Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough
Published by William Morrow on February 11, 2020 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 400
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Being the second wife can be murder . . .
“Once a cheat, always a cheat,” they say.
Marcie Maddox has worked hard to get where she is after the illicit affair that started her new life a few years ago. But her world of country clubs, yachts and sumptuous houses in Savannah, Georgia, isn’t easy to maintain, no matter how hard she tries. Nor is keeping her husband, Jason, truly interested.
So, when Jason’s boss brings home a hot new wife from his trip to London, the young Mrs William Radford IV isn’t quite the souvenir everyone expected. Sexy, drop-dead gorgeous and black—Keisha quickly usurps Marcie’s place as the beautiful second wife. But when Marcie sees the extra spark in the room when Keisha and Jason are together and their obvious, magnetic attraction, the gloves come off.
Revenge is best served cold, but in the steamy Savannah heat, blood runs so hot that this summer it might just boil over into murder.
Despite having mixed results with Sarah Pinborough’s previous novels, Dead to Her was one of the books I was most excited to pick up in 2020. And I’m glad that I did!
The blurb for this book isn’t exactly misleading, but it left me with a certain expectation that was different from the story that was actually told. Oftentimes this is a recipe for disaster. In this particular case, I didn’t mind. And I think it’s because I enjoy the author’s writing style so much. Pinborough writes her characters’ thoughts and feelings In a way that sucks the reader in completely. Each time I closed the book I had to remind myself that this crazy story was not my life.
With a twisted and unexpected plot, Dead to Her is full of drama, secrets, and lies. Readers who don’t mind having to suspend disbelief in their thrillers might enjoy this. Those who prefer more realistic scenarios may want to look elsewhere.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.