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Monday, 11 September 2017

Her Husband's Lover @thatjuliacrouch @headlinepg

About Her Husband's Lover

She stole her husband. Now she wants to take her life.

After the horrors of the past, Louisa Williams is desperate to make a clean start.

Her husband Sam is dead. Her children, too, are gone, victims of the car accident in which he died.

Sam said that she would never get away from him. That he would hound her until she died if she tried to leave. Louisa never thought that he would want to harm their children though.

But then she never thought that he would betray her with a woman like Sophie.

And now Sophie is determined to take all that Louisa has left. She wants to destroy her reputation and to take what she thinks is owed her - the life she would have had if Sam had lived.

Her husband's lover wants to take her life. The only question is will Louisa let her?

My review of Her Husband's Lover

Her Husband's Lover is a domestic noir that I thoroughly enjoyed. This book has two interesting and captivating female voices as narrators, and their intertwined stories hooked me in from the very beginning.The book is told from two alternating point of views, both in the past and present. We have Louisa, the widow, whose husband Sam and two children were killed in a car crash. Sophie is the mistress, pregnant with Sam's child, and who is also grieving. 

This book is a slow burner of a read, in true domestic noir style, as there needs to be a build up of tension, we need to understand the characters. I think it's fair to say that neither of these women were likeable. But, this didn't really matter, they were truly captivating characters and although not likeable, I wanted to understand them and their actions. Ultimately, I cared about them. 

Although this book is told from two different point of views, it isn't confusing, as you know exactly who is talking. What I loved was the fat that there were two unreliable narrators. Who was telling the truth? Both women are pretty manipulative although living entirely different lives and from different classes. But this is what makes the novel so enjoyable, the fact that they are very different, from different walks of life and with their own personal agendas. 

This is a dark and unsettling psychological thriller that gripped me at page one. It is a twisted tale, and what you think that you know and understand is turned completely on its head. This book challenges you and the assumptions that you make. From this point of view it is a very clever read. 

Her Husband's Lover is a dark read, and one that raises many questions. Who is telling the truth? What really happened? The ending truly shocked me, I honestly didn't see it coming. This is the first novel I have read by Julia Crouch, and I look forward to reading many more. It really is an entertaining and disturbing read. 

Her Husband's Lover was published by Headline on 26 Jan. 2017. It can be found on Amazon here.

1 comment:

  1. I like an ending which the reader hasn't guessed at. Glad you enjoyed the book.