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by Orion Fiction, 25 January 2018. ISBN: 978-1-40917542-1 (PB)
If one of the prerequisites of a
really good psychological thriller is that it makes you turn the pages, then The Guilty Wife is a really good
psychological thriller. But I would go further than that and say it is an excellent
one – not only was I turning the pages, but I was turning them faster and
book has a good premise – Calum Bradley, the famous but secret lover of the
main character, Bethany, is murdered. Bethany is happily married to Jason, so she
can’t grieve openly. But someone knows her secret, and the threats to expose
her soon begin. With evidence piling up pointing to her as the killer, the only
way she can protect herself is to prove she is innocent. To do that, she must
find out who murdered Calum.
too far into The Guilty Wife I
realised that the tension was building slowly, and the story had drawn me in
and gripped me – I didn’t want to put the book down... it was a case of ‘just
one more page, just one more chapter’. The red herrings were coming thick and
fast in this game of cat and mouse. There is deceit and there is betrayal. The
plot is tightly woven, the characters believable. In fact, just about every
character comes into the frame for the murder, and a good case can be made for
each of them to be the killer, but Elle Croft writes with such a deft touch
that we are wrong-footed every time.
found the ending of the book satisfying, bold and enthralling, a breath of
fresh air in the psychological thriller genre. And, dare I say it, well set up
for a sequel. Bring it on.
Reviewer: Mary-Jane Riley
Elle Croftwas born in South
Africa, grew up in Australia and moved to the UK in 2010 after travelling
around the world with her husband. She works as a freelance social media
specialist and also blogs about travel, food and life in London. The Guilty Wife is her debut novel.
Mary-Jane Riley wrote
her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter, when she was
eight. When she grew up she had to earn a living, and became a BBC radio talk
show presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories, but
also some of the darkest events of the past two decades. Then, in true
journalistic style, she decided not to let the facts get in the way of a good
story and got creative. She wrote for women's magazines and small presses. She
formed WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help charities get their message
across using their life stories. Now she is writing psychological suspense,
drawing on her experiences in journalism. The
Bad Things by Mary-Jane Riley was published by Harper Collins/Killer Reads.
Her second book, After
published by Killer Reads in April 2016.To read the review click on the title.