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The Guilty Wife

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  5,107 ratings  ·  456 reviews

If you were being framed for murder, how far would you go to clear your name?

The debut psychological thriller that reads as Apple Tree Yard meets Behind Closed Doors, by way of Double Jeopardy.

I'm not guilty of murder.

Bethany Reston is happily married. But she's also having an affair with a famous client.

And no one can ever know.

But that doesn't ma
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 25th 2018 by Orion (first published December 1st 2017)
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Kylie D
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely gripping thriller that sees Bethany having an affair with her celebrity client, Calum. When Calum is murdered minutes after Bethany left his side all the evidence points to her. Then the stalking begins. Someone has seen her with Calum and has started sending her threatening messages, then escalates to incriminating photos. As everything spirals out of control Bethany knows that the only person who could possibly have this evidence is the actual killer. But who is he?

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Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a tense and fast paced debut psychological thriller from Elle Croft set in London. Bethany Reston is torn between two lovers. She is happily married to Jason whom she loves, and she is having a torrid affair with famous married business billionaire, Calum Bradley. Bethany runs her own photographic studio with assistant Fran that is doing rather well, so much so that Calum invites her to take photographs of himself for business purposes. This leads to a more lucrative personal reality pho ...more
Rachel Hall
Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Another day, another tragically inept debut psychological thriller centred around a marriage and this one is really scraping the barrel.. not only is it superficial, with the author appearing to have neglected to do any basic research on police protocols and legal proceedings (a simple web search would suffice), but readers will need a blindfold to miss the holes in the plot and suspend disbelief. Throughout my reading I kept thinking the story must be headed to some “Candid Camera” moment or th ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Bethany Reston was happily married to Jason, but was also having an affair with a famous client Calum Bradley, until one day she hears on the news that Calum has been murdered stab wounds found on his body.

Bethany gets a call from Constable clayton asking about Bethanys whereabouts on the night of the murder Clayton says she is not a suspect, but again she finds photographs of herself on twitter & Bethany is horrified that someone has sent them to her.

But when another news bulleten come
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
Bethany is a married woman (to Jason) and has a wealthy lover (Calum). Calum is murdered in the street and a grainy CCTV video shows a woman similar to Bethany walking away from the scene of the crime. Other evidence is mounting against her, including photographs and social media messages.

The pace is good and there were times I really rattled through the book but other times I was frustrated with the poor dialogue and the leaps of justification in the plot. If Bethany needed to be a cat
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
I have been on a roll of great books.. and this one did not disappoint!

Bethany is a photographer, happily married but having an affair with her famous client. Then the client is murdered.

This a page turner that had me hooked... nobody is to be trusted!! Thanks to Orion Publishing via Netgalley for a copy of this book to read and review in return for my honest opinions
With thanks to Netgalley and Orion books for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

In the first chapter Bethany gives Callum a USB stick which holds images of them having sex. Callum hides the USB in a book and promises it will be a secret.

Freelance Photographer Bethany Reston was happily married to Jason until she worked for millionaire Callum. Bethany and Callum started an affair on the understanding they would never leave their partners. Bethany still loved dependable, safe, J
Paula Brandon
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Bethany is a photographer having an affair (a very secretive one) with billionaire Calum Bradley. When he is murdered, Bethany starts getting stalked and blackmailed by somebody who knows about the affair, and is setting things up to look like she is the killer. So Bethany starts making the sorts of decisions you've come to expect in these sorts of thrillers, and winds up in a right royal mess!

Current popular fiction feels very sexist, to be honest! Us women are always "The Girl", "The Wife", "T
Liz Barnsley
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cleverly plotted psychological thriller with a woman trying desperately to prove herself innocent of a murder - plenty of twists and turns just as there should be and a cracking addictive read.

Full review for December e-book release.

Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft is absolutely brilliant! I loved every page of this fast paced story. My money was well spent buying this paperback from Amazon. Bethany Reston is in love with two men, one her husband Jason and the other with billionaire Calum Bradley. Both Bethany and Calum are married. When Calum is murdered its Bethany who was the last one to see him alive. Every bit of evidence is pointing to Bethany as the killer. I've deliberately left out vital info
Suze Lavender
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Photographer Bethany loves her husband Jason very much, but she's also fallen in love with another man, Callum, and they are having an affair. Callum is a rich businessman and one of Bethany's clients. Bethany cares about both men in her life. However, her happiness is shortlived. Someone brutally murders Callum and Bethany is the last one who's seen him. Bethany is a suspect and she has to prove her innocence, but how can she do that without revealing her secret?

Someone starts to stalk and thre
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this debut novel by Croft and was keen to learn whodunit - though I'd kinda guessed (the who but not the why).

I liked Bethany and could identify with her - initially anyway, though know others may struggle with her character. She openly admits to her affair though also tells us she loves her husband. And I appreciated her honesty as we're taken on the confusing 'journey' with her.

I liked the few twists at the end, but was also a tad confused and have shared my thoughts below for thos
Joanne Robertson
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you loved Appletree Yard or the more recent Anatomy of a Scandal then you are going to love The Guilty Wife!! It’s a very cleverly woven story with a sting in its tale that will leave you wanting to go back and read the whole sordid drama all over again to spot those clues you missed first time round. Full of unreliable and disagreeable characters, I was gripped from the start by Bethany’s dilemma but this is one of those books where I trusted no one and suspected EVERYONE as the plot twisted ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
《Sometimes the person you'd take the bullet for is the person behind the trigger ...》
Michelle Ryles
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
Elle Croft has certainly come up with an amazing original idea for a novel: when Bethany's lover is murdered, she can't grieve or reveal her whereabouts on the night he was killed because then her husband would know she was having an affair. It's proper nail-biting stuff as Bethany spins a web of lies that see her digging deeper and deeper into a hole that she won't be able to get out of.

I was already hooked at the start but then Elle Croft took it up a notch to ensure that my eyes would remain
Mistress Maleficent #darklings
Wow! What a book! I was hooked from the start by the first couple of chapters alone. A brilliant,unique storyline (for me at least) so it did get me quite excited. I couldn’t wait to turn the pages, see what else had been thrown into the mix to confuse me and keep me guessing....which I did until the very end.
Really well written, fast paced with short snappy chapters that give you that “Just one more chapter” mentality.
A wonderful book that the author has done well to put together, the flowing
Aishling Murphy
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft is a super book. After the first few pages your hooked , a real page turner. Bethany Reston is happily married but currently having an affair with one of her famous clients.
But one night after leaving her lover, Callum is murdered. Unable to come clean about where she was the night in question in fear of letting her husband know the truth, Bethany must do everything she can to prove her innocence. The suspense is brilliant and I loved the shocking twist.. well wort
Jerry Peace
Jul 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One star for putting words on paper. That’s all.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this enjoyable and fast-paced thriller, Bethany finds herself framed for murder when her secret lover, billionaire businessman Calum (we never find out what his business is exactly), is found stabbed to death. Bethany, a photographer, began the affair with Calum after being employed by him to produce a coffee-table book of photos giving a behind-the-scenes look at a new documentary about him. Despite still loving her dependable husband, Jason, she fell for Calum too, though she feels very gui ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
With a clever plot and a few strong characters this makes for a great page turner, easy to read psychological thriller. I must admit I had higher expectatins from the style though, which is why the downgrade for me.

The writing style is a mix of reporting and constant obsessive self-questioning grom the main character Bethany. For me she was the paradox between wannabe good wife vs. egocentrical liar and mistress. I did not like her at all, shallow and deceptive, full of herself yet constantly n
Tracy Fenton
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Guilty Wife is the debut novel by Elle Croft and, in my opinion, it's a really well written and gripping novel.  Psychological Thrillers are my absolute favourite books to read and also one of the most popular genres at the moment so I'm finding it harder and harder to read one which keeps me guessing and turning the pages in anticipation, this book did though.

The main character Bethany is not the most likeable character, her behaviour and actions are not particularly honourable and it's dif
Donna Maguire

I really, really enjoyed this book, it had me gripped at the start and by the end of the book I was desperate to know who the killer was and who was threatening Bethany, the story teased as the tension grew and you really don't know who is responsible, I guessed more than once but when everything was revealed it did not disappoint and it was a very well woven story!!

I enjoyed the characters and the writing style was really suited for this genre. A solid fo
Patricia Romero
May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Another psychological thriller debut. Featuring a supposedly smart woman having an affair with a man who ends up dead. Bethany knows she is innocent but someone is sending her messages and warnings not to go to the police.

My problem with the book was the lack of information about the characters. It felt like we came in to an ongoing story and never quite caught up. I didn't care about any of them. I figured out the who immediately. It just did not have the depth of a psychological thriller. Or a
Jan 30, 2018 added it
Photographer Bethany Reston is happily married to her loving husband Jason but she is also having an affair with a famous business man and billionaire Calum Bradley.

When Bethany`s lover is brutally murdered,she has to keep her grief hidden from everyone.

But someone knows her secret,and then the treats begin.

Bethany is being framed for the murder.And with the ever growing pile of evidence pointing towards her,the only way she can protect her secrets is to prove her innocence.And that means tracki
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Guilty Wife is an excellent debut novel: a taut, well-written thriller which is compelling and easy to read and rips along at breakneck speed. I can see it being a perfect holiday/beach read.

“Women, it seemed, weren’t naturally prone to cheating. Women, that is, apart from me”

I must admit, I wasn’t sure for the first couple of chapters: Calum, the adulter-ee, seemed like a total prick and Bethany a bit of a whiner. In the event, Calum wasn’t really given a chance to redeem himself but Bethan
Julie Parks
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Overall good prose, but not enough tricks up her sleeve.

It's not that it is predictable, which it is. It's more that you don't really care - neither about the characters, not about the end result, really.

I love mysteries that are richly filled with all that in-between the live-not-alive-anymore. The backstories, the little nuances that make the guessing game so much more interesting, and desire to bend the rules so much more enticing.

Elle Croft definitely has it in her. Maybe in her next book, s
Patrícia Braz
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
3.7 stars
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This novel was good but not great.
Predictable and not as thrilling as I expected it to be.
But good read nonetheless.
I give this novel a 3.5 star rating.
Mira Tabsh
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the Publishers for this review copy, given in exchange for an honest review.

The story centres on Bethany Reston. She is “happily” married to Jason, but she is also having an affair with her client, famous millionaire Calum Bradley. Neither of them want to leave their husband or wife, but Bethany is starting to fall in love with Calum. Calum wants to end their relationship as it is getting too complicated and he gives his security the slip to meet Bethany to
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Elle Croft is the author of psychological thrillers The Guilty Wife, The Other Sister and Like Mother, Like Daughter. She works as a digital marketer and lives in London with her husband.

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