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When 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.
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.