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This was one heck of a ride, a cracker of a thriller where the mind was twisted, and all known theories were turned. The book was a maze where I thought I knew what was going to happen till the author Sheryl Browne pulled the rug from my feet… Plop on my arse, I still continued reading!!

This is my favorite Sheryl Browne book, hands down. Hats off to the author for going deep into herself, and instead of just skating on the outskirts of a thriller, she churned out a story where the evil tentacles, which preyed on the innocent and the wounded, came biting so hard that it shook the foundations of my expectations.

Oh brilliant author, the story surpassed all I thought I knew, and all my guesses withered to dust. The story went thus, Nicole and Richard met and married in a whirlwind, and Nicole died. Shocked best friend Rebecca came to pay her respects, got to meet Richard and his daughter Olivia, and decided to get to the truth about Nicole’s suicide.

The way the main character Rebecca was written, I loved her. She was one cool dudette (if there is no such word, then I gave coined it, it is totally mine) I loved the way she tackled everything head-on. Told in multiple POVs, the book was a quicksand pulling me deeper into it with each gasping breath.

Evil begets evil. Darkness can be fought only when you can jump into the murky depths and shine the light, yet fight dirty… One has to read this book to understand this line. Awesome writing by Sheryl Browne.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!

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Rebecca only wanted to help out – to be kind. Richard seemed so alone after his wife, Nicole, died, and Rebecca wanted to make sure he knew he had someone to rely on.

But now she’s in Nicole’s immaculate house. Drinking from her favourite crystal wine glass. Keeping shoes in her orderly closet. Comforting her sweet and grieving step-daughter. It feels like Rebecca is living another woman’s life.

And as she gets to know the neighbours, Rebecca hears stories that make her wonder: was free-spirited Nicole happy in this perfect life, or did she feel trapped? Did she feel, as Rebecca is beginning to, that something wasn’t quite right?

Publication Date: 29th January 2019

Publisher: Bookouture

51 Responses

  1. Reblogged this on Sheryl Browne and commented:
    “Evil begets evil. Darkness can be fought only when you can jump into the murky depths and shine the light, yet fight dirty…” You have to read this #review! I defy you not to laugh in delight. It’s brilliant! Thank you so much, Shalini. 😍

  2. I love this – I didn’t need to read the synopsis, I must have this book based on your superlative review alone!

  3. WOW! That’s a wildly fantastic and riveting review! Yes, I’ll be looking for the book. As for “dudette”–sorry honey–but unless you copyrighted it, can’t claim it. It’s a great word and should be shared. I hereby post dibs. And thank you.

  4. Wow! 5 stars! Amazing review Shalini, I love a plop me on my arse book. I just requested this one, so I shall see if I get it. It sounds so good.

  5. Great review, but I have noticed that there are a number of books out there now with the word “Wife” in them – “The Wife”, “The Wife Between Us”, and now “The Second Wife”. I definitely notice the trend.

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