Review of The Other Wife by Claire McGowan
Hi guys, I know it's been a while, but 2020 is set to be a year of new of reading, writing, enjoying life and taking you all along with me for the ride. Speaking of which, I have recently discovered a love for Thrillers and today we are taking a deep dive into a new Psychological Thriller (at least new to me,it was released in October 2019) The Other Wife by Claire McGowan. As usual, we start with a brief disclaimer. The views presented in this post are 100% my own and are not intended to sway you in any way against or towards any particular direction. This is simply my honest thoughts of the book. Now let's dive into the actual review.
She’s a total stranger. But she knows who you are…
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 realize 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.
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Rating - 4.5 Stars
Let me start by making it extremely clear that the ONLY reason this wasn't a full 5 star book for me was because it took a little while for me to really get into the groove of the book BUT once I did boy was I hooked! This was my first Claire McGowan book, and DAMN was I pleased!
I went in thinking I had it pegged from the title. Thought I was gonna be in for a simple story about a man with multiple wives who maybe became obsessed with the other. You know I conjured this from my non-existent background of thrillers. But what I got was a mouth watering, emotionally driven, domestic psychological ride filled with suspense, and angst. The book literally had me screaming at it by the end. It kept me guessing, incorrectly might I add, the whole time as I sopped up all the juicy details.
Over the course of the novel we follow multiple female POVs, the main ones being Suzi, Elle, and Nora, that this story revolved around. It took a while to get used to hearing from so many different voices, but as the story progressed I got the importance of hearing each woman's side of the story. You could easy relate to all of them, and though there were many times during the book I wanted to take them aside and give them a good talking to. They grew on me, and helped me connect to the story in a way I never thought possible. The Other Wife is the complete anomaly providing a slow burn sensation in a fast paced novel. McGowan definitely knows her way around character development and a gripping story line. I am excited to read more of her work.
As much as I enjoyed reading through this novel, there are elements of infidelity and domestic abuse. Though personally, I have a high tolerance level reading this in fictional works, I understand that not everyone shares the same sentiments. So if this is a trigger for you in any way then this may not be the best fit for you.
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