Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Last Wife - by Nicola Marsh
Release Date: 10/11/19
Family; more specifically, in-laws. You're damned if you do, damned if you don't. Unfortunately, most of us can understand this sentiment, I know I do. Can't live with them, can't live without them... or can you?

"The Last Wife" by Nicola Marsh was an immediate hit with me, 5/5 stars! I was hooked from the thrilling prologue straight through to that jaw-dropping finale! "Trusting his family was her first mistake." Having never read anything from Nicola Marsh before, it was that tagline that initially drew me in and left me craving for more.

As told from the Parker wives themselves; Ria, Ashlin, Shamira, and May are no strangers to protecting what's theirs. The story mostly centers around Ria, the wife of the youngest Parker. Having grown up in the foster care system, Ria never really had a family to call her own until she met Grayson. She tries to be the perfect daughter-in-law and the perfect sister-in-law, to no avail. (Sound familiar to anyone?) All she's ever really wanted was the love of a family. With a family, trust should come naturally, right?

After Grayson goes missing and is assumed to be living a double life, Ria is left to care for their young daughter Shelley and brave the Parker family alone. She has to learn to tolerate her mother-in-law's insistent interference and her sisters-in-law's constant judgment. Suspicion arises when Ria inadvertently becomes privy to the Parker wives' darkest secrets. Why are these secrets being shared with her? Is her family being targeted? Who's targeting them? Is this all somehow connected to her ex-husband? Does her family know more than they're letting? Whatever the truth may be, Ria knows that she must protect her daughter at all costs.

I particularly enjoyed the narrations provided through each of the Parker wives. These insights give you just enough to keep you guessing. The characters themselves are intricately woven and continuously draw upon the idea of a tense in-law relationship. The only thing that didn't really work for me was Christine's character. The connection between the five women in the story could've been a little stronger if Christine had been given her own narration. Fortunately, Christine's and all of the Parker husband's stories came through with enough personality that you could almost feel it coming through the pages.

If you're looking for a story with domestic suspense that'll easily have you swiping your night away, then look no further! This book comes highly recommended by myself and so many others!

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and the author Nicola Marsh for providing me with an advanced reader copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

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