I am going to be standing alone when I post this review. But since this is my journey into the book, I have to write my honest views.
I didn’t like the book for the reasons below, and I am going to try to attach proof to my statements.
As repeatedly done in psychological thrillers of late, the male main character Simon, the husband thinks nothing while undermining his wife, Marianne, calling her unstable, and blaming her for every infraction and every imperfection around the house. In the first half of the book, perfect was a frequently used word.
Dialogue from the book
1) I know a recipe isn’t a worry but it’s a torture as Simon’s a bit of a perfectionist.
2) I think back at the early days. I vowed I’d be the perfect wife and mother
3) I totally gave myself to this perfect family who needed me
In fact I counted, perfect word was used 78 times in the book!!
And you wonder what happened when she was not perfect? He insulted her, made her have anti-psychiatric medications, got angry with her when she doubted his fidelity and hit her in bed during sex.
After all this, the wife thinks
Dialogue from the book
1) I’m so lucky. I still love my husband after all these years. I love him with a blind passion that has no reason, no sense, and I’m aware that there are times when I should be stronger, but I’m irrational where Simon is concerned.
2) As a child I’d never dreamt a life like this could be mine and it’s all thanks to him – without Simon I have nothing. I am nothing.
3) We haven’t had sex for a while, but tonight he wants me… He doesn’t want me in a loving, gentle way, but he still wants me.
I do get it that Simon has chosen his prey well, and he takes undue advantage of her neediness, her lack of confidence, and her dependence on him.
As the wife justifies… Dialogue from the book
I sometimes wonder if it was my fear that Simon was drawn to. A flawed vulnerable woman who wouldn’t control him, as his mother always had.
The book continues on with Simon having his indiscretions and then she coming to know of it. Throw in a murder and a police investigation, a false charge, a suspicious cop and red herrings, it becomes a potboiler of a thriller.
I like Sue Watson books, they are fun and sweet, this is her first psychological thriller. And it follows the same formula as seen in most books of this genre. Insult and beat the wife + wife pushing back mid book + a murder = psychological thriller. Sighhhh… It’s so done. I am so done.
If I skim over such prose about Marianne’s thoughts which is nearly 50% of the book, then the next half has her taking action, which is okay. But her way of thinking even after proofs and confession from the mistress d’affaire does not change, she thinks she may be mistaken.
The thriller part is okay. My rating is for the basic plot line but the prose doesn’t work for me, the characters have the same way of thinking, doesn’t grow a backbone, the story is formulaic.
I really want to like the book, but it is too delusional for the main character and too illusional for me. I am sad and angry!! I hate when a book makes me feel so down.
If any fans plan to berate me in the comment section, Don’t!! I have given proof of the prose to prove my points.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 2 stars
Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.
Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother, growing up in foster care. But her husband Simon is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met.
Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.
In the old days, she’d have distracted herself at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career behind when she got married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.
It’s almost by accident that Marianne begins to learn more about Caroline. But once she starts, she can’t stop. Because what she finds makes her wonder whether the question she should be asking is not ‘should she be jealous’, but… ‘should she be scared’?
Publication date : 11th October, 2018
Publisher : Bookouture
Disappointed me totally, I am sad!!