Title: My Husband’s Wife
Author: Jane Corry
Published: August 25th 2016
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Length: 528 pages
Source: Paperback from the Publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
It’s the perfect love story.
Lily meets Ed at a party, and on their second date, he proposes. She’s a lawyer, he’s an up-and-coming artist. They own a small but beautiful flat in London and mix with all the right people.
But Lily has a secret. Something from her past, that is soon to collide with her present. And she thinks her new husband is hiding something too…
The vows they made will soon be tested to the very limits.
‘Till death us do part…’
I’ve been very fortunate to read several fantastic thrillers this year and this has to be one of my favourites. Told from duelling perspectives and spanning several years, I couldn’t put this book down once I’d started because there was just so much going on that it was impossible to put down.
Lily met Ed at a party and they hit it off. It wasn’t long before they were married and Lily couldn’t believe her luck. After years of being insecure about how she looked, she was married to the most handsome man she had ever met and starting a career as a lawyer. Trying her best to hide the terrible secret from her past, Lily focuses on her career and taking care of the little girl from across the hall. But as the years pass, her world changes drastically and soon all her secrets are coming back to haunt her.
I don’t even know where to begin with this book because, holy crap, there’s a lot going on. Lily was a really interesting character and it was fascinating to see things through her own eyes and then again through the eyes of Carla, the little girl that they looked after on occasion. I particularly loved the way that Carla evolved as she got older. How her admiration of Lily and Ed was skewed and changed over the years. It’s a fascinating look into how certain actions can change someone’s course in life.
The branching plotlines in this book are brilliant. Expertly woven together through the characters and the years, converging together to the tragic events at the end of the book. Not only was there Lily’s shoot to fame after her first case being a huge win, there was also Lily having to deal with the repercussions of this, and then her marriage falling apart and her son having trouble settling in. Ed’s up and down fame as an artist, his lack of interest in Lily after so many years together. Carla’s turbulent childhood and vowing to never end up like her mother, her quest for revenge against those who wronged her growing up, her success and ultimate unhappiness because of it.
So many different facets to this story made it utterly gripping and incredibly hard to put down. It was interesting to see how each character changed over the years, how they all started out almost innocent and how their actions twisted them until there was the inevitable clash.
It’s sometimes hard to find a book that pulls you in so completely, but My Husband’s Wife is one of those books that is truly something special. Unforgettable, this is one book you won’t regret picking up.