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But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.
When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.
My Thoughts: Alternating narrators tell the story of My Husband's Wife: A Novel, a tale of so many flawed characters with secrets and lies that bind them together.
Lily was one I was rooting for, despite her painful and troubled past, most of which was revealed in bits and pieces…and then, finally, in greater depth at the end.
Carla was a child when we first met her, and I could feel a bit of sympathy for her, but the manipulative aspects of her personality overwhelmed me, and from then on, I was wary of her.
Joe Thomas was Lily’s first client, one she got off for murdering his fiancé. But life would throw some disconcerting curves her way as she came to realize more about him.
Ed, Lily’s husband, was despicable, in my opinion, as he loved controlling those around him, including and especially Lily, and when he showed so much disdain for her, I wanted bad things to happen to him. He did try to make amends at times, but I could not warm up to him at all.
What would ultimately allow some of these damaged characters to move on from the past? Would punishment help them do so?
A riveting and convoluted page turner that would finally bring a bit of clarity to this reader, while reminding us that we do not really know the people we love. 5 stars
Then there were cheesy elements to the plot line, which made me wonder if it was meant to be cheeky rather than realistic (like reading Confessions of a Shopaholic or watching Death Becomes Her). But it turns out, it was meant to be serious... like an 80s horror movie. The plot was far-fetched. Characters did things that didn't make any sense in terms of human nature. Would not recommend.
And then there were some serious failings in the plot. I know the author had some career experience with prisoners and legal cases, and I don't - but how did a woman build her law career by winning case after case when there was apparently no police investigation of the crimes? Why aren't the police finding crucial bloodstained evidence at the crime scene? How can a lawyer just introduce evidence that hasn't been verified or checked in as part of the police investigation?
The character Joe is another plot failing. He simply doesn't make sense. Wandering in and out of the story, with no background explanation of what he does all day when he's not interfering with Lily's life. How does he have the time or energy or resources to become so invested in things that have nothing to do with him - especially seeing it would involve him predicting when a crime would happen, predicting the lawyer who would take the case, and then having someone there before the police to scoop up all the key evidence. He's like Batman and Hercule Poirot rolled into one, just on the side of evil.
Ed is another one that doesn't make sense. In the beginning of the book, he gave a very convincing impression that he'd married on the rebound while continuing a romance with some other woman; just as we find out a logical reason why he would act this way, we are supposed to forget the whole thing and accept that he is in love with his wife. Again, one minute he's supposed to be rich from a trust fund, but unlike most trust funds, he seems to have received a one-off payment which he blew on a gallery. And as an artist he's only capable of painting one person, and he only ever sold one painting.
The contradictions in this book were very frustrating. It was disappointing, because the beginning was quite promising.
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