Author: Nicola Marsh
Release date: October 11th, 2019
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ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.
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Trusting his family was her first mistake.
All Ria ever wanted was a family. Growing up alone in foster care, she imagined just how it would be. So when she fell in love with Grayson and had their daughter Shelley, she was determined to make his family love her too. She knew she’d never fit in with her glamorous sisters-in-law, or at the exclusive picture-perfect Chicago parties her mother-in-law threw, but with Grayson’s arm around her waist she tried her best to be a Parker.
Everything changed when Grayson disappeared.
Until one morning, Grayson leaves the house for work and never comes home. Left to raise Shelley alone, Ria is forced to turn to her husband’s family, to let her intimidating mother-in-law into her life, allow her to babysit Shelley, and accept her financial support. She tries to ignore the feeling that her sisters-in-law never thought she was good enough. They say they have no idea what happened to Grayson, and she tries very hard to believe them.
But Ria is about to learn that every Parker wife has secrets.
And protecting her daughter might come at a terrible price…
Why did I choose to read The Last Wife?
The cover of The Last Wife is what first drew me to request this ARC on Netgalley. The woman is looking on to the ocean from her infinity pool: I certainly expected a wealthy lot of characters. In that regard, I was right.
I love a good family-centered thriller and this one looked the part. After the pretty cover, it was the synopsis that caught my attention. I asked to read the ARC in exchange for an honest opinion, so here’s my review of The Last Wife!
What did I think of The Last Wife?
The Last Wife centers around a powerful, rich family, the Parkers, whose members are suddenly threatened as deadly secrets are revealed. Ria, one of the narrators, receives a menacing e-mail, threatening to reveal heavy secrets hidden by different family members. Ria becomes determined to get to the bottom of these threatening e-mails before anybody is hurt.
To be honest, I was a bit confused when I started reading The Last Wife: it seemed to have nothing to do with the synopsis that I had read. The synopsis made it sound like Ria’s husband suddenly disappears and she has to deal with the aftermath and the deadly plot. However, the story is actually set 5 years after Grayson’s (Ria’s husband) disappearance. Things have had time to settle down since her husband walked out of her life.
Once I got over this, I did enjoy The Last Wife. The family drama, the array of characters, their secrets: I thought the story was well written out. I did think it was more a family drama story than a suspense novel, but I read it in good time.
Maybe because I have read a lot of thrillers, but I found the big reveal at the end to not be so surprising. I could see it coming, though some twists kept me on my toes. Though some easy-going readers may get a shock at the ending!
All in all, I give The Last Wife three stars! I enjoyed the characters and the family drama, but I wish it had been more “thrilling”. I also wish the synopsis was more in tune with the setting of the novel.
Until next time!
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