EXCERPT: Sullivan hates this part of the job: the split second before you say the words while they guess from your face why you’re there, and how you’d give anything not to have to say it, and they’d give anything not to have to hear it; then the bewildered denial, the growing comprehension, the wait for the anguished spasm of the face, the tears…
When Sullivan’s delivered death messages before, its been in slab-grey housing estates where mothers with scraped back hair and bad complexions swear at their toddlers, where junk food wrappings litter the pavements and half the locals are on drugs. Here, the very air seems prosperous, ordered and calm. But, Sullivan reminds himself, bad things can happen anywhere.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Shortly after Christmas, a message arrives at Sophie’s house, scrawled across her own round robin newsletter: He’s Going To Leave You. Let’s See How Smug You Are Then, You Stupid Bitch. Perhaps she should ignore it, but she ignored the last one. And the one before that. Now it’s time to take action.
But when a simple plan to identify and confront the other woman goes drastically and violently wrong, Sophie must go to extreme lengths to keep her life and her family together-while never letting on her devastating secret.
MY THOUGHTS: This is NOT a psychological thriller. Definitely not. No way….
But it is enjoyable. It is a comedy of errors, all highly improbable, but amusing in parts, sad in others. It all comes down to trust….trust and communication.
Wilson’s characters are brilliantly portrayed…the women whose husbands work in the city all week, coming home only on weekends and who really have no idea what their husbands get up to; the husbands who all have secrets of one sort or another; the entitled children. And if you’re thinking…oh no, another one of those…let me assure you that you are wrong. Oh so very wrong. Because this book is both unconventional, and unpredictable.
Slightly chic-lity, this was an entertaining listen, and Karen Cass – the narrator – was just perfect for this read.
I will be reading more from this author.
THE AUTHOR: Laura Wilson is an English crime-writer based in London, where she was born and raised. She has degrees in English Literature form Somerville College, Oxford, and University College London, and has worked as a teacher and editor of non-fiction.
Many of her novels have either a historical setting or a distinct historical connection, and often have split or dual narratives. Her first novel, A Little Death was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger award, and her fifth, The Lover was short listed for both the CWA Gold Dagger and the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger.
DISCLOSURE: I listened to the audiobook of The Other Woman by Laura Wilson, narrated by Karen Cass and published by Quercus, via Overdrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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