Review: The Ladies of the House by Molly McGrann

Title: The Ladies of the House

Author: Molly McGrann

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Blurb

On a hot July day, three elderly people are found dead in a dilapidated house in Primrose Hill. Reading the story in a newspaper as she prepares to leave the country, Marie Gillies has an unshakable feeling that she is somehow to blame. How did these three people come to live together, and how did they all die at once? The truth lies in a very different England, and in the secret world of the ladies of the house…

The Review

The Ladies of the House by Molly McGrann is a strange little story about two families connected by one man: Arthur Gillies.

You have Marie and her mother who live quite a quiet and sheltered life but when Marie discovers her dad lived an alternative life that she had absolutely no prior knowledge of, she also learns that he is a multimillionaire.

In another part of London lives Arthur’s alternative family – Rita, Annetta and Joseph. They all belong to Arthur. Joseph – his illegitimate son lives with two women who used to be part f the ladies of one of the brothels that Arthur owned.

I can’t say that I loved this novel. Actually, I don’t think I even liked it. I found that I kept asking myself what the point of it was. When that happens I know that I reading a clanger. I read it to get the book finished not because I was enjoying the story.

The Ladies of the House by Molly McGrann is available now.

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