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  • Couldn't Put It Down

    Alfred Hitchcock would have jumped on this book and would not have changed a word for the screenplay. Wendy Clarke is a new author for me and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books. The Hidden Wife is certainly like a Hitchcock movie. The story takes place by the sea with a dramatic coastline and crashing waves. Maya is struggling to bring her childhood memories of her mother and her untimely death into focus. With help from her father, she remembers the beautiful relationship she shared with her mother. But what is real and who can she trust? Her father, who has always been there for her or his co-worker, who has motives of her own? Maybe the new woman in her father's life, Amy, can make sense of Maya's muddled memories.. If Maya can just get past how much Amy looks like her deceased mom. The Hidden Wife has so many twists and turns but Clarke presents the story in clear, concise and orderly fashion. Each chapter flows and the story unfolds in a way that it's hard to find a stopping point. So be prepared to stay up late! I voluntarily received a copy of this book from Netgalley.

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  • Amazing

    An edge of your seat unpredictable thriller. Makes you question who is telling the truth and what is the truth really.. A father trying to do the best for his daughter or is he...Really enjoyed the drama of it all.. This is my first book by Wendy Clarke and it definitely won't be the last. Thank you netgalley & bookouture for this arc

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  • Another Winner!

    Another winner from author Wendy Clarke! This story is punctuated with unreliable characters who are deeply flawed. There is a truth under it all but getting to it is a twisting and turning road that will give you a wild ride!

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  • Fantastic Debut

    This book is centred around behavioural psychologist Stephen and two women whose lives revolve around him. First, there is daughter Maya; her mother died in a tragic accident when she was 6 and she’s been alone with her dad ever since. He suffers from occasional dark moods and Maya is convinced there’s a secret surrounding her mother’s accident. A secret they have to keep at all cost. She’s dedicated to her dad to the extent that she didn’t go to university when she had the opportunity. The other important woman is Teresa, Stephen’s colleague and long-term friend. She’s married to Garry, a controlling buffoon and on top of that, her mother is suffering from the onset of dementia. She’s had a crush on Stephen since she was a student and is still obsessed with him and constantly thinks “Stephen would understand; he would calm me down; I wish Stephen was here …” Then, something unthinkable happens. Stephen falls in love with a younger woman; a woman that looks a lot like his dead wife. Although Stephen is the central character, the book is solely told from the POV of the 2 women who love him. I have to say that none of them is likeable at first sight. I warmed up to Maya, the daughter as her love for her dad is genuine and unconditional. The story starts out rather slow but that gives an excellent opportunity to meet the main characters and form an idea about them and their psychological make-up. You’re slowly drawn into the story, and when you think you figured it all out (I had 2 or 3 possible scenarios as possibilities at first), you’ll learn something new or something unexpected happens, and you have to rethink everything. There is a major twist near the end that puts everything that we assumed to know in question again. I’m slowly getting fed up with books where the main character is struggling with a parent with dementia. It’s an ugly and cruel disease and deserves a place, but it seems to be a prevalent theme these days; last year I had the same thing with missing family members that popped up in almost every book. That’s just a personal musing; it doesn’t interfere with the quality of the book. If this is Wendy’s debut; well done and I’ll look out for more stories. The title feels a bit as misdirection. The subject pops up near the end but is in my eyes a minor issue in the whole of the narrative. I thank Netgalley and Bookouture for the free ARC they provided and this is my honest review of it.

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  • psychological thriller

    This psychological thriller is narrated from three different perspectives, a father, his daughter and a therapist colleague. It begins with a flashback, but the story is focused on the family and events as they currently unfold. At its centre is the tragic death of the wife twelve years previously and how it impacts on various characters and the choices they make. Full of twists and the ongoing effect of trauma on daily life, the resulting choices make danger inevitable. The interconnectedness of the narrative is a real strength and the psychological underpinning ensures an enthralling tale of a roller coaster read. A four-star read rating. As an independent reviewer, my thanks to the author for a copy gratis prior to publication. All opinions expressed herein are freely given and totally my own.

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