EXCERPT: ‘Do we have an ID on the victim?’ Reddick asked.
‘It’s her house,’ Monroe grunted.
‘Yeah, but I like doing things the official way, you know?’
‘I’s dotted, t’s crossed, all of that. Building a case, basic detective work.’
Despite the chilling scene in front of them – the woman’s body still sprawled on the grass, the back of her head a pulpy, bloody mess – the corner of Monroe’s mouth quirked up in a half smile. ‘Sure kid, tell me all about basic detective work. I’ve only been doing this for, what…thirty-two years now? The husband ID’d her. Victim is Gwen Landon, age forty-nine. Married, mother of two. Husband said she hasn’t had any recent conflict with anyone.’
‘Other than the person who caved in the back of her head with a paving stone,’ Reddick pointed out.
‘Wouldn’t be the first time a husband didn’t know his wife as well as he thought he did.’
‘Possible. But there’s another possibility, too.’
Reddick turned to look at his partner. His eyes were small and dark, and he had a habit of squinting when he concentrated intently on something.
‘The husband is a liar.’
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Nora Holliday is not that kind of woman. Not the kind who has an illicit affair with a married man. But Josh Landon is everything Nora’s alcoholic husband isn’t. And now she and Josh are so infatuated, they can’t stay away from one another.
Abby Landon, Josh’s daughter, is home from college nursing a broken heart. She’s seeking solace, not more scandal, so when she catches her dad kissing Nora, she vows to take the homewrecker down.
And as for Abby’s mother and Josh’s wife, Gwen? To anyone on the outside looking in, the mother of two appears to be living the ideal suburban life.
Until she winds up dead.
The serene seaside town of Shoreham has always been the perfect place to raise a family—not somewhere housewives are brutally murdered. So who killed Gwen Landon, and how many twisted secrets will be exposed as the vindictive plot comes undone?
MY THOUGHTS: I liked, but didn’t love The Last Affair by Margot Hunt. It’s a domestic drama that kept me guessing, though it does take a long time to get to the point.
We start with the death of Gwen, (nasty woman, every town has one), then go back to the events leading up to her murder. There are plenty of suspects.
Hunt’s characterisation is, as always, excellent, particularly with Gwen, the woman who has a wonderful public facade behind which she is toxic.
While there is nothing startling in the plot, it is well crafted and kept my attention. 🙂🙂🙂.5
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My favourite quote: We make these huge decisions when we’re in our twenties – who we’re going to marry, what we’re going to be, how we’re going to spend the rest of our lives. And yet….we have no real perspective.
THE AUTHOR: Margot Hunt is the pseudonym of a bestselling writer of twelve previous novels.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harlequin-MIRA for providing a digital ARC of The Last Affair by Margot Hunt for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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