The Other Wife by Claire McGowan #BookReview

The Other Wife Claire McGowan

About the book…

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 on the book…

With The Other Wife, I am back in my comfort zone when it comes to reading with a psychological thriller where a woman with a seemingly ideal life finds that things aren’t quite what they seem. I do wonder if I’ll ever get tired of this style of book but when they are good as this one by Claire McGowan, the answer is probably no.

What makes it so good? First, there’s the setting – a remote cottage outside of town in the middle of winter. You couldn’t get more remote or isolating. Then, there are the characters. I really liked them, even the one I maybe wasn’t supposed to at the beginning, the new neighbour whose motives are hard to fathom, but probably not good.

Finally, there is that sense of jeopardy and the feeling that the ground is constantly shifting under my feet as I’m reading. This book is full of twists, turns and red herrings and you can’t ask for more than that when it comes to this genre. I kept thinking I knew where McGowan was going then something happened and I changed my mind. It made the book a real page-turner, and one I highly recommend.


Emma x


Note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own. 


One comment

  1. I love this genre for the same reasons you list. It’s so fun to be an observer of these scenarios and their danger. I also know what you mean about liking the characters you’re maybe not supposed to like. That’s the allure of this kind of book. Thanks for the review!


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