- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Headline (26 Jan. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472206673
- ISBN-13: 978-1472206671
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Psychological thrillers don't come much better than this (Clare Mackintosh)
Totally unputdownable - until I got to the twist that made me drop the book (Erin Kelly)
Taut and twisty, and full of surprises. I loved it (Sarah Hilary)
Nothing is what it seems in this brilliant novel by Julia Crouch. What a clever, unsettling, absorbing book (Elly Griffiths)
A fantastic, fast-paced and riveting read. Her Husband's Lover is addictive, dark and disturbing. I struggled to put it down and it stayed with me long after I'd finished the book. (Lisa Cutts)
Deliciously disturbing... Crouch is one of those writers who inevitably keeps one up too late, and Her Husband's Lover is no exception (Alex Marwood)
A brilliant and compelling thriller from the Queen of Domestic Noir (Helen FitzGerald)
A perfect mix of intriguing characters and unexpected surprises, compelling because the ground beneath our feet is constantly shifting... she makes her readers think (Ruth Dugdall)
Compellingly unsettling, Julia has crafted a top notch twisty tale that'll keep you turning those pages desperate to find out what happens next! (Angela Clarke)
Takes Domestic Noir into even darker and more twisted places than ever (Helen Cadbury)
A deliciously dark psychological thriller (Best Magazine)
A gripping thriller penned by a brilliant writer (Peterborough Telegraph)
Hugely addictive read... gleefully rips to shreds the reader's expectations (Irish Times)
A woman has to stop her rival from ruining her life in HER HUSBAND'S LOVER, the stunning new novel from the acclaimed Julia Crouch. 'Psychological thrillers don't come much better than this' Clare MackintoshSee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Louisa is left wondering lots of whys and how's and just why with a woman like Sam her husband had taken up with. It had me riveted to the spot reading this. Just as you think it will be heading one way of which I was so sure of it suddenly vered off another way. My mind was kept guessing and the twisty way it gets you thinking one thing then another was a brilliant idea I thought. This has to be one of my most favourite reads this year so far and did help with the bed rest I was on too.
I finished reading this book last night and my heart is still racing this morning! This is one of the darkest, twisted tales I have read in a long time and I absolutely loved it. From the start I was totally absorbed in this book. Julia Crouch is a fantastic writer who really messed with my head with her characters, and messed with my emotions. The story is told from mainly two points of view, Louisa and Sophie, but is also split into flashback narrative, between present day and during Louisa and Sam’s marriage. This meant the story was unraveled slowly, but built up suspense and tension well. Going between the present and the past with Louisa and Sophie, the author paints two very different pictures with chilling repercussions.Read more ›
Dark and twisted is the only way to describe the plot of Her Husband's lover - we start with the car crash and Louisa lying in a coma in hospital, her husband Sam and their children gone. Enter Sophie determined to avenge her lover's death - determined to make Louisa pay for what she believes she is owed and from there on in we are embroiled into what is undoubtedly one of the most chilling domestic noir novels of the year - seriously the author takes noir to a whole new level!
Sophie and Louisa narrate this tale and OMG what unreliable narrators they are! With the story told from both their points of view the reader will be reeling between despising and feeling sorry for both of them! Julia Crouch has excelled herself with the development of the characters in this book - they will manipulate you and play mind games with your brain, seriously you are not going to know who or what to believe throughout this book!
The novel gives you abuse, betrayal and deception all tied up into one mind-blowing plot. The reader is the mouse and Julia Crouch is the cat toying with your mind - this book left me on the edge of my seat and I literally could not put it down
It opens with a terrible and devastating car crash – which could be a good metaphor for the entire book as this is a messy, complicated, confusing story, full of moments that completely change your thoughts and feelings towards the characters.
The opening scene of Louisa escaping her battered car which was chased off the road by her husband Sam is very real and emotionally intense.
“Where is he though? Are they still in danger?”
Louisa’s panic about Sam overrides everything else around her and this immediately unleashes a torrent of questions from the reader about what has happened, why she was trying to escape and what has Sam done to propel them into this desperate situation. The added horror that both her children have died in the accident makes this an opening that can only hook the reader in and drag them quickly only on a journey that will keep them balancing on the edge of their seat, wishing the sofa had a seatbelt to keep them tightly in place as the twists, turns, emergency stops and law breaking speed of the story hurtle them along on a ride that can only leave you feeling distinctly nauseous.
So Crouch continues to set the scene. Louise is recovering and they tell her she is “lucky”, but she feels anything but. Crouch evokes a heavy atmosphere of fear which will keep you checking over your shoulder as she builds more and more tension with hints that Louisa’s life is still at stake; that her marriage and family life have been hellish. The anonymous nature of the voice and the threat create even more suspense and tension.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great psych-thriller with plenty of twists to a nicely wrought plot. You are kept guessing, the narrative is crisp and engaging and the whole reading experience is enjoyable and... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Zipster Zeus
Switches and changes and confuses the reader. A lot of improbable things happen. And I found the ending disappointing although dramatic.Published 4 days ago by Customer
Wow, that was a really intense read. The story starts off very dramatic and doesn't really let go until the last page! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Angela Lovelace
Well this book was definitely not what I was expecting!
Louisa has been left injured after a horrific car crash in which she lost her husband and children. Read more
Her Husband's Lover is a twisty psychological thriller.
The plot, with two determined and unstable women at its heart, is compelling and unsettling. Read more
This is a great book with some fantastic twists and turns. Well written with the right amount of suspense....Julia Crouch is a very talented writer. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Lindsay Horsburgh
I'm in two minds about this book. On the one hand, it kept me pretty gripped all the way through and, even if it was fairly clear where the story was going from early on, one twist... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Matt
A fabulous read. Intelligent, elegant prose that mixes with page-turning suspense and drip-feeds you a psychologically disturbing and excellent story.Published 22 days ago by david neil kerby-kendall
Her Husband's Lover is compulsive page turner featuring not one but two unreliable narrators. The novel opens with a dramatically intense scene describing Louisa's escape from... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Pamreader