Release Date: 1st December 2017 / Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Format: Kindle / Pages: 320
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If you were being framed for murder, how far would you go to clear your name?
An unbelievably gripping game of cat and mouse – with a twist you’ll never see coming. Fans of Apple Tree Yard, The Sister and Behind Closed Doors will love The Guilty Wife.
I’m guilty of many things.
Bethany Reston is happily married. But she’s also having an affair with a famous client.
And no one can ever know.
But I’m innocent of murder.
When Bethany’s lover is brutally murdered, she has to hide her grief from everyone.
But someone knows her secret. And then one day the threats begin.
With an ever-growing pile of evidence pointing to her as the murderer, the only way she can protect her secrets is to prove her innocence. And that means tracking down a killer.
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The story centres on Bethany Reston. She is “happily” married to Jason, but she is also having an affair with her client, famous millionaire Calum Bradley. Neither of them want to leave their husband or wife, but Bethany is starting to fall in love with Calum. Calum wants to end their relationship as it is getting too complicated and he gives his security the slip to meet Bethany to do this. When he tells her it’s over, she walks away from but when she wakes up the next morning its headline news that Calum Bradley has been found murdered, right where they had met the night before. Bethany was the last person to see him alive, but she knows that she didn’t kill him. So who did?
This was a great story that had me hooked from page one! I’ve tore through it in just over a day! It was told from Bethany’s point of view, although the last couple of chapters are told from the killer’s point of view (don’t worry, I won’t tell you who!) There was no hanging around with this book, the suspense started straight at chapter one and didn’t let up at all! Poor Bethany spent most of the book trying to keep herself from being arrested for Calum’s murder and trying to prove her innocence. The suspense of someone knowing what really happened and was taunting Bethany with photos and notes was unbearable! There were so many different people that the killer could have been, it was such hard work trying to work out who it really was!
I liked Bethany’s character, although it had to be said that she had obviously bought most of this upon herself by having the affair in the first place. One criticism was when you eventually find out who the killer was, you realise that the whole plot relied on Bethany behaving in a certain way and not doing certain things! Thankfully she did what it was thought she would do, else we wouldn’t have been given this great, ‘on the edge of your seat’ book!
It was a rollercoaster of a story, with so many red herrings I lost count! The whole story reminded me so much of “Apple Tree Yard” and I would certainly love to see this made into a TV series! If you love a psychological thriller then this is the book for you!