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Stel je voor: je bent al 28 jaar gelukkig getrouwd. Je hebt drie kinderen, een prachtig huis en een echtgenoot die veel op reis is, en jullie houden nog altijd evenveel van elkaar.

Of: stel je voor dat je al 17 jaar getrouwd bent. Je hebt een dochter, een fijn huis en een echtgenoot die veel van huis is, maar toch houden jullie zielsveel van elkaar.

Dan krijg je op een dag e
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Paperback, 382 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by A.W. Bruna (first published 2012)
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Elaine
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Lot ...more
Sharon
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Karen
Mar 09, 2013 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
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Lindsay
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘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
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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
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Alexandra
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
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Lynsey
Aug 13, 2014 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
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Read In Colour
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.
Heather Eames
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this one to be a bit of a low burner, but once it got going it was a good story that I found engrossing and intriguing. I am glad I pushed through the initial chapters, which were just enough to hold my attention but seemed a bit extraneous to the overall plot at times. The characters were reasonably well written, and there was no point at which I liked both wives at the same time, but I did dislike and like them in about equal measure. The plotline with the children was interesting, if ...more
PopcornReads
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
Lori
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
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Shanon
Sep 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicky-litty
No book in which the son semi-rapes his sister is gonna get a lot of stars.
Sarah
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given this book 3.5 if I could. I don’t read a lot of ‘chick lit’ (god how I hate that term) but I thought this book was a good book nonetheless. It wasn’t too self helpy or preachy and the characters weren’t all delineated along the lines of plain = stupid/alone/villain and beautiful = misunderstood/shallow/hero which happens with a lot of male writers. The male characters weren’t vilified or glorified either. It was well written and interesting and although I guessed the end at ab ...more
Amy
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Anna
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure I could recommend this one. It’s so...materialistic and disturbing, but I couldn’t put it down either. Most definitely didn’t see the ending coming; holy cow!
Cleo Bannister
Apr 19, 2016 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
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Kathy
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Cat Jenkins
Aug 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am so angry at this author I probably shouldn't be leaving any kind of review at all. But...

I was truly, really, sincerely enjoying this book. I was following the meandering path and the somewhat unlike-able characters and looking forward to carving out a few minutes in the day to read some more. I was prepared to give it 5 stars with only the mention of Cohen's irritating inability to use conditional tenses correctly as a detraction. (I have to mentally correct every instance when reading thi
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

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 to...one 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
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Dianne
Nov 02, 2014 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
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Leanne
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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For Books' Sake
Apr 14, 2013 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
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Julie Barrett
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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....
Melinda
It was a good read but I couldn't buy some of the plot twists.
☯Lilbookworm☮
A mystifying book in places, but I quite liked it. Hope to read more by this author.
Renita D'Silva
Emotional, astute, a sensitive portrayal of two families torn apart by one man's deception.
Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
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
Joanna
fun read -- goes off the rails a little by the end
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