Review : The Second Wife – Sheryl Browne

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Synopsis :

42751844She 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?

About the author :

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Sheryl Browne writes psychological thriller and edgy contemporary fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.


Review :

‘The Second Wife’ isn’t the first book I’ve read by this author, so I thought I knew what to expect, but did I really?
Well, it started out quite great with a very intriguing prologue that got me instantly hooked on reading and forgetting about everything around me.
However, a couple of chapters in, and definitely after a certain scenario, I thought : ‘This can’t be right. I already figured it out! How predictable!’
Sorry to say it so bluntly, dear Sheryl, but that was my opinion at that point.
I was kinda full of myself, thought a job as a detective would fit me nicely.
It would be the point where I closed the book if I didn’t knew you.
I would be boggled why people gave it 5 stars and raved about it.
Nevertheless, knowing you, I kept on reading, just to see myself falling off my own pedestal, but I didn’t.
As I turned page after page I couldn’t find another theory.
I really was a great detective, but than I wanted to figure out the reasons.
Did I get them right too?
I must say I did very well, but luckily you had some things up your sleeves!
About less than a quarter to go and that’s when I realized I’m not that great.
You’re the master, hands down.
You definitely got me reading at high speed now, engrossed in how everything just unfolded.
I had the feeling I would be furious if someone came and distract me!
Luckily for me nobody dared 😉 and although I was a bit disappointed in the ending, it seemed a bit flat and rather quick in my opinion, I only can say Sheryl Browne, you, did it again!
Another fast paced, well written and captivating read I do full heartedly recommend to all of you readers out there!

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