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  • Lots of twists and turns.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of The Guilty Wife by Alison James. Pippa calls off her wedding to Alistair just hours before they were due at the Registry Office, and not wanting to face the music, she goes on their honeymoon to Mauritius, on her own, just to escape. She realises that there is another person on their own and she makes the acquaintance of Jim Cardle. Meanwhile, Tansy and Dan and Nikki and Arne are also on their honeymoon at the same resort, and over the next few days, their lives become mysteriously intertwined. Alison James takes the reader all around the world, travelling from London to Australia, Mauritius and Thailand, describing all these locations in such great detail that I almost believed I was there. The story briefly covers the Tsunami in Thailand on Boxing Day 2004 and, knowing someone that was caught up in the disaster (but thankfully survived), it was quite harrowing to read those parts. I found the story fairly slow, to begin with, although not off-putting, as James introduces the characters and explains their back-stories. Most of them were easy to connect with and only one was actually a pain in the proverbial and I just wanted to throw her off a cliff! There were lots of twists and turns in the plot. Whilst at one point I was convinced I knew what was coming, the story moved in a completely different direction and kept me guessing until the end. The story includes murder, bereavement, grief, greed and just a little bit of love and made for a great read. I would recommend The Guilty Wife to anyone who enjoys a mysterious thriller with no gory bits!

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  • Another Hit!

    Alison James has another hit on her hands. With Happily Ever After she has earned at least five ***** from me! A fascinating domestic thriller with plenty of twists and turns. This would be a wonderful beginning to a series! I would love to see Pippa and Cardle back again. Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC!

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  • Intrigue Galore

    Filled with lots of intrigue! Plot twist after plot twist. Can be alittle confusing but stick with the book because it does become an enjoyable read. Thanks #netgalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • A gripping psychological thriller

    The Guilty Wife is an engrossing psychological thriller that I throughly enjoyed. Just like many people’s lives appear perfect through an Instagram filter, perhaps everything is not perfect in these marriages despite idyllic honeymoons, set against a stunning backdrop. When the cracks start to appear, it then becomes a question of who is not going to make it to the next destination? My dream is to one day vacation in Mauritius, but as I am petrified of flying this is unlikely to become a reality, so I will just have to settle for it being used as part of the setting in a book as Alison James has done here. What I enjoyed was how the story also spanned across other locations including Australia, England and Thailand, so whist my hometown was in another lockdown, this book took me on multiple vacations and was the perfect escape from it all for a few hours. What I most admire about Alison James’ work is that you know you are going to get a really great read each and every time and The Guilty Wife is no exception. Whist It is not as dark as previous books, this is a very enjoyable read. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, you don’t want to let this one pass you by. An interesting plot, a good cast of characters, with one that is so diabolical, but makes the story all the more entertaining, that is all wrapped around flawless writing, you really can’t go wrong with this one.

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  • Highly Absorbing

    Two just married couples are honeymooning in a luxury resort in Mauritius. Instagram influencer Tansy is taking the opportunity for a photoshoot and her husband Daniel Halligan doesn’t seem to be enjoying wedded bliss. Swedish Arne and Londoner, Nikki Lindgren are in the bar who are very much in love. Pippa Bryant, who should have been enjoying her honeymoon at the resort but she called the wedding to Alastair at Islington Register Office off just minutes before the ceremony, is also there. So is James Cardle. Tragedy strikes for one couple... I loved the exciting plotline and the pacing moved along at a fair rate of knots. Full of thrills, red herrings and totally addictive, it held my attention from the very first chapter. I thought the characterisation really befitted this story, with relatable and believable characters. This brilliant read was a domestic-based mystery-thriller that told the tale of love and loss, relationships and breakups, deceit and dishonesty. It was masterfully executed by the author, Alison James whose vivid and suspenseful writing style continued to wow me. I shall be looking out for more by Alison James who has great talent and I intend to read her 'Detective Rachel Prince' series. I recommend The Guilty Wife as a hugely worthwhile and excellent read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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