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.

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

    1. 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 🙂

    1. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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