Monday, November 13, 2023

Book Review: The Palisades

Title - The Palisades
Author - Gail Lynn Hanson   
Genre - Mystery Thriller  
Format - Kindle Review Copy
Published - October 24th 2023
Buy it on (Amazon
Add to your shelf (Goodreads)


Dorothy Fiske, eighty-three, adores movie stars, jewelry, murder mysteries, and men. At twenty-five, inspired by Judy Garland and Angela Lansbury, she moved to Los Angeles from a religiously strict Midwestern home. Despite the glamour, Dorothy, heartbroken, was childless. She blamed her sweet, unambitious husband, Eugene, claiming his sperm was weak, but Dorothy knows the truth.

Ruth, a sixty-six-year-old home health aide, fears eviction from her LA apartment due to her unusual, antisocial behavior. Previously fired from a nursing facility for residents dying under her care, Ruth targets Dorothy, a widow from a wealthy family in Pacific Palisades, California. Lonely yet prideful, Dorothy hires Ruth as a "lady's maid." Ruth accepts the position and masterfully entwines herself into Dorothy's life because she wants to live in Dorothy's house, alone.

The Palisades is a deliciously spun psychological suspense brimming with dark humor in which two women develop a peculiar relationship amid a miasma of Ruth's disturbing memories and Dorothy's pervasive delusions of old Hollywood. Poverty and privilege mingle, companionship turns bizarre, and identity is questioned as the women desperately try to fulfill their shared yearning for motherhood.


I received The Palisades in return for an honest review from the author. 

Dorothy is obsessed with the celebrities, so it's only natural that she heads off to LA. She marries and has the chance to meet Judy Garland and Angela Lansbury but her life revolves around jewelry and mysteries. Ruth hasn't had the best life and becomes determined to put herself into Dorothy's life. Together they form an unlikely friendship that changes both of their lives. 

 I love the characters I really felt like I could connect with both Dorothy and Ruth and they just felt so real. My heart went out to Ruth because her story is just so sad it hurt my heart. I felt that while Ruth's intentions may not have been pure she's just what Dorothy needed and in return she get's what she needs from Dorothy. It's a unique relationship that just works. 

I grew up watching Murder She Wrote with my grandparents so I had to read this one. The Palisades is such a dark unique twisted story. I wasn't sure what to expect going into it but gosh this wasn't it but in a good way. The author does a beautiful job creating a captivating story that kept me on my toes till the very end. I honestly devoured this one in just an afternoon and wanted more. This is my first book by the author and I'll be keeping an eye out for what comes next. 

No comments:

Post a Comment