Author: Sally Hepworth
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 352
Date of Publication: April 5, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
A heart surgeon at the top of his field, Stephen Aston is getting married again. But first he must divorce his current wife, even though she can no longer speak for herself.
Tully and Rachel Aston look upon their father’s fiancée, Heather, as nothing but an interloper. Heather is younger than both of them. Clearly, she’s after their father’s money.
THE FORMER WIFE
With their mother in a precarious position, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family’s secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is.
THE YOUNGER WIFE
Heather has secrets of her own. Will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous impulses in all of them?
Tully and Rachel Aston are beside themselves when their father Stephen tells them he has proposed to a woman named Heather. For one thing, Stephen's bride-to-be is younger than they are. Much more importantly, however, he is still married to their mother! Their mother is living in a home and is suffering from advanced dementia.
Quite naturally, Tully and Rachel are outraged on their mother's behalf, even if she has reached the point that she doesn't recognize any of them. With regard to all of the characters in this newest book by Sally Hepworth, they are all quite flawed. In fact, more than one of them has a secret, and if said secret is revealed, everything could come toppling down.
I loved this story because there was a lot of misdirection involved. This kept my riveted page after page, culminating with a surprising conclusion.
Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives (2015), The Things We Keep (2016) and The Mother's Promise (2017), and The Family Next Door (Feb 2018). Sally's books have been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s novels as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”.
Sally's novels are available worldwide in English and have been translated into 15 languages.
Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children.