The Other Mrs, Mary Kubica: Book Review

A realistic story of jealousy and deceit, meet The Other Mrs by Mary Kubica.

The plot:

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 women? And as the murder investigation deepens, whose secret will be revealed as the darkest of them all?

A good thriller to get stuck into

The Other Mrs is a relatively long thriller at over 400 pages, and whilst it keeps you engaged, I didn’t find it as tense as other thrillers. I found there were moments which were just glossed over, which could have been focused on more, in comparison to other areas which I thought acted as a filler.

Chapters are split predominantly between three characters, and you could definitely tell which was which without the headers – they have very distinctive voices, so props to Kubica for pulling this off.

It’s definitely one of the creepier thrillers I’ve read recently because of how realistic it is – it reminded me of The Couple Next Door, so if you liked that, you’ll like this.

The obsession/jealous angle was dealt with seriously well, it was cringe-worthy but not to the level of You by Caroline Kepnes.

The end wasn’t rushed and the climax of the book isn’t breathtaking, but definitely something I didn’t see coming and was very welcomed. I read so many thrillers, that it takes a lot to get a gasp out of me, so I’m still rating this a 3/4 star.

I think a good 50 pages could have been knocked off without losing any of the story, as there were times it just felt too long. There were little stories which blossomed throughout, and I know a few other bloggers said it was mind-blowing and full of twists, whereas I just wouldn’t classify them as ‘twists’.

The pages turn fast because of the way the story flows and delves into secrets, manipulation and jealousy, and then with a strange chapter just thrown in unexpectedly.

A good thriller to get stuck into, which makes you want to question who you can trust…

For fans of C. L. Taylor.

The Other Mrs, Mary Kubica, RRP £7.99 (paperback); Book Depository 

Pages: 438

Publisher: Avon

Genre: Thriller

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