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    Engrossing & Exciting!

    Gripping! Sue Fortin has really excelled herself with this terrific novel! Steph Durham is a travel journalist, and very pleased to get the chance to have an all expenses paid break in the soon-to-open luxury resort in the picturesque Lake District, in return for a article on her experience there. Before setting off, Steph finds herself agreeing to look into the death of Elizabeth Sinclair, dead wife of one of the three brothers responsible for running the estate under the watchful eye of their mother. Was her death suspicious, or is there nothing to find? By seeking answers, will Steph leave herself open to  danger? Steph is a very well drawn character; this story is beautifully written and well structured. A very enigmatic read, and one where I really didn't know who or what to believe. There are a good mix of characters .. likeable, hateful and several I really couldn't make up my mind about! Steph is a braver lady than me and goes through some really hair raising moments in her quest to seek the truth. This is one I really didn't want to put down! The story develops throughout the book and there is always something different to focus on and take into account. A stunning read, and one which I found to be both engrossing and exciting! Absolutely a five star read, and one the author should be very proud of.
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    A Superb Domestic Thriller!

    If your favoured reading material is a novel with a good sprinkling of suspense, mystery, drama, romance, infidelity and lies then feel at liberty to read Sue Fortin's latest offering - The Dead Wife. The story was told in alternating timescales from two years ago and the present day. Set in the Lake District in North West England, the back and forth worked excellently in retaining my interest and attention and even though parts of the novel were quite slow-moving, I was never bored but instead, was lured ever deeper into this compelling tale. Nothing was what it seemed, and Sue Fortin released her clues and information in such a way that I did not want to put down my kindle and wait to read the next chapter. The writing really flowed and there were wonderfully crafted, atmospheric descriptions of the places, particularly of the lake at Conmere and the surrounding area. With a few exceptions, most of the characters were extremely unpersonable, but this added more dimension to the story. What really stood out for me apart from the setting was the portrayal of a rich 'bored housewife' lifestyle within an opulent family, providing a rich arena for intrigue, infidelity and backstabbing. The character development and the family dynamics between the Sinclair family were wonderfully authentic and it was easy to imagine a group of brothers possessing similar character traits and fitting those stereotypes. What worked less well for me was the romantic aspect to this novel. Overall, I'd say that The Dead Wife is a little gem and a book that I'm so pleased to have read! I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from HarperCollins UK via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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