The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

Published July 31, 2012

The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

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Most people know of the Stepford Wives concept but I hadn’t read where the idea came from, and now that I have, I realise I didn’t understand it fully. Starting with the arrival of a new family into Stepford, this short book charts Joanna’s life as she gets to know the town around her, and finds out she doesn’t like it! Weird things are happening, the wives are too good to be true, and Joanna wants to know why.

I loved this, it’s so well-written, the words just flow through you and get absorbed so that it doesn’t even feel like reading. It’s absolutely thrilling and you just need to keep going to find out how it’ôs all going to end. I was on the edge of my seat when Bobbie turned, because it took that to happen for Joanna to really kick into action, but once it had happened she had no one left on her side.

Definitely recommended, and it’s nice and short too so can be enjoyed in a reasonable amount of time. The one problem I had with the book, which isn’t the author’s fault, is the version I had featured an introduction which gave away the whole point of the story. I don’t tend to read introductions for this very reason, but I specifically hate the ones that approach the book like you’re bound to have already read it. Spoilers!

Rating: Unrated

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