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My Husband's Wife

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  37,015 ratings  ·  3,385 reviews
When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start and leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe, a convicted murderer to whom Lily is strangely drawn—and for whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.

But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only n
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Pamela Dorman Books (first published May 26th 2016)
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Bethan Watson
My bum hurts from sitting on the fence. I’ve been here a while. On one hand, this book was enticing and the plot was very well thought out. The characters went on long personal journeys and that made me feel satisfied. However, there was always something off. I can’t tell whether it was the writing style, which for me wasn’t something to write home about, or whether it was that none of the characters were relatable or likeable.

The book is cut into two halves, beginning in the year two thousand
Wendy Darling
I cannot deal with the writing. This a debut, and it shows.
This is a superb dark psychological thriller, how could it not be with the title it has! The story is populated with flawed characters and is told from the POV of Lily and Carla. Lily and Ed get married, she is starting as a criminal lawyer and he is an artist. Carla is a manipulative child, who along with her mother, is befriended by Lily. Ed comes to find success through his picture of Carla, 'The Italian Girl'. Lily has a client, Joe, who is convicted of murdering his girlfriend, a scenario w ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
It could have been much shorter book and think it would have been better for it.
Sophie Boyce
Sep 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was really awful.
The book is called "My Husband's Wife". What the plot is, I'm not really sure. The part where the story might actually come into play is page 460, but then it's over very fast. Before that the book covers around 13 years, very much in the vein of "this happened, then this happened, then this happened" with absolutely no emotional involvement for the reader. I stuck to it because I was waiting and waiting for something to happen that would make this void book make
Charlotte May
“Believe it or not, some criminals will get away with it. Some will go to prison for crimes they didn’t commit. And a certain percentage of those ‘innocents’ will have got away with other offences before. So you could say it balances out in the end.”

This was great! It being on the longer side, I wasn’t sure if this novel would keep my attention - but I was hooked from start to finish!

There are two POVs. That of Lily, an insecure 20 something married to a man who proposed on the second date. Sh
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

A new marriage shouldn’t be fueled by secrets and lies, but alas secrets and lies are the foundation for the marriage of Ed and Lily.

Lily and Ed get married after a whirlwind romance. On their honeymoon, something happens that creates cracks in their new union. Lily pushes her qualms aside and focuses on her new job as a solicitor for which she has taken on the case of a convicted murderer whom she happens to form an attraction. Ed and Lily’s marriage continues to quickly diminish.

j e w e l s
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it

Okay, Jane Corry, this is the first book I've read of yours, and I really liked it! MY HUSBAND'S WIFE has been on my TBR for awhile now and I'm not ashamed to admit it was mainly due to that clever, provocative title.

Newlyweds Ed and Lily Macdonald quickly discover that marriage isn't as blissful as they thought it would be. Especially when you really can't trust your partner. When they meet their neighbors in the apartment building, Ed begins indulging in a strange fascination with an
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry is a 2017 Pamela Dorman Books publication.

The title of this book is certainly intriguing and led me to believe this novel would most likely be the kind twisty domestic thriller I can’t seem to get enough of.

However, for me, at least, this book seems like it is one part family drama and one part domestic thriller.

The story is centered around Lily and Ed, who marry after a brief courtship. When the honeymoon is over, Lily, who is a solicitor, gets a nice promotio
Laura Rash
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
While this seemed like an interesting plot it seemed to drag forever. Almost too many twists to the point that I wanted to pull my hair if one more came along. Every single character was completely damaged but not to the point that it made them disturbingly endearing, just quite irritating.
I did like the insertion of a bit of a look into raising a child with Aspergers. Tho linked to the immediate story it still felt as if it was thrown in there half assed.
Tried too hard to be clever and ended up an implausible mess.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read so much drivel in my life. I only persevered with this book as it was recommended to me by a friend ..... I will choose my friends a bit more wisely in future.
Psychological thriller? It was neither psychological or thrilling. This novel is merely an undramatic unfolding of events surrounding two main characters - Lily and Carla - and their relationships with others. Characters I neither cared about or related to at all. The "twisty" plot is based on the good old, and overused,
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thriller begins with the news of a crime in the present day and then backtracks to fifteen years earlier, to unravel the events which led to murder…

This is very much a book of two halves, beginning in London with Lily as a newly qualified solicitor. She is just back from her honeymoon, after a whirlwind romance, and sudden proposal, from artist Ed. Both are just starting out in their careers; with Ed working in advertising while he aims for success and Lily moving into criminal law.

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About: My Husband’s Wife is a thriller written by Jane Corry. It was recently published on 10/31/17 by Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, 400 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, suspense, and fiction. This book is the author’s debut thriller.

My Experience: I started reading My Husband’s Wife on 10/25/17 and finished it on 11/04/17. This book is an exciting and addicting read because it’s full of secrets, lies, and deceptions. If time was on my side, I would have plowed t
“A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”

----Dave Meurer

Jane Corry, an English author, pens her debut psychological thriller, My Husband's Wife that narrates the story of a couple who goes through ups and downs in their newly marital life, through many years, but their past mistakes and their involvement in the life of a notorious and sly criminal and a sweet little girl, comes haunting back at them ag
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The title to this book is what made me want to read it. Everyone was full of secrets, lies, and deception. Quite enjoyable!!
Megan Johnson
I've been wanting to read this book ever since I first saw the cover on a shelf probably at least a year ago. Why I didn't pick it up, I have no clue. Eventually, I had to have it. I read a few reviews, saw that most people thought it was pretty good, and figured it was finally time.

Long story short, I should've picked this one up ages ago.

For some reason I love domestic thrillers. There's something so "close to home" about the relationship between the protagonist and antagonist and how they c
Dale Harcombe
Is it possible to write a readable novel that will keep you turning pages, yet about unlikable characters? This book shows that it is. It was strangely compelling reading despite the fact there is not one likable character in it. The story is told from two points of view. One is that of Lily newly married to Ed. The other is that of the child Carla and her Italian mother who live on the same floor of the apartment building. Each of these characters feels unloved at times. Their behaviour reflect ...more
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thankfully I've read and enjoyed a few Corry novels that I was happy to give this overly long debut more of a chance to win me over, especially as it was hard to connect with the main characters in the opening few chapters.

The story is told through two POVs:
Newlywed Lilly has just qualified lawyer who's hopefully that the current case will be her big breakthrough.
Having only recently met Ed 6 months previously, the cracks are already forming in their whirlwind romance.
Whilst nine year old Carla
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star
With a clever title, this dark psychological thriller is a perfect example of a new wave of the genre which has excited readers for the past couple of years (think Girl on a Train, Gone Girl etc). This is very much a story of two halves, told from the perspective of Lily, a newly qualified lawyer desperate to leave her mark on the world as she struggles to adapt to her young marriage to Ed, the self-confessed artistic genius. Meanwhile, across the hall, lives nine year old Carla and her mother - ...more
Vanessa S.
3.5 Stars!

I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. The plot was intriguing and the cover immediately caught my eye, but something just fell short. Perhaps it was that I found none of the characters to be likable or relatable? Or that the book felt like it tried to do too many things.

I felt uncomfortable reading this and kept wanting to rush through to move on to other books, but, despite my complaints, this was an enjoyable and speedy read.
Louise Wilson
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A whirlwind romance and a proposal on the second date a recipe for disaster for sure.

Lily meets Ed at a party. She is an up and coming Lawyer and he is an inspiring artist.

In the same building as Lily and Ed live is Carla and Francesca. Carla was just 9 years old when they met her.

Francesca was disowned by her family when she discovers she was pregnant and the Father was a married man.

Soon the cracks start to appear in Lily and Ed's marriage and Lily now regrets getting married.

Another fantasti
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well this wasn't that great to me. We have two characters that were terrible in their own ways and I guess what the author considered twists/reveals. In the end the lack of development and interesting plot left me bored when the book finally gets to the end. I would call this out as similar to "The Girl Before" with two women who should know better getting involved with sub-par men. It drives me up the wall that the big thing in this genre now is a woman who either is being lied to by a man and ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This isn't going to be a review, per se. Instead of explaining the reasons why I disliked My Husband's Wife, I'll present to you a few (I say "a few" but I actually mean "a lot of") excerpts and then comment on them. This way you won't have to take me on my word but see the actual source material for yourselves. And, hopefully, hate it as much as I did. Even though I won't provide any context. It will be more fun this way.

First of all, let me say that this wasn't horrible through and through. Th
Lily marries her husband, Ed, only six months after they meet. Lily's adolescence has been marked by family tragedy, and she's determined to move on. But as soon as she and Ed return from their Italian honeymoon, Lily is thrown into her first murder case as a solicitor. She meets her strange client, Joe, accused of murdering his girlfriend. Lily feels an odd affinity for Joe. Soon she is consumed by his case--and Joe himself. Meanwhile, Lily's neighbor, Carla is struggling to find her footing at ...more
Laci Long || Book Pairings
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

Rating: 5 stars
Pairing: Gin & Tonic

I love dark and twisty psychological thrillers and My Husband’s Wife delivered on that promise. This book pulled me out of the worst reading slump I’ve been in for awhile. The story is full of the deeply flawed characters you would want to see in a psychological thriller. I mean we are talking serious moral instability and contradictions galore. It also tells the story from multiple POVs which I personally love.

There are two pa
♥ Sandi ❣
4 Stars

Nice debut fiction book. A mystery thriller that touches on murder, prison, a new attorney, a new marriage and discontent. The book changes midway through to a later date in time, once one of the young characters has grown into an adult.

Lily and Ed are married. But should they be? Lily has a number of secrets, that she has not shared with Ed. Ed is also sitting on a secret. Ed is temperamental and starts to be very controlling. Lily, being a young attorney, is working later and later on
Linda Strong
There are secrets and there are lies. And every lie means more lies have to be said. Secrets can stay secret forever, until guilt steps in.

Lily is a brand new lawyer, married to Ed, an artist but one that is not known as yet. The marriage is not a solid one, there are secrets that Lily has, and it seems like Ed has his own secrets as well.

Taking on her first murder case, she is strangely drawn to this man. He's going to play a very large part of this story.

Francesca and her 9-year-old daughter,
Margaret Madden
I gave up after 140 pages. The child's voice was age inappropriate and the meandering storyline held no appeal. I will pass on to guest reviewer to see if it was just me... ...more
Hmm. This book has so many glowing reviews that I am definitely in the minority, because I am honestly quite disappointed. I just didn’t enjoy reading this.

It was so slow that the plot was practically non-existent. I didn’t like any of the characters and felt no empathy for anyone. I wasn’t impressed by the writing and the pacing was all over the place. Characters were inconsistent. You could definitely tell it was a debut. The plot (what there was) was just average, run-of-mill predictable-nes
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Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has spent time working as the writer in residence of a high security prison for men - an experience that helped inspire her Sunday Times bestsellers 'My Husband's Wife' and 'Blood Sisters'. Jane runs regular writing workshops and speaks at literary festivals all over the world. Many of her ideas strike during morning dog-jogs along the beach followed by a ...more

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