Thursday, March 19, 2020

BLOG TOUR - The First Wife

Today I am happy to make my stop on the Blog Tour for The First Wife by Jill Childs.


I moved closer to the little girl, afraid that our voices would be caught by the monitor.

‘What happened to you, Lucy? Can you tell me?’

When Sophie’s life falls apart, she accepts an invitation from a childhood friend, Caroline, to visit her family’s beautiful beach house, situated at the mouth of an isolated cove, miles from the nearest town. The silence is broken only by the rhythmic crash of the waves against the jagged black rocks below.

But when Sophie arrives, she finds her friend much changed. Caroline – who used to be so warm and confident – is secretive and on-edge, spending long, unexplained hours away from her family. And then there’s Caroline’s little daughter Lucy – who stopped speaking soon after they moved in. Caroline assures Sophie that it’s only a phase, but Sophie thinks Lucy looks a little uncared for, a little afraid…

Then one night Sophie is woken by a scream and runs to find Lucy, out of bed and at the attic window, staring in terror at the view below. When Sophie goes to look, her blood runs cold…

What secrets hide behind closed doors in this isolated house by the sea? A compelling domestic drama from the USA Today bestselling author of Gracie’s Secret. Perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door.

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Title:   The First Wife
Author:  Jill Childs
Genre:   Literary Fiction; Women's Fiction
Publisher:   Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  265
Date of Publication:  March 18, 2020
My Rating:  4 Stars

Could it be possible that decades could stop in time? Sophie and Caroline just might have a chance to find out. Caroline  reaches out to her old friend. When Sophie comes to visit, will things go well?

Unfortunately, things pretty much go wrong from the moment Caroline sets her foot on Sophie's doorstep.  At the same time, Sophie's three-year old daughter Lucy begins acting strangely, she stops speaking and the exhibits some scary behavior. 

Caroline's behavior is suspect. She has some strange moments and has a rather casual attitude about things. Her marriage to Dominic is strained. Having a house guest at this time is stressful. With Dominic's less than pleased attitude for having them in his home and strange events taking place, things certainly are not right.

With Lucy not speaking, Sophie not only begins to care for er, as she is concerned about Lucy's issues so strives to find a way to help her. Oddly enough, Caroline zones out and it seems as if she is using Sophie. The atmosphere is dark and the house is full of secrets.

This thrilling read by was full of tension with the drama being incredibly tense. The story felt confusing at times, drawing my attention, and there were a lot of pieces to connect. I think that is what kept me riveted to the story. The twists and turns throughout the book led to an intriguing conclusion. I love Jill Childs books and am glad to have been able to read The First Wife. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Jill always loved writing – real and imaginary – and spent thirty years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She's now made her home in south-west London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she's covered everything from earthquakes and floods, wars and riots, she's decided some of the most extraordinary stories are right here at home - in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets just like yours.


  1. I am intrigued - I do loves me some secrets. Excellent review, Robin!

  2. This seems really interesting.

  3. I've never read her work, I really must at some point. Great review.

  4. Definitely seems like a lot of secrets going on. Glad you enjoyed it :)

    Happy reading!
    Megan | Ginger Mom & Company