Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Man She Married - by Alison James

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Release Date: 1/13/20
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
You're expecting! Imagine the sheer joy and excitement at being able to share this news with your husband! Only when you go to share this news, there's no response. Instead, there's a knock at the door with news of your husband's death. As if this weren't horrible news enough, now there's a strong possibility that the man you married is not at all who you thought he was, who he pretended to be - with you.

Alice Palmer, the main character in Alison James' latest psychological thriller, The Man She Married, is in for the shock of her life - again, and again. Along with the help of Private Investigator Jim Cardle, Alice begins to slowly untangle her husband's web of lies and deceit.

I enjoyed the overall storyline, it was fun racing through the pages trying to figure out how it would all end. Luckily, everything wrapped up quite smoothly, with no plot lines left unaccounted for. I do think it could have wrapped up a bit sooner, but alas, it was an entertaining read. Alice's character was the only part of the story that didn't really vibe with me. While reading, I found myself aching to reach through the pages of my Kindle; I wanted to warn her, to admonish her, to tell her to listen to her best friend Jojo - something! However, I did find Jim Cardle to be quite the redeeming character, he really pulled the story through to the finish line. I liked how he started off all tough and unapproachable but warmed up as you got to know him. Reminds me of the feeling I get whenever a new character is introduced to an ongoing series, you're not really sure how you feel about them at first but after while you find you actually appreciate their role and what they bring to the story.

I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a psychological thriller centered around a deceiving husband and an all too gullible wife. The Man She Married is one you can easily immerse yourself in with a satisfying ending that'll leave you happy you took a chance on it! Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and the author Alison James for providing me with an advanced reader's copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Blurb:
How well do you know your husband?

When Alice Gill sees the little blue line, it’s the happiest moment of her life. But her whole world is turned upside down when the police knock at her door minutes later…

Her husband, Dominic, is dead.

Distraught, Alice goes to identify the body. It’s him. Yet when Dominic’s estranged brother comes to view the coffin, he insists the man lying there is not Dominic Gill.

So who is the man Alison married?
And will his secrets put her life in danger too?

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All About Alison James:
I've been a fan of crime writing and thrillers since I was in my teens, and I still love reading new crime fiction.

I studied criminal law and worked for several years as a paralegal on serious crime cases including rape, murder and fraud. This meant my working day involved liaising with police detectives and watching them solve cases. It was only some years later, after a stint writing for TV drama, that I realised my experience working in crime qualified me to write police procedurals myself.

After a few attempts at coming up with characters, Detectives Rachel Prince and Mark Brickall came into being, and their first three cases will all be published in 2018. There'll be more of them to come in 2019, so watch this space!

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