Title: The Third Wife

Author: Lisa Jewell

Published: July 2014

Genres: Fiction/Mystery




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.



It didn’t take long for me to be hooked to Lisa Jewell’s The Third Wife. I picked up this book on a quiet week away, and couldn’t put it down. The different dynamics within this family were twisted and confusing. The story starts with an incident resulting in the death of Adrian’s third wife, Maya. What follows is a detailed look in to the life he had led, and the expectations he had subconsciously put on his two previous wives and 5 children. I was guessing until the last moments of the story, and whilst most of the characters weren’t exactly likeable, there was something very addictive about finding a resolution for Adrian, but also some closure for the entire family. The cliché ending feels unsatisfactory for a story that had taken the journey it had, however overall I was engaged and captured from the minute I picked up the novel through to the very last words.

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