The Wife by Shalini Boland

Gradual build to a great twist

My rating: 3 out of 5

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Zoe fainted just before her wedding ceremony and, although that was 10 years ago, still wonders  why it happened.

The WifeThis is Zoe’s story.  Happily married to Toby for 10 years, great job, two wonderful children, a great in-law family and living in beautiful Shaftesbury, in Dorset England.  Everything is perfect, except people seem to be acting a bit oddly towards her, there are some strange developments around her missing sister, and what is her husband up to. 

The novel is divided into “Then” and “Now” chapters, all clearly marked and easy to follow. The story flows well, if a little slowly for my liking.  Its a great plot, but the writing style leaves few surprises, except for a massive twist about ¾ of the way through.  A perfect light read, or for a commute, as it is easy to pick up and put down without losing the thread. 

3*s from me, as I found the pace a little slow, and much of what was going to happen was fairly predictable a few pages before it did (apart from the great twist).  I didn’t know enough about the characters to feel involved with them.  Having said that when I think back on this thriller now it was a great storyline, and the Epilogue  was really excellent