My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
This is a psychological thriller told from the point of view of two different characters. Sometimes that can be tricky to pull off. I’m not sure why the author chose to write Lily’s POV in first-person and Carla’s in third.I didn’t get lost switching back and forth between them in this story, but the change in tense was a bit jarring.
The beginning use of perspective from someone who seems to be dying was an interesting way to start the story, but confusing when that POV was scattered among later chapters.
Also, the timing of events/passage of time was somewhat confusing. It was difficult to keep track of what year they were in. Perhaps that was an unfortunate shortcoming of the alternating POV’s. I’m not sure it was best to begin with Ed’s death notice before Part 1 beginning 15 years prior and Part 2 as twelve years later…I guess that section DID cover three years…but there had to have been a skip from 12 years to the end with some time unaccounted for…I can’t even explain this because it didn’t make sense to me.
A little bit of mystery is a good thing, but it can be annoying when a couple of situations were referred to repeatedly with an obvious hint that you don’t know the whole story. Once probably would have been enough for each, although I think the author was hoping she was peeling off the layers like an onion. It didn’t work for me. To minimize the risk of spoiling the story, I’ll simply refer to these as the Lily/Daniel connection and the Lily/Joe connection.
Some readers prefer characters they can relate to or “like.” I don’t find that entirely necessary and actually enjoyed the fact that these characters were flawed. To me that made them more realistic and well developed. The setting was adequate and seemed to be somewhat of an afterthought.
There is an accidental foreshadow on page 79 that hopefully gets corrected before the final proof goes out, otherwise there is an entire paragraph that gives away…well if I tell you now I’d spoil that, too. Let’s call it mistake-in-identity.
Overall, I loved the story, even with it’s flaws. I would definitely give this author another chance.
I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy from First To Read in exchange for an honest review.