My Husband’s Wife
By Jane Corry
My Husband’s Wife is a very complex story, and it is also very much a story of two distinct halves. The second half revisits the characters of the first half, but picks up their stories fifteen years later.
The book starts with newly-weds Lily and Ed. We know they are having problems in their marriage, and that there is something Lily should be telling her husband and isn’t. But we don’t know what. We also meet their neighbours, Francesca and her young daughter Carla. Their story is told from Carla’s point of view, firstly as a child and then later as an adult.
The first half spends a lot of time setting up the various characters and scenarios and at times it can feel a little slow moving, but it is well worth bearing with it. Trust me – you do need to know all this!
It is then in the second half that the story starts to really take off as it chases towards its dramatic climax. All the secrets and lies of the past come together to set the stage for a mighty battle of the characters towards the finish.
One of the interesting things about this book is that most of the characters are pretty unlikeable. They are selfish, they lie to each other and scheme to get their own way. And yet, Jane Corry has pulled off the clever trick of getting the reader interested in them and invested in their stories despite this.
Part of the complexity of the story is the way in which it deals with moral issues. Right and wrong, justice and injustice, truth and lies. As the story goes on we find out more and more about the characters’ motives and their inner lives and the layers of secrecy are peeled away to reveal what is really going on.
Fast moving, gripping and emotional. I recommend this to anyone who likes a thriller with real depth to the characters.
This book is available as an ebook now, and will be released in paperback on 25th August.
Thanks very much to the publishers for a review copy of this book.
You can find out more here