Dirty Laundry by Disha Bose
Published: April 4, 2023
Genre: Domestic Thriller
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Disha Bose received a master’s in creative writing at University College Dublin, where she was mentored by Booker Prize winner Anne Enright. She has been shortlisted for the DNA Short Story Prize, and her poetry and short stories have appeared in The Incubator Journal, The Galway Review, Cultured Vultures, and Headstuff. Her travel pieces have appeared in The Economic Times of India and Coldnoon. Bose was born and raised in India and now lives in Ireland with her husband and daughter.
“Something did feel different.”
Ciara is considered a “super mom” and an Instagram influencer. She is the queen bee. Lauren is the mom on the outside, the pariah. Mishti is an arranged bride trying to find happiness far from home with a successful but distant husband.
Well, this was quite the ride. Thematically, this was an excellent book. The things that were explored were relevant and trendy. The Instagram vs. reality of it all was well represented.
This had some undertones of Murder on the Orient Express; the plots are vastly different, but if you read the book, you’ll get it, and the characters all had things that made them likable, unlikable, and all too human.
I enjoyed how this story was told, the way the perspective rotated, and how the timeline shifted around to fill out the gaps. The writing was strong, and nothing in this book was “too unrealistic.” Everything between these pages could happen in real life.
I think we all know Ciara, Lauren, and Mishti. I found the way the leading women were written realities, vulnerable and raw. Their internal struggles were often just as relevant to one another, though they would never admit that.
There was a heavy undertone of adult mean girls within this storyline and a hierarchy of mothers (and motherhood) that I think many mothers would say is accurate.
The twists in the novel were great, and when I felt like I had predicted the ending- one last twist left me speechless. This was an engaging read from page one.