As I read The Woman Who Wasn’t There I couldn’t believe the audacity of Tania Head. She simply rendered me speechless (which isn’t good if you’re supposed to review the book!) with detailed claims of making her way out of one of the burning World Trade Center towers and losing her fiancé (who she sometimes said was her husband) in the other tower as well as her domineering leadership of the Survivors’ Network. If this book had been fiction, I probably would have said the story was too outrageous.
The approach taken by Robin Gaby Fisher and Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr. is excellent. They present Tania Head’s story exactly as she presented it—fact. By doing so, they create for the reader the same feelings experienced by the people Tania befriended and betrayed. It was also easy to see why so many bought into her lies: she had a fairly in depth story, but broke down or lashed out when questioned, which was deemed understandable given the amount of her supposed grief.
The Woman Who Wasn’t There is such an engrossing tale that I found myself reading “just one more chapter” until I had reached the last page.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Touchstone.