Dead to Her
For fans of Liane Moriarty, Liv Constantine and Lisa Jewell, a twisty psychological thriller about a savvy second wife who will do almost anything to come out on top from the New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes.Being the second wife can be murder . . .“Once a cheat, always a cheat,” they say. Marcie Maddox has worked hard to get where she is after the illicit affair that started her new life a few years ago. But her world of country clubs, yachts and sumptuous houses in Savannah, Georgia, isn’t easy to maintain, no matter how hard she tries. Nor is keeping her husband, Jason, truly interested.So, when Jason’s boss brings home a hot new wife from his trip to London, the young Mrs William Radford IV isn’t quite the souvenir everyone expected. Sexy, drop-dead gorgeous and black—Keisha quickly usurps Marcie’s place as the beautiful second wife. But when Marcie sees the extra spark in the room when Keisha and Jason are together and their obvious, magnetic attraction, the gloves come off.Revenge is best served cold, but in the steamy Savannah heat, blood runs so hot that this summer it might just boil over into murder.

Dead to Her Details

TitleDead to Her
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 11th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062856821
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

Dead to Her Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    WTH! My mind is spinning so hard! Did somebody hit me with a brick or a flower pot hit me in the head as I was passing through? Why I am seeing stars and “ wishing on a star” plays in my head, I don’t listen to KPop and BTS (Taking it back ! I loved their collaboration with Halsey) This is a freaking train ride that you cannot climb out or you don’t want to! If you cannot handle all those twists, surprises, more twists (oh no I don’t want to vomit but my stomach really churns! So much UTURNS and WTH! My mind is spinning so hard! Did somebody hit me with a brick or a flower pot hit me in the head as I was passing through? Why I am seeing stars and “ wishing on a star” plays in my head, I don’t listen to KPop and BTS (Taking it back ! I loved their collaboration with Halsey) This is a freaking train ride that you cannot climb out or you don’t want to! If you cannot handle all those twists, surprises, more twists (oh no I don’t want to vomit but my stomach really churns! So much UTURNS and ups-downs, don’t believe any explanations of the author, she tricks you so bad!) this is not the book for you! I’m so overwhelmed so need a real good sleep after all those brain cells’ break dance. I burned so much mental calories so I need too many glasses of wine for my blood sugar balance! I read a few books of the author. I liked some of them but I think the ending of “Behind Her Eyes” a little (Taking it back, it made me wooaahhh what the hell, what kind of twist is this kind of shocked and truly frustrated!) disturbing for my taste. But thankfully I cannot say the same for the ending of this book because IT’S SO SURPRISINGLY SATISFYING AND MADE ME GRIN TOO MUCH! So firstly, let’s take a quick look of the story of the book: Marcie Maddox marries for the second time and engages with her new social circle but her secure position changes the day their widower friend brings his new, probably trophy wife Keisha who is her early 20’s, beautiful, sexy and the worst part of it, she takes the full attention of Marcie’s husband Jason. So what is gonna happen? Will Marcie do anything to pretend his husband’s probable affair attempts? Will she sharpen her blades to go to the war?I cannot say any other word because any of my explanation about the book will mean more spoilers and ruining your reading. Because this is not simple page turner, whodunit book! The identity of “dunit” will make your eyes, mouth and several organs widen ))This is steamy, capturing, unputdownable, tricky book with delicious, mysterious, entertaining progression, good characterization and perfect conclusion. Lies, secrets, betrayals, back-stabbing, new era’s Dallas meets Dynasty kind of tricks, schemes and voila we have a really great thriller in our hands.So I had great, enjoyable time and thankfully the conclusion about this book was not illogical or disappointing.Special thanks to NetGalley and William Morrow to choose me to send this ARC COPY in exchange my honest reviews. It was hell of a crazy train ride and I enjoyed every page of it!
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    I think I've come to the conclusion that I'm just not compatible with the author's books anymore. Please read this one for yourself, because you may enjoy it much more than I did! *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Well, well, well, what a tangled web we weave......Go in as blind as you can! That's the best advice I can give for those who want to read this book. I requested this book simply because I loved Behind Her Eyes by Pinborough. I had no idea what the book was going to be about. The basic gist from the synopsis is that beautiful Marcie Maddox knows what it is like to be the second wife, who now has a secure place in their social circle. But when their friend, William, a recent widower brings home a Well, well, well, what a tangled web we weave......Go in as blind as you can! That's the best advice I can give for those who want to read this book. I requested this book simply because I loved Behind Her Eyes by Pinborough. I had no idea what the book was going to be about. The basic gist from the synopsis is that beautiful Marcie Maddox knows what it is like to be the second wife, who now has a secure place in their social circle. But when their friend, William, a recent widower brings home a new wife after a whirlwind romance in London, their circle is shocked and Marcie feels jealous when she witnesses the attention her handsome husband is giving to Keisha, the new wife. That's all folks. What I will tell you is that this book took me by surprise and was very entertaining. Just when I thought I had things figured out, Pinborough, changed things up a little. There are some twists, turns, and revelations. And after all of those, she isn't done yet. Just when I thought the final reveal was shown, she surprised me yet again. This book has it all, the perfect hot steamy setting of Savannah, sexy beautiful people, lies, deceit, secrets, betrayal and mysterious characters. Most of the characters fall into the likable one minute unlikeable in the next because their motivation is never quite clear. Some characters seem pretty transparent, but as I read further, I began to doubt what I thought I knew. Oh, how I love books that keep me guessing. Of course, there are some who just seem questionable from the get-go. A very entertaining, engaging and captivating book. Thank you to William Morrow and NetGalley and Edelweiss who both provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 STARSI couldn't wait to start this newest release by the author the wrote Behind Her Eyes,which was one of my favorite thrillers in 2017.The first half of the book was intriguing and I wanted to find out more about Keisha, who has recently married the wealthy, and older William Radford IV. She isn't the only trophy wife in town who has recently landed a wealthy hubbie though, Marcie is now Mrs. Jason Maddox and living her best life.When these two women meet, the past, the secrets and their 2.5 STARSI couldn't wait to start this newest release by the author the wrote Behind Her Eyes, which was one of my favorite thrillers in 2017.The first half of the book was intriguing and I wanted to find out more about Keisha, who has recently married the wealthy, and older William Radford IV.  She isn't the only trophy wife in town who has recently landed a wealthy hubbie though, Marcie is now Mrs. Jason Maddox and living her best life.When these two women meet, the past, the secrets and their insecurities threaten to bring someone down, but who?I was into this one until the weird voodoo/black magic plot line made its way into the story. Suddenly the domestic drama turned into an unbelievable, quite insane and confusing ride with the most dreadful characters I've encountered in a while. Just couldn't get on board this train. Sadly, this one wasn't the thriller I hoped it would be. Thanks to NG/pub. for the review copy
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I read Behind Her Eyes and I was one of those people that was not shocked by the unbelievable twist because the unbelievable twist was completely ridiculous to me. I remember turning the last page and feeling so unsatisfied. So maybe it's my own fault that I requested this book knowing how I felt about her last one. This book, again, was a huge disappointment for me. Unlikable wealthy people, gold diggers, unnecessary & cringe worthy sex scenes, and voodoo = My head hurts. Sarah Pinborough I read Behind Her Eyes and I was one of those people that was not shocked by the unbelievable twist because the unbelievable twist was completely ridiculous to me. I remember turning the last page and feeling so unsatisfied. So maybe it's my own fault that I requested this book knowing how I felt about her last one. This book, again, was a huge disappointment for me. Unlikable wealthy people, gold diggers, unnecessary & cringe worthy sex scenes, and voodoo = My head hurts. Sarah Pinborough has a huge fan following and I wish I could hop on board but her stories just don't work or me. 2 *I think I'm being generous* stars!Thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss, and William Morrow for providing me a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    At this point in her life, Marcie, has firmly established herself as the hot, younger second wife to her successful husband, Jason Maddox.In their posh Savannah community, replete with sumptuous mansions and a country club lifestyle, image is everything. Marcie appears to have it all and she feels that way, most days.The older, blue blooded women they socialize with have come to accept her and include her in their luncheons and tennis dates, but Marcie will always feel a bit like a second class At this point in her life, Marcie, has firmly established herself as the hot, younger second wife to her successful husband, Jason Maddox.In their posh Savannah community, replete with sumptuous mansions and a country club lifestyle, image is everything. Marcie appears to have it all and she feels that way, most days.The older, blue blooded women they socialize with have come to accept her and include her in their luncheons and tennis dates, but Marcie will always feel a bit like a second class citizen around them. She can't help it.Her upbringing was far from the life she enjoys now and she continues to keep the truth of all that locked up tight.When Jason's boss, the wealthy, recently widowed, William Radford IV, returns from a trip to London with a much younger, sexy as hell, second wife on his arm, the whole of Savannah society gets thrown for a loop. Marcie especially.She's no longer the youngest, or the most supple for that matter. The way Jason devours the new Mrs. Radford, Keisha, with his eyes, makes Marcie's skin crawl.Keisha is brazen in a way that would be refreshing if it wasn't so shocking to their social norms. The way she plays housewife to the old coot, while also being sure to flirt with Marcie's husband, what exactly is she after?After Jason asks her to befriend Keisha, Marcie learns a lot more about the girl than she bargained for! The ladies quickly become two peas in a pod, but their friendship soon threatens everything Marcie has worked so hard for.Full of secrets, deceptions and a touch of Southern voodoo and superstitions, this book had me flipping the pages at a rate to set my fingers on fire!I felt this was completely unique, full of unlikable characters and drama fit for daytime programming. While I had a ton of fun reading this, I can see how it might not work for everyone. I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending, but things can't always work out how we would choose. I will definitely remember this one, that's for sure. Thank you so much to the publisher, William Morrow Books, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I appreciate it so much!
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    Get ready for some juicy juju here. Staid Savannah high society isn’t an easy place to live for Marcie, the young second wife of a successful attorney. Enter the boss’s even younger, more beautiful and glamorous second wife who threatens to topple Marcie from her hard won place amid the southern blue bloods. Lies, secrets, and betrayals abound. This is highly entertaining and guano crazy.
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this is a tale of the unexpected, a danse macabre, bad juju, voodoo, black magical, diabolical, twisty, and mysterious, superstitious journey into the dizzy heights of Savannah society. Marcie is trailer trash and doing her level best to hide though you can’t help your roots and she marries up. Very up. Jason Maddox is a lawyer and a wealthy member of the Savannah social scene, he’s not exactly blue blood but he’s upwardly mobile. Jason’s partner, a recent widower William Radford IV Well, this is a tale of the unexpected, a danse macabre, bad juju, voodoo, black magical, diabolical, twisty, and mysterious, superstitious journey into the dizzy heights of Savannah society. Marcie is trailer trash and doing her level best to hide though you can’t help your roots and she marries up. Very up. Jason Maddox is a lawyer and a wealthy member of the Savannah social scene, he’s not exactly blue blood but he’s upwardly mobile. Jason’s partner, a recent widower William Radford IV returns from a vacation in London with a 20 something trophy wife on his arm - stunningly beautiful Keisha, also from the wrong side of the tracks. Keisha does not get an especially warm welcome from the rich Savannah women with their snobbery, their blue blood, saccharine smiles, frozen botoxed faces, taut (old) bodies, oozing poisonous glances and snide put downs. I think I’d rather immerse myself in a tank of piranhas. The story is told from the perspectives of Marcie and Keisha and is highly entertaining to say the least. The story is very well written and though none of the characters are especially likeable they don’t half make for a good twisty story! There is one character who is vividly described who is very mysterious and threatening who keeps appearing and she is very intriguing. I confess to a sneaking admiration for Keisha as although you could not describe her as entirely innocent, she isn’t as bad as some of the others! It’s steamy at times and I’m not necessarily talking about the southern heat, although I really like the way that the author uses the weather conditions so effectively enhance the storyline. There are some fantastic and quite chilling scenes that are vividly described and keep you interested and questioning what’s going on throughout. Overall, it’s steamy, mysterious with a tangled web of deception and frankly, some of the characters wouldn’t know truth if it socked them between the eyeballs. There are schemes, counter schemes, counter, counter schemes, revelations, vengeance, with black magic overtones so that your head spins so much your startled eyes are spinning too. One minute you think you’ve got it all sorted and then, wham, you realise your way off base and it’s much more twisted sister than you thought. So obviously, I really liked it and was fabulously enthralled throughout. Big thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins for the ARC.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of Sarah Pinborough. She is an exciting writer to me because she is so creative I honestly never know what I am in for when I pick up one of her books. This one was no exception and with a cast of unlikable characters it was fun to sit back and see everything unfold.Marcie Maddox and her husband, Jason, had an affair that resulted in him leaving his first wife and eventually marrying Marcie. They hobnob with other wealthy and elite people in their town of Savannah, Georgia. One I am a huge fan of Sarah Pinborough. She is an exciting writer to me because she is so creative I honestly never know what I am in for when I pick up one of her books. This one was no exception and with a cast of unlikable characters it was fun to sit back and see everything unfold.Marcie Maddox and her husband, Jason, had an affair that resulted in him leaving his first wife and eventually marrying Marcie. They hobnob with other wealthy and elite people in their town of Savannah, Georgia. One of those privileged folks is William Radford IV who has just married a much younger and beautiful woman named Keisha. Marcie is not too happy when she notices Jason and Keisha seem to have an attraction to one another. Marcie better keep her eyes on them because she's worked too hard to maintain her lifestyle and would hate to be kicked to the curb like Jason's first wife. There is way more to the story than what I just wrote in my synopsis but you honestly don't want to know too much going in. What I enjoyed about this book is it is a very slow build up until you get to the big thing that happens in the story. I personally loved that but maybe other readers will find it boring. I feel like this is the type of book that readers can determine fairly early on, like a quarter of the way into it, whether or not this is a book they want to continue reading. Once the action really starts to pick up, everything starts to hit the fan, but in a good way. In terms of predictability there is something that I wondered about early on, and my suspicions turned out to be true. But it's one of those things in which I didn't really have a good theory as to the details so it was still fun to learn why everything played out the way it did. Also there are some I guess what you might call bonus parts to the ending that were pretty unexpected so it's not likely a reader will be able to figure out every single piece of the puzzle ahead of time.This is my favorite of the three books I have read by this author. I just think she is a creative storyteller and I look forward to reading more from her in the future. Definitely recommend reading this one if you have enjoyed her other novels. I also recommend it to the readers who liked Behind Her Eyes but hated the WTF? type ending. This one is a more satisfying type read that is much less controversial. Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers and Netgalley for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    After last year's disaster, Cross Her Heart, I was highly skeptical that I'd ever read Sarah Pinborough's books again. Call me a hypocrite, because Dead to Her has brought the fire and Sarah Pinborough is back! If you enjoyed Behind Her Eyes, you'll definitely enjoy this book. While the pacing at times was slower than expected (my only issue with this book), the story was intriguing, original, and highly bingeworthy! I highly recommend this book for folks, like me, who are done with the same After last year's disaster, Cross Her Heart, I was highly skeptical that I'd ever read Sarah Pinborough's books again. Call me a hypocrite, because Dead to Her has brought the fire and Sarah Pinborough is back! If you enjoyed Behind Her Eyes, you'll definitely enjoy this book. While the pacing at times was slower than expected (my only issue with this book), the story was intriguing, original, and highly bingeworthy! I highly recommend this book for folks, like me, who are done with the same drawn out domestic thriller and is looking for something on the side of macabre and magic. In true Pinborough fashion, Dead to Her will be polarizing to readers and I can't wait to see where everyone ends up on the spectrum.
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  • Aga Durka
    January 1, 1970
    "From rags to riches" was the journey for the two main characters, Keisha and Marcie, and now that they are finally on top and they have what they wanted, status and wealth, both women are quickly discovering that being rich and “famous” does not necessarily brings security and happiness. Secrets, jealousy, and lies quickly brings Keisha and Marcie’s lives to downfall.This was a quick read for me, however I found myself skimming some parts of this psychological thriller. The first half of the "From rags to riches" was the journey for the two main characters, Keisha and Marcie, and now that they are finally on top and they have what they wanted, status and wealth, both women are quickly discovering that being rich and “famous” does not necessarily brings security and happiness. Secrets, jealousy, and lies quickly brings Keisha and Marcie’s lives to downfall.This was a quick read for me, however I found myself skimming some parts of this psychological thriller. The first half of the book I found pretty interesting and intriguing, however the second half fell flat and was quite implausible. I did not really understand the need for the voodoo and dark magic theme, and the end was very anticlimactic. In addition, I really disliked all the characters in this story, and it was really hard for me to connect to any of them. This said, my rating for this book is a solid 3 stars. Hopefully next book by Sarah Pinborough will be a better fit for me.Thank you Netgalley, William Morrow and the author for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first of this year's advance novels from this year's Harrogate, possibly annoyingly for any of the others I'm not sure what can top this. This was my short sharp tweet review.Deliciously dark, sexy as hell, eternally addictive and a pitch perfect pay off. Also creepy and a *tiny* bit insane. There you go. You'll want this one. Trust me.Full review next year for release.
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    Having read, and enjoying, Behind Her Eyes, I knew going into Dead to Her, there would likely be some form of crazy.I wasn't disappointed. I know many are turned off by the odd turns Sarah Pinborough takes in her novels, but I actually find them creative and refreshing, in what has become a majorly over-saturated genre. Her writing is tight, with zero plot holes, and her red herrings are always masterfully rendered. I, unfortunately, was able to figure out our antagonist very early on, which is Having read, and enjoying, Behind Her Eyes, I knew going into Dead to Her, there would likely be some form of crazy.I wasn't disappointed. I know many are turned off by the odd turns Sarah Pinborough takes in her novels, but I actually find them creative and refreshing, in what has become a majorly over-saturated genre. Her writing is tight, with zero plot holes, and her red herrings are always masterfully rendered. I, unfortunately, was able to figure out our antagonist very early on, which is why I'm rating this 3.5 stars, instead of 4, but I still felt the need to keep turning pages. That speaks to just how good Ms. Pinborough's writing actually is. While her characters aren't saints, not by any stretch of the imagination, they are riveting. I desperately wanted to learn more about their lives and secrets. Set in the deep south and told from alternating points of view, those of Marcie and Keisha, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Recommended to those who love suspense novels, but with a touch of the religious paranormal. 3.5 stars rounded upAvailable in stores on February 11, 2020. **Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy.
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  • Tammie
    January 1, 1970
    Dead to Her, a mystery/thriller, was a solid 4 stars. It took me a while to get into this one, but once I did, I was definitely hooked. The book centers around main character Marcie, a woman who was able to leave her difficult/poor past behind and rise to become one of Savannah’s wealthy residents. Marcie surrounds herself with a small circle of friends, enter new member Keisha- a young woman that recently married ultra-rich William Radford IV and things start to get interesting. No spoilers Dead to Her, a mystery/thriller, was a solid 4 stars. It took me a while to get into this one, but once I did, I was definitely hooked. The book centers around main character Marcie, a woman who was able to leave her difficult/poor past behind and rise to become one of Savannah’s wealthy residents. Marcie surrounds herself with a small circle of friends, enter new member Keisha- a young woman that recently married ultra-rich William Radford IV and things start to get interesting. No spoilers (best to go in blind) but secrets, betrayals and murder describe the things that happen in this book. I found Dead to Her to be an extremely interesting and entertaining book. I enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns throughout the book. I definitely didn’t have “things” figured out- far from it. Highly recommended to fans of mystery/thriller books. Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ludwig
    January 1, 1970
    “She had no choice.”When the woman who wrote your favorite thriller comes out with a new book, you drop everything you're doing and read that book! Just like in Sarah Pinborough’s past novels, the past will come back to bite the characters in her upcoming novel - Dead To Her.The book starts with all the basicness of a domestic thriller. In the meantime, there’s this mystery surrounding a certain character - among many other strange goings-on - that kept me intrigued until the unexpected, “She had no choice.”When the woman who wrote your favorite thriller comes out with a new book, you drop everything you're doing and read that book! Just like in Sarah Pinborough’s past novels, the past will come back to bite the characters in her upcoming novel - Dead To Her.The book starts with all the basicness of a domestic thriller. In the meantime, there’s this mystery surrounding a certain character - among many other strange goings-on - that kept me intrigued until the unexpected, other-wordly reveal. The identity as to who perpetrator was or what was actually going on, never crossed my mind. It wasn't exactly as haunting as Behind Her Eyes, but here we have a creative, cunning ending, presented in a believable way, blurring the lines between fiction and reality. If you're a fan of this author’s books, especially the way she concludes them, you’ll most likely enjoy this one as well.Full reviews on:Instagram: @ludwigreadsThe blog: Ludwig’s Thrillers
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    Pinborough is one of my favorite authors. Not just in her writing, but also her as a person as she was extremely nice in an interchange with me a couple years back. She's an autobuy author and I absolutely love how divisive her books make the thriller community. It honestly just tickles me.One thing I've noticed is that people tend to compare all her reads to Behind Her Eyes (especially if that's their first and only book). Personally, I say don't do that. That book is a divine entity of its own Pinborough is one of my favorite authors. Not just in her writing, but also her as a person as she was extremely nice in an interchange with me a couple years back. She's an autobuy author and I absolutely love how divisive her books make the thriller community. It honestly just tickles me.One thing I've noticed is that people tend to compare all her reads to Behind Her Eyes (especially if that's their first and only book). Personally, I say don't do that. That book is a divine entity of its own (for those who loved it like I did). I think Dead to Her will also be equally divisive as most of her books are within the reading community. There's a LOT going on with the different, very unlikable characters. We have second wives, love triangles, voodoo, the rich, the poor, secrets on top of secrets and parties with masks! Let's dance, y'all! Personally, this is the kind of Pinborough read I love. I was highly suspect about one character and felt a certain warm feeling when I was right about said person. *ding ding*Now some times you'll feel this story is getting just a tad bit too convoluted and you may go cross eyed a bit, but this is what I love. Keeping all this madness going while still keeping my interest. I did feel there were some lull moments but not enough for my eyes to glaze over. I was keenly looking for the next hint or misdirection. This country club-esque, entitled neighborhood and all their drama reminds me why I would never want to be a part of such an elite, rich, white world. And that's what made the ending all that more satisfying. Edited to up my star rating after thoughts (which I’ve never done before). I realize just how intricate this actually was to get to the point of the ending and how it all came together because CHOICES 😉
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like this book - and I did for the first half of it. But then came the black magic, the weird voodoo and it completely lost me. It was such a shame as I was enjoying it for the most part.The other thing that put me off this book was the excessive and details sex scenes. Really didn't need those. The first part of this book had me intrigued. 2 second wives - Marcie and Keisha. They are different but shared that role. Their husbands worked together so they needed to be friends. I really wanted to like this book - and I did for the first half of it. But then came the black magic, the weird voodoo and it completely lost me. It was such a shame as I was enjoying it for the most part.The other thing that put me off this book was the excessive and details sex scenes. Really didn't need those. The first part of this book had me intrigued. 2 second wives - Marcie and Keisha. They are different but shared that role. Their husbands worked together so they needed to be friends. Keishas has just arrived from London after marrying rich widower William Radford. Marcie tries to help her fit in, meet the right people and be a good southern wife. But both women had their secrets and their friendship becomes intense.Thanks to William Morrow and Edelweiss for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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  • Angela Groom
    January 1, 1970
    “Once a cheat, always a cheat,” or so they say. Marcie Maddox has worked hard to get where she is after the illicit affair that started her new life a few years ago. Jason's boss - William has a new wife Keisha who is shaking things up and becomes real good friends with Marcie. Lies, secrets, betrayals and southern blood with a little ju ju voodoo thrown in for good measure.A story told though the eyes of Keisha and Marcie trying to fit into a society they clearly do not belong in. Marcie with a “Once a cheat, always a cheat,” or so they say. Marcie Maddox has worked hard to get where she is after the illicit affair that started her new life a few years ago. Jason's boss - William has a new wife Keisha who is shaking things up and becomes real good friends with Marcie. Lies, secrets, betrayals and southern blood with a little ju ju voodoo thrown in for good measure.A story told though the eyes of Keisha and Marcie trying to fit into a society they clearly do not belong in. Marcie with a past from a poor background surrounds herself with lot of the southern elite. But Marcie is desperate for some real attention. Then she gets all the attention she needs when Keisha rockets into town from the UK. Keisha orphaned and living with her mean aunt and uncle thinks she will find solace in the deep south when she moves to the USA with her new husband, but soon realises that the ghosts she lived with in the UK have followed her.Secrets, secrets and more secrets going back decades for all the major characters, love triangles, layers of sex, and some psychological banter thrown in. Toxic marriages, a good pinch of mystery and a good who done it! I Enjoyed this book. Its not my usual choice but I flew through it and loved the characters. I enjoyed Sarah Pinborough's story of this tangled web of deceit. I can imagine this being snatched up by the TV industry.Thanks for the advanced copy - in exchange for a honest review.
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  • Angie Elle
    January 1, 1970
    ARC from Edelweiss and NetgalleySarah Pinborough is an author who has been on my TBR forever, and the amazing cover coupled with the blurb made me know that Dead to Her was going to be my first read of hers. This book was such a pleasant surprise; I don’t think I’ve found a Thriller this hilarious since SCREAM hit the big screen in 1996. (Yep. I’m that old.)I’ll warn you now - the characters in this book are deliciously unlikable. There’s not a single one of them that doesn’t have some hideous ARC from Edelweiss and NetgalleySarah Pinborough is an author who has been on my TBR forever, and the amazing cover coupled with the blurb made me know that Dead to Her was going to be my first read of hers. This book was such a pleasant surprise; I don’t think I’ve found a Thriller this hilarious since SCREAM hit the big screen in 1996. (Yep. I’m that old.)I’ll warn you now - the characters in this book are deliciously unlikable. There’s not a single one of them that doesn’t have some hideous secret, and it makes the games going on in this book all the more fun. While there’s a whole host of characters, we’re following Keisha, the new young wife of significantly older man William, and Marcie, a woman who, by her own admission, is former trailer trash, who married up and is trying to hang onto her husband and their status with all her might. There is so much going on in this book. It’s like Gossip Girl for grown ups, and the first twist honestly left me in stitches. There were so many twists and turns in this story, so many people with so many things to hide, and I never knew where this story was going to go. I felt bad for Keisha, who moved from one trapped situation to another, and who couldn’t escape from the ghosts of her past. Where Keisha was open and honest, Marcie was more of a wildcard, and even while reading her point of view, it felt like this woman had something to hide. (And I don’t mean just the secret that we know she has from the very beginning.) It felt like she had a lot of skeletons in her closet, and I like that we got the points of view from two such very different characters. Keisha was so vulnerable and willing to put everything out there, but Marcie was stoic and hard. It was so interesting reading about both of them. And the women they were surrounded by (traditionally known as ‘old money,’) were so superficial and critical.This story went by so fast for me. Things never felt like they were dragging, and I didn’t want to put this book down. The only thing that was a bit of a turnoff for me was the part that magic played in this book. It seemed like such an odd element, and I was never sure of its place in the story. I will say that while I didn’t love the ending of this book, it was satisfying enough. And again, there were surprises right up until the last page that gripped me, so I think that speaks for itself. If you’re looking for a Thriller that stands out among the rest with its unique premise, you will, no doubt, enjoy Dead to Her!
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  • Bandit
    January 1, 1970
    Another year, another book with a three word title with the word her in it and a woman on the cover…well, it must be time for Sarah Pinborough’s latest. And what a crapfest this one turned out to be. Mind you, Pinborough is the author who’s been through the gamut of it all, starting off in the Leisure Publishers’ stable penning British frights and moving on to YA, tv adaptations, crime and, of course, eventually…nay, inevitably…these female thrillers the world can’t get enough of. And sure, that Another year, another book with a three word title with the word her in it and a woman on the cover…well, it must be time for Sarah Pinborough’s latest. And what a crapfest this one turned out to be. Mind you, Pinborough is the author who’s been through the gamut of it all, starting off in the Leisure Publishers’ stable penning British frights and moving on to YA, tv adaptations, crime and, of course, eventually…nay, inevitably…these female thrillers the world can’t get enough of. And sure, that’s where the money’s at, but for some reason that’s also where the quality started to decline. A gradual process that led to the cheesy inanity that is this book. Slow simmering plot, steamy and muggy like Georgia’s weather, which is to say not in a good way. Apparently, Pinborough visited the place and was inspired to write this…you’d think the place would be thoroughly unflattered by this literary ode to it, but who knows maybe the Real Wives of Georgia’s elite live just like that. The plot is actually about second wives, specifically. The ones who ditched their dismal circumstances and married up into society. The two of them get close to each other, then one of their dearly practical to have spouses drops dead and…oh, the suspense, the suspense. Ok, but seriously, nothing much even takes places for about first three quarters of the book, except for a lesbian affair so laughably corny, it seems like it was written by a horny teenage boy. When the suspense thriller thing actually kicks in, it’s almost as an afterthought and it’s difficult to care either way. And the prerequisite plot twists toward the end are as preposterous as the thing in its entirety. This was inevitable, Pinborough’s thrillers have had that stretch your credulity to the max quality all along and she’s been laying it on heavier and heavier (though there was some cleverness there), but with this one she has finally veered into the dreaded inanity territory. It’s silly and then it’s just stupid. The characters are ridiculous cardboard cutouts of moneyed elite and adjacent personnel. The main protagonists are…well, mainly they are hot, and it isn’t the weather. They are hot sexy ladies and, though Pinborough does give them backstories for layering, it doesn’t really do much but sets it up for the ending plot twists. The book is a Scinemax movie in the making. At best. Featuring the least credible lesbian relationship in recent literature, thrillers or otherwise. It almost seems like there is a deliberate idea to save a lackluster plot through lesbians and black magic. And the saddest thing about it is that it doesn’t work. And if you can’t make a thing good (or at least fun) through lesbians and black magic…well, then that thing is dead in the water. Not just to her, but to the entire audience. It’s all hugely disappointing, of course, because Pinborough can certainly do more and this is dramatically far from her best work. In fact, it’s the sort of thing that makes you rethink your estimation of her work’s quality in general. Am I reading her now out of some oldtimey author loyalty? I’m not sure, but after this book, her next one will certainly hold less appeal. This wasn’t a one off, this was an almost predetermined eventuality, following the trend while sacrificing quality. This is what writing for the paycheck looks like. It isn’t terrible, which is to say it is readable, it’s just wasn’t really worth reading. Pinborough is decent enough of an author to entertain no matter what, but this is her bottom of the barrel entertainment. To optimize enjoyment of this one set your expectations on dumb fun and maybe it’ll do. Otherwise, prepare to be disappointed and underwhelmed. Thank Netgalley.
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    So, the book I read prior to this was kind of blow-your-mind fantastic on so many levels and I think this one may have suffered a little by coming right after that one.This is a popcorn read. And quite sordid. You have a bunch of rich and nouveau-riche people behaving in all sorts of sordid ways. Most of them are, well, just plain dumb. There were only two characters I liked. One of them was dead before the book began. The other was her friend.As for the others… I just kept getting overwhelmed So, the book I read prior to this was kind of blow-your-mind fantastic on so many levels and I think this one may have suffered a little by coming right after that one.This is a popcorn read. And quite sordid. You have a bunch of rich and nouveau-riche people behaving in all sorts of sordid ways. Most of them are, well, just plain dumb. There were only two characters I liked. One of them was dead before the book began. The other was her friend.As for the others… I just kept getting overwhelmed by all the dumb.The foreshadowing was hit-you-in-the-face-with-a-shovel obvious. Hmm…let me look up something on Google. (Mental note: Oh, police are going to look at this later.) Hmm…let me call your attention to the perils of anti-freeze 3 or 4 times. (Gee…I wonder why I need to know that???)The book was entertaining enough, but I wanted more depth, more cleverness, and just one main character with a brain!This one just didn’t thrill me.*ARC via Net Galley
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  • Ellen Gail
    January 1, 1970
    Giving people a choice is like a magic trick. You should always know what their answer will be in advance. Veering wildly between boring, ridiculous, and literally impossible, Dead to Her is a thriller that forgot the thrills.I want to start with the positives, because honestly, there aren't many. Probably what Dead to Her executed best was the sense of outsiderness. Keisha, the very young and gorgeous second wife of an elderly millionaire, doesn't fit in - she's too young, too black, too Giving people a choice is like a magic trick. You should always know what their answer will be in advance. Veering wildly between boring, ridiculous, and literally impossible, Dead to Her is a thriller that forgot the thrills.I want to start with the positives, because honestly, there aren't many. Probably what Dead to Her executed best was the sense of outsiderness. Keisha, the very young and gorgeous second wife of an elderly millionaire, doesn't fit in - she's too young, too black, too impulsive. How is she supposed to play perfect trophy wife in a world she doesn't know, a world of tennis skirts and country clubs? I thought Keisha's loneliness and desperation for connection came through well.All the other characterization though? Garbage. Marcie (one of two narrators, the other being Keisha) has all the charisma of an inanimate object.Keisha was annoying, but at least I could see where an attempt at character building was made. Everyone else, every rich and shady husband, every pampered housewife, even down to the servants and police detectives, are given the bare minimum. It makes for a super boring read. It's like using chess pieces to play checkers - from a distance, it looks like you're doing a great job, but upon inspection you realize there's no real strategy or thought happening.There's also the fact that the story is super predictable. It's twisty all right, but I'd say a good 75% of those twists are visible from the space station. I didn't see the big twist at the end coming, but honestly, it's such a fucking stupid twist. It feels cheaper than one ply toilet paper.One of my biggest annoyances is that it's a book that cares more about trying to shock you than it does about telling you a great story. (view spoiler)[ Lesbians! Voodoo! Murder! It's all thrown in there - like the story does not care about Keisha and Marcie's sexual identity or romantic chemistry or what it contributes to their characters. It's just like, "lol she wasn't hitting on Jason, she secretly wanted Marcie the whole time! Aren't you shocked? Isn't it just so clever?" (hide spoiler)]Also I need to talk about the fact that a giant plot point the story hinges on is literally impossible . I'm going to to into A LOT of detail in here, so be forewarned, it's a long rant about something that bothers me a lot. (view spoiler)[ So, it's extremely obvious from the first time antifreeze / coolant is mentioned on the page, someone is going to get poisoned. I don't actually mind the way William Radford IV is poisoned with it, I was just happy to finally have some movement with the plot when that happened! My issues lie with the death of Marcie's first husband, Jonny.We find out in a convoluted manner, because large parts of the story are convoluted, that her first husband died of antifreeze poisoning - he was found dead on the floor with a whisky bottle next to him that tested positive for ethylene glycol. We later find out that it wasn't suicide, that it was Marcie who maneuvered him into relapsing so he would drink the bottle she had laced.The fact that it's stupid and machiavellian I could tolerate. Not enjoy, but fine whatever, I can deal with it. However!It's literally impossible to poison someone with an whisky and antifreeze cocktail.Ethanol (aka the alcohol in whiskey ) is an antidote to ethylene glycol. Either fomepizole or ethanol are the recommended antidotes to antifreeze poisoning. Ethanol prevents the ethylene glycol from metabolizing into toxic compounds that cause severe internal damage, eventually leading to multi organ failure and death.A typical fatal dose for an adult is 100 ml of antifreeze (of course there are outliers in both directions, yada yada yada). A therapeutic dose of ethanol again can vary for person to person, but in general a blood alcohol level of 0.1 to 0.15 is your target range. Using your standard whisky, (again, all this is variable based on Jonny's weight), he would have to consume anywhere from 135 to 360ml per 100ml of antifreeze he drank.We are told there was "a half-empty bottle of whiskey beside him" when he was found. We have no idea what size bottle or how much antifreeze she added to his whiskey, but for him to consume it and not taste it, it seems that adding 100ml wouldn't be feasible. Anitfreeze has a naturally sweet taste, or sometimes bitter flavor is added to discourage children and pets from accidentally drinking it - and an alcoholic is going to know how his whiskey is supposed to taste.If we take a shot in the the dark and say that the bottle was a fifth of whiskey (or 750ml), we can assume that he drank roughly 375ml, more than enough to neutralize however much antifreeze she had added. Even IF she had added 100ml to that bottle, him drinking 50ml of antifreeze would be neutralized by the 325ml of whiskey.Long story short (and seriously oversimplified, just stay away from antifreeze folks), THIS WOULD NOT WORK.So, yeah. A huge plot point of this book is someone mixing together a poison and it's specific antidote and killing someone with that mixture. (hide spoiler)]I can forgive a lot in a book. I can agree to go along with ridiculous things and 'suspension of disbelief', heck I'll even throw my hat in and set aside some dodgy science from time to time if I'm enjoying myself. But I can't ignore something that A) is both impossible and easily google-able, B) is a key piece in a character death and an important plot point, and C) exists in what is already a mediocre book. That's where you lose me.Dead to Her has a myriad of flaws and offers little to offset them. My occasional enjoyment was drowned out by logic holes big enough to sink a city bus, flat characters, and twists for the sake for twists. When it comes to domestic thrillers, this one is dead to me.Thanks to Edelweiss and William Morrow for the DRC
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    "We all have to be whatever it takes to survive." *Marcie Maddox has worked hard to become part of the privileged set of high society in Savannah, Georgia. After the initial shock the city's old money had over her affair with Jason, the pair married and Marcie has since enjoyed the country club and now the ultimate status symbol of a grand Southern home.Marcie's heading into her mid-30's, the youngest in their inner circle ...until the new Mrs. William Radford IV arrives. William, Jason's boss, "We all have to be whatever it takes to survive." *Marcie Maddox has worked hard to become part of the privileged set of high society in Savannah, Georgia.  After the initial shock the city's old money had over her affair with Jason, the pair married and Marcie has since enjoyed the country club and now the ultimate status symbol of a grand Southern home.Marcie's heading into her mid-30's, the youngest in their inner circle ...until the new Mrs. William Radford IV arrives.  William, Jason's boss, has taken a trip abroad after the loss of his wife of many years.  He arrives home from London months earlier than expected with the sexy 20-something Keisha, who is ready to step into her place as the vivacious second wife.Marcie's jealousy of Keisha's youth is soon overshadowed by the spark she sees between Keisha and Jason.Oh, this book.  It's a tale of old money set in the perfect Southern city with plenty of secrets and betrayals.  Every single character is shallow and completely unlikeable but each time I thought I had them figured out, they surprised me with a twist.  Thanks to each character's secrets, their motivations are never known to the reader until the author is ready to dish. Dead to Her is like a soap opera with lots of wealthy, insecure people and some murder and voodoo thrown in for good measure.  Ridiculous at times, I was still entertained enough to wade through the domestic drama that dragged on to find out what kind of over the top final twist would be delivered.  It was wicked but also a bit underwhelming.I'm on the fence here.  It was compulsively readable with all the twists but I needed more from certain aspects of the story (I don't want to spoil it by explaining what, exactly) for the ending to shake me up.Thanks to William Morrow and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.  Dead to Her is scheduled for release on February 11, 2020.*Quote included is from a digital advanced reader's copy and is subject to change upon final publication.For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Tracy Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    Previously, I’ve read Pinborough’s BEHIND HER EYES (loved it)and I have several of her earlier horror fiction titles to read as well. I truly enjoyed my time with this book. The author proves that complex characters, multi-threaded story lines, and the ability to tell a damn good story are all sharply honed skills; she wields them well. Marcie and Keisha are by far my favorite characters here. Straight on, they are developed and interesting, but that’s just the surface. There is a host of Previously, I’ve read Pinborough’s BEHIND HER EYES (loved it)and I have several of her earlier horror fiction titles to read as well. I truly enjoyed my time with this book. The author proves that complex characters, multi-threaded story lines, and the ability to tell a damn good story are all sharply honed skills; she wields them well. Marcie and Keisha are by far my favorite characters here. Straight on, they are developed and interesting, but that’s just the surface. There is a host of people I loved to dislike in this book and there’s quite an array of diversity. Sex, intrigue, and hidden pasts make this book come alive. There are quite a lot of threads to keep straight; I think they’re pulled together nicely at the end. Pinborough remains a favorite author. Read this book, be prepared to clutch your pearls, and grab a stiff drink. This is a fun one.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars. I thought Behind Her Eyes was fantastic, and I liked Cross Her Heart, but this one just didn't do it for me. I actually really enjoyed the first half or so, but after that it started to feel like such a slog and I didn't care about these people at all. If you like reading about rich people problems you might enjoy this one, but I often enjoy books along that line and couldn't get into it here. By the end I just didn't care what happened to any of these characters.*I received a free 2.5 stars. I thought Behind Her Eyes was fantastic, and I liked Cross Her Heart, but this one just didn't do it for me. I actually really enjoyed the first half or so, but after that it started to feel like such a slog and I didn't care about these people at all. If you like reading about rich people problems you might enjoy this one, but I often enjoy books along that line and couldn't get into it here. By the end I just didn't care what happened to any of these characters.*I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Katie (katieladyreads)
    January 1, 1970
    The only good thing about this book is that it takes place in Savannah.
  • Jennie
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 20%. None of the characters were likable, relatable or interesting. A very flat storyline and became a chore to read. I am not typically one to fall asleep while reading, but after 3-5 pages my eyelids would drop. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, but I hope my next NetGalley read is more entertaining.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love Sarah Pinborough, but unfortunately, this book did not work for me. I made it to Part II before I gave up on this title. I found the subject matter to be far out of the realm of my interest. It seemed too weird and inappropriate for my taste. It was as if the sexual situations were only for the shock factor, otherwise, the story was pretty mundane.
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  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    January 1, 1970
    Whoop WhoopQueen Pinboroughhas a new book out!!!! WHOOP WHOOP!Nothing cheers up this little bookworm, quite like seeing Sarah Pinborough has a new book out! Sarah is a talented write who hasNEVERlet me down, with her books which cover various genre’s. Before I read Dead To Her, my favourite novel of hers would probably have been a close tie betweenBefore Her Eyes(obviously) and13 Minutes. With 13 Minutes probably stealing the thunder!HOWEVER, that was all set to change with the raunchy, steamy Whoop Whoop Queen Pinborough has a new book out!!!! WHOOP WHOOP!Nothing cheers up this little bookworm, quite like seeing Sarah Pinborough has a new book out! Sarah is a talented write who has NEVER let me down, with her books which cover various genre’s. Before I read Dead To Her, my favourite novel of hers would probably have been a close tie between Before Her Eyes (obviously) and 13 Minutes. With 13 Minutes probably stealing the thunder!HOWEVER, that was all set to change with the raunchy, steamy and addictive new release that is Dead To Her. This is Sarah Pinborough as we have never see her before….The novel begins with a bunch of wealthy wives known amongst themselves as ‘the second wives club’. The woman aren’t necessarily likeable (but I think that is kind ofthe point). But if you’re anything like me and love a good super bitch or femme fatale then you will LOVE this title.‘What else was there to do but bitch. judge and gossip about one another between charity events’Marcie Maddox is a main protagonist and the second wife of Jason. They live in Savannah, Georgia and for all intents and purposes, live a life of high class, wealth and luxury. But nothing is as it seems….‘A wife to be kept in the attic not out on display’Introducing new ‘second’ wife to the group Keisha Radford. Keisha is the second wife of William Radford IV, who coincidentally is Jason’s boss. Which means despite how she feels internally Marcie must play nice. She must rub shoulders with the elite, shower affection and admiration upon Keisha.‘She’s not one of us’Keisha herself is an unusual addiction to the club. Keisha is black, British and feisty, Keisha doesn’t suffer fools (other than William) and she isn’t afraid to speak her mind. There is no overt racism, but there are subtle and passive aggressive acts thrown towards Keisha within the club. But Keisha must learn to hold her own against the gaggle of white privilege. Not only must she hold her own, but she has every intention of coming out on top. Metaphorically and figuratively speaking…‘Keisha had a lot to learn about their set’Amongst the club are wives Iris and Virginia. The addition of Keisha to the club sends Marcie wild with jealousy.But has the other women also keeping a very close eye on her too.‘It seemed Keisha was upsetting the apple cart’It’s impossible to compare this novel to others in the genre. But it has shades of Penny Vincenzi, with layers of sex and psychological warfare. There may even be an added extra of what we have come to know and love the authors writing for. But that would be revealing far too much.There will be feelings of inadequacy, worries that fake friends… fake friendship, secrets and jealousy galore.‘She’d never seen him look at another woman that way. Never’It also asks the age old question…‘Why didn’t men fade like women?’It also explores the dynamics of dating/remarriage in older adulthood. The emotional baggage of the women and potential fragile ego’s of the men.‘She wondered if terrible people were drawn to terrible people’Toxic marriages, pasts that haunt the characters and constant scheming comes to a head with an ultimate showdown. But will Keisha remain unscathed or will everyone get what they deserve. In the words of the author….‘Thrill seekers seek thrills’The novel deserves HUGE praise for its inclusivity and diversity. Too often psychologically thrillers or domestic noir novels ONLY portray white heterosexual females with perfect lives. The genre is saturated in perfect women, with perfect husbands, perfect children and one day something drastic shakes their lives. THIS IS NOT THAT CLICHE! The Queen of the genre is back! Buy it, read it and LOVE it!5* GENIUS
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  • Roman Clodia
    January 1, 1970
    This is a slightly weird cross of Jackie Collins with voodoo! Our two protagonists are poor girls married up with rich men and determined to keep their secrets, their new lifestyles and their money... no matter what the price. There's a 'twist' that I could easily see coming and gradually the voodoo/cursing strand takes over - with a sudden rush of revelations at the end. I found the pacing off with a whole long boring bit in the middle. It's also hard to maintain interest in a twenty-something This is a slightly weird cross of Jackie Collins with voodoo! Our two protagonists are poor girls married up with rich men and determined to keep their secrets, their new lifestyles and their money... no matter what the price. There's a 'twist' that I could easily see coming and gradually the voodoo/cursing strand takes over - with a sudden rush of revelations at the end. I found the pacing off with a whole long boring bit in the middle. It's also hard to maintain interest in a twenty-something young woman who has married an unpleasant older man purely for his money and who then complains that he acts like he's bought her - too right, love, he has. I was interested enough to read through to the fanciful ending but honestly, just wasn't feeling it.
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