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Product details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (25 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241256488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241256480
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
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'A blockbuster of a psychological thriller. My head's still spinning from all the twists!' (Mark Edwards)

This engaging page-turner kept me guessing till the very end (Katerina Diamond, author of THE TEACHER)

I have been thoroughly immersed in this wonderful and engaging novel...full of unexpected twists I didn't see coming! (Luana Lewis, author of Don't Stand So Close)

My Husband's Wife had me gripped from the first page to the last (Ava Marsh, author of Untouchable)

A clever tale of secrets and lies with an emotional punch. The characters all contained a little darkness, and I was captivated as each layer of deceit was stripped away. (Mel Sherratt)

My Husband's Wife is a thrilling page-turner that chronicles the nightmarish dynamics within a marriage (Sarah Ward, Crime blogger and author of In Bitter Chill)

A rollercoaster of suspense and intrigue (Rosanna Ley)

A dark and gripping thriller that vibrates with tension...a must-read for thriller lovers (Kate Furnivall)

Pick up this book and you won't be able to put it down (Sandra Howard)

'A fantastic and powerful novel of heart-pounding suspense, expertly written to draw the reader in and never let go!' (Kathryn Croft)

A compelling thriller! I thoroughly enjoyed every fast turning page (Vanessa Ronan, author of The Last Days of Summer)

About the Author

Jane Corry is a former magazine journalist who spent three years working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men. She had never been inside a jail before and this often hair-raising experience helped inspire her debut psychological thriller, the Sunday Times bestseller My Husband's Wife.

Jane is a regular life story judge for the Koestler Awards given to prisoners for art and writing. Until recently, Jane was a tutor in creative writing at Oxford University, and she now runs writing workshops in her local area of Devon and speaks at literary festivals all over the world. She has three grown up children and writes the 'Diary of a First-Time Grandmother' column for the Daily Telegraph.


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Format: Kindle Edition
This is definitely a book of two halves: the first half sets up an intriguing triangle between young lawyer Lily, her new husband Ed and the convicted murderer whose appeal Lily is managing. The 'double jeopardy' plot plays out interspersed by a mismatched story of Lily 's neighbours, an Italian mother and her daughter. This part of the book finishes at about halfway through and then everything flips forward 12 years.

The second half feels fevered and overly melodramatic: the Italian girl is now grown up and wants revenge; the released murderer appears back on the scene again, and someone has been stabbed and is dying in between the rest of the action.

With issues around murder, suicide, autism, affairs, revenge, lying, deception, adopted children, unknown paternity, this is an extremely busy book. I preferred the streamlined first half, and felt the second part seemed to lose internal logic with just too much being crammed in. Promising, but a book where less would have been more: 3.5 stars.

Thanks to the publisher for an ARC via Netgalley
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Disappointed with this book. It starts very well, and you really get into it. It then fast forwards 12 years, and becomes an utter load of nonsense. I love reading (1 book per day). I finished reading this book, even though the 'good' story was becoming too 'far fetched'. The second half of the story becomes like a story of a Mills and Boon novel (which I abhor). Personally I would never read another book from this author.
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Absolutely brilliant - I could not get enough of My Husband's Wife and was so sad when it ended! It's a psychological family thriller that keeps you guessing right to the end with more twists than a roller coaster.

Lily is a chubby lawyer, just married and back from her honeymoon with her artist husband Ed - and it doesn't take long to realise there are cracks in their seemingly perfect marriage. Then Lily gets her first job as a criminal lawyer defending a man imprisoned for murder. She becomes obsessed with getting him free - and so the trouble begins... There's also Carla, their neighbour's young daughter. She's devious, manipulative and excellent at getting adults to do what she wants - and that's all I'll say! I don't want to give too much away! Except you know from the start that someone is lying on the kitchen floor dying - you don't know how they got there and you don't know who did it...

This book really has everything - it's thrilling, but also so much more than that. The characters are flawed so they seem as real as you or me. You can't decide if you love them, hate them, or are secretly quite like them. I can't recommend it enough!
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Lily and Ed are recently married and not getting on as well as Lily would like, Ed is distant and displaying his artistic temperament a little too much for her liking. She is a defence lawyer and facing the task of proving herself in a particularly difficult case representing convicted murderer, Joe Thomas, a man with a strange and addictive personality who reminds Lily of her late brother, Daniel. There are more secrets in that closet!

They live next door to Francesca and daughter Carla. They are Italian and Carla is frequently bullied for standing out and being very different to the other children. Her mother has two jobs, one seemingly more moral than the other, and does not give Carla too much of her time (although Carla clearly adores her) so is grateful when Lily and Ed take to babysitting her on Sundays. Something that will see their lives permanently interwoven and not in a positive way.

Lily discovers Francesca's secret and shatters little Carla's life apart.

When Carla rediscovers them as an adult and sees their life through mature eyes she realises they were not the couple she first thought, and implements the plan she has been devising.

My Husband's Wife really is a good, multidimensional story to sink your teeth into. I was very quickly hooked by the alternating chapters narrated by Lily and Carla, and was endeared to Carla as a child, until a different side of her started to appear.

It really shines upon the fact of good and bad in people and who is the judge of who is what? Each of the characters has a balanced blend of both and I found myself liking characters I didn't think I should (Joe Thomas!).

Safe to say this is an excellent, dark psychological tale and one that I will enjoy rereading time and again.
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I’ve been very fortunate to read several fantastic thrillers this year and this has to be one of my favourites. Told from duelling perspectives and spanning several years, I couldn’t put this book down once I’d started because there was just so much going on that it was impossible to put down.

Lily met Ed at a party and they hit it off. It wasn’t long before they were married and Lily couldn’t believe her luck. After years of being insecure about how she looked, she was married to the most handsome man she had ever met and starting a career as a lawyer. Trying her best to hide the terrible secret from her past, Lily focuses on her career and taking care of the little girl from across the hall. But as the years pass, her world changes drastically and soon all her secrets are coming back to haunt her.

I don’t even know where to begin with this book because, holy crap, there’s a lot going on. Lily was a really interesting character and it was fascinating to see things through her own eyes and then again through the eyes of Carla, the little girl that they looked after on occasion. I particularly loved the way that Carla evolved as she got older. How her admiration of Lily and Ed was skewed and changed over the years. It’s a fascinating look into how certain actions can change someone’s course in life.

The branching plotlines in this book are brilliant. Expertly woven together through the characters and the years, converging together to the tragic events at the end of the book. Not only was there Lily’s shoot to fame after her first case being a huge win, there was also Lily having to deal with the repercussions of this, and then her marriage falling apart and her son having trouble settling in.
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