The Second Wife: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller that will have you hooked
She made her bed. You’ll lie in it.
Rebecca only wanted to help out – to be kind. Richard seemed so alone after his wife, Nicole, died, and Rebecca wanted to make sure he knew he had someone to rely on.
But now she’s in Nicole’s immaculate house. Drinking from her favourite crystal wine glass. Keeping shoes in her orderly closet. Comforting her sweet and grieving step-daughter. It feels like Rebecca is living another woman’s life.
And as she gets to know the neighbours, Rebecca hears stories that make her wonder: was free-spirited Nicole happy in this perfect life, or did she feel trapped? Did she feel, as Rebecca is beginning to, that something wasn’t quite right?
The book everyone’s talking about! If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and The Girl Before, you’ll be totally gripped and unable to put down this twisty page-turning psychological thriller.
Nicole and Rebecca had been best friends for years since the time they met in University. Even though they live far apart, they constantly write letters and text one another. So, it comes as quite a shock when Rebecca finds out that Nicole has committed suicide not long after marrying, Richard, the man of her dreams. While attending Nicole’s funeral, Rebecca could not help feeling a pull towards Richard and soon finds herself replacing Nicole in his home and in his bed, but is Richard and his daughter Olivia all they are cracked up to be or is something even more dangerous brewing on the horizon?
Sheryl Browne has written a taught, dark, and twisty read with The Second Wife. I found myself drawn into the storyline immediately and having a lot of mixed emotions from anger, to horror, to utter fascination as I read through this very disturbing story. I did have a few ideas running through my mind as to what was exactly going on, but I found that the twists really had me guessing until the truth slowly starts to reveal itself. I must say, Browne has a devious mind and I am now going to be moving up two of her books that have been on my TBR right to the front of my list – The Babyistter and The Affair. Browne has won me over and has become a new favorite author I will be stalking!
The story is told from multiple points of view as well as in the present and the past. I was never lost or confused as Browne did such a great job of making sure we, as readers, could distinguish every aspect of the story. I loved the back and forth between the present and past and felt it really built on the sense of urgency I had in figuring out what exactly was going on. The story is so dark and twisted that I could not help loving every minute of it. I guess that kinda makes me dark and twisted! Uh oh! I am innocent I swear!
Sheryl Browne created such vividly written characters that you can love and hate all in the same breath. I found this to be a quite refreshing as most of the time evil characters are just purely evil and you never really get to see some ounce of goodness in them. Don’t get me wrong, there are characters in this book that ARE evil, but you can see brief flashes that definitely make you feel sorry for them. So, I definitely felt that tug going back and forth which made all of the characters rather interesting for me.
The Second Wife is an intense, heart pounding story full of page turning twists that will leave you gasping and wanting even more. Such a brilliant story and one I wholeheartedly recommend.
About the author
Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, brings you powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.
So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath.