The Other Wife
An Amazon Charts bestseller. 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
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 24th, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook, Psychological Thriller, Crime, Contemporary, Adult

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 shou 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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  • 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. Furth 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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  • 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 tha 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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  • 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 hea 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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  • 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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  • Kalyn✨
    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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  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-copy of The Other Wife by Claire McGowan from NetGalley for my honest review.The book had a good plot and several twists to it. I just really didn't connect with the characters.A domestic thriller about women who have secrets. They want someone to talk to and trust but can they trust each other?
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  • Amber J
    January 1, 1970
    I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.Suzi is married and pregnant, but not sure if it's her husband's baby or the baby of the man she had an affair with. Now a new neighbor has moved in. A widow who she befriends. Then things start to happen. Her dog goes missing, her house locks her out of it, tempera I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.Suzi is married and pregnant, but not sure if it's her husband's baby or the baby of the man she had an affair with. Now a new neighbor has moved in. A widow who she befriends. Then things start to happen. Her dog goes missing, her house locks her out of it, temperature changes that make no sense. On top of it, she tries to find the man whom she thinks she loves but finds out a terrible truth.So I gave this book 3-stars because it did keep my attention enough to enjoy it, but it was in no way a heart pounder. The end came and went and I felt fine. It wasn't thrilling or suspenseful but the plot was itself interesting but a bit predictable. There really isn't much else to say as I didn't really connect with the characters. It was just an ok read.
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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, unsett 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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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    Suzi is pregnant and isolated living in a secluded area with her controlling husband. Suzi is delighted to have someone move in nearby, and soon becomes friends with the new resident, Nora. A domestic thriller full of secrets and lies. Twisted characters. Intriguing story. An entertaining read.
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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 abho 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 b 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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  • tamar
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED THIS BOOK. Susan gave it five stars with an amazing review that says it all. I found it free on Kindle Unlimited earlier this month - and Amazon offered to add the audio for only $1.99 (I love it when they do that - Dita thank you for turning me on to this!). I will add only that the obligatory pschopaths/sociopaths reign supreme with controlling cheating husbands, sympathetic-ish cheating wife, murders galore, some fun twists, and a delicious ending for those of you who like tidy little I LOVED THIS BOOK. Susan gave it five stars with an amazing review that says it all. I found it free on Kindle Unlimited earlier this month - and Amazon offered to add the audio for only $1.99 (I love it when they do that - Dita thank you for turning me on to this!). I will add only that the obligatory pschopaths/sociopaths reign supreme with controlling cheating husbands, sympathetic-ish cheating wife, murders galore, some fun twists, and a delicious ending for those of you who like tidy little packages. I am in withdrawal waiting for Shari Lapena's next adventure and this was a great fix. Now what?
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  • Ana Garza
    January 1, 1970
    I found the characters unlikable and found myself wanting to skip through chapters and wanting to just find out how it ended. I did like the multiple points of view and how they twisted together, and predicted some twists, but not all. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for an honest review .
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  • Bandit
    January 1, 1970
    Other Wife is a thriller about as original as its title. Which is to say not at all. It’s very similar to a great many women authors women driven thrillers that seem to be all the rage nowadays, it diligently works the formula, but doesn’t go out of its way to offer readers something new or exciting. So here you have the traditional split narratives, which do eventually narrow down via a twist so (from miles away) easily predictable, it barely seems like a twist at all. But essentially it is a s Other Wife is a thriller about as original as its title. Which is to say not at all. It’s very similar to a great many women authors women driven thrillers that seem to be all the rage nowadays, it diligently works the formula, but doesn’t go out of its way to offer readers something new or exciting. So here you have the traditional split narratives, which do eventually narrow down via a twist so (from miles away) easily predictable, it barely seems like a twist at all. But essentially it is a story of two marriages, both crappy, with wives in both being the victims of coercive control. In fact, this is laid on so thickly, it can be a coercive control PSA. Which is, of course, a terrible thing, but also very much one of those two to tango scenarios. So before you go pitying the wives, consider this…they made choices, they made stupid choices and stuck with them and continue to do so on daily basis through personal weaknesses or self delusion. And also…they are not the naïve innocents in all of this. In fact, they are criminals, liars or both. Obviously, the wives are connected in some way and obviously it’s through a man, this is, after all, a very obvious book. And so everyone go around playing their games, lying and manipulating those around them, only the men are made out to be the deviant, while the women are helpless damsels who are just kind of waking up to their circumstances. The fact that one of them wakes up all the way (the other one makes some efforts, but essentially just rolls over and waits to be rescued) and gets in a mood for revenge is one of the best aspects of the novel, but it just isn’t enough to elevate the estrogen saturated (very much so, in fact the author also writes women’s fiction under a different name) triteness of the plot. So depending on how you like your suspense thrillers this may or may not work for you. If your expectations, need for clever twists and originality are all set to low and you don’t mind spending time with a bunch of not especially likeable liars and cheats…go for it. The writing itself is decent enough, very readable. It’s pop fiction, essentially, the psychological darkness of the genre (one of my favorite things about it) isn’t really all that dark. There is some demented behavior and some genuinely sh*tty mother figures for a book so obsessed with motherhood, but not enough, the bulk still rests with the helpless clueless women being manipulated by their evil, evil men. And if that wasn’t simplistic enough, the final twist, the reason someone gets found out, is so amateurishly dumb, especially after creating and executing such an elaborate plan, that it’s just…laughable. So yeah, mediocre at best, something like a mindless beach read. Very easy read, but not exactly intellectually or otherwise thrilling. Your mileage may vary. Thanks Netgalley.
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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 cou 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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  • Andrea Pole
    January 1, 1970
    The Other Wife by Claire McGowan is a multi-layered novel of secrets, deceit, abuse, and plenty of twists, all coming together in a suspenseful read that will have you turning pages late into the night. For me, the buildup was slow but the tension only ratchets up as the story progresses, and patience will be duly rewarded.Told from the alternating perspectives of three women, Suzi, Elle, and Nora, it is immediately apparent that all is not as it seems in the lives of these three women. Suzi, th The Other Wife by Claire McGowan is a multi-layered novel of secrets, deceit, abuse, and plenty of twists, all coming together in a suspenseful read that will have you turning pages late into the night. For me, the buildup was slow but the tension only ratchets up as the story progresses, and patience will be duly rewarded.Told from the alternating perspectives of three women, Suzi, Elle, and Nora, it is immediately apparent that all is not as it seems in the lives of these three women. Suzi, the most fully fleshed out character, is pregnant and living in fear in a remote cottage where she is the victim of domestic abuse. Nora, coincidentally or not, takes up residence in a cottage of her own across the street, and might just be the salvation that Suzi is seeking. Or will Nora's secrets, in fact, be the undoing of them all?This is a read that picks up steam as it progresses. There are lightbulb moments when individual stories shift into focus, and the twists will have you glad to have stayed the course.Many thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for this ARC.
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  • Yellagirlgc
    January 1, 1970
    One wife is looking for the woman that took everything away from her. The other is looking for the that finally made her happy. Neither really knows who they should be looking for. Claire McGowan has written another book that I enjoyed. The twists and suspense at the level I require to keep me thoroughly entertained.
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  • love2read
    January 1, 1970
    Great twists You are on the edge of your seat reading The Other Wife. Suzi and her husband Nick move to a secluded area. They have one neighbor named Elle Unbeknownst to Suzi, Elle is watching her. Secrets and lies
  • Shawna
    January 1, 1970
    Rounded up to 3 1/2 stars. Good story line. Some twists and turns. Easy, fun read.
  • Amanda McGill
    January 1, 1970
    For full review - The Limit of Books Does Not ExistJust when you think you have it figured out, things change! That’s how I felt when I was reading The Other Wife. I thought I knew what was going on and then something happens and I’m totally thrown off!The novel flips between Suzi, Nora and Elle, but mostly focuses on Suzi and Nora who have just become next door neighbours. Everyone has their secrets, but not all secrets stay secret for very long. I quickly guessed what the relationship was betw For full review - The Limit of Books Does Not ExistJust when you think you have it figured out, things change! That’s how I felt when I was reading The Other Wife. I thought I knew what was going on and then something happens and I’m totally thrown off!The novel flips between Suzi, Nora and Elle, but mostly focuses on Suzi and Nora who have just become next door neighbours. Everyone has their secrets, but not all secrets stay secret for very long. I quickly guessed what the relationship was between the three women, but was surprised on what had happened at the end. There is a murder (there’s always a murder!) and I was so torn on who the victim was and who the killer was. I didn’t guess that part right!If you are looking for a twisty ride with a couple of unlikeable characters, then you should check this out!Thank you to Netgallery and Amazon Publishing UK for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Sophie's Reading Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Suzi is married to Nick and they are expecting a baby. They recently moved in an isolated cottage, away from London and they got a new neighbor, Nora the recent widow. Meanwhile, Suzi has an affair with Sean and he seems like he ghosted her. Weird things start happening in and out of her house, new info that will blow her mind and her life as well. Mystery thrillers isn't my go to genre, still this was the second book by this genre that I read within two weeks. I'm so glad I picked this one up, Suzi is married to Nick and they are expecting a baby. They recently moved in an isolated cottage, away from London and they got a new neighbor, Nora the recent widow. Meanwhile, Suzi has an affair with Sean and he seems like he ghosted her. Weird things start happening in and out of her house, new info that will blow her mind and her life as well. Mystery thrillers isn't my go to genre, still this was the second book by this genre that I read within two weeks. I'm so glad I picked this one up, because it was so good! I want to say so much about it and yet I'm holding back because the book is so complicated and I think that's the way it's supposed to be. But I can still express myself and say a few things about the book, without revealing too much. The book has different point of views and also different timelines. Present and three months later. I was intrigued by that fact, especially the different female name chapters. I couldn't help but feel intrigued when I started the book and discovered that. The story was smart, well written, it was intriguing and kept me guessing and it wasn't as predictable as I thought. The characters and the web of lies was well made and it's a story that makes you like and dislike the same characters with a passion. Like Suzi? I felt for her, but also wanted to shake some sense into her. Same goes for others too. Won't be calling names though ;) The Other Wife is a story was full of twists and turns, that some I saw them coming, but others I didn't and I'm happy it surprised me. I will definitely read in the future more by this author. I was given a copy in exhcange for an honest review by NetGalley. Thank you!
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  • love2read
    January 1, 1970
    Great twists You are on the edge of your seat reading The Other Wife. Suzi and her husband Nick move to a secluded area. They have one neighbor named Elle Unbeknownst to Suzi, Elle is watching her. Secrets and lies
  • Helen Costello
    January 1, 1970
    I did enjoy this book - I think I was perhaps just expecting a little too much following on from how much I loved 'What You Did' by Clare McGowan. Nick and Suzi have moved to a remote location away from their bustling life in London. We very quickly become alerted that not all is as it seems to the outside world in their marriage. Suzi is isolated and practically held prisoner in the house as they are so far removed from the rest of the country and she has no money to go anywhere. Her loneliness I did enjoy this book - I think I was perhaps just expecting a little too much following on from how much I loved 'What You Did' by Clare McGowan. Nick and Suzi have moved to a remote location away from their bustling life in London. We very quickly become alerted that not all is as it seems to the outside world in their marriage. Suzi is isolated and practically held prisoner in the house as they are so far removed from the rest of the country and she has no money to go anywhere. Her loneliness seems to be about to end when a new neighbour moves in to their little street. But is Nora there because of more sinister reasons?I did find myself wanting there to be a hidden twist in this book (And I've often read about how common and predictable twists are becoming) - I couldn't possibly tell you if it does but I will let you know that I did find myself wanting more from this book.There were elements that were sadly unbelievable - Would someone really be able to gain easy access to a consultant's office and them become so easy to get on board? I also found the dog episode a little far fetched - surely it would bark?I will read other Clare McGowan books as What you Did blew me away - sadly this one didn't quite hit the mark.Thanks to Netgalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Susan Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Well, if you don't mind spending time with some really unlikable people, this could be the book for you. There are a lot of twists and turns but the author tends to telegraph them so they are not really surprising when they are revealed. Suzi and Nick move into a country cottage that is so remote that it turns into a prison for the pregnant Suzi. She has no car and the idea of public transportation is laughable. The house has been renovated and is controlled through phone apps (a really terrif Well, if you don't mind spending time with some really unlikable people, this could be the book for you. There are a lot of twists and turns but the author tends to telegraph them so they are not really surprising when they are revealed. Suzi and Nick move into a country cottage that is so remote that it turns into a prison for the pregnant Suzi. She has no car and the idea of public transportation is laughable. The house has been renovated and is controlled through phone apps (a really terrifying concept for me). Lights start turning on mysteriously and music begins playing out of nowhere. Suzi has made some poor personal decisions in her past and thinks they are coming back to haunt her. Then a lifeline emerges. A new neighbor, Eleanor, moves in and Suzi has a friend. Or does she? This is an average thriller that keeps the pages turning but there are no real surprises. Thanks to NetGalley for a a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Stina
    January 1, 1970
    My first book by Claire McGowan, THE OTHER WIFE is a deeply disturbing domestic thriller of a different kind filled with lots and lots of secrets, lies, infidelity, deception, family drama, coercive control/abuse and some totally unreliable narrators. So if you don't mind spending some time with some really unlikable people, then you are sure to enjoy this twisted yet deceptive ride.Told from the alternating perspectives of Suzi, Nora and Elle it is immediately clear from the beginning that all My first book by Claire McGowan, THE OTHER WIFE is a deeply disturbing domestic thriller of a different kind filled with lots and lots of secrets, lies, infidelity, deception, family drama, coercive control/abuse and some totally unreliable narrators. So if you don't mind spending some time with some really unlikable people, then you are sure to enjoy this twisted yet deceptive ride.Told from the alternating perspectives of Suzi, Nora and Elle it is immediately clear from the beginning that all is not as it seems in the lives of these three women. And while the three women are seemingly unconnected, it didn't take me long to work out just how their lives did intertwine. The pace is slow to begin with, but stick with it because it all begins to make sense quite soon, pulling you right into their web of lies.Under the facade of working on their troubled marriage, Suzi's husband Nick moves them to a remote cottage in the country after a drunken indiscretion with a colleague, forcing her to give up her job in London. Nick, of course, could continue to commute by car but Suzi, now 6 months pregnant, is completely isolated with no access to her own money, transport or friends. He is incredibly jealous and while he never laid a hand on her, he controlled Suzi in other ways. Before moving into their cottage, Nick had it gutted and completely renovated into their dream home...or so Suzi thought. What he actually did was turn it into a complete prison that monitored her via CCTV, controlled via an app on his phone which was linked to a hub at home that would randomly play music, whisper her name and change the codes for the locks on the doors. It was all cleverly designed to make Suzi think she was going mad and ultimately relying on him completely. But Suzi is harbouring secrets of her own. Finding herself jobless, friendless and completely isolated...until Nora moves into the cottage across the road...she knows she shouldn't share them with anyone, let alone someone she barely knows...but Suzi is desperate. And so she confides in Nora about the married man with whom she'd had an affair, and after discovering she was pregnant, he'd decided to leave his wife to be with her. But now months after that promise, she has heard nothing from her lover despite anxiously trying to contact him, only to discover his number no longer connected. Had she been duped? Had she scared him off? Surely he wouldn't leave her without a word. But Nick knew none of this. He only knew of her one drunken liaison that preceded their move. In the short time she had known Suzi and her husband, Nora suspected that had Nick known about this affair, Suzi's life would take an even more sinister turn. Nora was fairly sure that Nick was abusing his wife via coercive control and yet while she had no proof, she knew the signs. But what was she to do? She had her own reasons for moving into this musty little cottage. Should she get involved or let Suzi dig her own grave?At first, Nora seems like a practical sort. She's strong and capable and just the type of person one could trust. But Nora has secrets of her own...some of which that have remained hidden since childhood. So just how credible does that make her? Should Suzi be trusting her with her secrets? There is something a little dark about the recently widowed Nora, almost calculating even, which is somewhat removed from the dowdy middle-aged persona she seemingly and outwardly appears. But there is more to Nora than meets the eye. And then something changes when she probes into the death of her husband...and her target for revenge shifts.Then there is Elle, a former concert pianist married to a successful doctor. The perfect wife with the ideal husband, Elle tries in vain to keep her faded beauty alive and looking attractive for Patrick on a daily basis. She is obviously clingy where her whole life revolves around him. But does he appreciate her? He is constantly home late without a thought for his wife. Seemingly unconnected to Suzi and Nora, how does Elle factor in to the tale with the other two women? There is so little seen of Elle you don't really grasp her entirely but to do so would have given the game away...although there is just enough to have you questioning her role in it all.It didn't take me long to form my suspicions regarding the three women which in turn proved to be correct...and yet, there are still so many more twists and turns to keep you guessing right up to the end.There are a few occasional chapters from the POV of Alison, who is a detective investigating the discovery of a body found nearby, leaving us questioning how that fits into the story. Whose body is it? And how did they get there? There are plenty of possibilities as we journey through the lives of these women, and on this point my mind was constantly changing as to who it could be. Alison's narrative is rather brief and somewhat sporadic that it is difficult to get any real sense of her. It was this and the addition of another police presence in wanting to question Suzi that confused me a little, as I wasn't sure which investigation they were alluding to...despite being months apart. Had Alison featured a little more it may have been easier to follow that line. But not to the point that that it interfered with my overall enjoyment of the book.My one fault I could find was the phone Nora swiped from Nick. Could she not then use the app installed on there to override the control Nick had over Suzi? It seemed there was no real mention of it after that, except in the briefest of references. And I'm happy to find that nothing untoward happened to Poppet, though I was saddened finding him so frozen cold from the arctic conditions. I don't believe I am spoiling anything here because as an animal lover (especially dogs) I want to know the outcome of their plight prior to reading, for nothing else but to be prepared.Well-plotted with short, snappy and alternating chapters, THE OTHER WIFE builds slowly to begin with but soon unravels quickly leaving an intriguing trail of clues to follow through the bleak slightly Gothic atmosphere. The ice cold wintry ambiance of the setting merely adds to the trapped feeling of isolation.THE OTHER WIFE certainly has a creepy sinister vibe throughout that has you questioning the roles of who is bad and badder? Something is mostly definitely not right and the tension is palpable as the story slowly builds and gains momentum, with pieces of the jigsaw gradually unearthed for the reader to make sense of.There are a couple more narratives that are added later in the story which will shed even more light as secrets are unravelled. Then the ending is the piece-de-resistance and I felt was the perfect touch, even if slightly unbelievable, bringing the whole sorry tale to a brilliant fitting conclusion.Suzi may have done a bad thing...but what is it in Nora's past that she is hiding? And who is the father of Suzi's unborn baby? And what is Nora's motive for moving to such a remote locale? Just how much does she know about Suzi...and how? These are just some of the questions you will ask yourself as you journey through the lives of Suzi, Nora and Elle in THE OTHER WIFE.What began as a domestic thriller ends as a revenge tale, THE OTHER WIFE is a perfect combination of thrills and twists entwined with plenty of secrets, lies and deception you will not be able to put down!I would like to thank #ClaireMcGowan, #NetGalley and #ThomasAndMercer for an ARC of #TheOtherWife in exchange for an honest review.This review appears on my blog at https://stinathebookaholic.blogspot.com/.
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  • Melissa Borsey
    January 1, 1970
    A good story of secrets, lies and deceit. Suzi has a secret, Nora, her new neighbor knows this. Nora has her own secrets. This was a fun, fast-paced thriller. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
  • Zoe Mann
    January 1, 1970
    “The other wife” by Claire McGowan is a well thought out domestic thriller with many twists and turns to keep your attention. It’s hard to describe the plot without revealing spoilers as nearly every chapter unveils a new secret. I found it an enjoyable read but I did so,times get the characters muddled up and would have to flip back to double check exactly who was who. I’m undecided if this was down to my poor attention span or if the character development could use some work.Overall it is a go “The other wife” by Claire McGowan is a well thought out domestic thriller with many twists and turns to keep your attention. It’s hard to describe the plot without revealing spoilers as nearly every chapter unveils a new secret. I found it an enjoyable read but I did so,times get the characters muddled up and would have to flip back to double check exactly who was who. I’m undecided if this was down to my poor attention span or if the character development could use some work.Overall it is a good read but not one of my favourite thrillers out there.Thank you to netgalley for the free ARC in return for an honest review.
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  • Jeanette
    January 1, 1970
    I am not usually fond of stories that are told from different viewpoints, but it worked well with 'The Other Wife'. I really enjoyed this book, which had me turning the pages from start to finish. Good twists. Recommended.My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Slow Burn in an Icy England WinterFor me, this was the very definition of a psychological thriller. Generous portions of psychosis and chillingly atmospheric in mood and setting. Featuring unreliable narrators and several supporting roles, none of whom could be trusted. Or could they? There were no usual suspects as any of the cast seemed capable....My Who-Dunnit List was fluid with constant re-evaluating and shuffling of all the options. I don’t remember reading a book where I’ve vacillated to Slow Burn in an Icy England WinterFor me, this was the very definition of a psychological thriller. Generous portions of psychosis and chillingly atmospheric in mood and setting. Featuring unreliable narrators and several supporting roles, none of whom could be trusted. Or could they? There were no usual suspects as any of the cast seemed capable....My Who-Dunnit List was fluid with constant re-evaluating and shuffling of all the options. I don’t remember reading a book where I’ve vacillated to such an extent. I was questioning the sanity and motivations of all!Did I mention dead bodies? There are some. There’s also infidelity, manipulation, spying, and A LOT of lying. I mention this because one or more of these subjects could be triggers for some.I loved the writing! The understated premise unravels nicely giving the reader room to deduce situations for themselves. The author then circles back to tie up loose ends. This occurred throughout, not just the ending.The beginning was a little depressing as the narrators were in dark places mentally. Each were grieving in their own way. However, not all is doom and gloom as lighter quips popped up at unexpected times. This one was a favorite:“Those Russian women, they knew how to deal with the cold, and that was by throwing all sense of fashion out the window and essentially going out dressed as a bed”.This was a straight shot of psychological thriller. I’ll take a double please.
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