Review: The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne

second wifeShe made her bed. You’ll lie in it.

Rebecca and Nicole swore to be best friends forever. But three years after they last met up, Rebecca receives a phone call from Nicole’s devoted husband, Richard. Nicole is dead, a tragic suicide. Drowned in a river close to her family home, Richard was the one who pulled her body from the water. Now he can’t even speak about what happened.

While Rebecca reels from the news, she reads her friend’s last letters to her and begins to wonder if she knew Nicole at all. What secrets was she keeping from all the people who knew and loved her?

As Rebecca gets closer and closer to Richard, things go too far and she begins to slip into Nicole’s old life – staying in her home, sleeping in her bed… But if she’s going to become the wife Nicole never was, can she keep herself safe?


I enjoyed the first chapters of this book. Something is terribly wrong in Richard’s home. His wife Nicole has committed suicide. His ex wife is also dead. Does Richard have something to do with the deaths? I had so many questions going into this story. I love how the author dropped hints along the way that had me questioning all characters. I also liked the inclusion of Nicole’s narration which helped in filling in the gaps as the story progressed and the past and present timelines collided.

About ¾ ways, the book had one hell of a jaw dropping twists. All along, I thought I had an idea of where the story was going. However, I was dead wrong. I couldn’t have guessed just how twisted some of the characters were. Definitely couldn’t have guessed the truth behind Nicole’s death.

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the rest of the book so much after the twist. It took a while to get through the remaining chapters. I can’t really explain why though because the writing was impeccable. I guess it’s partly because I couldn’t connect with any of the characters once all the masks were off. I just found them unlikable and the MC Rebecca also didn’t make much sense to me. I have to say that I am in the minority though. Just check out goodreads and you will see that this book has nothing but glowing reviews so my issues could be a case of me and not the book.

I have always enjoyed Sheryl’s books and this was no exception. I was certainly captivated up to the part that I mentioned. I can’t wait to see what else the author comes up with in future.

30 thoughts on “Review: The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne

  1. Great review, Diana. You’re not alone. I sometimes read books that are raved about and my reaction is different. It happened to me with The Wife Between Us. 🤷🏽‍♀️

    Hey, did you get married yet? 😊

      1. Hi Laurie and Shalini :-)Wedding is in two days,this Saturday Feb 2nd.Currently at the salon getting hair and nails done 😀

        Laurie,you and I were definitely in the minority with The Wife Between Us.Same thing happened with this one.

    1. Haha cool dudette.Aspects of her mission bothered me especially given her relationship with Nicole.That is mainly why I didn’t click with her.Glad to hear that you enjoyed this one though 🙂

  2. Thoughtful review, Diana! I hope you love your next book. I am so excited to see the wedding is on Saturday! Yay! Enjoy every bit of your day and make sure to take time to reflect on all the people who gathered around you two and make sure you feel all the love in the room radiating from everyone. That’s my best memory of our wedding- that everyone there truly loved us and we loved them. ♥️

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer. I read your comment right before the wedding day and thought about it on that day.We had planned for 300 guests and I remember seeing so many people that we knew.Our friends took up roles such as ushering so could see them around. We were surrounded by love for sure. Thank you ❤

  3. Wonderful honest review! I loved this book more than you, but I think it is a good thing that you could not relate to these characters! LOL

    1. Haha,you got a point about the characters though it would have been nice to understand their motivations atleast 😀

      Thanks Berit.I’m happy you enjoyed it.

  4. I love your honesty and it’s a very thoughtful review! And these can definitely be the hardest reviews to write. Happy almost wedding day!! I hope that it is everything you’ve dreamed of and more and much happiness to you both!! ❤ ❤

      1. You’re welcome, Diana. I’m so happy to hear that! You deserve a beautiful wedding and a beautiful marriage! I pray that it goes well too and you both have much happiness. 🙂

  5. Great review! You gave me quite a good insight on what i should expect with this one. I didn’t like her book about the Babysitter, and this kind of sounds similar in terms of how the characters are done.

    1. Thank you Norrie. I think my issue with this one was a bit personal that’s why I’m in the minority.The last paragraph of the blurb sums it up.I don’t get why anyone would want to take over a deceased friend’s life(not a spoiler BTW).I hope you’ll like this one better than Babysitter if you decide to read it.

  6. Diana, I just wanted to pop over and say a huge thank you for reading and reviewing The Second Wife. I love that you loved the first chaps, get that that there was a bit that didn’t quite do it for you It’s an honest and positive review overall and the kind that isn’t always easy to write, whilst pushing those positives. That’s a huge skill in itself, so massive thanks. The time bloggers dedicate to reading and reviewing is always appreciated, and basically awesome. I hope everything went well for you on the big day! 😊 PS. Sorry not to have got to sooner. I have my hubs in hospital at the mo (on the mend – thank goodness!). x

    1. Hi Sheryl,I’m honoured that you read my review.Sorry it took time to respond,got married on 2nd so took time away from blogging.I mostly enjoyed The Second Wife and I can’t wait to read your next title.

      I hope your husband is out of hospital now x

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