Book Review – The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne

I picked up The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne after reading the blurb. Well here is a look at the blurb.

Rebecca and Nicole swore to be best friends forever. But three years after they last met up, Rebecca receives a phone call from Nicole’s devoted husband, Richard. Nicole is dead, a tragic suicide. Drowned in a river close to her family home, Richard was the one who pulled her body from the water. Now he can’t even speak about what happened.

While Rebecca reels from the news, she reads her friend’s last letters to her and begins to wonder if she knew Nicole at all. What secrets was she keeping from all the people who knew and loved her?

As Rebecca gets closer and closer to Richard, things go too far and she begins to slip into Nicole’s old life – staying in her home, sleeping in her bed… But if she’s going to become the wife Nicole never was, can she keep herself safe?

Now after reading the blurb, I was sure it would be the husband. In most cases, it always is the husband isn’t it? My assumption is why I would make a terrible detective. I could have said it is the husband but where is the motive? The hows, the whys and the other questions remain unanswered by me.

The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne, Book Review by Frost At Midnite

The book, The Second Wife, jumps between the past and the present. It initially is told from Nicole’s and Rebecca’s POVs. Then Richard’s and Olivia’s as well. Olivia is Richard’s daughter, by the way. Richard is everything that Nicole would have wanted, and Olivia initially is supportive of their relationship. But things start to sour immediately after their marriage. Olivia is such a bitch! Richard and Olivia’s relationship is one that raises a lot of questions. Nicole is too late to catch on to what is really happening around her, and it, unfortunately, ends in tragedy for her.

When Rebecca arrives for Nicole’s funeral, she has her own questions. The behaviour of her friend in her last few days was very different from what she knew. Very out of character. Where does she begin to look for answers? Her grieving husband provides some insight. And this leads to the beginnings of Rebecca’s and Richard’s relationship. But Rebecca is not Nicole and she catches on early to whatever sinister is underfoot. It also helps that Nicole seems to be giving her insights through her art from beyond the grave.

The Second Wife is a fabulous book which deals with psychological manipulation like a boss!Tweet: The Second Wife is a fabulous book which deals with psychological manipulation like a boss! via @frostatmidnite I loved reading the subtle nuances and nudges that were meted out to Nicole pushing her down a certain path. Nicole already had an abusive relationship and this was just unfortunate. The only luck she had was in her friendship with Rebecca. I wish we all could have friends like her.

The author, Sheryl Browne, has dealt adeptly with portraying characters and showcasing hidden agendas rather well. There are mysteries that when answered had me gaping in shock. When you think this is going to go one way, it doesn’t. You are constantly kept on your toes. It was an unputdownable read! All the convoluted brain games and deception were thrilling to read.Tweet: It was an unputdownable read! All the convoluted brain games and deception were thrilling to read. via @frostatmidnite

Definitely recommend!

You can get a copy of The Second Wife here – Amazon, Kobo


The Second WifeThe Second Wife by Sheryl Browne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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By Frost At Midnite


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