The Other Wife
She’s a total stranger. But she knows who you are…Suzi did a bad thing. She’s paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick.When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that she’s almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But there’s more to Nora than meets the eye. It’s impossible—does she already know what Suzi did?Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. She’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, she’s done it before…Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realise they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.

The Other Wife Details

TitleThe Other Wife
Author
ReleaseOct 24th, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
ISBN-139781799719649
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction

The Other Wife Review

  • Lori Lamothe
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsFast-Paced Psychological SuspenseSuzi once had an exhilarating life in London, replete with a loving husband, successful career and a social life with lots of friends. But lately Nick has turned from loving to controlling—he's transplanted them both to a cottage in the middle of nowhere and dictates her every move. She finds herself pregnant, friendless, jobless and completely isolated, at least until Nora moves in to the cottage across the road. Suzi's hiding secrets she knows she 4.5 starsFast-Paced Psychological SuspenseSuzi once had an exhilarating life in London, replete with a loving husband, successful career and a social life with lots of friends. But lately Nick has turned from loving to controlling—he's transplanted them both to a cottage in the middle of nowhere and dictates her every move. She finds herself pregnant, friendless, jobless and completely isolated, at least until Nora moves in to the cottage across the road. Suzi's hiding secrets she knows she shouldn't share with anyone, especially not a woman she barely knows—but she also needs help. At first Nora seems capable, practical and strong, just the sort of woman who can be trusted. She's got secrets of her own, however, secrets that have stayed hidden since her childhood. And then there's Elle, the ex-concert pianist whose beauty has faded as thoroughly as her musical career. She spends most of her time as a prisoner in her beautiful home, doing her best to look attractive when her hard-working husband finally walks through the front door every night. This is one of those addictive thrillers that I can't seem to put down once I start reading. Told from alternating viewpoints—primarily Suzi's, Elle's and Nora's—The Other Wife kept me guessing until the end. There was one key plot point I figured out very early on, but the novel had so many twists and turns I still couldn't see where it was heading. None of the main characters are especially sympathetic but for me this is a point in the novel's favor. Suzi's insecure chaotic, crisis-driven persona seems realistic and relatable—I also liked coming across a main character for once who isn't thrilled at the prospect of becoming a mother. The newly widowed Nora also held my interest. There's a dark, calculating side that makes her far from the dowdy, middle-aged victim her husband tried to mold her into. And Elle, who gave up everything for a man who deceived her, has a certain fragile glamour yet also a dated, naive, passive quality that gives the character a certain unresolved tension. The novel is well plotted, with short, alternating chapters that shift in time so that the story unravels quickly—leaving a trail of tantalizing clues to follow. I also loved the bleak, slightly gothic setting and thought it was a great contrast to Suzi's fast-paced, liberated life in overcrowded London. My only criticisms are that the chapters told from the detective Alison's point of view didn't seem to fit all that well into the narrative. They are so brief and so far apart we don't get a sense of her and her presence seems almost unnecessary. And yet another part of me would have liked to have seen more of her character and more of a police angle to the story. I also think the ending had aspects that seemed a bit unlikely, but not to the point where it interfered with my enjoyment of the book. Overall, this is a gripping page-turner and I will definitely be reading McGowan's other novels. Much thanks to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Suzi is married to Nick. He's extremely jealous. Suzi had an affair and ends up being pregnant. She also has no friends until Nora moves into the isolated countryside beside her. Nora quickly becomes friends with Suzi. But Nora already k owns more a out Suzi than she's letting on about. It seems Suzi is not the only one with secrets.This story does not really start until you get about two thirds of the way in. The pace is slow. The story is told from multiple points of view. The chapters are Suzi is married to Nick. He's extremely jealous. Suzi had an affair and ends up being pregnant. She also has no friends until Nora moves into the isolated countryside beside her. Nora quickly becomes friends with Suzi. But Nora already k owns more a out Suzi than she's letting on about. It seems Suzi is not the only one with secrets.This story does not really start until you get about two thirds of the way in. The pace is slow. The story is told from multiple points of view. The chapters are headed by who is narrating them. None of the characters are likeable but I think that was the authors intention. Suzi's husband is jeal6and a control freak. When it becomes apparent how Suzi and Nora are linked, I wasnt surprised. There are plenty twists to out you off the trail. The resolution is satisfying. This is a thought provoking read.I would like to thank Netgalley, Amazon Publishing UK and the author Claire McGowan for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Constantine
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.0/5.0Genre:Domestic ThrillerSuzi is a pregnant woman and with a secret! Her husband Nick does not trust her and is jealous most of the time. A new neighbor (Nora) moves into a nearby house. Nora has secrets as well. Who will trust who? Who is who? You need to read to know.I liked the synopsis and thought this will be a fast-paced thriller. It was totally the opposite. This was too slow. Very very slow. The multiple point of views was sometimes too much to cope with, even though all Rating: 3.0/5.0Genre:Domestic ThrillerSuzi is a pregnant woman and with a secret! Her husband Nick does not trust her and is jealous most of the time. A new neighbor (Nora) moves into a nearby house. Nora has secrets as well. Who will trust who? Who is who? You need to read to know.I liked the synopsis and thought this will be a fast-paced thriller. It was totally the opposite. This was too slow. Very very slow. The multiple point of views was sometimes too much to cope with, even though all that was intentional for the story itself. The Other Wife has a generic name and unfortunately, the story felt as generic too. It is not a bad book but definitely not an excellent one either. It is enjoyable as it lasts, once it is finished I feel one will forget about it. I am going with 3 stars out of 5. Available on Kindle Unlimited
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  • Kalyn Woodbury
    January 1, 1970
    A domestic thriller with unlikeable-but-interesting characters that keeps you on your toes. It was slow to start (at least in my opinion— there are plenty of reviews saying otherwise) and the ending felt really chaotic in a forced way. There were definitely moments that were harder to believe than others, but once you learned to ignore that feeling it was overall quite enjoyable.I would've preferred tighter writing and a shorter book in order to keep that urgent, panicked feeling, but it wasn't A domestic thriller with unlikeable-but-interesting characters that keeps you on your toes. It was slow to start (at least in my opinion— there are plenty of reviews saying otherwise) and the ending felt really chaotic in a forced way. There were definitely moments that were harder to believe than others, but once you learned to ignore that feeling it was overall quite enjoyable.I would've preferred tighter writing and a shorter book in order to keep that urgent, panicked feeling, but it wasn't bad at all. I'll definitely consider reading Claire McGowan's other work.A big thank you to the publisher, Amazon Publishing UK, for allowing me to read this title in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    This story, it was...something else. Told from the perspectives of three women: Elle, Nora, and Suzi, The Other Wife is a twisty, domestic suspense relying heavily on plot points seen a million times. Readers will quickly and easily intuit the relationship between the three, and will likely feel underwhelmed by the story overall. Yes, there are a couple mildly surprising twists near the end, but again, it's all been done so many times before, I felt no spark of excitement while reading. This story, it was...something else. Told from the perspectives of three women: Elle, Nora, and Suzi, The Other Wife is a twisty, domestic suspense relying heavily on plot points seen a million times. Readers will quickly and easily intuit the relationship between the three, and will likely feel underwhelmed by the story overall. Yes, there are a couple mildly surprising twists near the end, but again, it's all been done so many times before, I felt no spark of excitement while reading. Further, nothing felt fleshed out or expanded upon...chunks of plot were doled out like appetizers, but we never really got to the main course. (Sorry for the food analogies...I'm hungry.)I also have something I need to get off my chest...I loathed Suzi's character. She was a thoughtless, vaguely ignorant airhead, who couldn't responsibly care for a dog. As a mom of four dogs myself, I found her character to be incredibly abhorrent. I just realized it took me over 2 weeks to read this book. I usually read three books a week. This one just wasn't my jam. (Again with the food!) Overall, a very average, not at all unique, story. 2.5 stars rounded up**Thanks to the publisher for my advanced copy in exchange for my candid review.
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    The Other Wife is your bog-standard domestic thriller with a pretty atmospheric and sinister vibe to it, but ultimately the characters were difficult to tell apart and weren't developed well enough to be enjoyable. What we did learn about the characters certainly didn't endear them to me, and I found they had some intensely annoying habits. I also found the story slow and the consistently changing points-of-view made it quite disjointed and as a consequence, you never are fully engaged with the The Other Wife is your bog-standard domestic thriller with a pretty atmospheric and sinister vibe to it, but ultimately the characters were difficult to tell apart and weren't developed well enough to be enjoyable. What we did learn about the characters certainly didn't endear them to me, and I found they had some intensely annoying habits. I also found the story slow and the consistently changing points-of-view made it quite disjointed and as a consequence, you never are fully engaged with the plot. When it's getting to the stage that you are considering writing a character list to keep track of everyone the reading sadly becomes a chore rather than a pleasure. Many thanks to Amazon Publishing UK for an ARC.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    The Other Wife is the first book by Claire McGowan that I have had the pleasure to read. This book defiantly kept me on edge and turning the pages. There were twists and turns, some of them, I did figure out, but some I was totally blindsided by.The Other Wife is full of lies, deceit, betrayal and lots and lots of secrets. Most, if not all, of the characters in this book, I disliked in the best way possible. I believe that Ms. McGowan’s goal was for the reader to find most of the characters The Other Wife is the first book by Claire McGowan that I have had the pleasure to read. This book defiantly kept me on edge and turning the pages. There were twists and turns, some of them, I did figure out, but some I was totally blindsided by.The Other Wife is full of lies, deceit, betrayal and lots and lots of secrets. Most, if not all, of the characters in this book, I disliked in the best way possible. I believe that Ms. McGowan’s goal was for the reader to find most of the characters abhorrent, and in my opinion, she achieved this goal. The Other Wife is well thought out, the writing was solid and flowed well. Unfortunately, there were some implausible parts to this book, and I felt this distracted from the overall believability, but you will have to decide for yourself. This story is told from different timelines and multiple points of view, all expressed by the female characters, Suzi, Elle, Nora, and Eleanor, that this story revolved around. Hearing from all these different characters could get a bit confusing. But maybe that was the intent of the author, to keep us on our proverbial toes. However, there were times I wanted to shake these women and say, “Really, what is wrong with you.” Elle is the perfect wife with the ideal husband to go along with the quintessential life. However, things are not always what they seem to be on the surface. On the other hand, Suzi’s life is a mess, most of which, in my opinion, was her own doing. Her husband, Nick, is controlling, selfish, and belittling. Under the guise of working on their troubled marriage, Nick moves them out of London to a remote cottage in the country. Suzi is feeling very isolated and unhappy, but as luck would have it, Nora moves into the cottage next door, and they develop a friendship of sorts. This is when the book gets interesting, but that is where I will have to end my review. No spoilers for my review.The Other Wife is a bit of a slow burn. Ms. McGowan sets the scene thoroughly for this domestic thriller, and her character development is utterly devious. Overall, I did enjoy reading this book. I feel that I must mention there is an element of spousal abuse in this book, so if this is a problem for you, steer clear of this book. *** I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked, or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion. ***
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    Suzi’s husband Nick moved them to a cottage in the country months earlier, forcing Suzi to leave her job. Now she’s 6-months pregnant, completely isolated and trapped, due to the fact she doesn’t have her own vehicle. And Nick is getting more and more controlling by the day, having a say about everything from how she cleans the house to any piece of food she puts in her mouth. Suzi wants to keep her family together, but all she can think about is the man she’s still in love with, the man she’s Suzi’s husband Nick moved them to a cottage in the country months earlier, forcing Suzi to leave her job. Now she’s 6-months pregnant, completely isolated and trapped, due to the fact she doesn’t have her own vehicle. And Nick is getting more and more controlling by the day, having a say about everything from how she cleans the house to any piece of food she puts in her mouth. Suzi wants to keep her family together, but all she can think about is the man she’s still in love with, the man she’s been waiting to hear from for months.And then out of the blue, a woman named Nora rents the cottage next to Suzi’s. Finally, Suzi doesn’t feel so alone. Suzi hopes that she can find a confidant in Nora, but what she doesn’t know is Nora already knows all of Suzi’s secrets and she is planning to use them against her…The Other Wife by Claire McGowan is a twisty domestic thriller with a cast full of unlikable characters. We see through the perspectives of 3 women: Nora, Suzi and Elle. We know Nora and Suzi are neighbors, but we are trying to guess how this separate woman, Elle, fits into the mix. Unfortunately, I guessed how the 3 women were all interconnected, which removed the element of surprise. But at the end, there were more twists that I didn't see coming, which kept me hooked to the story. I still would recommend this one! 4/5 stars.Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Claire McGowan for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    Ok now I'm sad Claire McGowan doesn't have as deep a catalog of adult thrillers on Amazon as I had originally thought. First What You Did and now The Other Wife, which I liked even more, and I have a slight book hangover!This was an excellent, emotionally fraught domestic suspense in the vein of The Wife Between Us--fans of that book will like this one, I think. It has a variety of women scorned and battered by controlling, dubious men, with lots of sordid, soapy details and a satisfying, Ok now I'm sad Claire McGowan doesn't have as deep a catalog of adult thrillers on Amazon as I had originally thought. First What You Did and now The Other Wife, which I liked even more, and I have a slight book hangover!This was an excellent, emotionally fraught domestic suspense in the vein of The Wife Between Us--fans of that book will like this one, I think. It has a variety of women scorned and battered by controlling, dubious men, with lots of sordid, soapy details and a satisfying, unsettling ending. I was guessing the whole time as to how the messy interpersonal details would play out--and that's how I would describe this. Things get MESSY, in the most delightful way.It's multi-POV, third person, where the various POVs you get are all women entangled in deceitful marriages, or flirting with disaster, or investigating a mysterious death. It jumps around in time, but not too much or confusingly, and plays on a few favorite tropes: the creepy smart house, isolated in the woods (in a snowstorm, no less!), Gothic family histories, people who aren't what they seem. There are some unreliable narrators in this book, on more than one level. At the same time, as Gothically soapy as one or two turns are, the emotional arcs still feel grounded--the characters feel like real, whole people, and you easily get pulled into their emotional orbits and care about what happens to them. Much like in What You Did, I was tugged along on a very emotionally immediate read.As with What You Did, come to think of it, the men are the least well drawn, but hey I'm fine with that. Turnabout is fair play? They satisfy fun/expected character tropes, though if anything could count as a quibble with the book, it would be that. There was one specific male character I would have liked a tad less distance from, though I think perhaps the air of mystery was to contribute to dramatic tension?Anyway, I loved this--pulled a VERY late night going from 0 to 65%, highly unusual for me--and I'm looking forward to McGowan's next standalone domestic suspense! Sadly with publication schedules I'll have to wait a year :(
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  • Samantha Gonsalves
    January 1, 1970
    I expected a full-blown family drama from given the title called "The Other Wife", but this was more mellow and what lacked in the fast-paced action department was made up in the suspense department. The Other Wife is a great book to curl up with on a quiet weekend. It's suspenseful, twisty and keeps you hooked till the very end.When Suzi and Nick move into a quiet neighborhood, having moved from a bustling city pregnant and having quit her job Suzi finds it challenging to settle down in the I expected a full-blown family drama from given the title called "The Other Wife", but this was more mellow and what lacked in the fast-paced action department was made up in the suspense department. The Other Wife is a great book to curl up with on a quiet weekend. It's suspenseful, twisty and keeps you hooked till the very end.When Suzi and Nick move into a quiet neighborhood, having moved from a bustling city pregnant and having quit her job Suzi finds it challenging to settle down in the countryside. However, things between Suzi and Nick are not fine at all. Suzi hides a terrible secret from her husband Nick and Nick is a controlling partner, who watches Suzi like a hawk. So when Nora moves to the neighboring cottage, Suzi is happy and looking forward to some company. But there's more to Nora than what Suzie knows. Will Suzie share her terrible secret with Nora? Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. She’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, she’s done it before… Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realize they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.The characters of this book were great and the plot was good too. It moved a tad bit slow from what I like, but the story and twists were really good. There seemed to be a lot of chapters on Suzie and Nora too, Elle had a smaller share and I'd have loved to know more about the incidents from her past and what shaped her to be the person she was. The ending was fantastic. But there too, I'd have loved to more about how it came to be.Thank you, NetGalley, Amazon Publishing UK and Claire McGowan for an arc!
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