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War of the Wives

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  989 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
Think marriage means happily ever after? Think again…

Selina and Lottie are complete opposites. Where Selina is poised but prudish, Lottie is quirky and emotional. Selina is the dutiful mother of three children and able manager of their stylish suburban home. Lottie lives with her eccentric teenage daughter in a small city apartment fit to bursting with color and happy cha
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Mira (first published 2012)
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Jan 05, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this read. Two women, Lottie and Selena discover they were both married to the same man Simon, at the same time. Simon unfortunately is dead at the start of the book, thereby avoiding the fallout that follows when the two women discover each other’s existence. The story is told alternatively from each woman’s viewpoint. Selena is a society wife, lives a privileged lifestyle with everything a woman could wish for. She is a “lady who lunches” and appearance is all important to her. ...more
Jan 15, 2015 Sharon rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Oh my god, this was the worst ending EVER. 95% of this book gets 3.5 stars, easy--and then the end gets a NEGATIVE STAR for being horrible. And I'm so sorry that I can't give it a better score; it's an interesting character study, an examination of grief and shock and complex emotions surrounding a rather salacious and flashy fun story.

And then there's this crazy sudden nutso ending that cuts off in the middle of the important scene where All The Crazy Things are revealed, and then there's this
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Told from the perspectives of two women, Tamar Cohen's War of the Wives is a story of love, loss and devastating betrayal.

Selina Busfield is devastated when her husband's body is found in the Thames River, especially as Simon was supposed to be working in Dubai and not due home until the next day. The police suspect suicide, but Selina is convinced her husband would simply not be capable of such a selfish act and, after twenty eight years of marriage and three children, she is certain she knows
May 28, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Tamar Cohen and I very much enjoyed it. I loved the style of writing –it’s sharp, perceptive and witty and I really felt as though I were reading about real people. I was hooked from the very start and it was a book that I couldn’t put down.

Selina has been married to Simon for 28 years, they have 3 children and an expensive lifestyle with money seemingly in abundance. Lottie has been married to Simon for 17 years, they have one child, they live in a small flat, are stru
Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
‘What’s the worst that can happen when the worst that can happen has already happened?’

Two women who have both been married - one for twenty-eight years with three children, the other for seventeen years with one daughter - to the same man who travels a lot, suddenly come face to face with each other for thefirst time at his funeral. There they learn of the existence of each other, and the novel follows their thoughts and behaviour as they both experience the feelings of denial, anger, bargainin
Aug 01, 2015 Alexandra rated it it was ok
Shelves: challenge
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Michelle Robinson
The cover is correct, this is addictive reading.
However, I was disgusted and dismayed when at the end of this book the author lays the responsibility for the husband's horrible choices at the feet of the first wife. It makes me wonder if this author was not a mistress herself, at some point, why is the wife to blame and not the man? Also his first and only real spouse bears the brunt of all of the derision and all of the money problems, in this novel. Honestly this books reads like a mistresses
Aug 13, 2014 Lynsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
It read like a trashy piece of chick-lit, with a final chapter thrown in to tie up the loose ends & to make it feel like the dark, psychological tale that the cover, tag line & blurb promised and that it was so obviously aiming for.
It wasn't especially clever and it was quite long winded. There were a couple of left-of-field threads thrown in for no obvious reason which in no way benefited the story. None of the characters were likeable, especially the wives, and it was a shame we didn't
Read In Colour
Dec 18, 2014 Read In Colour rated it liked it
Though I initially thought the premise of the book was a bit far-fetched, I was quickly reeled in to the wives' story lines. As I read, my allegiance switched back and forth between Selina and Lottie. Both women were blinded by their faith and trust in their husband and suffered the most for his actions.

I was slightly thrown by the ending. I didn't see it coming and it seemed a bit out of character with the rest of the story. Overall, it was a decent read.
Review & Book Giveaway: I have to sheepishly admit that when I opted in for War of the Wives by Tamar Cohen I didn’t read the publisher’s description as thoroughly as I normally do. I actually thought this was a story about a current wife and an ex-wife. I could think about all kinds of cat-fight kinds of things that could evoke, and I guess I was in an odd mood that day, because normally I don’t like to read about those kinds of dynamics. When I picked the book up to read it, I was actually ...more
Aug 15, 2016 Lori rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2016
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Sep 21, 2015 Shanon rated it did not like it
Shelves: chicky-litty
No book in which the son semi-rapes his sister is gonna get a lot of stars.
Jan 20, 2015 Vox rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Poor Selina. She's been married to Simon for nearly thirty years, has three children with him, takes care of his showcase minimalist home, dresses impeccably, and (thanks to some pharmaceutical help) still looks stunning at fifty-one. But now she's a widow because Simon fell? got pushed? jumped? into the Thames.

Poor Lottie. She's been married to Simon for seventeen years, has a daughter with him, takes care of his comfortable and cozy flat, dresses to express her passionate personality,
Cleo Bannister
Jul 17, 2016 Cleo Bannister rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, own
The book starts with all the required elements of a farce but whilst it is hugely entertaining, the author’s keen eye gives us something a little more complex than humour.

When Selina Busfield is woken in the middle of the night she is as much confused as worried. All that rapidly changes when the policeman outside asks to come in and when he makes his way into her beautiful London house he delivers the news that her husband Simon has been found dead in the Thames. Selina is mystified as to how t
Jan 27, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

War of the Wives is a very intriguing and riveting novel about two women who discover they were both married to the same man at the same time. While the premise of the story seems improbable, Tamar Cohen is simply brilliant at creating an entirely plausible scenario for the long lasting deception.

Selina Busfield has been married to Simon for twenty-eight years and they enjoy a lavish, privileged lifestyle. They have three children who range in age from late teens to their early twenties
Rachel Hall
"Two women. One husband. You can see how that might be awkward."

Although the synopsis did not inspire me with confidence that there would be much depth behind this novel, having read two of the more recent novels by Tammy Cohen I have come to appreciate her shrewd social commentary and wry observations. First One Missing handled the stifled silences amongst a support group for families who were linked by each having a child murdered and When She Was Bad was a well realised take on the fractious
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Feb 12, 2015 Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews rated it really liked it

My deepest sympathies, Mrs. Busfield. What? I am Mrs Busfield. Everyone was confused, but the cat was out of the bag.

Mr. Simon Busfield had two lives and two wives, and he was the only one who knew. Well only he and his accountant and his financial advisor, but definitely not the two women he claimed to be in love with and married for 28 years and one for 17 years.

Despite the serious situations in the book, THE WAR OF THE WIVES is entertaining and humorous. Once you think the surprises
Jan 14, 2015 Dianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting Yet Boring

This review is from: The War of the Wives (Kindle Edition)

I had many issues with this book: it was quite boring considering the story line, the characters, at least for me, are highly unlikable. I sympathized with them but I did not `feel' for them. The ending, while a surprise, was a letdown. The hint of incest was just a tad too out there for me and may be for some other readers. To wrap this book up in an epilogue just seemed to be a cop-out for me. Much of the first ha
Oct 17, 2015 Leanne rated it it was ok
Once in a while I will just grab a book that catches my eye at the library and see what happens. This was one of those times, and it helps me remember why I stick to recommended books!

On the plus side I liked the contrast of the two female narratives and their judgments and misunderstandings of each other. And the writing kept me involved enough that I completed the 360 plus page novel in a day. But overall the novel just left me depressed. It was definitely darker and stranger than books I usua
For Books' Sake
Apr 14, 2013 For Books' Sake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Tamar Cohen’s début novel The Mistresses’ Revenge probed the experience of being ‘the other woman’. Her latest, The War of the Wives, is slightly more complicated. At its heart, this is a novel that explores the trauma surrounding grief, loss and infidelity.

Readers will initially be drawn in by the scandalous premise: two widows meeting as they attempt to bury their husband, discovering that both were married to the same man in a juicy explosive graveside moment." (Excerpt from full review at F
Julie Barrett
Sep 30, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
War of the Wives
Simon leaves two wives when he dies. Selina is poised and has 3 children and runs the family home married for 28 years.
Lottie lives with a teen in the city, married for 17 years. They are both married to Simon and he's now dead.
Book follows both up til the point where they learn of the will and how things are going to be for each of them....
Find this hard to believe, that it even happened, the law allowed him to marry to 2 different people...
Crazy what they must do, together....
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
3.5 stars
An interesting and twisty read that is both thought provoking and original. Told from alternating points of view you are given a deeper sense of the story. 3.5 stars
Lynsey Dalladay
Jul 04, 2012 Lynsey Dalladay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is brilliant, told from the two different viewpoints of Selina and Lottie I couldn't put it down, I needed to know how it would play out. Fantastic!
Apr 16, 2015 Melinda rated it liked it
It was a good read but I couldn't buy some of the plot twists.
Mar 27, 2016 Lilbookworm rated it it was amazing
A mystifying book in places, but I quite liked it. Hope to read more by this author.
Renita D'Silva
Apr 27, 2016 Renita D'Silva rated it liked it
Emotional, astute, a sensitive portrayal of two families torn apart by one man's deception.
Sep 21, 2015 Joanna rated it liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
fun read -- goes off the rails a little by the end
Feb 02, 2016 Geraldine rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
In some ways this book is so good that 3 stars seems unfair. For example the following paragraph. You already know from the blurb that everything is going to come crashing down, so it's fun to read this in that context:

...I have much to be proud of: my beautiful six-bedroomed home, my three largely-on-the-rails children, my fund raising work, my size-twelve figure, my legendary pavlova (well, what's the point of being coy?)< my patronage of struggling artists, my newly-rationalised wardrobe,
Amie Gaudet
Dec 24, 2014 Amie Gaudet rated it really liked it
By: Tamar Cohen

I received a paperback copy of WAR OF THE WIVES through the Goodreads Giveaway program.

From The Back Cover:

"Think marriage means happily-ever-after? Think again..."

"Selina and Lottie are complete opposites. Where Selina is poised but prudish, Lottie is quirky and emotional. Selina is the dutiful mother of three children and able manager of their stylish suburban home. Lottie lives with her eccentric teenage daughter in a small city apartment fit to bursting with c
Voula Grand
Jul 25, 2012 Voula Grand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book: a gripping story, expertly told; I couldn’t put it down.
Two women, Selina and Lottie, meet at the graveside of Simon, the man to whom they have both been married, unbeknown to each other. From this dramatic start point, the story unfolds with numerous complications of this extreme situation.
The novel is an exploration of both grief and betrayal, two of the most painful of emotional experiences. Ms Cohen has an acute understanding of her subject, made explicit in the sections o
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