Book Review: The New Husband, by D.J. Palmer

The New Husband, by D.J. Palmer

The New Husband by D.J. Palmer

Published by St. Martin’s Press on April 14, 2020 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 384

The New Husband is a riveting thriller about the lies we tell ourselves from D. J. Palmer, the author of Saving Meghan.

Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you know them.

Nina Garrity learned that the hard way after discovering that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman. But Glen’s gone—presumably drowned while fishing on his boat—so she can’t confront him about the affair or any of his other misdeeds. A year and a half after the accident, Nina considers herself a widow, even though the police never found a body. Following a chance encounter with Simon Fitch, a teacher from her daughter Maggie’s middle school, Nina finds love again and has hopes of putting her shattered life back together.

Simon, a widower still grieving the suicide of his first wife, has found his dream girl in Nina. His charm and affections help break through to a heart hardened by betrayal. Nina’s teenage son, Connor, embraces Simon as the father he wishes his dad could have been, but Maggie sees a far darker side to this new man in their lives. Even Nina’s good friends wonder if Simon is supremely devoted—or dangerously possessive.

But Nina is committed, not only to her soon-to-be new husband but also to resuming her former career as a social worker. Before she can move forward, however, Nina must first clear her conscience that she’s not making another terrible choice in a man. In doing so, she will uncover the shocking truth: the greatest danger to her, and her children, are the lies people tell themselves.

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The New Husband is a twisty thriller with an intriguing premise. 

Upon starting this book, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be for me. The writing style wasn’t hitting the right notes, and I thought I could see exactly where the story was going. But it grew on me as it progressed.

This is told mainly from two perspectives: Nina, whose husband disappeared 18 months ago and who is now moving in with her fiancé Simon; and Nina’s daughter Maggie. The use of multiple points of view is fairly common in the thriller genre, but the fact that this was a mother and daughter added a unique element that I enjoyed. I also enjoyed the twisting storyline. As a reader who constantly asks what if, I did guess the big twist. But I sat back and let this take me on a wild and entertaining ride, and I had fun doing it. 

Although the writing style in The New Husband didn’t really work for me, the story was interesting enough to keep me turning the pages. Readers looking for a crazy thriller might enjoy this – but I’d suggest checking out a sample first to see if the writing works for you. 

*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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