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***** - The Change



Nessa: The Seeker Jo: The Protector Harriett: The Punisher

With newfound powers the time has come to take matters into their own hands…

After Nessa is widowed and her daughters leave for college, she’s left alone in her house near the ocean. In the quiet hours, she hears voices belonging to the dead – who will only speak to her.

On the cusp of fifty Harriett’s marriage and career imploded, and she hasn’t left her house in months. But her life is far from over – in fact, she’s undergone a stunning metamorphosis.

Jo spent thirty years at war with her body. The rage that arrived with menopause felt like the last straw – until she discovers she’s able to channel it.

Guided by voices only Nessa can hear, the trio discover the abandoned body of a teenage girl. The police have written off the victim. But the women have not. Their own investigations lead them to more bodies and a world of wealth where the rules don’t apply – and the realisation that laws are designed to protect villains, not the vulnerable.

So it’s up to these three women to avenge the innocent, and punish the guilty…

The time has come to embrace The Change.


It seems to be the dawn of feminist books and I am here for it! I have lots of female-led books on my TBR lately and two of them centred around women who have entered the menopause and are fighting back against society.

The Change is rage inducing for all the right reasons and it’s also an incredibly quotable book which draws attention to the shortcomings of our patriarchal society. I’m not sure what it would be like to read this book as a male, but as a female the lead characters are instantly likeable and easy to relate to. Each of our three main characters; Nessa, Harriet and Jo have been wronged in some way, whether by the careers they dedicated their lives to, their husbands or their family. Through flashback chapters we learn about their backstories and we are outraged for them - for example, the high flying ad executive gets side-lined for being female past a certain age.

Although this book has a lot of relatable points for the time we are living in now, there is also a supernatural element to it. Nessa can see and hear ghosts of dead women, Jo has a powerful and dangerous energy within her and Harriet can mould the natural world to her will. Together they are a force to be reckoned with and when multiple bodies of young women are found in their area they work together to bring those responsible to justice. I would love to read another book with these characters at the centre as well.

I really enjoyed this book, although at 480 pages it is very long. It is very engaging though and I kept wanting to pick it up to find out what happened next. My only criticism would be that past the main event (no spoilers but around the release of the podcast episode) I felt like it started to drag a little. I think after this point it could have been edited down a little and my enjoyment would not have decreased at all.

Overall, The Change is a rage inducing look at our society through the lens of a paranormal thriller – great for lovers of multiple genres. Thank you to NetGalley & HQ for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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