciara's death, so if they don't want the blame, it may be the perfect time to air their enemies' dirty laundry.
In this dazzling debut novel, Disha Bose revolutionizes age-old ideas of love and deceit. What ensues is the delicious unspooling of a group of women desperate to preserve themselves.
The Sexy Nerd's Review. . .
I grew up watching soap operas on TV. I remember when I was very young and my mom was in the kitchen cooking, I would tell her what was happening in her favorite soap, The Edge of Night. I’m definitely telling my age here, but that’s where I first caught a glimpse of what multiple storytellers had in mind for a great soap. I was in awe. Later, I would try my hand at writing a soap of which I did for four years. It helped me to character build, learn about plot and my all-time favorite, bringing the drama.
So when I began reading Dirty Laundry, I felt like I was home and in my element. Ahh, what a feeling! Ciara Dunphy was a beautiful and vivacious young mother and wife with a popular social media following. All the mothers within her circle hung on to her every word as if their lives depended upon it, and in some cases, that was very true.
Mishti Guha was very shy and not as outgoing as some of the other mothers in Ciara’s circle, but she needed her to help her because she didn’t have anyone else. Mishti, her husband Parth, a prominent and respected physician and their daughter, Maya, were new to Ireland, so being a part of Ciara’s world helped her navigate her own. It also was an added benefit that their daughters were the same age and could share playdates together.
Lauren Doyle was the outcast of the mother circle. She wasn’t liked by most of their community because she was branded as “weird” and couldn’t be trusted. Perhaps the mothers took issue with Lauren because she was a realist and spoke her mind whereas the other mothers refused to give Ciara their honest opinions on how they felt. Ciara was the puppet master of most, but she damn sure wasn’t controlling any strings when it came to Lauren and that posed a major issue for she and Ciara.
Ciara’s followers were in complete awe with how flawless her skin was and how well her body held up after having children. All the mothers were a little green-eyed and totally smitten at the same time. Ciara didn’t mind she had them right where she wanted them. But that was the persona she projected to social media, but the life she lived with her husband Gerry, couldn’t have been more opposite. And Lauren knew this.
Lauren wanted to be friends with Mishti, but Mishti didn’t seem to want much of a friendship with her. Lauren chocked it up to she was afraid to offend her bestie, Ciara, but Mishti may have had other reasons. As you begin to follow the three women’s lives, a bigger picture immerges, exposing the vulnerabilities and removing the masks that each of them so purposefully hid behind. Ciara’s circle begins to enclose itself around them so much so, when it’s all said and done, alliances and loyalties become shattered like a wannabe's hopeful dream of becoming a star.
I could not get enough of this story. Each of these women were written as strong characters and they individually did something to my spirit as I read. What Bose did exceptionally well was how she exposed the insecurities of these characters but gave them enough integrity that made them feel so real. The reader will want to invest all of their time to learning more about them and getting to know what makes them tick. Each of their husbands were so different yet they all had some things that were common. This is all I can tell you about this story without giving away spoilers. You already know, Nerds, I do not partake in spoilers at this blog.
The Sexy Nerd gives Dirty Laundry, five extra women to dirty up the friendship pool. Trust me, friends, Ciara, Mishti and Lauren do not need any extra help with all they got going on. Overall, this story is quite engaging, funny, serious and filled with loads upon loads of drama dirtier than your toughest load of laundry you may have. Dirty Laundry goes on sale on Tues., April 4, 2023, at your favorite book retailers or wherever books are sold. You do not want to just add this book to your shelf—you’ll want to download and begin reading. You will not be sorry! Well, well, done! Until next time, Nerds, you know what to do!