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Book Review – The Wife by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #BookReview #BookBlogger #thriller

My Review

A fast thriller, completely embedded in suspense

I could barely hang on to the pages as author Shalini Boland brought wicked twists and turns to the story. It was obvious that it took immense talent as the author used events from daily life and cast suspicion on the most inane of things.

Zoé had fainted in her wedding day. Luckily, with the help of her in-laws, the day progressed smoothly. Now a party to celebrate 10 years of marriage with Toby was on the cards. Preparations had started well before. But people started behaving oddly with Zoé, her estranged sister was also sighted. Toby seemed to be hiding something. Was it a surprise or a shock waiting for her? Zoé needed to get to the truth ASAP.

Having read many books by the author, I knew it would be a wild ride. I liked the red herrings placed in the story. Zoé too waffled about quite a bit. I didn’t know if I had a genuine narrator or an unreliable one. I was envious of the massive support she had in her family. Until it stopped. Diversions were at its best when the author included various subplots. What was I to believe?

To get one up on the story, my mind started plotting various theories about what could have happened and what was going to happen. The author zipped, zapped, and zoomed faster than I could think. I think my jaw fell open when I was faced with the truth. I couldn’t believe it. It was far beyond all the amateur theories I had. Aww shucks. I needed to do better.

The thrill I felt was amazing; I felt alive. The book was read at one go. How could I have stopped before knowing the truth? A couple of niggles did hit me. A friendly subplot could have been linked better. The doc in me warred with the reader in me.

Nonetheless, I loved the adrenaline rush this book gave me. A great diversion from chores. Well recommended for thriller and mystery lovers. My breakfast quickie!!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Blurb

Zoe fainted on her wedding day, and she never knew why. She’s always felt sure something bad happened. Ten years later, she’s going to find out what…

It was supposed to be the happiest day of her life. Zoe was sitting in her hotel room, in her perfect white dress, looking forward to the moment when she would make kind, handsome Toby her husband.

Then, there was a blank.

They said she must have fainted, overcome with emotion. But nothing felt quite right afterward. Did something happen in that missing time?

Now, Toby and Zoe have two beautiful children and a perfect life. They’re planning their ten-year anniversary party for their family and friends. The invitations have been sent, the food ordered. They’re going back to the grand hotel where they got married.

But as the anniversary gets closer, it becomes clear not everyone is looking forward to celebrating. She catches Toby lying about where he’s been. One of her best friends seems to be ignoring her. And someone is spreading stories that might stop the party from happening at all.

Zoe is increasingly sure that she doesn’t have the full story. But does she want to know the truth, if it will destroy everything?

Book Details

Publication Date: September 2020

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