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  • Tense psychological thriller!

    The Next Wife is a highly tense psychological thriller. It’s dark, violent and scary. I had my hands clenched for main character, Tess, throughout. The story was also a great exploration in how someone can get trapped in an abusive relationship. After all, Daniel seemed to be the perfect man. Martha, the character who made up a part of the supporting cast was a lovable older lady who I could really sympathise with. The way her worsening dementia was written really tugged at my heart. I read the chapters told from her perspective with eagerness, waiting for the mystery to be unlocked. From a technical view, I read that the author was a nurse and this shows throughout the book. With both Tess and Daniel being in the medical profession, I really appreciated the interesting medical scenes. If you love a psychological thriller that will keep you up at night, this is the one! It also felt realistic which made it all the more scary. It’s hard to comprehend that people who are that cruel really do exist. Thoroughly recommend!

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  • A gripping twisted tale with an unpredictable endi

    If you have picked this book, I suggest you make yourself comfortable as you will not get out of the story anytime soon. The Next Wife by Liz Lawler is fast paced and absolutely gripping, dark story with an absolutely unpredictable twist. How would a girl respond if her very loving boyfriend suddenly becomes very abusive and authoritarian as a husband. How would she deal with a person who is caring and loving and showering her with gifts one day and the next he is abusing her for not following his orders. To add to this he is a well respected surgeon and she only gets to hear good stories about him. An old woman one day comes to her doorstep and tells her to ask him about his first wife. Does she believe her husband or this unknown lady who seems to have lost her mind? The story is almost like watching the incidents in the book being enacted in front of my eyes. I had no other thoughts but to follow the authors narrative. Although I cringed at many of the dark abusive behaviours portrayed in the book, I could not get myself to leave the story aside. I just wanted Tess to get out from the relationship but every new change, every new twist kept me glued to the story and just when I thought the story will end, the author produces this incredible twist which absolutely ties in all the ends together including the parallel story of the old woman and the end is very unexpected. If you love to read dark twisted stories that end in unpredictable way then pick this one up. You will not be disappointed. I will not recommend this book to those who have undergone abuse in their personal relationships lest it trigger their past memories. I thank Netgalley, Bookouture and the author for accepting my request to review this book. The opinions expressed are all mine.

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  • Psychological suspense!

    The Next Wife is a domestic thriller. It is also the story of a woman who experiences horrific emotional and physical abuse by her husband. If that will make you uncomfortable in any way, this is not the book for you. Tess Morris has married the man of her dreams after a whirlwind, brief courtship. He’s Daniel Myers, a respected London surgeon, with a gorgeous city apartment. In weeks, they are off to Bath for his new position at a local hospital. Their new home is an immense, completely furnished Georgian stone mansion. Within days, Daniel’s controlling nature becomes apparent. His behavior escalates as Tess feels trapped in a loveless marriage. Who can she trust? Meanwhile, Martha, an elderly woman, watches the house almost daily. Her caregiver, worried about her worsening dementia, tries to persuade her to stop. Why does she think Daniel is someone else who once lived in the same house? Why is she obsessed by Tess? For the first half of The Next Wife, I couldn’t understand why Tess didn’t just leave Daniel. Run away while he was playing golf. Walk out when he was in the operating room. Then I realized that this is classic behavior. The abused wife loses her sense of self. Tess is a broken woman. The surprising conclusion of this thriller will take your breath away. 5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Liz Lawler for this ARC.

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  • A chilling read

    The Next Wife is a very dark and twisted read and one that had me glued to my Kindle until the early hours. The opening is shocking, intense, chilling, suspenseful and sets up the tone for the rest of the story. It definitely caught my attention that’s for sure. In a market were we are spoiled for choice with these types of stories, I did enjoy Liz Lawler’s spin on it. It is never easy reading books that deal with such hard hitting issues, such a physical violence, verbal abuse and rape, but Liz Lawler does a great job of being sensitive to these, but also does not gloss over the seriousness of it. I have never detested and despised a character more than Dr. Daniel Meyers! I am not a violent person in any way, but this guy did have me wanting to reach into the Kindle and slap him one! He was just pure evil and to Liz Lawler’s credit, has been perfectly created and written as the villain for you to have these feelings. The Next Wife is a slow burn to begin with as the foundation is laid, but it does gain momentum along the way, making for a more thrilling second half. There are twist and turns aplenty, as shocking revelations are brought to the surface and with an outcome I didn’t expect, makes for a very gripping read. This is the first book I have read from Liz Lawler and it won’t be my last. I enjoyed her style and how she was able to keep my attention throughout. She sure knows how to spin a tale and I look forward to reading what she comes out with next.

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  • Suspenseful to the very last page

    A young woman is smitten, in love with her new husband, and he decides they are going to move to another location and start a new life together. She excitedly plans for her future and takes a job position being a surgeon's assistant. She has never worked alongside her husband before and soon discovers that only knowing someone for two whole months before becoming his Mrs. is not always the best idea. This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Her loving husband all the sudden becomes both physically and mentally abusive, even going as far as to tell her what to wear and buys her granny clothes. The reader cringes every time he comes home. Is he Dr. Jackyl or Mr. Hyde? As she delves further into the mystery of what makes her husband act the way he does, the more she becomes in danger. I loved every page to the very end. The author did a great job of keeping the suspense flowing through the entire book and I welcomed the surprise as she figured out who the old lady is who has been watching her home and the friendly man she meets at the train station when she goes back to England to clear out her husband's old house. You can't help but feel sorry for the wife and wonder how in the world she is going to get out. This book does not disappoint one bit! Thank you for another fun read NetGalley. I really enjoyed this book!

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