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Review: My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

 

husband's wifeWhen young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.

But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.

When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.

Review

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry was my book club’s pick for the month of August. I was pretty excited about this choice because the book club doesn’t really read thrillers. In addition, I have had my eye on this title for a while but hadn’t gotten around to it.

The story is narrated by Carla and Lily. When we first meet Carla, she is an adorable little girl with a complicated home life. On the other hand, we have Lily and Ed living on the same street. Lily is trying to build her career as a lawyer and Ed is a struggling artist. The couple meets Carla when they start babysitting her over the weekends.  I liked the first section of this book and was curious to see how things would work out for the MCs. There was obviously some trouble in Lily’s marriage but I couldn’t quite guess what the problem was. On the other hand, Carla was such a sympathetic character and I wanted to know how things would work out for her.

Unfortunately, I didn’t like the second section of the book as much as I thought I would. I was especially devastated by how much Carla had changed. Granted, the second section is set decades later from when readers lastly saw Carla. However, for me it was such a major shift. I was fascinated by Joe’s character as the main villain in the story but I also felt as if there were too many coincidences around him. He especially had quite a knack of being in the shadows at just the right time to witness the most important/dramatic events. I know he was a criminal and had all kinds of connections but still, there was something amiss.

In the end, I didn’t exactly like this story but I still got through it pretty fast. The writing was great and I enjoyed the mystery. Unfortunately, I didn’t care much about the characters and wasn’t really convinced by some of the coincidences. I am on the fence about this book.

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32 comments on “Review: My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

  1. jennifertarheelreader
    November 24, 2018

    Thoughtful review, Diana. I’ve read a book by this author, but I don’t think it was this one. I understanding being on the fence, and I hope your next read is one you love!

    • Diana
      November 26, 2018

      Thanks Jennifer and yes it was. I am a bit hesitant to read her other books because of my experience with this one.Her new title has some great reviews though so I might just reconsider my decision 🙂

  2. Great review, Diana. Hope your next read is better!

    • Diana
      November 26, 2018

      It was, Nikola. Thank you 🙂

  3. RoseMarie
    November 24, 2018

    Thoughtful and honest review.

  4. ChrissiReads
    November 24, 2018

    I totally understand what you mean about this book!

    • Diana
      November 26, 2018

      So mush potential but it was just okay in the end. Thanks Chrissi 🙂

  5. L Lostinacoulee
    November 24, 2018

    Interesting review!! I have this one waiting for me and wonder if I’ll feel the same as you.

    • Diana
      November 26, 2018

      Thanks. Fingers crossed that you will enjoy it more than I did 🙂

      • L Lostinacoulee
        November 28, 2018

        🤞

  6. anovelglimpse
    November 25, 2018

    It’s so sad when you like a book but don’t bond with the characters. Sorry this one was that way for you.

    • Diana
      November 26, 2018

      Thanks Deanna and yeah, I just didn’t like any of the characters so there was nobody to root for. That plus the coincidences made it hard for me to enjoy this one more.

  7. Yvo
    November 25, 2018

    Wonderful review! A shame this story didn’t work for you, although it sounds like I would have had similar problems with the characters and credibility.

    • Diana
      November 26, 2018

      Thanks Yvo. This is one book that most people seem to have enjoyed but it just didn’t work for me, sadly.

  8. Norrie
    November 25, 2018

    Great review!
    I’ve been eyeing this one for a while, but i think I’m gonna skip it for now. All those coincidences don’t sound particularly thrilling.

    • Diana
      November 26, 2018

      The coincidences were a bit annoying. That character was everywhere at the right time. Thanks Norrie.

  9. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer
    November 25, 2018

    I read Blood Sisters by this author which was an enjoyable read but with a bit of an impossible ending in real life 🙂 but I did like the writing style too and hadn’t ruled out reading another novel but I’m not sure I’ll like this either. Thoughtful review, thanks Diana!

    • Diana
      November 26, 2018

      Thanks Inge. I am curious about Blood Sisters despite the ending. I think I can live with a ‘crazy’ ending but I tend to struggle when the plot itself is hinged on implausible occurrences and especially coincidences. The writing in this one was also good though.

  10. Holly B / Dressedtoread
    November 26, 2018

    I haven’t read this author yet, but curious. Sorry this one was a bit underwhelming. Glad to know the writing is good!

    • Diana
      November 27, 2018

      Yes, the writing helped me get to the end. I would have enjoyed this one more if it weren’t for the character issues. Thanks Holly 🙂

  11. Laila@BigReadingLife
    November 28, 2018

    We have this one at my library and I’ve been sort of curious about it, Sounds like if I skip it, it would be alright. 🙂

    • Diana
      December 3, 2018

      Thanks Laila. This one didn’t work for me but I think its one of those books that you can check out if you get a chance or a break in your TBR. Its one that I’d find hard to recommend because of my own experience though.

  12. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles
    November 28, 2018

    I have had this one for some time, and you just bumped it up the reading list! I am curious as to the change in Carla’s character in the second part of the book. Great review!

    • Diana
      December 10, 2018

      Thanks Meggy and I hope that you will enjoy this one more than I did 🙂

  13. carhicks
    December 5, 2018

    Sorry this one didn’t pan out for you after your initial reaction. I find it hard to enjoy a book when I cannot connect to the characters either. Although, the name of the narrator is a good one. 😆. Better luck with your next Book club selection.

    • Diana
      December 10, 2018

      haha I totally agree with you about the character’s name, Carla 😀 Thank you. I also hope that the next selection will be more enjoyable.

  14. Raney Simmon
    December 9, 2018

    It stinks when we read a book we’re really looking forward to reading only to end up not enjoying it.

    • Diana
      December 10, 2018

      I totally agree with you. Its worse when you see so many positive reviews but end up in the minority of readers who just didn’t like the book.

      • Raney Simmon
        December 10, 2018

        I happen to have that problem quite a bit myself. Every time I read a book that everyone seems to love, I end up hating it.

  15. Cozynookbks
    December 25, 2018

    Sometimes it’s hard to really like a book when you just don’t care about the characters. I can relate. Great review, Diana.

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