Thursday, February 16, 2023

BLOG TOUR - The Mistress Next Door


I know what you did. You destroyed my life. Now I’m going to take everything from you, starting with your husband. I’m your worst nightmare, and I’m closer than you think.

Oliver, my husband and the father of our three little girls, used to be my rock. But recently he’s been behaving strangely, staying out late, working weekends and emotionally absent even when home. Now as I clutch a receipt for a hotel room and champagne for two, hidden away in his coat pocket, I’m devastated. What else can I assume other than he’s cheating?

I’ve risked everything for the life I have now, a life that’s a million miles from… before. Not that Oliver would know anything about that. I would do 
anything to hold on to the perfect future I so dearly long for. A future that is now about to come crashing down.

Because Oliver’s cheating isn’t the only threat to my family. This morning I received an anonymous note. One that changes everything. The past isn’t just haunting me, it’s coming back to destroy me. It seems that someone in our close-knit community of Prospect Close knows my secret. Someone who’s willing to do whatever it takes to get their revenge. They’ve already stolen my husband. How much further will they go? And what can I do to stop them…?

An astonishing, compelling page-turner with a jaw-dropping twist, if you love Lisa Jewell, K. L. Slater and Jackie Kabler, you’ll love The Mistress Next Door.

Title:   The Mistress Next Door
Author:  Lesley Sanderson 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Psychological Thrillers 
Format:  Audiobook ARC
Narrator:  Eilidh Beaton
Length:  8 hrs 22 min
No. of Pages:   364
Date of Publication:   February 15, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars

Something happened in Harriet’s life when she was 16 years of age that she has kept secret for everyone, including her husband Oliver. With her marriage having already gone through difficult days, one day while at the park with her three children, including her twin girls, one of them goes missing. Not only is Oliver out of town, he is also out of touch and she can’t even tell him how desperate she is that their daughter is missing. Not only is she dealing    with this terror, but she gets a note that alludes to her past and lets her know that nothing for her is ever going to go smooth again. 

Someone knows about Harriet’s past. Revenge seems to be the name of the game and she will do anything to stop what is going on. More than that, she starts to have reason to not trust Oliver and is determined to discover who he could be possibly having yet another affair with. No one in their circle of friends escapes her thoughts as to whom could be sleeping with her husband. Torn between trying to sort out what’s going on with Oliver, as well as that note that alludes to her past, Harriet is overwhelmed.

Although this book was mostly in the present, there were flashbacks to Harriet’s teenage years to give a clue as to what secret she has been hiding from that past. The drama continued to intensify as Harriet’s past begins to collide with her present, which could possibly ruin her future. I listened to this tense domestic thriller as it was wonderfully narrated by Eilidh Beaton. Whether voicing what Harriet was experiencing, or the other characters in the book, the narration lent to making this intriguing story even better than it already was.

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

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Lesley attended the Curtis Brown Creative 6 month novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 The Orchid Girls (then On The Edge) was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize.

Lesley spends her days writing in coffee shops in Kings Cross where she lives and works as a librarian. She loves the atmosphere and eclectic mix of people in the area. Lesley discovered Patricia Highsmith as a teenager and has been hooked on psychological thrillers ever since.

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