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  • Some good twists and turns

    The Wife's House by Arianne Richmonde is the first novel that I have read from this author. I was drawn to the story by the books cover and synopsis. The location of the Cliffhouse and the descriptions had me right in the middle of the action. I loved that this was set in California, and I knew some of the areas described. Plus, I love it when a dog is included in the story and is one of the characters! A couple of times, I found myself sighing with frustration about the character's actions or inactions. There were definitely twists and turns in the book and some "oh, wow" moments that I did not see coming. The middle was a bit laborious to get through, and I didn't like the ending too much. The Wife's House was a creepy read, and there were some heart-pounding moments in the story. Overall, I liked the story, the way the author told the story, and the plot. I would read more from this author. #TheWifesHouse #NetGalley

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  • Weird and wonderful psychological thriller!

    Beware of triplets bearing gifts. That happens The Wife’s House, a weird, wonderful, sometimes confusing, always exciting psychological thriller. Narrated in the first person (we never learn her name) by the widow of international lawyer and businessman Juan Trujillo, we watch as a confident woman, grieving the recent death of her husband, nearly loses her mind and her life. Shortly before his death in an accident, Juan had purchased Cliffside, a unique glass and wood house that juts out of a steep hill in Big Sur. Now living there isolated without Juan, she feels vulnerable and alone. First she watches three young people on the distant beach. Then, while on a walk, she meets triplets Dan, Kate and Jen. Finally, after she sees them walking through her yard, she invites them in. What follows is pure mayhem caused by addiction, mistaken identity, lies, a secret burial and the weather. Arianne Richmonde has delivered a gorgeously visual story which should be made into a movie. The characters are well described and have depth beyond what is expected in a mystery, The plot is full of twists and turns but these twists and turns are different. And I have never read a conclusion quite like the one that ends The Wife’s House. 5 stars. I’m waiting for the movie. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Arianne Richmonde for this ARC.

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  • Amazing thriller

    Wow! What a thriller! When the wife inherits the house on the cliff in Big Sur is it a blessing or just another million dollar home? Will her loneliness be thwarted by the triplets? Who are they really? What do they want? What is buried in the yard that has our heroine so worried? Pippa is an old friend of husband Juan, but is she who she seems to be? Arianne Richmonde spins a tale of intrigue and mystery with expert description and characters who morph into good and bad guys and gals and back in an intricate plot that will keep surprising you. I thoroughly enjoyed this "can't put it down" book and applaud the author for her talent and authorship of a great suspense novel. Thanks to #NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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  • Don’t waste your money

    Cheesy, corny and poorly written. The main character was too stupid; no one else was believable. It was as if the author was trying to bring in every hot button issue she could think of and didn’t know enough about any of them. Only likeable character was Beanie.

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  • A good psychological thriller.

    Bookouture come up with some of the most amazing covers for their books and The Wife’s House is no exception. I could not help but be drawn to this house, known as Cliffside and I just had to know what goes on behind those glass walls. It certainly does give off an ominous and foreboding vibe, that sets off the tone of the book perfectly. The story was intriguing to me in its originality and I couldn’t wait to jump in and get caught up in it. It has been very well thought through and plotted and right from the get go I felt uneasy, on edge and on a number of occasions, I had goosebumps with it’s creepy undertones. The setting couldn’t have been more perfect and just enhanced the story all the more. The characters have been well developed and although not all likeable have been written well. I also found it really interesting that we were never told the main protagonist name and she is just referred to as “The Widow”. It did mess with my head though, as I had to flick back through the pages to see if I had missed it, but it did add another layer of mystery to the story. The first half of the book is a slow burn as the foundation is laid, but at no point was I frustrated by this. I think this was helped knowing in the background that the tension and suspense was slowly bubbling away. When it boil over, it really does make for more of a thrilling second half, with some twists that will catch you off guard. This is the first book I have read from Arianne Richmonde and I would definitely read more from her. I enjoyed how she was able to draw me into the world that she has created here and really has delivered a thrilling and enjoyable read. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Arianne Richmonde for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Wife’s House which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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