Title: His Hidden Wife
Series: N/A
Author: Wendy Clarke
Genre:  adult, mystery, thriller
Publisher:  Bookouture
Release Date: February 4, 2021
Format: ARC
Page Count: 320
Source: NetGalley


Goodreads Synopsis

Everyone in town said it was a mercy that she remembered so little. But there are some things Maya has never forgotten: that her mother was beautiful and kind, and she loved Maya very much. It’s what her father Stephen always tells her, about his perfect wife.

Years later, Maya still lives with her father in their cliffside home. Thankful for all the sacrifices he has made for her, she never pushes to find out what happened the night he lost the woman he loved. Even when she hears the whispers in town about him, and what they say he’s done.

But then Stephen introduces Maya to his new girlfriend Amy, and Maya starts to feel uneasy. With her soft dark hair and big blue eyes, Amy looks just like Maya’s mother. The more time they spend together the more Maya notices just how similar they are. And the tune Amy hums whilst cleaning the dishes is the same lullaby Maya’s mother sang to her when she was a little girl…

A thrilling and twisty tale, His Hidden Wife will keep you up all night, desperate to race through to its final conclusion. Readers of Gone Girl, The Couple Next Door and Lisa Jewell will be hooked.


Review

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an earc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So, the premise of the book seemed intriguing. It was why I requested it in the first place. However, I just didn’t enjoy the book. It was okay. The writing was good, and there was enough of a mystery to be entertaining. Yet, at the same time, the mystery felt a little disjointed. It was almost as if there was too much going on, and nothing felt really well developed.

The characters too, I didn’t really like. It felt like the book was aiming for unreliable narrators and just missed the mark with this one. It’s a shame, because I think it could have been a really good book.

There were some important points brought up in the book, but in the context of the whole plot…just felt odd and unnecessary, like, they were brought in to add more tension, but instead did nothing.

CW/TW: abuse, domestic abuse, murder, self-harm

 

  Author:     Bella Ellis
   Genre:    Mystery/Historical Fiction
   Pages:    293
   Format:   hardcover
   Rating:    
  
 
Description:
Before they became legendary writers, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Anne Brontë were detectors in this charming historical mystery…

 

Yorkshire, 1845. A young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood. Just a few miles away, a humble parson’s daughters–the Brontë sisters–learn of the crime. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance.

These three creative, energetic, and resourceful women quickly realize that they have all the skills required to make for excellent “lady detectors.” Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and are expert readers. And, as Charlotte remarks, “detecting is reading between the lines–it’s seeing what is not there.”

As they investigate, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are confronted with a society that believes a woman’s place is in the home, not scouring the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril…

Continue reading “The Vanished Bride”

 

 
Author:
Jean Rabe
Genre: mystery
 
Pages: 259
 
Format: e-book
 
Rating:
 
   Description:

Piper is the new Sheriff, and she is up against more than murderers, she is up against the people who work for her as well. Her father, the former sheriff who was respected by all retired, but still has his hands in the department. Not only does Piper have to contend with all of that, she has to solve an old murder case as well. Nothing is ever easy…

Continue reading “The Dead of Night”

 

  Author:     Fiona Barton
   Genre:      Mystery
   Pages:      364
   Format:     e-book
   Rating:    
     Description:

A child’s body is found buried when construction is started on an old house. A reporter decides she wants to know who this child is. Another woman thinks this child is her missing daughter and a third has a secret she is terrified of sharing. As their stories weave together, you wonder, what is the truth?

I enjoyed the book, no doubt about that. And I will say, it was a mystery that twisted and turned and you weren’t sure what was coming next. I will say, as endings go, it wasn’t terribly surprising to me.

Perhaps I’ve just read enough mysteries with this similar idea, and had already parsed out what was going to happen.

I will say this, the shorter chapters definitely helped keep you interested. I think it would have been boring at parts if they weren’t short.

Overall I did enjoy the writing of this book, and will be sure to check out her other book as well.

 

 

  Author:     Liane Moriarty
   Genre:      mystery
   Pages:      460
   Format:     hardback
   Rating:    
     Description:

Three women become friends when their children go to the same school. This sets off a series of events that change all their lives — and the lives of the people around them. All three women are harboring secrets that could tear their lives apart. Can they keep these secrets or is it all going to come out?

Continue reading “Big Little Lies — Book Review”

 

  Author:     Maureen Johnson
   Genre:      YA/contemporary/mystery
   Pages:      416
   Format:     hardback
   Rating:    
     Description:

Ellingham Academy is a private school that accepts students with certain abilities — not the magic kind though! They’re all talented in different ways, whether in engineering, metal work, you name it, they’ve got it! They essentially set up their own curriculum and it seems to be an amazing place. Yet…a kidnapping occurred and was unsolved during the tenure of the man who created the place. Now, Stevie has come to the school hoping to find out what happened all those years ago.

Continue reading “Truly Devious”