I’m excited to be one of today’s stop on the blog tour for The Other Mrs by Mary Kubica, published by HQ from Harper Collins Publishers.
When Sadie moves with her husband Will and their two children to a tiny coastal town, it’s a fresh start. Will swears the affair he was having back in the city is over and Sadie believes him. But their new beginning is tainted when a local woman is murdered, leaving Sadie convinced there’s a killer in their midst.
Hot-headed, beautiful Camille is obsessively in love with Will. She’s even prepared to follow him thousands of miles to stake out his new home in secret – and in doing so, becomes the only witness to a brutal crime.
But who is Camille really, and what is her connection to the dead woman? And as the murder investigation deepens, whose secret will be revealed as the darkest of them all?
This was the first book I’ve read from author, Mary Kubica, and I was not disappointed.
The Other Mrs is a wonderfully tense and unsettling part-domestic/psychological thriller and part-murder mystery. Set on a small island off the coast of Maine in the dead of winter, with the action taking place predominantly in a creepy old house, this is the perfect setting to ramp up the tension. The setting adds a sense of isolation and oppression.
The characters are an interesting and pretty unlikeable selection. Whilst outward appearances are that of a close knit family, we quickly learn that the family have arrived on the island each carrying their own emotional baggage. This move should be the new start that they need, however the reader will quickly become aware that within this dysfunctional family things aren’t quite as they seem…
The story is told via three narrators – Sadie, Camille and a young girl called Mouse, which adds additional layers and intrigue to the story. I initially thought I knew how Mouse fitted into the tale, however the author provides a number of twists, turns and red-herrings that had me frequently double-guessing what I thought I knew.
It is hard to talk about this novel without giving away too much, however the story deals with some dark themes such as death, grief, mental illness and control. It looks at the devastating impact that secrets can have and considers how far loyalty can be stretched.
The book is chilling, dark and tense, full of intrigue, twists and misdirection. It grabbed my attention from the start and kept me hooked right up to the satisfyingly shocking conclusion. A creepy and entertaining read!
Huge thanks to the publisher for inviting me to be on the blog tour and for providing an advanced copy of the book for review.
About the Author
Mary Kubica is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including THE GOOD GIRL. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children.
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