EXCERPT: Something in the garden suddenly catches Beth’s eye, on the back lawn. At first she thinks it’s maybe something the builders have left; they’re having a swimming pool dug out at the moment and the garden is in a state of disarray, filled with equipment and tools.
She pushes her face closer to the glass and squints. Instinctively, she opens the sliding doors and goes outside. She strides across the lawn with urgency, still in her socks. It’s drizzling heavily, the kind of rain that gets into your eyes and makes your hair frizzy. She feels her heartbeat increase as she moves, adrenalin giving her an almost unbearable lightness under her damp feet. She can feel her trachea tighten slightly; fear creeping in like tendrils around her neck. She recognizes it instantly. It’s Marta’s favourite scarf – that yellow silky thing with an odd pattern on it that she often wears. Why is it in the garden, abandoned like this?
She bends down to pick it up. It feels damp between her fingers and she can no longer stave off the feeling of terror that is threatening to engulf her.
The drizzle has turned into rain now – heavier drops splash spitefully against her skin. ‘Oh my God…oh my God! Marta!’ She says, as she runs inside to get her phone.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Beth and Cath are leaving their husbands.
This is a story about two very different women.
One is wealthy and having an affair with a man who gives her the kind of love that her cold, detached husband does not.
One is living hand to mouth, suffering at the hands of a violent partner who would rather see her dead than leave him.
You may think you know these women already and how their lives will unfold.
Beth will live happily ever after with her little girl and her soulmate.
Cath will go back to her abusive husband.
And these two women will never cross paths.
But you will be wrong.
On the 3.15pm train from London to Bristol, Beth and Cath are about to meet and discover they share one shocking thing in common.
MY THOUGHTS: A quick and pleasant read that is nothing special. If you have read or watched Strangers on a Train, then you know what happens…. I have, so found it rather predictable.
I liked the main character, Detective Dan Riley, but this book has not made enough of an impact on me to make me want to read others in this series.
There were several inconsistencies that irked me…amongst them Marta’s disappearance. There was no mention of anyone contacting her family in Norway to see if she had turned up there, no investigation of the swimming pool excavation. What better place to hide a body? There was no attempt to trace her via her phone. Really, her disappearance was swept under the carpet. There are more instances in the same vein….
Overall an average read.
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THE AUTHOR: Anna-Lou Weatherley was born in Southampton and grew up in London where she still lives.
An award-winning writer for over ten years, she is the former editor and acting editor of J-17 and Smash Hits respectively and has written for magazines including New Woman, Company, B, Glamour, Marie Claire, Grazia and More (where she was their no nonsense agony aunt). She has also contributed to titles such as Arena, FHM, Loaded and NME.
She previously wrote women’s fiction before moving into the crime/thriller genre with Black Heart and bestseller The Couple on Cedar Close.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Stranger’s Wife by Anna-Lou Weatherly for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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