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Her Husband’s Lover by Julia Crouch

January 17, 2017

She stole her husband. Now she wants to take her life. After the horrors of the past, Louisa Williams is desperate to make a clean start.

Her husband Sam is dead. Her children, too, are gone, victims of the car accident in which he died.

Sam said that she would never get away from him. That he would hound her to death if she tried to leave. Louisa never thought that he would want to harm their children though.
But then she never thought that he would betray her with a woman like Sophie.

And now Sophie is determined to take all that Louisa has left.

She wants to destroy her reputation and to take what she thinks is owed her – the life she would have had if Sam had lived.

Her husband’s lover wants to take her life. The only question is will Louisa let her?

 

Her Husband’s Lover is one of those books that you don’t want to put down. A dark and twisted tale, it has several surprises that made me sit up and think again about what I had supposed to be the truth.

Louisa and Sophie are two women who live on the edge of their nerves. Louisa is fragile because she is recovering from a car accident in which she lost her husband Sam and her two children.

Sophie is frayed because she is alone, pregnant and penniless.Neither of these women is reliable; both are inextricably linked.

In a tense and exceptionally well plotted tale, Julia Crouch has created two characters whose stories are at odds with each other. Louisa the wronged and grieving wife and Sophie the poor and pregnant mistress.

Neither woman is especially likeable, both have reasons to be bitter about their circumstances. But which is the reliable narrator? Can we trust anything we are told?

As they attempt to rebuild their lives following Sam’s death, Louisa and Sophie each find that it is impossible to leave the other behind.

Julia Crouch has created an intense psychological thriller which will keep you absorbed well into the night. Recommended.

Her Husband’s Lover is published by Headline on 26 January 2017

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