The Harpy by Megan Hunter is set in a pretty typical town. Lucy and Jake live in a nice home with their two sons. Lucy is a stay-at-home mom while Jake works at an office. Their life is nice and comfortable. It could be wrapped up in a nice gift box with a lovely bow.
Then one day Lucy receives the news that her husband is having an affair with a co-worker. She doesn’t know what to do except cry and be angry. Finally, Lucy decides to give Jake another chance.
They come up with this deal that she is allowed to hurt him three times in whatever way that she wants. People say that sort of thing during an argument. What are the statistics on following through with inflicting pain on someone that has caused you pain? I guess that is why there are so many shows like Snapped and Forensic Files.
So things are going alright for a while. Definitely not perfect but they are trying to make the relationship work.
In between thinking about the relationship and taking care of her kids, Lucy remembers her fascination with Harpies. A Harpy is a half-bird, half-human creature. The most accurate description of them is that they are agents of punishment.
Anyway, Lucy discovers that Jake cannot be trusted. So she may have turned into Harpy – either in her mind or in a physical way. Lucy seems happy in this form. Maybe she feels free because this is her true nature – an evil, vicious bird. It may not work for everyone but maybe it will work for her. I hope she finds someone to take care of her kids while she’s off finding her true Harpyness.
If you are looking for a good book with plenty of drama and Harpies, then The Harpy should be the next book on your list.
If you are a cheater or have a fear of birds, also known as ornithophobia, then you have other problems that you should attend to first.
- I received this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.