REVIEW: THE NEW WIFE, BY SUE WATSON

You can never truly know what goes on behind closed doors…

My darling son, Sam, is marrying his childhood sweetheart and I couldn’t be prouder of the man he’s grown into. Walking out on his abusive father all those years ago was the best thing I ever did. And today he stands, tall and handsome, saying ‘I do’ to my dream daughter-in-law. If I hadn’t pushed them together all those years ago, he might never have found a girl as perfect as Lauren. It’s true what they say, mother always knows best.

But weeks later, Lauren is dead and police cars fill the driveway of their idyllic countryside home. As they question Sam, I sense he’s hiding something. Why won’t he look me in the eye? And who does he rush off to meet as soon as the police are gone?

Desperate, I do what every good mother would do: I let myself into Sam and Lauren’s bedroom. What I see, I will never be able to forget. My son’s beautiful new wife was hiding a dangerous secret. Can I clear my son’s name? And could my life be in danger now too?

 

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As I immersed myself in The New Wife, I felt connections to the first-person narrator Georgie, and through her eyes, saw the characters that surrounded her. Her view of them felt like the truth, but as time passed, it was soon apparent that they all had secrets and were caught up in lies.

Sam’s lies turn out to be quite different than we imagined, and even though we couldn’t stand Sadie, there was more to her, too. Even Tim and Helen were no longer the sweet friends one could turn to in trouble.

As we begin to sort through the hidden parts of the characters, a more complete picture is revealed. A great twisty story. 5 stars.

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