The Other Wife is the latest novel by Claire McGowan. It is a domestic thriller set in the English countryside. I would like to thank Netgalley for my advance copy of this book.
When Nora moves to a rural cottage outside Sevenoaks she meets her new neighbours, Suzi and Nick. They are the only people for miles, in a secluded area. The setting is eerie, heightened by the fact that Suzi is living in a state of fear. She has a secret, one that Nora may know. How exactly are these women connected?
The Other Wife is such a chilling story. The plot is fast-paced, the characters are captivating, and the writing is fantastic. I know its cliche, but I couldn’t put this book down. I finished each chapter with anticipation, unable to stop myself from starting the next one. My usual routine was neglected, I completely ignored my surroundings… I simply had to know what happened next. Although I wasn’t surprised by the twist, I do think that was kind of the point. Starting to suspect the truth of these characters made the reading experience that much more eerie. This is the exact sensation that I crave when reading a psychological thriller. I applaud you, Claire McGowan. You know what you were doing here. The Other Wife is a truly enjoyable read.
Suzi did a bad thing. She’s paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick.
When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that she’s almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But there’s more to Nora than meets the eye. It’s impossible—does she already know what Suzi did?
Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. She’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, she’s done it before…
Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realise they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.
Claire McGowan is an author from Northern Ireland. She studied French and English at Oxford University, then moved to London to work in charity. She also writes under the name Eva Woods.
The Other Wife is an excellent thriller. It is chilling, fast-paced, and well-written. I highly recommend it for fans of the genre.
My rating: ★★★★★
Waterstones (UK): here
Amazon (US): here