• A Special Place for Women

  • By: Laura Hankin
  • Narrated by: Laura Hankin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As seen on Good Morning America and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

“One of the smartest, sharpest, and funniest books I’ve read in years.... Some books are meant to be devoured - this one does the devouring.” (Emily Henry, number one New York Times bes-selling author of People We Meet on Vacation

One of Summer 2021's Most Anticipated Novels
Good Morning America, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, theSkimm, E! Online, Oprah Daily, The New York Post, Woman's Day, Parade, Bustle, Yahoo!, The Stripe, Popsugar, Medium, Lithub, Book Riot, The Nerd Daily, and more!

It’s a club like no other. Only the most important women receive an invitation. But one daring young reporter is about to infiltrate this female-run secret society, whose bewitching members are caught up in a dark and treacherous business. From the author of Happy and You Know It. 

For years, rumors have swirled about an exclusive, women-only social club where the elite tastemakers of NYC meet. People in the know whisper all sorts of claims: Membership dues cost $1,000 a month. Last time Rihanna was in town, she stopped by and got her aura read. The women even handpicked the city's first female mayor. But no one knows for sure. 

That is, until journalist Jillian Beckley decides she's going to break into the club. With her career in freefall, Jillian needs a juicy scoop, and she has a personal interest in bringing these women down. But the deeper she gets into this new world - where billionaire "girlbosses" mingle with occult-obsessed Bohemians - the more Jillian learns that bad things happen to those who dare to question the club's motives or giggle at its outlandish rituals.  

The select group of women who populate the club may be far more powerful than she ever imagined. 

And far more dangerous too.

©2021 Laura Hankin (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Smart and witty.” (Woman’s Day)

“A genre-bending tale perfect for readers who love romance, mystery and mysticism.” (Shelf Awareness)

“This book is a wild ride.” (The Stripe)

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Then it Got Absurd

Started out as a fun read, maybe with political overtones, then it just went off the crazy rails.

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Kept waiting for the twist?

I don’t even really know how to describe my feelings for this book. It was…fine? Not horrible but not good or engaging.
Someone said there would be a big shocking twist and I literally have no idea what part of the book they would have been referring to.
Im also not convinced the main character liked women. Got a very “not like other girls” middle school vibe.
The author read the book very nicely though which I appreciated.

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Huh…

Not sure what all the hype is about this book. It was just ok. It was predictable. It was linear. It was anticlimactic. Kinda bummed.

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Cute in the end

The narrator sounded like Vanessa Hudgens which was nice. Haha! Overall, it did keep me guessing but I was kind of bored with the story. I did continue to read it, it really kept my attention after their retreat in the woods. I loved Margo and ralf.

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Neat Story and Plotline!

I actually like it! Pretty fun read! Also a decent dive into personal matters for the characters.

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fun & interesting story about women and friendship

I enjoyed the dynamics of the friendships, relationships, and family legacies. it was an entertaining summer read.

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Page turning fun

Perfect page turner for the times: combines the latest headlines from politics, feminism, coworking culture, with a small dose of the occult into a compelling page turner examining the complexities of female friendship and sisterhood in 2021. Read it, or rather listen to it with the author, Laura Hankin’s fantastic narration.

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Good story, narration okay

Liked the idea behind the story. Narration reminded me of a spoiled millennial. Pretty good, but would have been better if reading a hard copy.

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Page turner! So much fun

This is a great listen that keeps you coming back until the end! Hankin weaves the perfect blend of mystery, clever observation, and whip-smart turn of phrase to make this one of the most fun reads/listens in a long time.

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An enjoyable stiry

Loved the storyline. Felt like I was part of the he story. Cried with the main character. I found it difficult to put it down.