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An idealistic young woman marries a man she barely knows only to discover his first wife disappeared under mysterious circumstances. As a child, Bailey Browne dreamed of a knight in shining armor swooping in to rescue her and her mother. As she grew older, those dreams transformed, becoming ones of a mysterious stranger who swept her off her feet and whisked her away from ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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Ashley P.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
First off, I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway but I liked the synopsis enough that I would have picked it up on my own regardless of whether or not I won it.
That said, I'm a little disappointed that the book didn't measure up to the synopsis. I covered my book with tiny post-it's to keep track of everything I wanted to mention so here we go:

---"Too much flowery language."---
Actual quote from the book: "Do you believe in fate, Bailey Browne? That two people can be destined to meet?"
"Yes, I
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Alex is The Romance Fox
The first half of this book reminded me a lot about the book, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Short summary of Rebecca - Heroine is the companion and working slave to a rich woman holidaying in the south of France, There she meets a mysterious and rich older man, falls in love and believing that he’s the knight in shining armor that will take her away from her lonely existence, agrees to marry him…after just a few days.

Hero is a dark and tortured man, who u
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Michael
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
After initially thinking i may of picked up a Mills and Boon book by mistake with sappy romance a plenty in the first few chapters and the dreaded ridiculous names for characters syndrome (Raine, Roane and True)that had me grinding my teeth any times there names came up, the story would thankfully settle into a solid and intriguing thriller.

Bailey Browne has dreamed her whole life of a knight in shining armour who would sweep her off her feet. On Vacation, Bailey would meet that Knight in hunky
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Jennifer
The First Wife is a mystery novel written by Erica Spindler. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Spindler and I enjoyed it overall. The story features a mixture of mystery, suspense, romance, and family drama. The characters are interesting and their secrets are plentiful which provided some authentic intrigue to the mystery element. However, typically when I read a mystery novel, I like to react with an, “OMG!” at the end. I didn't react that way in this one. I wouldn't say the resolution ...more
Bren
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Gothic Mysteries and fans of Southern Mysteries.
“We had a sailboat, a thirty-eight-foot Hunter, docked at South Shore Harbor in New Orleans.”
― Erica Spindler, The First Wife


The First Wife is a mystery and a Gothic novel. Bailey has just married a man she has known for only a short time. She goes to live with him on his large ranch. But people don't take to Bailey to well and she begins to learn things about her new husband that make her aware he maybe not such a nice guy. Actually that is putting it mildly! And someone may want Bailey out of
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Linda
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Although this is a decent read, I know that I have read this plotline in dozens and dozens of books. Girl meets insanely handsome guy on a trip and lets her guard down. Within weeks, they marry and she moves into his crazy rich digs. The memory of his first wife wafts into the air like yesterday's rancid bacon drippings. Girl investigates on her own......

Bailey, the girl, flips back and forth as to whether or not she suspects her newly wedded husband. Is she is or is she not? It's the usual susp
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Monnie
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
After the first couple of chapters, I was afraid I'd gotten myself into a sappy bodice-ripper - definitely not my cup of tea. The earmarks were there: Instant falling in love (forever, of course), gazing so deeply into each others' eyeballs that each could see what the other had for dinner and character names somebody must have stayed up all night to come up with (twins Raine and Roane, for instance). But hey, the setting is South Louisiana, so maybe the name game is different in that neck of th ...more
Denise Cornelius
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Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
2.75/5 Stars!

Won this from a Goodreads, First Reads Giveaway


Summary:
Bailey is on a tropical vacation after just losing her mother, meets a man and they fall in love. Spontaneously get married. But then, things start happening in the small town he's from. She has to get use to a whole new life and all its mysteries.

Dislikes:
Used the line, "I released a breath I didn't even realize I was holding" I hate that overly used line!!!!!!!!
The characters, I just didn't feel connected with anyone and frank
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Bj
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I gave this audiobook an A for Tavia Gilbert's narration and B- for the story at AudioGals*

If you’re looking for something a little different, and enjoy suspense/thrillers with romantic elements, then The First Wife may be a title worth exploring. In a classic “who done it” style, Erica Spindler will keep you guessing the identity of the ultimate culprit as she slyly drops hints that could implicate just about every character. In the end, uncovering the true cause of the hero’s first wife’s de
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Joei
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I read this after Girl on the Train and I liked this one better.

Definitely a page turner, no boring chapters. Easy light read. It actually reminds me of the Fear Street Saga and RL Stine's writing. A doomed family full of secrets and curses and cliffhangers almost every chapters.

I also liked the twists and turns. Leaves you guessing until the end.

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Tez
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've only managed to stay up-to-date with a few crime authors, and Erica Spindler is one of them. Her books are mostly standalones (though some have the odd recurring character), so readers can jump in any time, without having to catch up.

The First Wife is another gem. It may be marketed as mystery/suspense/thriller, but it feels Gothic: a fish out of water learns that her new husband and his family have a LOT of secrets. The author's no stranger to Gothics (check out her novel Fortune), and she
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Mandy
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Kinda iffy... guessed who I thought did it halfway through.
Michael
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bailey has always believed in fairy tales, a handsome knight sweeping her off her feet is a dream. Growing up, she always knew that love existed beyond her dire circumstances, she kept hope alive that there was a man out there for her. Upon meeting Logan, she is unaware what draw him to her, is it his attractive feature or his chivalry that won her over? Whatever it is, she is grateful that she has him by her side, accepting his flaws and all. Logan is madly in love with her, even though he has ...more
Linda Strong
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016

Bailey Browne meets her knight in shining armor, Logan Abbott. It's a whirlwind courtship and she's deliriously happy ... at least for the moment.

Logan hasn't been exactly forthcoming with his new bride. There are things like ... his father murdered his mother and then died in prison. His sister is really only a half-sister and her twin brother hung himself. Oh yeah .. he was married before and his wife disappeared.

Billy Ray is the sheriff and has a real thing for Logan. Several women have disap
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Ariel
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
I picked this up because it it was supposed to be a modern riff on Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebecca, an all time favorite of mine. Sadly this fell a little flat for me. The story starts out with the whirlwind romance of Bailey and Logan who meet while on vacation. Despite only knowing each other for a short time, the couple decides to marry and Logan brings his new wife to the family estate. It would all be wonderful except for the missing women in the town, one of whom happens to be Logan's fi ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
I think the heroine was supposed to come off as strong with doubts, but she didn't work for me. And the story revolved around her, which made this a tough read.

The story was broke into two parts, before her amnesia and after her amnesia. After about the first 100 pages, I was debating about continuing. I like other books by Ms. Spindler, but this one was starting off as a tough sell. When I first starting reading, it may me think of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, but not in a good way. Way too cl
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Holly
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
As far as mystery's go this wasn't one of the top ones that I've read. I thought Bailey was too wishy-washy. One minute she believed her husband was innocent and then, wait....maybe not. There were a lot of secrets between Logan & Bailey. I kept thinking why not just tell her? To add drama, I guess. There were a lot of repeat thoughts, too. I've also never read about a more incompetent cop as Billy Ray. Talk about a personal vendetta! It was an easy fast read, but just ok in the end. I did keep ...more
Maureen DeLuca
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was waiting for the 'wow' factor in this book and I just never go it.... oh well.....................xx ...more
Amanda
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
WARNING: I will give you a subtle hint (way further down) who the killer is in this review. If you don't want to know even a hint, stop reading now or when I warn you.

I am going to start of by saying something positive about the book. It was entertaining enough for me to finish it. Now for the bad....I have this annoying inner voice that I use when I am reading a weak, annoying woman's dialogue, and that voice was very prevalent in this book.

Bailey Browne goes on vacation in Grand Cayman (alone)
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Lori
Sep 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm in the minority here but this book was horrible. These were some of the silliest characters I've ever read. Only in a fiction book would a grown woman immediately marry a man she meets on vacation. Of course then the shock of realizing she knows nothing about him. You think? ...more
Ella
137 pages in and I finally decided I had to start skipping around if there was any way possible I could continue reading such an irritating pile of rubbish.

The book is not well-written in my opinion. I felt like I was reading something written by an adolescent, not a seasoned author. I'm not a fan of 30-page long chapters, but there was no need to worry about that with The First Wife, many chapters were 2 pages long, which made for a very choppy and disconnected read.

I'm also not a fan of books
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Judy D Collins
THE FIRST WIFE by Erica Spindler is a mystery suspense psychodrama of small town dark secrets, mixed with romance ---leaving you guessing as to which characters you can trust.

Bailey Browne meets an older man while vacationing in the Cayman, and falls into a quick romance, and marriage less than a few weeks after their meeting. She, of course, knows nothing about this man, Logan Abbott. Upon their return back to the real world at his horse farm in Louisiana, most of the staff and the town are
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Monica
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The First Wife is a mystery/thriller by the wonderful Erica Spindler. She first came to my attention last year when I read Justice for Sara. The First Wife is about Bailey who goes on vacation after the death of her mother, while there is meets the rich and sophisticate Logan. After a whirlwind romance they fall in love and get married. Having no family to speak of Bailey moves down South with her husband she soon learns that she has married into a family that is strange beyond belief.

She soon
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Sherri F.
Audio: 3.5+ stars - This is one of those books that really make me want a 1/2 star system. It wasn't a 3 for me but not strong enough for a 4. But since it did keep me guessing throughout and curious to find out which of my theories was correct (I was partly correct by halfway) and b/c I can't really put my finger on why I wasn't totally gungho about it--considering author/book didn't do anything of the more obvious of my annoying pet peeves--it deserved the 4 over the 3. But if you like lots of ...more
Bookread2day
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing


Bailey married Logan after just 14 days of knowing him. We read about women marrying men in whirlwind romances after they have barely got to know who they are marrying.
Bailey doesn't know anything about the man she is marrying. She doesn't know his what kind of house he lives in or his secrets. Further more she doesn't even know anything about Logan's family. When Bailey is taken to Logan's magnificent estate on a ninety wooded acres can she live happy ever after?
Death seems to follow Logan. W
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Louise Wardell
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thank you goodreads for this book. I really enjoyed the suspense of this book. It reminded me of a Sandra Brown style of writing.
Bailey came from a middle class family that had only been her mother. Logan was from a more affluent family. Both Bailey and Logan had experienced loss in their lives. Logan more so than Bailey.
The two meet on vacation, married,then lived on Logan's farm. Secrets and more missing women including Logan's first wire found Logan being arrested.
Erica Spindler had me guessi
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Erin (from Long Island, NY)
2.5 rounded up. This story was just way too predictable. It occurred to me very early on what was going on, it was so clear to me i wrote an update expressing my hopes that i was proven wrong! But no luck! Of course there were a couple surprises but not nearly enough to redeem it for me. The characters were ok.. Although even they felt pretty clichéd & i I just didn't care or "believe" in anyone. I chose 3 stars as opposed to 2, just because it wasn't terrible. It was written well & i suppose it ...more
Kristen
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I loved this book! It was full of so many twists and turns. It was nice to read a mystery where you actually don't know the killer til the end of the book. It was a roller coaster because I just kept thinking different people were the murderers. I'll absolutely be recommending and lending this book to some friends.

I received this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
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Dot Heimer
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good book.Lots of twists and turns.Interesting ending.
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