If I'm not the target audience for this novel, I don't know who is: heading quickly toward 40, a fan of the Real Housewives franchise, and a sucker for a New York City novel. Why do these descriptors make me the target audience? Because A Dangerous Age is co-written by Kelly Killoren Bensimon, who likely gets angry every time someone leads a review with a Real Housewives reference, but how could I not?
In A Dangerous Age, we follow four very close friends in their 40's who live in New York City. I found the age group refreshing (see first paragraph), especially given how many New York City novels I have read. They rarely follow the over 30 crowd through the social scene. This novel has to be taken for what it is - the story of four privileged women dealing with first world problems. There's nothing wrong with having some fluff in your reading routine, people!
I didn't love the writing style, which consisted almost entirely of very short, brusque sentences. The writing just didn't grab me with statements like: "There was a new message on my phone. I hadn't heard it come in." Because so many of these were scattered throughout, I couldn't get carried away by the story. It was also slow through the middle and in a few parts, it was simply crass. They reminded me of Modern Mrs. Darcy's 8 Sentences Rule again!
If you love New York City, its social scene, a bit of mystery, and detailed descriptions of dinners, social events, and locations throughout the city, you'll love this book.