Summary (from Goodreads):
“Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue. To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity. With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.
Powerful and riveting, Jane Green’s Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back.”
I’ve read Jane Green for years (I think I got Jemima J right after it came out) and I think this is definitely my favorite of hers. It’s also very different from things she’s written before. Although I think her books have gotten a little darker lately, this one is easily her darkest yet.
I’ve read a description that it’s basically All About Eve, and that’s very apt. This book is incredibly fun to read (probably because I’m not Grace) and at the same time, it becomes unsettling almost immediately. It’s also almost like Gaslight, because (like Jane), I spent most of the book wondering whether Grace and I were both imagining things. Sometimes people really ARE wonderful, right? With no ulterior motives?
If you’ve been hesitant to read Jane Green, absolutely read this one. It’s excellent and unnerving in equal measure.