How well do you know your husband?
Since Alice’s fiancé walked out on her, she never thought she’d meet ‘The One’. But all that changes when she meets Dominic. Handsome, charming and kind, Alice can’t believe her luck when he proposes a few months later and moves into her West London home.
Three years on, Alice’s catering business is thriving and she is married to a man she adores. So when she sees that little blue line, it should be the happiest moment of her life: they’re going to have a baby. But then the police knock on her door and Alice’s whole world is turned upside down… Dominic is dead.
Distraught, Alice goes to identify the body. There’s no doubt that it’s her husband. Yet when his estranged brother comes to view the coffin, he insists the man lying there is not Dominic. Alice refuses to believe it at first, but when confronted with irrefutable proof, she finally has to face the truth:
The man she married is not the person he said he was. And if he lied about that, what else was he hiding from her?
I became a fan of Alison James books after reading her Detective Rachel Prince series. I am still waiting for the series to move forward. In the meantime, her psychological thrillers are keeping me quite entertained.
Alice Palmer thought she had met the love of her life when Dominic Gill came into her world. However, she soon found out that Dominic wasn’t really who she thought he was. As a matter of fact, Alice might not have known her husband at all.
I know this sounds like a familiar marriage betrayal trope but I can assure you that the author did add a unique spin to it. The story is narrated in two timelines set in the past and the present. We get to follow Alice’s life after she found out that her husband had deceived her. We are also taken to the past when the couple first met. As always with this kind of timelines, I enjoyed the past narratives the most. I couldn’t wait to unravel the mystery that is Alice’s life and marriage.
The author did a wonderful job crafting the characters. I thought Alice was rather sympathetic. She did come across as quite naïve also but I liked her and could understand her predicament. I mean, how well do we know our spouses? Do we really know everything about them? So as not to post any spoilers, I will not say anything about her husband. Let me just mention that I love that the author decided to make him one of the narrators. The support characters were also well developed.
The Man She Married by Alison James is fast-paced, suspenseful and quite entertaining. There are some sections that require suspension of disbelief. This didn’t impede on my enjoyment of the narrative though. I also thought the writing and structuring of the narrative was quite brilliant. The reveals come early in the story but unspooling the intricate tale made the story suspenseful to the last page. I definitely recommend this one to fans of this genre.