The Other Wife by Claire McGowan
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published October 24th 2019 by Amazon Publishing UK
About the Book:
Suzi did a bad thing. She’s paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick. When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that she’s almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But there’s more to Nora than meets the eye. It’s impossible—does she already know what Suzi did? Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. She’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, she’s done it before. Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realise they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.
I'm a long-time fan of Claire McGowan, but she truly outdid herself with this gem of a story. I started reading it less than 7 hours ago, and I'm already finished...one sitting is all it took
The characters? All beautifully fleshed out, especially Suzi...as a reader, I could feel her pain, frustration, anger, and despair. In her shoes, I'd feel the exact same way. I found myself cheering her on throughout the novel...even though what she did was vile. Nora was one of the best antagonists I've read this year. This book gave me anxiety, but in the best possible way.
This isn't really a twisty novel, the whodunit is pretty obvious from the get-go, despite a few strategically placed red herrings. Right up to its final moment, however, it's deliciously satisfying. I highly recommend this to virtually everyone...especially if you're looking for a high-octane, quick, and rewarding read.
Thank you NetGalley, Claire McGowan and Amazon Publishing UK for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.