Woman 99 – Review

Many thanks to SourceBooks and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel!

img_9368As soon as I saw this cover and read the synopsis of Woman 99, I had to have it. I love “crazy” characters or those who think outside of the box. The idea of a book set in an asylum was something I’ve never read before but was eager to get into, especially a historical novel which drew from horrifying real-world experiences. I also love the idea of people being wrongly imprisoned and attempting to escape their circumstances. In every way this novel seemed like everything I was looking for.

Unfortunately, Woman 99 lacked the depth I was seeking. The characters felt one dimensional and I wasn’t able to relate to them on a personal level or feel any emotion toward their struggles. The story felt incredibly long and tedious. I expected much more action and mystery from this book, but it just wasn’t there. Important parts of the storyline were glazed over, while mundane details were explained in grand detail. I felt as if this made the story feel endless. Still, I wanted to stick it out because I felt as if I was missing something. There was a sense of foreboding as if an unexpected twist was about to jump off the pages. As I inched toward the ending, I knew that moment wasn’t going to come. Things were wrapped up nicely, without loose ends, but the excitement was missing. The main thing I didn’t like was that while the characters seemed to believe they solved the main theme of injustice, I felt as if it was swept under the rug for the sake of financial security. The characters were extremely lenient and I found that to be incredibly disappointing.

Thankfully this was not a completely terrible reading experience. I was impressed by the author’s ability to make all woman from different walks of life band together in a show of strength. There was an intense theme of sisterhood in this novel that I relished in, not only between the two sisters at the helm of the story but with the majority of the characters, whether they liked one another or not. I liked the idea of adversity bringing the characters together, uniting them towards a common goal.

I also was interested in learning about the different forms of “rehabilitation” asylums practices in the late 1800s and early 1900s throughout the world. The ideas seemed remarkably backward and disturbing. It was wholly appropriate when Charlotte mentioned the asylum itself making the women crazy, not the other way around.

My hopes for this novel may have been too high, leaving me disappointed by my unmet expectations. I know plenty of other readers loved reading this story, so please, don’t let my opinions discourage you from reading if you’re interested in Woman 99.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Reading this book now!! Can’t wait to read this review when I’m done 🙂

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    1. I can’t wait to hear what you think. I’m glad you’re saving my review until you’re done. 🙂


  2. Too bad this was a miss for you, Ashley. Nice that there were elements, though, that were helpful.

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    1. I’m bummed I didn’t love it as much as many others. Thanks for reading, Jonetta!

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  3. RoseMarie says:

    Well, that’s sucky that it didn’t get to the level you were hoping for. But glad that you were impressed by some aspects of it.

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    1. Yeah, I’m pretty bummed because I was really looking forward to this one.
      Thanks for reading!!

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  4. I have seen multiple reviews on this book and they seem to pretty much confirm what you said. Onto a better book.

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    1. Really?! Well that makes me feel better. I’ve only seen positive reviews.


    1. Thank you so much for tagging me! This will be fun to do!!


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