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Published by Penguin. 25 August 2016. ISBN: 978-0-241-25648-0
Families, relationships and the legal system all come under the
spotlight in this tense psychological thriller, with glimpses into the art
world and the heartaches and practical issues around coping with an emotionally
unstable child thrown in for good measure.
MacDonald is destined for success, but can’t quite believe it: a brilliant
up-and-coming lawyer with a glamorous husband, but with a secret in her past
which casts a shadow over the present. Carla is the small daughter of their
beautiful Italian neighbour, an engaging child, but not without a few secrets
of her own. Their lives become intertwined against a background of Lily’s
involvementin a knotty case which will
both set her on the road to the top of her profession and cast yet more shadows
over the next two decades.
those decades the secrets emerge and the web becomes more and more tangled,
resulting in a complex plot which examines the nature of right and wrong, the
difference between law and justice and the rich minefield of family dynamics.
There’s even a healthy dose of sex and violence, though fans of the gorier kind
of crime fiction will have to wait until the later stages of the narrative.
journalist Jane Corry has created a cast of characters who the reader may find
it hard to sympathize with; I spotted only one really likeable person in the
entire 500+ pages, and he wasn’t exactly key to the plot. But dislike them
though we may, they’re very well drawn, and not completely without redeeming
various legal procedures and attitudes which serve as a backcloth to the twists
and turns of the eternal triangle feel right enough to convince a reader
completely ignorant of that world, and have clearly been researched in detail,
but that detail doesn’t overwhelm the storytelling: a common pitfall among
debut authors, and one that Corry has avoided.
in future novels she might try to introduce a bit more pace; this one was
thought-provoking and offered some interesting insights, butit wasn’t until the final quarter of My
Husband’s Wife that the story really began to move along. But that too is a
first-time novelist’s issue, and one which experience will mend. I look forward
to Jane Corry’s next foray into fiction.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Jane Corryis a writer, journalist, and creative writing teacher.
After spending three years working as the writer-in-residence at a
high-security male prison she was inspired to write her first thriller. This
turned into the summer 2016 hit My Husband's Wife.
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.