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The Third Wife by [Jewell, Lisa]
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Praise for "The House We Grew Up In"
"Clever, intelligent, and believable on a subject few of us really understand. Lorrie is one of the most vivid--and complex--characters I've read in years. Wonderful."--Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You

"You'll be desperate to find out what messed this family up so badly."--Sophie Kinsella, author of Shopaholic to the Stars

..".prose so beautiful that it glitters on the page. Lisa Jewell lays down piece after piece of mosaic, revealing the heart of the Bird family, filled in equal measure with love and loss. Unforgettable."--Jo-Ann Mapson, author of Solomon s Oak, Finding Casey, and Owen s Daughter"

"Lisa Jewell's quixotic Bird family functions like an operatic ensemble--each voice distinct, each singing his heart out, seemingly oblivious to the others. Yet somehow by the end of this engrossing, beautifully crafted novel, their separate stories will draw them back together, reminding us that, however hard we struggle against them, family ties are not easily undone."--Judith Ryan Hendricks, author of Bread Alone

"A gorgeous, powerful, affecting tale of a family both ordinary and extraordinary. Lisa Jewell is a wonderful storyteller, and The House We Grew Up In grips you from the first page to the last. I'm afraid to say it made me neglect both my children and my husband. The Bird family might be dysfunctional, but I was strangely sorry to leave it."--Anna Maxted, author of Getting Over It and Running In Heels

"Beautiful, moving, and unputdownable."--Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You

"What a delightful novel! I was truly absorbed by Betty and Arlette. A wonderful perspective on the curiosity, confidences and deep affection that can exist between the generations. The story is ingeniously and seamlessly balanced within two different time frames, and the care Lisa Jewell devotes to the sense of place and the detailed fabric of each age gives her book a richness that both charms and moves."--Juliet Nicolson, author of Abdication and The Great Silence: Britain From the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age

"This is another emotional clever read from Jewell, beautifully written and populated with carefully constructed characters you'll be rooting for as you race through it.... I couldn't put it down."--Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail (London)

Praise for "The Making of Us "
"Compelling and heartbreaking. . . . I couldn't put it down."--Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

"Utterly brilliant!"--Marian Keyes, New York Times bestselling author of The Mystery of Mercy Close

Jewell excels atjuggling multiple perspectives to slowly peel back the layers of supposeddomestic bliss. Like Liane Moriarty, she manages the perfect blend of women'sfiction and nail-biting suspense, throwing enough red herrings in the reader'spath to keep the pages turning.--Susan Maguire "Booklist "

Praise for "The House We Grew Up In"
Clever, intelligent, and believable on a subject few of us really understand. Lorrie is one of the most vivid and complex characters I've read in years. Wonderful. --Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You"

You'll be desperate to find out what messed this family up so badly. --Sophie Kinsella, author of Shopaholic to the Stars"

...prose so beautiful that it glitters on the page. Lisa Jewell lays down piece after piece of mosaic, revealing the heart of the Bird family, filled in equal measure with love and loss. Unforgettable. --Jo-Ann Mapson, author of Solomon s Oak, Finding Casey, and Owen s Daughter"

A gorgeous, powerful, affecting tale of a family both ordinary and extraordinary. Lisa Jewell is a wonderful storyteller, and The House We Grew Up In grips you from the first page to the last. I'm afraid to say it made me neglect both my children and my husband. The Bird family might be dysfunctional, but I was strangely sorry to leave it. --Anna Maxted, author of Getting Over It and Running In Heels"

Praise for The House We Grew Up In
Clever, intelligent, and believable on a subject few of us really understand. Lorrie is one of the most vivid and complex characters I've read in years. Wonderful. --Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You"

Book Description

The unforgettable new novel from Top Ten bestseller Lisa Jewell, author of Ralph's Party, The Making of Us and The House We Grew Up In.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476792194
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846059259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846059254
  • ASIN: B00IA6MC3E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 391 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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The idea behind this novel is good and quite different. Adrian has had three wives and over time the three families have merged. As with any extended family there are bickerings and niggles but also a general sense of belonging in most cases. Everything certainly seems to be working out until, suddenly, wife number three, Maya, dies in a particularly nasty accident while drunk. Adrian is left with the awful job of not only of grieving but also of clearing up all of the other emotional fallout from Maya's death. This proves to be far from straight forward.

Maya's death opens up one huge can of worms for the family especially as there's no exact explanation for what happened. The plot offers up some decent tension as it winds itself around the means of her death, was it intentional/accidental/was she pushed, and who exactly is the shadowy character Jane?. What does she want?.

There's not much more to the plot in terms of action. What follows is the slow uncovering of a mystery and the close examination of possible motive. Is this really the well balanced family we've been led to believe in or might there be murderous intent lurking in the shadows?.

For me, just a personal opinion, the first half of the book, the scene setting. was better than what came afterwards. I was hooked into the story at first and was enjoying it but; I found the character of Adrian becoming more difficult to like or connect with. I ended up not really caring one way or another what happened to Adrian because he's so self absorbed. That sort of took the edge off the rest of the book for me.

'Third Wife' is a bumpy read with as many highs as lows. Some of the novel is good while other parts, particularly the characterisation, are weaker. On this occasion I can't give more than 3*.
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The book opens with a real kick as a drunken Maya falls under a bus leaving a distraught husband, Adrian, to cope with the aftermath. However as Maya is the eponymous third wife, he still has his previous two wives and combined families to offer him support. The big question he is struggling with is was her death accidental or premeditated.

It would appear that Adrian liked everything in his garden to be rosy, and encouraged all of his wives and children to get along. On the face of it, it would seem that this was what happened. Maya's death however casts a doubt onto how happy his wives and offspring actually were with the situation.

A further complication is the appearance of the mysterious Jane who is not all she appears to be and her stalkerish behaviour raises questions as to her involvement or not with Maya's death.

I was quickly drawn into the book but my enthusiasm began to wane slightly about halfway through. Essentially I couldn't warm to the character of Adrian, who was exceedingly self centred and seemed incapable of seeing women as anything but potential conquests. I wasn't too bothered about the wider family either, the children, were for the most part not particularly likeable and at some stage most family members appeared as likely candidates for the action that might have contributed to Maya's death

It was my desire to find out what really happened to Maya, and who the mysterious Jane was that kept me going to the end, rather than any interest in the rest of the characters. Sadly I found the ending unrealistic and contrived which for me let the book down further.

I think my real problem with the book is that it fell between two stools, in that it was a mixture of chic lit meets thriller and sadly it just didn't work for me.

I received a free copy of this title via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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