The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton

A brilliant tension building, dark and twisted psychological drama!

I was kindly gifted a copy of this in order to take part in the blog tour!

The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton
372 Pages
Out 10th December

Opening Line: “Clients trust me because I blend in.”

Nina and Marie were best friends-until Nina was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Before she died, Nina asked Marie to fulfill her final wishes.

But her mistake was in thinking Marie was someone she could trust.

What Nina didn’t know was that Marie always wanted her beautiful life, and that Marie has an agenda of her own. She’ll do anything to get what she wants.

Marie thinks she can keep her promise to her friend’s family on her own terms. But what she doesn’t know is that Nina was hiding explosive secrets of her own…

4 / 5

If you’re looking for a thriller that builds the tension then this is the book for you.

There are no big action packed moments but it’s really not needed. This book is about secrets and the inner workings of peoples minds and the decisions they make in their life.

The book is told from Marie’s point of view as she tries to fulfill her best friends dying wish to look after her family and let me just say that Marie is one complicated and damaged character. This is what creates the tension throughout and even now after finishing the book, I’m still not sure whether I feel sorry, scared, angry or sympathy for Marie.

I don’t want to give too much away, but due to the crazy inner thoughts of Marie, you will constantly change your mind over what you think is going to happen. I honestly couldn’t predict how it was going to end as there is no one character in the book that you can fully trust.

Each character is flawed but each have their own reasons for the way they behave and for the secrets they keep. There is a slight twist which I think most will pick up on pretty soon but as previously mentioned this book is more about the characters and the desperation of some.

Overall I really enjoyed this! Marie was perfectly messed up and will have you on the edge of your seat with her unpredictability.

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