ARC Review: The Second Wife by Sheryl BrowneThe Second Wife by Sheryl Browne
on January 29, 2019
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Format: ARC
Source: Netgalley
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She 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?

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Thoughts

This book was told in several points of view – Nicole, Rebecca, Richard and Olivia. Rebecca is this book’s main character. Her best friend, Nicole, just died due to “suicide”. She is then determined to investigate on what drove Nicole to kill herself. At the funeral, Nicole meets Nicole’s new husband, Richard,  and his daughter, Olivia. As Rebecca starts to live with Richard and Olivia, she realizes that things aren’t as they seem. And she’s determined to get to the root of Nicole’s death.

Reading this book was like a breeze, it was easy and not tedious at all. I would like to commend the author’s writing style for that. However, there were no wow moments. The book failed to bring out any emotion from me. I was never really invested on the events about the book. Aside from emotions, the book wasn’t able to trigger my curiosity. I am a naturally curious person. I always want to get to the root of everything. I’m always excited to find out who the real villain is and that didn’t happen for me in this book. It might be because the plot of the book is really predictable for me. I guess I’ve read too many mystery books these past few weeks.

The characters also didn’t help much in improving my opinion in this book. Every character were stereotypical like they were really patterned from tropes. Rebecca was your typical independent smart woman, Richard was portrayed to be this typical sweet and caring guy you often see in romance novels and Olivia was just your typical b*tch. I do find the character of Nicole interesting though. I like that there was a fierceness hidden away in her apart from what’s on the surface.

Overall, I was quite disappointed with the book. It wasn’t much of a mystery to me because I kind of guessed the supposedly twists and turns. It was an easy ready though for people who’s just looking to read a book and just relax.

My Rating:

One StarOne Star

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