The Wife Stalker
Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a local yacht club. When she meets Leo Drakos, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. Yet as Piper well knows, no marriage is permanent.Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for Leo, the charismatic man she fell in love with all those years ago, to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. Though she’s thankful when Leo returns to his charming, energetic self, paying attention again to Evie and Stelli, the children they both love beyond measure, Joanna is shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.Piper. Leo has fallen head over heels for the flaky, New Age-y newcomer, and unrepentant and resolute, he’s more than willing to leave Joanna behind, along with everything they’ve built. Of course, he assures her, she can still see the children.Joanna is devastated—and determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love. As she digs deeper into Piper’s past, Joanna begins to unearth disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?

The Wife Stalker Details

TitleThe Wife Stalker
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 19th, 2020
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
ISBN-139780008363833
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

The Wife Stalker Review

  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    Take a whole bunch of people doing things people would never do, making shitty decisions people would never make and throw in a generous handful of stupidity and selfishness.What do you get? Frustrated.But only for a little while, because by the time the authors are done with you you don't mind that they've driven you nuts for the majority of the book.Thank you to a friend who shared her copy with me! 🧟‍♀️
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  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...4.5 Stars!!An excellent summer read! Joanna has devoted her life to eight-year-old Evie, six-year-old Stelli, and their father, Leo. Joanna's been patiently waiting for Leo to come out of the depression that gripped him for months. Now it seems like her prayers have been answered. He's coming back to them. Leo is a successful lawyer and he's just about to start a new high profile case. Joanna suggests he attend a meditation My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...4.5 Stars!!An excellent summer read! Joanna has devoted her life to eight-year-old Evie, six-year-old Stelli, and their father, Leo. Joanna's been patiently waiting for Leo to come out of the depression that gripped him for months. Now it seems like her prayers have been answered. He's coming back to them. Leo is a successful lawyer and he's just about to start a new high profile case. Joanna suggests he attend a meditation workshop at the Phoenix Recovery Center to help him get prepared emotionally.It won’t be long before she regrets that suggestion.“I was relieved that he was finally going to take a step toward health. Little did I know that it would be his first step out of my life and right into hers”. Piper Reynard recently moved to Westport from San Diego. She wanted to start over without standing out. She found the perfect home and she loves running the Phoenix Recovery Center. She hopes things will be different in Westport. “She couldn’t keep starting over and finding new places to hide“. Piper promised herself that she wasn't going to get involved with anyone for at least a year. Then she meets Leo Drakos. Piper is excited when he signs up for a meditation workshop at the center. Leo quickly realizes mediation isn't for him and instead of finishing the workshop, he takes Piper for lunch where the conversation flows easily. Piper is very attracted to Leo and she thinks the feeling might be mutual.Leo seems pretty relaxed when he gets home that evening so Joanna is surprised when he says he didn't get anything out of the workshop.When Joanna meets Piper at their annual Memorial Day Party, she's far from impressed. After the party, she searches social media to see what she can find out about Piper. Joanna can’t find anything about Piper online. What is she hiding?When Joanna’s mother hurts herself, Leo encourages Joanna to go and stay with her. The weeks go by. The children visit but it’s not the same. Then an unexpected visitor one morning turns Joanna’s life upside down.Joanna’s devastated. She’s losing everything that matters to her. But she's not going to go down without a fight. She's going to get her life back. Her loved ones are in danger and she's going to do what she has to do to prove it. Will she be able to do it in time? Well done. You got me!The story is told from both Joanna’s and Piper’s point of view. We learn a lot about their current lives as well as their childhood, and their complicated relationships with parents and previous partners.This in-depth and well-developed story had me gripped. I definitely had to suspend my disbelief at times, but I was addicted to the story. And that ending? I NEVER saw it coming. At first, I was a bit confused. I was like…wait…what? Then I got it and my mouth dropped.I thought this was an excellent domestic suspense novel with great characters that many will love to hate. I suggest you read this book in as few sittings as possible.I'd like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    January 1, 1970
    This book is out today!!! Happy Book Birthday 🎂🥂Hang onto your husbands ladies! Piper is in town! Whew! This was once again another twisty thriller by this dynamic duo. Always on the must read list for me, they did not disappoint yet again. This book kept me up late into the night as I had to know what this sneaky Piper woman was up to next.The Wife Stalker is just as it sounds...Piper is a woman that knows what she wants when she sees it....a yoga center, a membership to the yacht club, her Alf This book is out today!!! Happy Book Birthday 🎂🥂Hang onto your husbands ladies! Piper is in town! Whew! This was once again another twisty thriller by this dynamic duo. Always on the must read list for me, they did not disappoint yet again. This book kept me up late into the night as I had to know what this sneaky Piper woman was up to next.The Wife Stalker is just as it sounds...Piper is a woman that knows what she wants when she sees it....a yoga center, a membership to the yacht club, her Alfa Romeo Spider...oh yeah and your husband! When Piper moved into town she decided to start over- new name, new career, new man. All she needs is the new man...oh hey Leo you will do just fine.Who is this mysterious newcomer? No trace of social media except for her current recent accounts...but what about her past? A glam girl like Piper and noooo trace of her? Hmm seems odd since Piper is all about social media now...what happened? Trust me Joanna has looked and there is.....nothing.Oh my heart went out to poor Joanna. Just trying to keep the family together. Cooking, cleaning taking care of little Evie and Stelli. Yet Leo seems oblivious to it all, does he even appreciate her efforts?! She has been in Leo's life for years and yet here comes Piper to replace her. OMGGG I despised Piper!!! How dare her try so desperately to take Joanna's place! Is there no shame in her game? Nope! Piper is all out for herself and her sights are set on Leo and his family.Well just when I thought I saw it all...Liv Constantine throws in that twisted end that left me speechless! I never in a million years saw that coming.Huge shoutout to HarperCollins for this gorgeous finished copy of The Wife Stalker in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Leo Drakos has been in a funk for months but Joanna stays by his side faithfully. She keeps busy raising young Evie and Stelli while he works through his depression. As time goes by it seems that Leo is beginning to feel better. His smile is back and the sparkle in his eyes reminds her of the man she fell in love with years ago. Maybe this is the fresh start they need. All is not what it seems though. The smile, the sparkling eyes, the new found vigor in his step is because of Piper. A young ear Leo Drakos has been in a funk for months but Joanna stays by his side faithfully. She keeps busy raising young Evie and Stelli while he works through his depression. As time goes by it seems that Leo is beginning to feel better. His smile is back and the sparkle in his eyes reminds her of the man she fell in love with years ago. Maybe this is the fresh start they need. All is not what it seems though. The smile, the sparkling eyes, the new found vigor in his step is because of Piper. A young earthy crunchy newbie to the neighborhood that has set her sights on Leo and Leo seems unable to resist her allure. Joanna refuses to stand by while this woman steals Leo and the children from her and that's how we begin our spiral down the rabbit hole. This is one of those books that as I read I kept thinking there is "NO WAY" that this would ever happen in real life and that thought kept returning throughout the story. Until the twist. Then it brought it all full circle and gave me that AHA moment. I have to admit that the twist was clever and one that I never saw coming. I think this book delivers the entertainment that any psych thriller junkie (me!) can ask for. 3.5 stars! Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    Publishes today May 19, 2020The Wife Stalker may feature an unreliable narrator or two. There is Joanna, wife/ex wife of Leo, who handles the actions that Leo takes against her, very passively, although, behind the scenes, she is working to find out how to discredit her competition. Then there is Piper, who sets her sights on Leo, while Leo is still wearing his wedding ring. Piper, who has some dead people in her past, who has changed her name and run away from her past. Joanna is a bit overweig Publishes today May 19, 2020The Wife Stalker may feature an unreliable narrator or two. There is Joanna, wife/ex wife of Leo, who handles the actions that Leo takes against her, very passively, although, behind the scenes, she is working to find out how to discredit her competition. Then there is Piper, who sets her sights on Leo, while Leo is still wearing his wedding ring. Piper, who has some dead people in her past, who has changed her name and run away from her past. Joanna is a bit overweight and frumpy but will do anything for Leo and their children Stelli and Evie. Piper is fit, beautiful, and a career woman, able to transform herself into whatever she thinks Leo would like her to be. Caught between these two women are Leo and his wife's children, because both women know the way to Leo's heart is the children. There are some questionable moments that seem unlikely to happen in real life but I hung in there and for the most part, was highly entertained. This story is all about the ending, the twist that you can't see coming, a pretty convoluted twist but overall the story worked well for me. I actually stayed up too late to finish this book because I wanted to know what was going on and there were many things going on. It was more than worth the wild ride for me. Thank you to Harper/Harper Collins and Edelweiss for this ARC. 
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    A mixed review from me....I really liked the beginning of the book and found the characters interesting and would have enjoyed discussing their behavior. I was so looking forward to being surprised and trying to figure out just which way the author would weave it together...BUT, somewhere in the middle I began to skim and was just wanting something to happen! Too much ordinary day to day narrative that was just not compelling or adding anything to the story. I was starting to get frustrated. Als A mixed review from me....I really liked the beginning of the book and found the characters interesting and would have enjoyed discussing their behavior. I was so looking forward to being surprised and trying to figure out just which way the author would weave it together...BUT, somewhere in the middle I began to skim and was just wanting something to happen! Too much ordinary day to day narrative that was just not compelling or adding anything to the story. I was starting to get frustrated. Also, I repeatedly said to myself, "this just wouldn't happen". I usually don't mind too much because many thrillers have elements that require some creativity and that is what makes them fun. I just wasn't buying the way the way it was presented.In the end, there is a twist that some may find appealing. For me, I wasn't buying it (at all). It is still a quick, light read that worked as a bit of an escape. Thanks EW for my review copy. This one is out May 2020
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What a thrilling, entertaining, mad, twisty, dazzling, awe-spring, gripping ride! The story is told by two women: Joanne, poor mommy of the beautiful family, giving up on her own career to take care of the kids and helping her love of her life Leo during his darkest times, now sent away from the house to live with her needy, depressed mother, restrained to see the children because a younger, more attractive, blonder version of her will take her place: Let’s raise our voices for the other w Wow! What a thrilling, entertaining, mad, twisty, dazzling, awe-spring, gripping ride! The story is told by two women: Joanne, poor mommy of the beautiful family, giving up on her own career to take care of the kids and helping her love of her life Leo during his darkest times, now sent away from the house to live with her needy, depressed mother, restrained to see the children because a younger, more attractive, blonder version of her will take her place: Let’s raise our voices for the other woman Piper a.k.a. Pamela. Piper came from the West Coast to have a fresh start because his ex and his daughter were drowned at the boat accident and the ex-wife of her deceased husband did everything to banish her from the social circle, still thinking she killed them and got away with the murder. And now Pamela turned herself into Piper, marries charming, ambitious lawyer Leo with two kids: Evie and Stelli. Evie is sweet pie but Stelli is so determined to turn her life into hell. So will history repeat herself? She wants to have a happy family before till her step daughter Mia did everything to ruin her life and now she is death. Could she do something to her and now could she aim Stelli who acts like pain in the ass? Are those little kids in danger? Don’t worry: dear Joanne start digging Pam/Piper’s dark past and find out hidden skeletons in the closet. She will do anything to protect her children but Leo never listens to him and he just threw away like a garbage. Why is he so mean to her? Is he enchanted by the seducing power of Piper and blinded to see how dangerous she is? Or Joanne’s own past about daddy issues affect her judgment ? She wants to protect the kids but why the kids talk about her as if she’s already gone to heaven! Two unreliable, twisted narrations, two extremely entertaining and terrifying protagonists and a dangerous cat-mouse game! Who will win at the end? Prepare to get shocked and sucker punches that you never see it coming. This book is so deliciously phenomenal and unputdownable! And the ending deserves your claps! IT was fascinating. I was about to give four stars but for the ending creative ending and the last surprising revelation that I couldn’t guess made me give extra half stars. So 4.5 stars rounded up to :5! I wasn’t happy about the previous book of the author but this one literally captivated me and I mostly enjoy the vibes of Mediterranean traditions, Leo’s big Greek family scenes. I’m thanking myself to buy this book because it is still at the pending purgatory of NetGalley and I cannot let it root there and sent to library cemetery without having a chance to read it. It was worth to every penny and I highly recommend this enjoyable, amusing, mind blowing novel to the fans of thriller genre.
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  • Julie (JuJu)
    January 1, 1970
    ‪Absolutely brilliant thriller!‬‪WOW! I was blown away by one of the most twisted and unpredictable endings I’ve ever read! This fast-paced and suspenseful read easily kept my attention and I was considering it a solid 4 ⭐️’s, until that ending! ‬The book alternates between two sides of the story. Joanna, the soon-to-be ex wife, and Piper, the new woman in Leo’s life. They each give us their interpretation of the circumstances. One woman out to steal another’s husband always gets my shackles up! ‪Absolutely brilliant thriller!‬‪WOW! I was blown away by one of the most twisted and unpredictable endings I’ve ever read! This fast-paced and suspenseful read easily kept my attention and I was considering it a solid 4 ⭐️’s, until that ending! ‬The book alternates between two sides of the story. Joanna, the soon-to-be ex wife, and Piper, the new woman in Leo’s life. They each give us their interpretation of the circumstances. One woman out to steal another’s husband always gets my shackles up!This is the first book I’ve read by Liv Constantine, which I assumed was a female author. Even that turned out to be a surprise! This duo is now cemented in my top author list!Thank you to Edelweiss, HarperCollins and Liv Constantine for this digital ARC, in exchange for my honest review!My Rating: 4.5 ⭐️’s (rounding up)Published: May 19th 2020 by HarperCollins PublishersPages: 320Recommend: [email protected] @harperbooks#TheWifeStalker @weiss_squad #brilliantthriller #mustread
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  • Kimberly Belle
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, you sneaky sisters. Liv Constantine got me in the best possible way with The Wife Stalker, a wicked, whip-smart bag of tricks about a woman fighting to hold onto her family. Read this one in one long gulp, then read it again to see what you missed the first time through. I promise you won’t see it coming.
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  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Piper Reynard decides to leave California behind for Westport, Connecticut in an attempt to recreate herself. She establishes a wellness center and quickly finds success. It is there that she meets Leo Drakos who is investigating a client. She is immediately attracted to him but notices that he is wearing a wedding ring. Leo has been suffering from depression and his wife Joanna is happy that the man that she loves is returning to his former self. He is reconnecting with their two young children Piper Reynard decides to leave California behind for Westport, Connecticut in an attempt to recreate herself. She establishes a wellness center and quickly finds success. It is there that she meets Leo Drakos who is investigating a client. She is immediately attracted to him but notices that he is wearing a wedding ring. Leo has been suffering from depression and his wife Joanna is happy that the man that she loves is returning to his former self. He is reconnecting with their two young children and he is ready to resume his career as a prominent lawyer. What Joanna didn't expect was for Leo to develop a friendship with Piper during one visit. She soon finds out that they have been meeting regularly and there are signs of a romantic interest. Joanna will do anything to keep Leo and her prominent role in the family.The Wife Stalker is the third novel by the sister writing team Liv Constantine. This psychological thriller is very well crafted and the twisty plot will keep readers on edge. On a personal note, I know these authors and have a hard time reconciling how these two kind women write crazy evil stories.
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    My feelings about this book are two-fold.On one hand, the chapters are short and precise, hitting on the important points like a sledge hammer. The characters are well-developed, though not remotely likable. For 90% of the book, I was less than impressed by their life choices. On the other hand, all I could think to myself through the bulk of the story was, "There is no freaking way that would happen," which I eventually realized was likely a clue unto itself (and essentially helped me figure ou My feelings about this book are two-fold.On one hand, the chapters are short and precise, hitting on the important points like a sledge hammer. The characters are well-developed, though not remotely likable. For 90% of the book, I was less than impressed by their life choices. On the other hand, all I could think to myself through the bulk of the story was, "There is no freaking way that would happen," which I eventually realized was likely a clue unto itself (and essentially helped me figure out the main twist). The problem is, it was all just kind of "meh" for me. Nothing really new here, and when the ending was ultimately revealed, I realized there were also a couple plot holes that were never resolved. The middle of the book is a little dull and repetitive, and the prose is pretty weak. I do, however, think many will love this story. I certainly didn't hate it. Obviously, as I stayed up until five this morning just to finish. I'll end this review by saying this, The Wife Stalker is simply a watered down version of The Last Mrs. Parrish, but, in my opinion, it's still worth a read.3.5 starsGet your copy of the latest Liv Constantine novel on May 19th! Only 3 more days!
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  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I was intrigued by the premise of The Wife Stalker, and was hooked very quickly after starting the book. The story alternated POVs between Joanna and Piper, so we saw the plot play out from both perspectives. I'm going to keep this review short and sweet, because there isn't a ton I can say without giving things away. What I will say is that I enjoyed the beginning and end of the book, but I found the middle to be repetitive and at points I felt like it was dragging, because it felt like I was r I was intrigued by the premise of The Wife Stalker, and was hooked very quickly after starting the book. The story alternated POVs between Joanna and Piper, so we saw the plot play out from both perspectives. I'm going to keep this review short and sweet, because there isn't a ton I can say without giving things away. What I will say is that I enjoyed the beginning and end of the book, but I found the middle to be repetitive and at points I felt like it was dragging, because it felt like I was reading the same thing over and over. That said, I'm not always a fan of domestic suspense, and tend to prefer traditional thrillers with twistier, darker plots, so this slower pace may work well for readers who like a good domestic mystery. There were points where the timeline jumped ahead a few weeks between chapters too, but wasn't made super clear through the storytelling, which made the progression of the relationship between Piper and Leo feel very quick and unnatural. What I did like was that the chapters were short and snappy, so they held my attention and kept me wanting to read more. Additionally, as mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed the beginning and end of the book, and was pleased with how things ended. All in all, I'm rating this one 3.5 stars. This was the first book I've read by Liv Constantine, and I'm sure it wont be my last. I'd like to thank Harper Collins for my gifted copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review. You can pick up your copy of The Wife Stalker on May 19, 2020.
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  • Samantha Downing
    January 1, 1970
    The Wife Stalker is a daring, dastardly story with complex characters and a sinister plot. A read-through-the-night thriller that mesmerizes to the final page. An absolute must for your 2020 list!
  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Very fast-paced and light, you can read this book quickly and still enjoy it. The story is broken out in two POVs, but I felt that they never got deep into the root of the drama. Everything was very surface level, and felt disjointed when the narrative was advancing. While this is better than their release last year, I just don't think I'm meant to read anything by Liv Constantine. This is me throwing in the towel. However, the book does wrap-up with a juicy and satisfying ending.
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, I was blown away. I devoured this book. I was so wrong the twists came crashing up side my head. I never saw the ending coming. This would make a great movie. I saw it play out on each page. These two sisters are now the queens of psychological thrillers in my book.5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    I'll give the writers credit (Two sisters are the authors behind the pen name Liv Constantine) as they did a nice job with this one. I admit I had some doubts throughout the story in which I kept thinking the ending was going to be lackluster but they managed to come up with something interesting. And what boggles my mind is even though I picked up on a few things fairly early on, for the life of me I couldn't figure how they were relevant to the overall story. It's like I had some puzzle pieces I'll give the writers credit (Two sisters are the authors behind the pen name Liv Constantine) as they did a nice job with this one. I admit I had some doubts throughout the story in which I kept thinking the ending was going to be lackluster but they managed to come up with something interesting. And what boggles my mind is even though I picked up on a few things fairly early on, for the life of me I couldn't figure how they were relevant to the overall story. It's like I had some puzzle pieces but couldn't see the big picture because I didn't know where they fit. Well played Liv Constantine, well played.Piper Reynard wants a fresh start and so she moves across the country to Westport, Connecticut and opens up a wellness center. She meets successful lawyer, Leo Drakos, and has the hots for him, despite the fact he wears a wedding ring. Joanna wants the man she loves, Leo, to come out of the severe depression that has consumed him so they along with their children, Evie and Stelli, can be a happy family. Leo seems to be getting better but Joanna is devastated when she realizes it has nothing to do with her loving support. Instead, Leo has fallen for the other woman and Joanna is determined to fight for her man. The chapters alternate between Joanna and Piper.This was a fun and quick read. I had more than a few questions while reading but in the end I felt they were all answered. Be patient and stick with this one, as the payout is pretty satisfying. I've read all three books by this writing duo and while I was disappointed in their last effort, I think this one was as good as The Last Mrs. Parrish. However, I do feel their books are slight variations of one another. I hope with their next book they venture into new territory and try something completely different. I received a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Frank Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    Probably this pair's best book yet, man they got me good!! In no way, shape or form did I see that twist coming at the end, although going back and skimming through a couple of the earlier chapters I definitely should have! this is the type of book you can't really say much about without spoiling so I would recommend those wanting to pick this up to most certainly go in knowing as little as possible. I enjoyed both of this pair's previous two books so I didn't even know about the plot going in t Probably this pair's best book yet, man they got me good!! In no way, shape or form did I see that twist coming at the end, although going back and skimming through a couple of the earlier chapters I definitely should have! this is the type of book you can't really say much about without spoiling so I would recommend those wanting to pick this up to most certainly go in knowing as little as possible. I enjoyed both of this pair's previous two books so I didn't even know about the plot going in to this one and even received an advanced copy a few months back, just now picking it up, which I definitely should not have waited to do! This is a great beach read that you want to gobble up in as few sittings as possible!
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Having read previous books by Liv Constantine I should have been prepared for the mind blowing twist, but once again they got me. Wow! Really didn’t see it coming. The Wife Stalker is a quick, easy read that will have you thinking you know how it will end but you will be wrong. A fun weekend read.Joanna and Leo have a great relationship, until Piper comes to town. She is attractive and wants Leo, and Piper always gets what she wants. Joanna is devastated and tries to find ways to get Leo back. S Having read previous books by Liv Constantine I should have been prepared for the mind blowing twist, but once again they got me. Wow! Really didn’t see it coming. The Wife Stalker is a quick, easy read that will have you thinking you know how it will end but you will be wrong. A fun weekend read.Joanna and Leo have a great relationship, until Piper comes to town. She is attractive and wants Leo, and Piper always gets what she wants. Joanna is devastated and tries to find ways to get Leo back. She looks into Pipers past and finds a lot more than she bargained for.It is crazy and I loved it.Thanks to Harper Collins UK for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Wendy Walker
    January 1, 1970
    WOWZA! Liv Constantine got me - and that's hard to do because I know their writing and also write in the same genre. Two women. One is pushed aside, losing the man and children she loves. Another slides right into her place, after leaving behind a trail of "failed" families with tragic endings. Hmmm - what is really going here? The question stays with you to very last chapters, and even after you finally get your answer, POW - more twists! Well done, ladies!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    ) I’m still catching up on my reviews from vacation and dreaming about the days I was on the beach with a cocktail. It seriously feels like another lifetime, right when we got home shit started to hit the fan and it’s like a totally different world now. Crazy, scary, sad and weird times. Speaking of, how’s everyone doing? I’m all over the place in all aspects of my life, from parenting to reading I’m struggling to deal with anything. I feel like that’s all of us though, right?! Ok, let me tell y ) I’m still catching up on my reviews from vacation and dreaming about the days I was on the beach with a cocktail. It seriously feels like another lifetime, right when we got home shit started to hit the fan and it’s like a totally different world now. Crazy, scary, sad and weird times. Speaking of, how’s everyone doing? I’m all over the place in all aspects of my life, from parenting to reading I’m struggling to deal with anything. I feel like that’s all of us though, right?! Ok, let me tell you about The Wife Stalker because it is the perfect summer read! I know I’m praying that things will be brighter this summer and I’m sure you all are as well, so here’s something to look forward to because y’all need to get this one on your radar. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book on vacation that was more perfect for beach reading, it’s a lighter style thriller that I lost myself in for a few hours and was just a breezy, wickedly fun read. It wasn’t a book full of twists and turns but it had one killer twist that had me gasping and I love being surprised! If you liked Mrs. Parrish you’ll enjoy this one too
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  • Javier
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished The Wife Stalker but I think I should start it again so confused I feel right now.While not being the most original of premises, the story was entertaining enough, with short chapters told in dual POV, both Joanna and Piper. The whole time I was telling myself that it was not possible for those things to happen in real life, specially so quickly (I know this is fiction but, come on!) One of the things I struggled with was I had the feeling something bad was about to happen any mo I just finished The Wife Stalker but I think I should start it again so confused I feel right now.While not being the most original of premises, the story was entertaining enough, with short chapters told in dual POV, both Joanna and Piper. The whole time I was telling myself that it was not possible for those things to happen in real life, specially so quickly (I know this is fiction but, come on!) One of the things I struggled with was I had the feeling something bad was about to happen any moment but it never did until the big twist was revealed. Previously I had read some reviews so I knew a twist was coming and I created several crazy theories in my head but, did I see THAT twist coming? Not at all. Was is satisfying enough? Jury's still out. Although it cleared some of the inconsistencies I found throughout the story it still left me with many questions. Also it was a bit frustrating not all the people who deserved it got their comeuppance.Quick and light read with a twist you won't see coming and that shows that we readers shouldn't take anything for granted unless specifically told so.Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Athena (OneReadingNurse)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Harper Books and GoodReads for the giveaway win of The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine!The Constantine sisters are back with another psychological thriller! Joanna is aggressively forced out of her family life by Leo’s new love interest, Piper, who has a shady if not murderous past. Joanna will do anything to protect her children from this monster, and the story unfolds. I think the jacket description of the book is way too wordy, it would have thrown me off of the book if I Thank you so much to Harper Books and GoodReads for the giveaway win of The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine!The Constantine sisters are back with another psychological thriller! Joanna is aggressively forced out of her family life by Leo’s new love interest, Piper, who has a shady if not murderous past. Joanna will do anything to protect her children from this monster, and the story unfolds. I think the jacket description of the book is way too wordy, it would have thrown me off of the book if I wasn’t familiar with the author duo. If it sounds flaky just give the book a chance anyway!The characters are likeable enough. I love big Greek families and it was fun to see Leo’s interact a little bit. Joanna seems like a dedicated enough parent, Piper seems crazy and entirely insensitive, and what is going on with Leo? He seems like a total ass with how he treats Joanna. Leo’s kids are fun too, they seem realistic for their ages and I enjoyed reading Stelli’s antics. Evie’s love for books and Nancy Drew is something I can all relate to! Joanna carries the first person POV, which alternates with Piper’s chapters told in the third person.Some parts of the book do feel like “too much” even after all the facts. There is no way someone would get a child abuse citation just for swatting a kid’s butt. People are so crazy (but that’s the point of the book)! I found myself thinking back on the Joanna butt-swat episode and I think it’s supposed to reflect back on Piper, who is the one supposedly hurting at least one of the kids. The whole thing feels extremely unfair to Joanna.This entire book lives for the twist. I was a little dumbfounded and confused until it hit me that … no spoilers but let me just scream UNRELIABLE NARRATORS at you!! They are my favorite psychological thriller trope and the last couple chapters, especially the last sentence of the book, had me shell shocked!I read the entire book in two days then went back and re-read some parts to see if I missed any obvious clues. The twist & reveal were sudden but well done, and the answers aren’t necessarily given so I got to make my own conclusions at the end. I kept looking for redeeming characteristics for certain characters because…well… the character changes at the end were just too little too late for me. I’d love to discuss my conclusions with anyone that’s read it. I appreciate the open ending though and wish those children the best!There isn’t much to have a OneReadingNurse Medical Rant about. The only bit that shocked me was… so the father is going to freak out over a slight fever (not really a fever) but not be concerned when everyone says Stelli looks pale? When he’s constantly complaining of stomach aches? Wouldn’t Leo start suspecting something? It could have been a false lead in the book (I honestly don’t know) but I imagine Stelli’s complaints would have been taken more seriously especially since Leo knew Piper had started dosing him with something “natural,” and Leo said multiple times that the kid was a trouper and only complained when things got really bad.Anyway anyway, I enjoyed the book quite a bit. The Wife Stalker reads quickly and I think it is a great summertime novel for anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers.Thank you again to Harper Books for the giveaway ARC in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own.
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  • Emily Liebert
    January 1, 1970
    WOW. That's pretty much the only word I can think of. Oh, and BRILLIANT. This one is smoke and mirrors until the very end. Liv Constantine is the master of shocking twists. Kudos on another stellar thriller. Tell everyone you know this is a MUST READ!
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  • Terri Wino
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to both.I struggled with what rating to give this book. I liked the premise, and I initially liked the way the story alternated between Joanna's first person account and the third person style when telling Piper's story. But it soon became clear this was a plot device needed to keep the reader from questioning things that didn't make sense when closely examined. The more I read and asked myself why a woman I received a copy of this book from the publisher through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to both.I struggled with what rating to give this book. I liked the premise, and I initially liked the way the story alternated between Joanna's first person account and the third person style when telling Piper's story. But it soon became clear this was a plot device needed to keep the reader from questioning things that didn't make sense when closely examined. The more I read and asked myself why a woman would just let their husband run roughshod over them to take not only their material possessions such as their homes, furniture, etc., but more importantly their rights to their children, and seemingly not put up much of a fight through divorce proceedings, the story began to unravel and it became clear that I was dealing with yet another unreliable narrator plot. That in itself I could ignore. When a book relies on that as a driving force to "fool" the reader is one thing, but using the character of Joanna to actually say the words divorce, husband, etc., to her therapist, I feel is more of an outright lie to make the whole plot plausible and not fall apart under scrutiny. Forgetting the whole Joanna lie for a minute, I also thought it was pretty cliché for her to find all these juicy details about Piper's past spouses and their demise under sketchy circumstances. However, despite these things, I still found myself engrossed in the story and invested in the outcome. The style of writing had an easy flow, and the information was doled out at a decent pace that kept my attention.The ending was a bit of a letdown, only because at that point you know the "big confrontation" is going to happen and by then you realize Piper is probably not the only cuckoo in this clock so you're really not too worried about the outcome. I'm on the fence about the whole Celeste the therapist situation. Part of me thought, oh that just cements how crazy Joanna was that she tracked her down to ruin her because she blamed her and her mother for taking her dad away. The other part of me thought it was just overkill. This was the first book I read by this writing team. Even though I wasn't totally won over by this book, I do think I would read more from them. I settled on giving this book 3 stars, which is my personal rating for a book that was worth the time I spent reading it and was interesting enough to keep my attention, but not a book that I would rave about.
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  • Nursebookie
    January 1, 1970
    Just when I thought I could not be surprised anymore, the sisters writing duo, Liv Constantine have crafted a twisted one that I just devoured and enjoyed. Set in the beautiful seaside town of Westport, Connecticut Piper Reynard settles as far away East as she can from California. She settles in to her new life by purchasing a rehab and wellness clinic and joins the local yacht club. Piper meets Leo Drakos - married with children and a successful attorney who is in severe depression. His dedicat Just when I thought I could not be surprised anymore, the sisters writing duo, Liv Constantine have crafted a twisted one that I just devoured and enjoyed. Set in the beautiful seaside town of Westport, Connecticut Piper Reynard settles as far away East as she can from California. She settles in to her new life by purchasing a rehab and wellness clinic and joins the local yacht club. Piper meets Leo Drakos - married with children and a successful attorney who is in severe depression. His dedicated wife Joanna who had been by his side trying to pull him out of his depression, finds that his mood has lifted but only because of his new friendship with Piper.This was an amazing psychological thriller that had me guessing until the very end which was a wonderful surprise and made this quite the fun read.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I was all set to nominate this book as the worst book I’ve read all year. The writing is amateurish. The story had all sorts of weird jumps- people knew things without being told, important conversations were mentioned in passing instead of being written, huge life events were glossed over in a few pages, everyone is vapid and annoying. Meanwhile we got lots and lots of descriptions of every single meal the characters ate. And the names of the restaurants they ate them at. And the brand names of I was all set to nominate this book as the worst book I’ve read all year. The writing is amateurish. The story had all sorts of weird jumps- people knew things without being told, important conversations were mentioned in passing instead of being written, huge life events were glossed over in a few pages, everyone is vapid and annoying. Meanwhile we got lots and lots of descriptions of every single meal the characters ate. And the names of the restaurants they ate them at. And the brand names of their clothes. HOWEVER, this book was totally saved by the twist. The twist was interesting, and cleared up a lot of the inconsistencies that bothered me throughout the book. It’s really too bad the twist comes in the last 40 pages or so, because it was a heck of a slog to get there. Great for readers who are in it for the twist. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of the book.
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  • Kaira Rouda
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful! The Constantine sisters are back with another page turner. Don't miss it!
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    Grab those kernels and pop that corn because this is one popcorn thriller you're gonna need extra butter and salt for. Pop, poppoppop, POP!I am legitimately torn and ping ponging star ratings in my head. I flew through the first 100 pages and was loving the craziness of this domestic thriller. I am one to suspend reality ALL DAY LONG but sometimes enough is enough and there were definitely a lot of eye rolling, ugh inducing "NUH UH" moments that I almost dislocated an eye ball. HOWEVER, I apprec Grab those kernels and pop that corn because this is one popcorn thriller you're gonna need extra butter and salt for. Pop, poppoppop, POP!I am legitimately torn and ping ponging star ratings in my head. I flew through the first 100 pages and was loving the craziness of this domestic thriller. I am one to suspend reality ALL DAY LONG but sometimes enough is enough and there were definitely a lot of eye rolling, ugh inducing "NUH UH" moments that I almost dislocated an eye ball. HOWEVER, I appreciate the brilliance in why it seemed that way once the ending made the cloudiness a bit more clear. TORN.I did find that the middle did lull a bit before ramping up into a bit of an explosive ending. There were also moments where some of the dialogue fell completely flat. And did we ever get an answer on why.... shhh, no spoiling here... I feel like I'm leaving with more questions than answers but still reeling from the answers that I got. Again, TORN.Listen, for pure entertainment with a side of eye roll, this was an absolute fun read. I think it just stepped a little TOO far over the line. If you enjoy suspending belief, insane and unreliable narrators and a lot of popcorn, I would definitely recommend this as a solid quickie. Don't let the rating fool you, I enjoyed the read but I had more issues with it than I did not. I couldn't finish her last novel, The Last Time I Saw You, so this author just may not be the one for me. However, 10/10 I will still read The Last Mrs. Parrish that I still have on my TBR.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    I began The Wife Stalker feeling a little hesitant and noncommittal. I couldn't really get into the text and found so many things to be a stretch of the imagination. However, I soon realized that, like all psychological thrillers, The Wife Stalker had more going on than what is apparent on the surface. The suspension of reality was purposeful, and when all the pieces were put together, I had that moment of "whoa," the one that psychological thriller readers yearn for. I always find it hard to re I began The Wife Stalker feeling a little hesitant and noncommittal. I couldn't really get into the text and found so many things to be a stretch of the imagination. However, I soon realized that, like all psychological thrillers, The Wife Stalker had more going on than what is apparent on the surface. The suspension of reality was purposeful, and when all the pieces were put together, I had that moment of "whoa," the one that psychological thriller readers yearn for. I always find it hard to review books like this, feeling like reviewing even briefly can give the story away. Suffice it to say, that characters and events are more than what they may appear. When all the pieces connect at the end, it is definitely worth it. For readers who enjoyed The Last Mrs. Parrish (I loved it!), here's another one for you! Thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins for the ARC.
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  • La Femme Readers
    January 1, 1970
    Piper has been running from her past for years now, while looking for the perfect family to fit in. When she meets Leo, the charming and established Greek lawyer, all bets are off. The wedding ring on his finger is a changeable nuisance. Piper will do everything in her power to weasel into Joanna's family and claim what's hers. Little does she know, Joanna is going to fight back. Will Piper's past ruin her future plans or will this story turn into a deadly game gone wrong?THE WIFE STALKER is my Piper has been running from her past for years now, while looking for the perfect family to fit in. When she meets Leo, the charming and established Greek lawyer, all bets are off. The wedding ring on his finger is a changeable nuisance. Piper will do everything in her power to weasel into Joanna's family and claim what's hers. Little does she know, Joanna is going to fight back. Will Piper's past ruin her future plans or will this story turn into a deadly game gone wrong?THE WIFE STALKER is my first book by the sister duo, also known by their pen name @livconstantine. Both, Lynne and Valerie, are extraordinary writers. Throughout the dual narration between Piper and Joanna, the suspenseful atmosphere never faltered. They sculpted the plot in such a methodical manner, that by the end, everything connected beautifully. With that being said, let's get down to the nitty gritty.You know those thrillers where you hate most of the characters, yet you still want to see where it goes? Well, that's exactly how I felt when Leo and Piper came into the picture. Leo is a dashing, egotistical bastard. Once he kicked his wife Joanna to the curb, and started seeing Piper, two words came to mind: he's cancelled!As for Piper, oh boy, what a piece of psychotic work. Everything from her fake personality, to her new age, namaste attitude irked the crap out of me. The only glimmer of light, shined through Joanna and her children. Stelli, their son, entertained me like no other. For a toddler, his intelligence and ability to detect nonsense blew me away.As much as I loved the character development and the consistent rise in my blood pressure, the finale took the cake! As I read the climax, my mind kept thinking "wait...what just happened?" I literally had to re-read that part of the book a few times for it to actually register in my mind. Overall, it's an addictive thriller that'll leave you speechless with an unforgettable twist. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
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