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The Third Wife – Lisa Jewell

Contemporary Fiction 4*'s
Contemporary Fiction
4*’s

What would you think if you heard that a couple went on holiday with the man’s previous two ex-wives and five children age-range five to twenty-three, and everyone was happy? My initial reaction was ‘that’s a bit odd,’ but then I reflected on the rest of the blurb…

In the early hours of an April morning, Maya stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide? She even got on with his two previous wives and their children. In fact, they’d all been one big happy family.
But before long Adrian starts to identify the dark cracks in his perfect life.
Because everyone has secrets.
And secrets have consequences.
Some of which can be devastating.

As a reader we only meet Maya on that tragic night in 2011, subsequently the book is told from Adrian Wolfe’s point of view as he is left wondering what happened to his big cosy family. He chronicles the background to that awful morning as well as pursuing his only investigation in the present, desperate to find out what happened that fateful morning.

Lisa Jewell, as always, pens a hypnotic tale and, like Maya, I was quickly dazzled by the harmony of Adrian’s family and decided that Adrian Wolfe must have been an exceptional man indeed to have blended the phases of his life together so successfully. all the while knowing that all was not as it appeared.

Although I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as I have Lisa Jewell’s previous novels, like those, it examines contemporary issues without judgement, instead letting the reader digest and come to their own conclusions. Once again this outstanding author has given us some perfectly drawn characters from the youngest Wolfe to the eldest. The minutiae of details are written to be absorbed and are provide building blocks of the characters rather than depending on lengthy monologues we are given a gradual shading in of the outline of the person followed by a peeling back of the layers to expose the hidden parts.

This is an enjoyable, mature read which takes the now familiar tale of a broken and blended family and examines the cost to each member of this example.

I’d like to thank the publishers Random House UK who gave me the opportunity to read this book in return for my honest opinion. The Third Wife was published on 3 July 2014.

My favourite Lisa Jewell books:

click on the covers to read my reviews

Before I Met YouThe House We Grew Up InThe Making of UsThe Truth About Melody Browne

Lisa Jewell Novels
• The Third Wife (2014)
• The House We Grew Up In (2013)
• Before I Met You (2012)
• The Making Of Us (2011
• After The Party (2010)
• The Truth About Melody Browne (2009)
• 31 Dream Street (2007)
• Vince and Joy (2005
• A Friend of the Family (2004)
• One Hit Wonder (2001)
• Thirtynothing (2000)
• Ralph’s Party (1999)

Posted in Weekly Posts

WWW Wednesday (June 18)

WWW Wednesday green

Hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons, the first in a new crime series featuring Detective Max Wolfe. This book has started with a shocking event, with the first death following shortly afterwards. I’m expecting the overall body count to be quite high.

The Murder Bag

Blurb

Twenty years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter’s Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable.
Detective Max Wolfe has recently arrived in the Homicide division of London’s West End Central, 27 Savile Row.
Soon he is following the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the internet and all the way to the corridors of power.
As the bodies pile up, Max finds the killer’s reach getting closer to everything – and everyone – he loves.
Soon he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life …Amazon

I have just finished reading The Summer Guest by Emma Hannigan, a book billed for fans of Maeve Binchy.

Click on the book cover to see if I agree

The Summer Guest

My next read is going to be The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell, an author I love, and having seen the first review of this book today, I know I’m in for a treat!

The Third Wife

Blurb

In the early hours of an April morning, Maya stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus.
A tragic accident? Or suicide?
Her grief-stricken husband, Adrian, is determined to find out.
Maya had a job she enjoyed; she had friends. They’d been in love.
She even got on with his two previous wives and their children. In fact, they’d all been one big happy family.
But before long Adrian starts to identify the dark cracks in his perfect life.
Because everyone has secrets.
And secrets have consequences.
Some of which can be devastating. Amazon

What are you reading this week?

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Friday Finds (June 6)

Friday Finds Hosted by Should be Reading

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

After the intervention I was going to use this weeks Friday Finds to talk about books I have and plan to read on my holiday but… well the best laid plans and all of that. I have two new finds from NetGalley. First up is The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell, a writer I love so I am exceptionally pleased that Random House have given me a copy of this book which is due to be published 3 July 2014.

The Third Wife

Blurb

In the early hours of an April morning, Maya stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus.
A tragic accident? Or suicide?
Her grief-stricken husband, Adrian, is determined to find out.
Maya had a job she enjoyed; she had friends. They’d been in love.
She even got on with his two previous wives and their children. In fact, they’d all been one big happy family.
But before long Adrian starts to identify the dark cracks in his perfect life.
Because everyone has secrets.
And secrets have consequences.
Some of which can be devastating… NetGalley

I also have a copy of Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, the author of The Husband’s Secret. This book is being published by Penguin UK on 31 July 2014.

Little Lies

Blurb

She could hear men and women shouting. Angry hollers crashed through the soft humid salty summer night. It was somehow hurtful for Mrs Ponder to hear, as if all that rage was directed at her . . . then she heard the wail of a siren in the distance, at the same time as a woman still inside the building began to scream and scream . . .
When a harmless quiz night ends with an act of shocking violence, the parents of Pirriwee Public School can’t seem to stop their secrets from finally spilling out. Rumours ripple through the small town, as truth and lies blur to muddy the story of what really happened on that fateful night . . . NetGalley

I also have a preview copy from a fellow blogger. I read excerpts from Ignoring Gravity on Sandra Danby’s blog and she has kindly given me a copy for review purposes.

Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby
Blurb

Rose Haldane is confident about her identity. She pulls the same face as her grandfather when she has to do something she doesn’t want to, she knows her DNA is the same as his. Except it isn’t: because Rose is adopted and doesn’t know it. Ignoring Gravity connects two pairs of sisters separated by a generation of secrets. Finding her mother’s lost diaries, Rose begins to understand why she has always seemed the outsider in her family, why she feels so different from her sister Lily. Then just when she thinks there can’t be any more secrets…

Ignoring Gravity is due to be published in September by the new publishing imprint which is a hybrid of Indie/traditional publishing BNBS (Britains Next Best Seller) you can pre-order a copy using their link here

I was also given a copy of The Summer Guest by Emma Hannigan to review for Lovereading.

The Summer Guest

Blurb

Lexi and her husband Sam have put their heart and soul into renovating No. 3 Cashel Square. Lexi’s mother thinks it’s high time they had a baby, but Lexi’s thriving art gallery keeps her more than busy. Plus her headstrong niece Amelie seems to have practically moved in. And then, just as summer arrives, a mysterious stranger knocks on the door. Kathleen Williams has come from America, longing to see the house in Cashel Square where she was born, over sixty years ago. Kathleen’s visit is tinged with sadness but she finds comfort and laughter with Lexie and Amelie. Soon the three women are sharing their hearts, tears and secrets, little knowing their unexpected friendship will touch them all in more ways than they can imagine…

This is a physical book so is counting against the five books a month total although I did argue that the counter should start at the beginning of the month so it has been reset!

Now as that is far too many pretty covers with not a hint of murder and mayhem I also decided that my life wouldn’t be complete without a copy of OxCrimes introduced by Ian Rankin this is a selection of stories from a wide array of crime writers and as such it is a must-have addition to my bookshelf.

OxCrimes

Blurb

OxCrimes is introduced by Ian Rankin and has been curated by Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival, where it will be launched in May. The stellar cast of contributors will include Mark Billingham, Alexander McCall Smith, Anthony Horowitz, Val McDermid, Peter James, Adrian McKinty, Denise Mina, Louise Welsh and a host of other compelling suspects. Goodreads

My favourite reviewer,,  FictionFan has reviewed a copy of this book.  To get more of a flavour of what treasures this has in store, pop over and read her review at FictionFan’s Book Reviews

What have you found to read this week?