EXCERPT: I hadn’t fitted in. That was my simple crime, that was why both Pete and I knew it wouldn’t work, couldn’t go any further. But what he didn’t realise was that it was always my crime. I’d never fitted in anywhere. My fear now was that I never would. It had taken so much work to get this close -and then it had turned out that I had never really been close at all. I’d worked so hard to be this version of me. How could it still not be right?
It was like being five at school all over again. Or seven. Or nine. Or eleven. No one had ever wanted to play with me. I’d understood why, at one level, but that didn’t make it any easier to bear. There was something very different about me. I knew it, and somehow they did too. I wasn’t sure how they were able to tell. Maybe it was the smoke. That always clung to me. In many ways it seemed the least of my mother’s bad habits. Or maybe it was the way I held myself. Maybe it was the twist in my smile, something flitting behind my eyes. It was obvious that I knew too much, but it wasn’t the sort of delicious secret that the girls queued up behind the loos to share. It was the sort that no one wanted any part of. Ever. The sort that I haven’t spoken of, even now. I didn’t fit in. Couldn’t. Wasn’t ever going to, no matter what I did.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Louise Bridges has the perfect life.
A loving husband, Patrick. Two adorable children. A comfortable home.
So when PC Becca Holt arrives to break the news that Patrick has been killed in an accident, she thinks Louise’s perfect world is about to collapse around her.
But Louise doesn’t react in the way Becca would expect her to on hearing of her husband’s death. And there are only three plates set out for dinner as if Louise already knew Patrick wouldn’t be home that night…
The more Becca digs, the more secrets she uncovers in the Bridges’ marriage – and the more she wonders just how far Louise would go to get what she wants…
Is Louise a loving wife – or a cold-hearted killer?
MY THOUGHTS: I honestly don’t know how to review The Perfect Widow without giving things away, but I have to try.
Is Louise a loving wife – or a cold hearted killer? That is the million dollar question.
And why is PC Becca Holt so determined to prove that she is the latter? Is it to prove herself as a policewoman, or does she have darker motives?
These two women are opposites in all respects. Becca is single, overweight, and the only love affair in her life is with food. Louise is slender, beautiful, wealthy, and lives in a beautiful home with her two children and a husband who is something in the city.
These two women are the central characters in the story…Becca determined to prove that Louise is not what she seems; Louise determined to protect her life and the innocence of her children.
Let the battle commence.
I read the final two thirds of The Perfect Widow this afternoon after picking it up intending to read only a few pages over lunch.
The story is told over two timelines, ‘then’ and ‘now’, from the viewpoints of Louise and Becca. While the chapters are short, the writing snappy, the revelations are made slowly, enticingly. This isn’t a nail-biter of a novel, it’s quieter than that, but it is a cleverly compelling read.
THE AUTHOR: Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. She writes psychological thrillers for HQDigital as A.M. Castle and the London Murder Mystery cozy crime series as Alice Castle.
Alice lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to HQ Digital via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Perfect Widow by A.M. Castle for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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