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This review is from: The Third Wife (Kindle Edition)
Adrian is one of the golden gang of men who sincerely believe/ fool themselves that as long as they are happy with the way things are, well everyone else must surely agree.
His ex wives give every impression of managing without him, they are sterling sorts who get on with life after he, smoothly, he thinks, disengages himself from his two marriages. Susie and Caroline have both been left for the next new model. Seemingly seamless transitions hardly affect Uber Architect Adrian's peace of mind.
However third time is not lucky and the debris is flying. Told partly in the past and partly in the present, the tale unwinds from two sides. Maya dies on the first page so there's no spoiler there. The frame of mind in which she leaves the world is worth investigating though, as pressures have been brought to bear from all quarters.
He ponders and puzzles, sometimes coming up with some pertinent revelations. I enjoyed his tracts of thoughts on the whole and liked the way we got inside his mixed up head. There are touching, intuitive moments, interaction with his five children Luke, Cat, Otis, Pearl and Beau who all come alive and pop off the page delightfully.
The most significant, most flagged up mystery is carried right through on the premise that it could have been any of them whodunnit. Sadly this is a damp squib which I think rather wastes the reader's time and sympathy. Cyber bullying cannot be dismissed as easily as it is here.
Reading this book is a reasonable way to pass the time while mulling over contemporary personal dilemmas but it doesn't leave much of an impression or a desire to recommend beyond that level of a relaxing read.