Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Review - The Millionaire's Wife

Title:   The Millionaire's Wife
Author:  Shalini Boland
Publisher:  Bookouture Audio
Genre:   Psychological Thriller 
Format:  Audiobook ARC
Narrator:  Katie Villa
Date of Publication:   September 19, 2022
  (originally published April 2017)
My Rating:   5 Stars 


Everyone has their secrets. But this one could destroy your marriage.

When Anna Blackwell opens an email from an unknown sender, the shocking image attached shatters her perfect world. A woman has been killed. And Anna knows who did it. The past is catching up with her.

Is it her turn next?

To protect herself and her husband Will, she must tell him the terrible truth about her first love. But as the secrets of her life unravel, Anna begins to realise that she is not the only one who has been living a lie.

Anna doesn’t know who to turn to: her best friend, her parents, her husband. But she knows that her ex-lover is dangerous and she must stop him, before it’s too late…


Anna Blackwell is a happily married woman. Her husband Will is a millionaire but that is certainly not the reason she married him. She married him for love and their marriage is doing well. However, a single email starts Anna on a path of fear and recrimination. In a panic, she approaches Will and begs to go away for awhile. Perhaps to Sweden where she is from. As a businessman, Will does not have time to go away at present, so Anna feels even more desperate. 

The email Anna received brings back a past that she knows for certain is due to a previous relationship she had with Fin. Now in contact with Anna again, Fin plies her with more emails, as well as phone calls. This presents Anna will guilt and shame, as well as fear, regarding secrets of their past that she thought was behind her.

As this story is told in dual timeline fashion, we learn about Anna and Fin's previous relationship and how the two struggled. In fact, it was due to their struggles that place Anna's life in jeopardy now. Fin expects something from Anna and it is something she refuses to comply with. Thus, Anna's normal, happy life is about to be turned upside down.

The Millionaire's Wife was an absolutely thrilling book! I had this book as an audiobook which was excellently narrated by Katie Villa. It was so easy to sense Anna's fears and shame, all while leaving me to wonder how things would work out in the end. This book was so good that I listened to it in one sitting! I simply could not stop, not even to hit pause. Shalini Boland is an excellent author who always manages to write captivating thrillers, books that make you feel for the characters, all while sensing the dangers within. 

Many thanks to Bookouture Audio and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and Jess, their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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