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- Print Length: 338 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (January 29, 2019)
- Publication Date: January 29, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07KD6YS3R
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Second Wife: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller that will have you hooked Kindle Edition
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Now we seem to have come to what I will term the "abused wife thriller" category. Seriously, I've read several in the past few weeks, and I have to say, I don't find them entertaining AT ALL. First of all, abuse is a highly emotional and complex subject, and I'm not sure it's elementally ripe for exploitation by dozens of cheap thrillers (don't get me wrong: done well, abuse CAN be the subject of a complex narrative, but as yet, I haven't seen that in this type of genre fiction).
Secondly, when used as a narrative device, without delving fully into a character's mind and motivations; without making the characters whole and satisfactory, abuse (both physical and mental) just seems like a cheap ploy. Seriously, in "The Second Wife", we have Natalie, the "first" wife, coming off a physically abusive marriage that broke her limbs, caused a stillbirth, and dimmed her spirit, and the first thing she does is fall for smooth-talking Richard, agreeing to marry him in one night after a hearty bout of bonking. She never finds out about his business, his past wife...the red flags are doing a dance on her front lawn!--and when things go haywire, and Richard begins the "blame game", she's easily victimized again.
No surprise there.
The main "shocker" was so transparent, I guessed it about two chapters into the book. I was simply amazed that no one else in this sad narrative did not. I didn't find the characters appealing or deep, and in the end, the stereotypes ended up annoying me.
And the end--good grief, things got weird quickly. It turned into the strangest revenge fantasy ever.
I can't recommend this book. I found the characters off-putting and awkward, and the plot strained credulity. I think most people will guess where the book is going fairly quickly. Don't go for more of the "abused wife thriller". Please. Let's make this one a thing of the past. Quickly.
The characters were awful,; not believable at all, All these red flags and nobody bothered to do a background check on this guy?? Instead, the grieving friend has sex with him mtiple times to find out the truth, Ridiculous,
Did not like this book at all, Only finished it to see if there were any surprises. Nope. Just more plot twisrs that made no sense.
I'm sure you've read some version or another of this story; a woman, Nicole, who is feeling vulnerable after leaving an abusive marriage meets "the perfect man" who sweeps her off her feet and they are very quickly married. Turns out he may not be perfect after all, within a few months of their wedding, Nicole has killed herself. Something must have gone horribly wrong, but what?
Nicoles BFF, Rebecca, comes to the funeral trying to get to the bottom of what happened and in a very gag worthy move finds herself being cautiously charmed by the young, handsome widower. While she is trying to determine what happened to her recently deceased bestie Nicole, Rebecca continues to waiver back and forth between getting very cozy with this man and questioning his motives with both her and the dead BFF Nicole. It's just creepy and weird.
<b>WHAT I LOVED</b>
I loved the British setting. It takes place in a small town not far from London. As always, I love my Brit-lit.
It kept me reading. I thought I may have figured out the plot and even the twist with the first few chapters. Turns out I was right, but I remained I interested enough in the details which would move us through the plot to continue reading to the end.
<b>WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE</b>
Did I mention it.was predictable? Annoyingly so.
The characters were really stupid. I just don't understand jumping into a marriage when you truly know nothing about the person. Then, if the marriage became complicated and went down hill fast - starting on the wedding day even- why someone would continue to stay and try to work on it. It makes no sense to me at all. I mean thing were good for about 3 months and the immediately after sucked for the next 6 months? Cut ties! Lesson learned!
The whole concept of Rebecca thinking she is "investigating" the husband by moving in with him as his girlfriend and sleeping with him was just beyond my belief. That was weird. Snacking up with your dead besties husband literally weeks after her death???? I think NOT!
The sex scenes were told in a lot more detail than I care to read.
I didn't like it, but many other people did so maybe I was just cranky land overly critical? Who knows.
to be warped & sick -- especially the last third of it --
shame, as I can see the author is a talented writer --
I'm sorry I wasted my money & time --
Top international reviews
WARNING: Don’t start this mind blowing psychological thriller unless you can submit to its lure (you have been warned).
From the minute I started reading, I knew this book wouldn’t allow me to put it down easily and boy was I right about that. I feel as though it had superglued itself to my hands, as however hard I tried I couldn’t put it down!
Twisty, depraved, shocking and addictive - these are the first four words that come to mind when I think about this book. I am literally aghast and I’ll definitely be thinking this one over for a while!
Sheryl skilfully weaves in first wife, Nicole’s, last few months with Becky’s present, making every chapter a page turner. I loved the way the story went back and forth in time; the different periods were so distinct, there was no confusion at all.
If you love a psychological thriller that won’t allow you to put it down, this is the one for you. I love Sheryl’s previous books and I love this one - immensely. I can’t recommend it enough.
Determined to find out what had driven her friend to such a tragic end Rebecca spends time with Richard but instead finds herself falling in love with him.
Before she knows it she and Richard are engaged but as Rebecca tries to piece together what drove her best friend to such drastic measure she discovers Nicole's life was not as happy and perfect as it seemed and as her friends secrets begin to unfold Rebecca doesn't know who she can trust.....
I found the book gripping although a bit predictable in places but well worth a read.
Brilliantly written. However, it will make you question human nature.
I enjoyed it very much despite it giving me nightmares.
Not for the faint-hearted. Cathy