The Other Wife - Claire McGowan

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Official Blurb:

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 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.

My Thoughts:

This is the perfect Psychological Thriller. You have no idea who anyone is, who is ‘bad’ or what is going to happen.
We start off interchanging between Nora, Suzi and Elle. Nora is moving to a remote cottage after her finances and her personal situation force her out of the home and life that she loved. Suzi is Nora’s new next-door neighbour, but it soon becomes clear that something isn’t right. Suzi is highly strung, erratic and clearly has many secrets. Elle is a stay-at-home wife waiting by the door for her husband to come home.
You start off wondering what any of these characters have to do with one another, but as the story develops, the lines begin to blur, and everything gets caught up in a tangled web. Nothing is as it seems.
The story keeps a steady pace with you discovering tiny nuggets along the way. It is in three parts, and at the end of each section, the character’s purpose to the story becomes clear, and you start to piece everything together.
There is shock after shock and a few twists I wasn’t expecting (and some I’d figured out).
I only recently discovered Claire McGowan, and I was really excited when I realised I could read a second book of hers pretty much straight away as it was just sitting there on NetGalley. I have to say I am very impressed with her style of writing. She manages to keep the suspense going throughout the novel and really draws you in with the characters whether they are likeable or not. I’m not sure I sympathised with any of the main characters in this book, but that didn’t stop you wanting to find out what was going on or feeling the fear they were experiencing.
An excellent and solid Psychological Thriller and I can’t wait to read more of her books.

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The Other Wife
by Claire McGowan
Date Started
23rd October 2019
Date Finished
24th October 2019
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