Skip to content

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

June 3, 2016


When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind.

But then she meets Joe. A convicted murderer who reminds Lily of someone she once knew, and who she becomes obsessed with freeing.

But is he really innocent?

And who is she to judge?

Lily is a lawyer, and Ed Macdonald is an advertising executive who dreams of giving it all up to concentrate on his art. When they meet at a party, Lily, who does not suffer from high self esteem, is swept off her feet and when Ed proposes shortly afterwards, she just can’t say yes quickly enough to being Mrs Macdonald.

But both Lily and Ed are keeping secrets; secrets that might start small but have a habit of growing with time.

Carla is a lovely young girl living at home with her single mother. Her mother has a ‘friend’ and in order to get some alone time, Carla’s mother persuades Lily to look after Carla while she is at ‘work’, an arrangement that develops into a regular weekend event.

Somewhat captivated by Carla’s Italian looks, Ed is inspired and paints Carla – and that painting is what makes finally leads him to his first success.

My Husband’s Wife is told in alternate chapters by Lily and Carla, though how truthful they are as narrators is an open question. As soon as they return from honeymoon, Lily is moved to the criminal division of her firm and is sent straight off to a secure prison where she nervously meets her first ever criminal client, Joe Thomas. Joe is appealing against his murder conviction – a sentence he received for killing his girlfriend Sarah.

Lily is jealous of Ed’s previous girlfriend. Ed is jealous of Lily’s consuming job. Things are soon quite fraught between the couple, as they begin to realise that hiding who they are and what they want from each other will take its toll on their already fragile marriage.

Lily is carrying a lot of baggage from her childhood and her frail ego leads her to invest too much in her client’s innocence. Over a period of 15 years we watch the characters develop . Lily and Ed’s marriage falls apart and their son Tom, born with Aspergers syndrome, is all that is left between them.

When Carla, now a young woman, comes back into their lives, the stage is set for a shocking and surpising denouement.

There are no immediately loveable people here, though I was inevitably drawn to the damaged Lily and felt sorry for Carla’s lonely childhood.  Each character has flaws and seriously dubious moral integrity. But Jane Corry draws them very well and she imbues her characters with strength at the same time as she makes them lie and that gives the reader a book of substance to grapple with.  These are complex people leading spotted, messy lives and trying to get through life any way they can, even when that involves lies, threats, blackmail and murder.

Well plotted, it is, surprisingly, a debut novel. I was not surprised to learn that Jane Corry spent three years working as writer in residence at a high security men’s prison – she uses that experience very well in her novel. I would definitely read Jane Corry again.

My Husband’s Wife was published by Penguin on 26 May 2016

This post is part of a blogtour for the novel. Other reviews can be found here :

My Husbands Wife blog tour poster

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Chocolate Lady's Book Review Blog

For book reviews of mostly adult, literary, contemporary, historical, and women's fiction.

The Bibliovert

Book Reviews, Recommendations and More

Cal Turner Reviews

Living life one book at a time...

Baker's Not So Secret Blog

Book reviews and more

Teapot Tucker

A Book and a Brew Will See You Through


Lover of books and book reviewer. Usually found curled up with a book.

The Annual Bloggers Bash

The Official Website for the Best Blogging Event of the Year!

The Bibliofile

Book Reviews, Books, Bestsellers, Literary Fiction

Liz Loves Books

The Wonderful World of Reading

Daily (w)rite

Damyanti Biswas is an author, blogger, animal-lover, spiritualist. Her work is represented by Ed Wilson from the Johnson & Alcock agency. When not pottering about with her plants or her aquariums, you can find her nose deep in a book, or baking up a storm.

Being Anne...

Books, travel, and other things that make life interesting

Books in my Handbag Blog

"I love your book blog and am honoured to be there amongst such class" - Carol Drinkwater, Apr 2017

Short Book and Scribes

To the point book reviews and other bookish stuff

Bucks, Books & Beyond

This blog is for me to share with you where books have taken me recently.

Sandy's Book a Day Blog

A book a day is bliss😍

Over The Rainbow Book Blog

Book reviews and ramblings from a book mad mum of three!

Raven Crime Reads

Criminally good reads...

%d bloggers like this: