“I have to live.”
I am in no mood for romance novels right now. I’m too cagey right now, too consumed with my emotions, and just way too sad to read about happy couples and their zany mishaps.
Luckily for me, I have a stockpile of thrillers to go through and if there’s one thing that genre does is it does not offer you any happiness. Rather it takes you on a nonstop roller coaster ride and in the end you’re nearly delirious.
The Other Mrs. is a dark, suspenseful tale about a family that moves to Maine after a series of incidents that occurred in their hometown of Chicago. It’s a fresh start blackened by the fact that they are moving into the main character’s sister in law who has recently and volently killed herself in the attic. In her will she states that she gives them the house and also full custody of her teenaged daughter, Imogen, who in fact was the one who found her mother’s lifeless body. So, inheriting a house where a family member’s death took place and also a somber, angry teenager. Yup! That sounds like a great beginning to any “fresh start”.
As you can tell, things are not great in the household, located on a tiny Island of Maine and it gets even worse when a neighbor is found murdered next door. On an island community where the general population is less than 100 people, tensions and fears are high and the race to figure out who the suspect is mounts. Our protagonist, Sadie the local physician finds herself trapped in the whirlwind of it all. This is a complete descent into madness.
This book was amazing. From the very beginning I could tell it was going to be one of those books that I would read in one sitting and it absolutely was. There are multiple perspectives told in this book and reader, it’s unreliable as fuck. You immediately sense that something is very fucked up and wrong and that feeling doesn’t leave you until the very end.
I liked Sadie as a character. She was complex and introverted and still fought her way through this novel to find out what has happened and who she is. She can be a bit maddening at times and I honestly wanted to shake her lmao.
Imogen is heartbreaking. Every time the author stated she was moody I wanted to scream that she had just found her mother DEAD. Nobody should ever have to go through that. She out of anybody else had good reason to be the annoying, angst ridden teenager. Your mom dies and your relatives you barely know come live in your house, and your aunt is walking around in your deceased mother’s clothes?! Who wouldn’t be angry?
I really can’t go into much more without spoiling but if you are a fan of thrillers and suspense, you will definitely like this book. I don’t believe I’ve ever read any of Mary Kubica’s other novels but that definitely has to change. She has a way of weaving complex characters through an insane story and keeping you on the edge the entire time. My craving has been satiated. For now.
Thanks very much to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Expected publication: February 18th 2020 by Park Row