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The First Wife: A Novel of Suspense

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  155 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
A New York Times Bestselling AuthorJane Warren swore she'd never marry again, but she just can't muster the cynicism to resist William Andrews - a debonair widower with two children of his own. Soon Jane is marching down the aisle and off to a life of luxury. But why is Andrew so obsessed with his dead wife? And why do the children seem to hate Jane so passionately? As she ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published (first published June 1st 2004)
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Laura Beasley
This story was good but not as good as the other books I have read by this author. I figured out very early the ending and there was only one very little surprise. Predictable story and drug some. Jane- a newspaper reporter-- meets Bill Andrews- a very wealthy business tycoon. His first wife was murdered and the circumstances about her death leave a lot to question. Jane and Bill have a very short courtship, marry and then attempts are made on Jane's life. Is she going to end up like the first w ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Devon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that this book left me more than a little bit confused. The description they give this book is that it is about a woman who gets swept off her feet by one of the richest men in the world. The reader gets the impression that they have a whirlwind romance, fall madly in love and finally marry only to have the husbands past come back to haunt him in the form of his dead wife. However, in actually reading this book that did not seem to be the case, there was no whirlwind romance. In ...more
Nov 01, 2013 Laren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book bills itself as a novel of suspense right in the title. However, it is primarily a romance, and a really dumb one at that. The blurb made it seem that the main character was already the new wife when strange things started happening to her. But in reality, the book takes us through the entire, ridiculously short, romance in all its' stupidity. She knows he's going to pop the question, and decides to say no, but then she doesn't. She has serious reservations about whether or not she sho ...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
This book was interesting with an unexpected ending (except that I had read the last chapter. Jane Warren is a journalist and is sent to interview the new owner of the paper, William Andrews, she is working for, but he is so busy to get that interview Jane has to accompany him and his group to Paris. Something clicked between them while they were there and when they arrived back in the US they started dating and before lone they are married and Jane has moved into William's apartment.
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This is a short, and rather silly mystery novel. It’s entertaining enough to keep the pages turning, since there aren’t that many of them (only about 300 of them). It feels rather reminiscent of a Mary Higgins Clark book, but with a less plausible plot and more cursing and sex. The ending is perhaps its strongest aspect; the twist is well-handled, but a one word summary of the book would simply be: ridiculous. But, if you need a fast and fun book, to laugh about the ludicrous nature of the plot, ...more
Jun 22, 2010 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came to me through my "Read-N-Swap" group. In the past I have really enjoyed the stories written by this author. This book was not her best work, but it still was readable. I had mostly figured out the plot by half-way through the book. This book did need the "happily-ever-after" ending or it would of been to dark. In the future I might give this author another try.
Barb Hall burd
A suspense from the first chapter! Many twists along the way, which did it's best to keep me reading. Loved it and want to read more Diana Diamond books.
Apr 29, 2013 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Warren, a financial writer for a newspaper interviews William Andrews the owner of a great media empire. The interview leads her to delve deeply into the murder of Andrews wife, Kay. A relationship occurs between the two and the story keep its suspense up quite well as to the mystery of the murder.
May 17, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This one keeps you on the edge of your seat up until the last chapter. I love how Diana Diamond constantly puts twists and intrigue throughout the book that had you guessing "who done it"! Once again a great book with a wonderful story line and great characters who keep things interesting.
I think this is one of the worst books I've ever read. The writing is stilted, the voices are robotic and the female lead is literally one of the dumbest characters I've ever read. Would not recommend.
The story was good, although I found it not too believable and I guessed the basic ending midway through.'s worth the read, better than Mary Higgins Clark
Dec 25, 2013 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Probably more like 2.5, not a very believable story or romantic romance.
Dec 30, 2010 Christen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this was an annoying book. so contrite and predictable with cliches of women and them swooning over men.
Aug 11, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
struggled to get into but by the middle of the book it was good and the ending was even better
Aug 18, 2007 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one really kept me interested...great mystery/romance!
Jan 21, 2011 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great suspense book.
Catherine Sandy
Not very plausible.
Apr 13, 2013 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read and so far good and suspenseful
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