Monday, February 19, 2024

Review - The Wife's Mistake

Title:  The Wife's Mistake
Author Lorna Dounaeva
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Format:  Audio ALC
Length:  11 hr 34 min
Narrator:  Imogen Church+
No. of Pages:   364
Date of Publication:   February 19, 2024
My Rating:   4 Stars

The hand-delivered note trembles between my fingers and my blood runs cold at the words staring back – you don’t deserve this life. Everything I’ve always dreamed of is finally within reach. How long do I have until my past catches up with me?

From inside our new perfect house, I watch the pool water ripple under the raindrops. Despite how calm it is outside, my heart pounds as I think about that terrible message and what it means for my marriage.

I never expected that one day I’d be sipping coffee in our handcrafted marble kitchen but, despite our good fortune, my husband is more distant than ever. With Hayden absent once again, I’m left to ask: what exactly is my husband hiding and is the note related?

I spend all night tossing and turning, with my heart racing in my chest. Looking out into the darkness, I swear I see movement beyond the garden hedges. I try to shake my fears away; I must be imagining things. That’s what Hayden would say.

I can’t ignore the feeling in the pit of my stomach – what if the person outside isn’t looking for Hayden, and instead, they’re looking for me? I’m paralysed by fear. It’s only a matter of time until I’ll have to confront my past. Hayden may have secrets, but so do I – my husband has no idea what I did all those years ago.

I know what I need to do to protect my perfect new life, and those around me don’t know how far I’m willing to go…

A gripping page-turner filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense, fans of Sally Hepworth, Lisa Jewell and Liane Moriarty will be completely hooked by The Wife’s Mistake!


I may not play the lottery, but The Wife's Mistake would be an excellent reminder of what not to do when one wins millions with the perfect ticket. £12 million might have seemed like such a grand amount that all of Natalie's and Hayden's problems - as well as to give the both of the life they always dreamed of.

Instead, problem after problem face the couple. From family members who want as piece of the pie, to poor decisions, to secrets being exposed, things for Natalie and Hayden go from bad to worse. To dream of wanting more is not a bad thing, but when it suddenly fell into the laps of Natalie and Hayden rushing in to a new lifestyle just might have led to devastating effects.

As this ALC was expertly narrated by Imogen Church, I found myself both completely drawn into the story, but also cringing as it felt like a roller coaster ride that would end in disaster. The couple could have had it all if decisions were more balanced. But then, are most people balanced when you go from living paycheck to paycheck to becoming millionaires overnight?

Many say that money is the root of all evil, but the Bible states that the love of money is the root of all evil. If you want a wild ride when love of money, greed and deception rule the day, look no further than The Wife's Mistake.

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


I started out as a politics graduate and worked for the British Home Office for a number of years, before turning to crime fiction. My first thriller, FRY was released in 2013.

I was named after the novel, Lorna Doone, and as you would expect, I love reading. My favourite genre is crime, especially psychological thrillers but I also enjoy romance and historical fiction.

The books I write are dark domestic thrillers. I like to see what happens when ordinary people are thrown into impossible situations and I'm especially fond of female villains. 

I live in the Orkney Islands with my Ukrainian husband and his parents, three children, a crafty cat and a happy dog.

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