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:     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.