EXCERPT: ‘Welcome to paradise!’
The newly weds are each handed a drink by a smiling member of the reception team: a blush-coloured glass of fruit punch, adorned with a flower. ‘By choosing to stay with us, you have made the perfect choice for your honeymoon.’
This remark is addressed to another attractive, well-heeled couple who have also just arrived and been greeted with a drink. So they’re not the only honeymoon couple staying at the resort. Which isn’t surprising, given the place really is as close to paradise as you’re likely to find. Swaying coconut palms, azure sea, shimmering white sand. Discreet villas with their own private gardens and pools. Perfect for an intimate, romantic holiday alone with your loved one. Perfect in every way, in fact, offering everything you could want.
Unless you wished your spouse was dead.
ABOUT ‘THE GUILTY WIFE’: At a luxury resort in the Maldives, two newlywed couples are on honeymoon. On the surface, they seem to have it all. But behind the filtered photos and fake smiles is the truth…
Tansy isn’t really in love.
Daniel is trying to escape the biggest mistake of his life.
Nikki’s past is catching up with her.
Arne’s heart is about to be broken.
They all have secrets. And before the honeymoon is over, their happiness will be shattered.
Because one of them is going to die…
MY THOUGHTS: Despite the fact that I didn’t find The Guilty Wife particularly dark, I enjoyed this quick, easy and engaging read.
I loved the characters! – even the ones I loved to hate. Alison James has created some spectacular characters, particularly in Pippa – who isn’t afraid to pull out of her marriage at the last moment when she knows that she is about to make a huge mistake, and Jim Cardle, a not very self-aware P.I. Tansy is an absolute nightmare, but the sort of person who, unfortunately, is becoming more common and more revered. Despite all his faults and stupidity, I felt sorry for Daniel; as I did for Nikki and Arne, whose marital bliss is short-lived.
I enjoyed the developing relationship between Jim and Pippa – It’s reminiscent of Cormoran Strike and Robin, and I hope that this partnership is going to continue on in a series.
Pippa is a strong and determined character and really, although he tries hard, Jim is no match for her.
The plot moves from love and romance to murder, financial fraud on several fronts, blackmail and PTSD. The settings are gorgeous – who doesn’t want to be holidaying in Mauritius? – except for Daniel. This is a wonderful book for armchair travellers as it flits between Mauritius, London, Australia, and Thailand….
While I would have liked a little more suspense, I really did enjoy this read. I have enjoyed this author in the past, and The Guilty Wife certainly didn’t disappoint.
The Guilty Wife was previously titled Happily Ever After.
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THE AUTHOR: I was born in the Cotswolds but spent most of my formative years abroad. I studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after my two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, I worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyliner, before coming full circle to write fiction again.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Guilty Wife by Alison James for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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