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The Dead Ex

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  4,446 ratings  ·  710 reviews
One man's disappearance throws four women's lives into chaos--and not all will survive. . .

Vicki works as an aromatherapist, healing her clients out of her home studio with her special blends of essential oils. She's just finishing a session when the police arrive on her doorstep--her ex-husband David has gone missing. Vicki insists she last saw him years ago when they div
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published June 21st 2018 by Penguin
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Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ooh!! What a deliciously twisty thriller this was!

Vicki is trying to piece together her shattered life. She’s burdened with debilitating health issues that limit what she’s able to do and where she can go. But she’s a fighter. She started her own aromatherapy business and is doing her best to move forward.

Although Vicki’s been divorced from David for years, she still finds it heart-wrenching to move on. Hoping against hope that someday he will come back to her. That wish is snuffed-out when
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dead Ex by Jane Corry is a 2019 Pamela Dorman Books publication.

A deeply engrossing mystery-

Vicki suffers from a debilitating disorder, however, she’s opened her own aromatherapy business and is taking things one day at a time, until she is informed that her ex-husband has gone missing, and she becomes a prime suspect.

Scarlet is a child who has been kicked around by life. Her mother has been incarcerated and Scarlet finds herself shuffled from one bad situation to another in the foster car
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was totally enthralled from the first page to the last by this intricate and devious mystery. In a genre where it is difficult to stand out, The Dead Ex conjures up a captivating plot with plenty of suspense and surprises.

Vicki is one of 3 women narrating the story, her ex-husband David has gone missing and there is growing evidence that she may be involved in the disappearance. Vicki remains in love with David, even though he has remarried, to Tanya, and those feelings get in the way
The Dead Ex is a psychological thriller told from various viewpoints. Vicki is David's ex-wife who falls under suspicion when David goes missing. She has contacted him numerous times over the years to let him know where she is hoping that just maybe he will come to his senses and want her back. Scarlet is a young girl who ends up in foster care after her mother is arrested during a drug bust. Helen is a young woman who is hired by David to take Photos and enters a torrid affair with him. What is ...more
Susanne  Strong
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, edelweiss
3.75 Stars!

One Twisty Thriller that keeps you guessing till the very end!

When the police show up at Vicki’s door she is taken by complete surprise. Turns out her ex-husband, David has gone missing and she is their prime suspect. Trouble is Vicki is unreliable and can’t be trusted to save her own life. The problem is of course, that if Vicki doesn’t do something fast, she just might have to.

Eight year old Scarlet has had a very tough life. Throughout her young life her mother taught her to play s
Charlotte May
"A court can dissolve a marriage. But it can't do the same to the heart."

Jane Corry has knocked it out of the park once again! If you've not picked up one of her thrillers I strongly encourage you to do so, they are so clever and unexpected and full of flawed characters.
I've read Blood Sisters and My Husband's Wife and now The Dead Ex and I've given all three of them 4 stars! They are similar thematically as they will all connect to prison life in one way or another - this is due to Corry's ba
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I struggled to rate this novel. The first quarter was five stars, by halfway it was four stars but overall I’ve got it as a 3.5 after much thought.

The plot starts out really interesting and I was really hooked in but then I felt it plateaued and really dipped my interest levels by the end. Rather than building up to a grand finale. I was disappointed as it was seeming to be a super read. I really felt the ending was rushed and a superb twisty reveal ending to blow you away was possible.

The title
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars

The Dead Ex has some intriguing elements here to make for an easy lighter entertaining, drama-packed thriller. It has unreliable interesting characters with unknown connections and a lying, cheating Ex who creates some chaos and disappears leaving questions as to what happened to him.

Jane Corry does a great job here interweaving the characters and their past allowing us to question their connection to each other. We were intrigued right from the start. The pace did change a bit for us i
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really smart psychological thriller told through three perspectives, the quick jumping narrative really makes this book so addictive.
With each jump slowly revealing more of the ties between the people, I kept wanting to find out how they were connected.

After a brutal attack that has left Vicki suffering from epilepsy, her former husband Daniel has left her for his mistress.
Vicki is shocked by a visit from the police as they find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead, one of the side affects
This book falls into my “tale of two halves” category.

The book starts out a bit confusing with a snippet of a newspaper article-informing us that a body has been found, followed by a page in italics (which I later surmised must have been one of Vicki’s diary entries) and then the alternating perspectives of Vicki and Scarlett, told 11 years apart.

Vicki is David’s ex wife. An aromatherapist who David divorced after she developed epilepsy. Nice guy.

He has now gone missng, and although no body h
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
I have yet to meet a Jane Corry book I did not like. This was no exception. This was released last year in the UK and it has been driving me mad trying to figure out how to get my hands on a copy. So you can imagine how excited I was when Viking Books offered me a copy before the release here in the U.S. I was over the top excited. I may have jumped up and down a bit. To further add to the excitement my fellow Traveling Sisters decided to read this as a group. Score!! I was so excited! Please po ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having read “ Blood sisters” I was pleased that netgalley gave me a copy in exchange for a review.

The chapters alternate between Vicki whose ex husband David has gone missing and Scarlet a child exploited by her mother. The police suspect Vicki of harming David, but not remembering because of memory loss due to epilepsy. When Scarlet’s Mother is sent to prison her story becomes a depressing circle of foster homes and not knowing who to trust.

As the story develops we uncover the link between Vic
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
The Dead Ex by Jane Corry is a thriller read that is told from multiple points of view. It’s also the type of book that feels very much like you picked up more than one book and keep switching back and forth until the author finally weaves the stories into one.

Vicki is now single having gone through a divorce and is living on her own working as an aromatherapist. Just as Vicki is finishing up with a new client she hopes to have return the police arrive on her doorstep with questions about Vicki’
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Dead Ex by Jane Corry is a thriller about Vicki who is diagnosed with epilepsy. Her husband Daniel then leaves her for his mistress. Vicki is left struggling to cope with living with her condition on her own. A few years later the police visit her to tell her that Daniel is missing and they think that she may have harmed him. Vicky is now trying to prove that she had nothing to do with his disappearance. This story has many twists and turns. I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Books ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
This review seems difficult to write. I enjoyed the book but it was very convoluted. At first I had severe doubts about the main character of Vicki. When the book begins, she is an aroma therapist, dealing with epilepsy and the problems that her epilepsy medicines cause, while always wondering when her next seizure will happen. We know things have happened in her past that are important to the present time but these things are revealed slowly and later in the book. We know that Vicki is still ob ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dead Ex is the first book by Jane Corry that I've read but it won't be the last.
The Dead Ex is a psychological thriller that is full of twists, turns and with moments of shock.
This book is fast paced and easy to follow you never get confused or lost as the chapters are told by 3 different people.
The Dead Ex is an easy enjoyable psychological thriller which I recommend if these are your kind of books.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, crime, mystery
5 Addictive Stars!

Wow, this one sure kept me guessing. Clever, original, and well-executed, I read it over a day, frantically turning the pages, desperate to know how it ended. A quick read, that flowed well, with short chapters, and few POV’s. 75% in and I was still clueless as to how the characters were all connected. I had my theories but couldn’t quite get them to all fit together. And those twists – just when you think you know everything there is to know there’s more – and then more. The f
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Dead Ex" is the third novel from Sunday Times Bestseller, Jane Corry, the Queen of the twisty read. It is the first of her books that I have read, the rest are already on my TBR list. The advance praise from some of the best writers in the business drew me into reading it.

I have to say I was a little disappointed by my first foray into Corry's novels. It was an addictive and, on the whole, easy read, but the multiple points-of-view made for a complex and sometimes confusing narrative. I fel
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-arcs
I know many people are kinda over the whole unreliable narrator thing in psychological thrillers but for me, when they're done well I'm all about it. This one was done incredibly well and the unreliability kept me constantly guessing and then second guessing myself, I just love that!
This is told from a few perspectives, first you have Vicki who suffers from epilepsy and between the seizures she has and the medications she has to take her memory and recollection is hazy at best. Then you have Sc
Susan Kennedy
I loved this book. It was so well written and easy to read. It flowed well and the character development was really well done. I loved the characters. The book is broken into three sections. I have to admit I was a little thrown when a new character showed up in Part 2 by the name of Helen. It didn't take long for it to fall into place though.

The story was intriguing and I didn't want to put the book down. The story had enough little twists in it to keep you interested. It was the character deve
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would! I really liked how all the characters linked together with twists I never saw coming. I loved how it showed the history of Vicki and her strength. There's nothing better than a strong main character that can have weaknesses but still find strength.

I liked how there was the parts with Scarlet, how she had a really traumatic time and how factors can affect upbringing. I loved how Scarlet and her mother did end up coming back into the book but in a
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having enjoyed both of Jane’s previous books, My Husband’s Wife and Blood Sisters , I was delighted to receive a review copy of the latest, The Dead Ex.

The Dead Ex is an intriguing and absorbing read; told from the first and third person perspectives of 3 characters over 2 timelines, the different narrators have their own story to tell (some of which makes for difficult reading) and although I wondered at the beginning how they were connected, all did become clear. Each chapter is clearly headed
Joanna Park
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Dead Ex was a brilliantly gripping thriller that kept me guessing.  This book kept me company during a long night with a poorly baby and definitely helped make the hours go by faster!

The story is told from the point of view of both Vicki, an aromatherapist with a murky past, and Scarlett a little girl who has been used as a pawn for her mum’s drug dealing.  I found this very intriguing as it wasn’t immediately obvious why the story was being told from both perspectives.  My first view of the
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He cheated. He lied. He died. Haha... lovin' that strapline! This is an absorbing read with three nicely crafted plotlines - a forty-ish epileptic aromatherapist woman formerly married to the Ex; the story around a child placed in care because of her mother being in prison; and the story of a young photographer pursuing the self-same Ex. Through these three characters Jane Corry provides an interesting tale of living with epilepsy, the Criminal Justice System, fostering and of course... murder! ...more
Rob Twinem
Last year I read and really enjoyed Blood Sisters by Jane Corry, and I particularly loved the rather claustrophobic, somewhat enclosed first person telling of the story. In particular the character of Kitty living in care, unable to communicate but the reader is privileged in that he has total access to the mind and thoughts of the hapless Kitty. Unfortunately The Dead Ex comes nowhere near to the thrill read that Blood Sisters was. It is the same type of first person storytelling from the point ...more
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

Almost exactly two years ago, I read Corry's My Husband's Wife. Sometimes I like to go back to my review of the first book I've read by an author just to see what my first impression may have been. Seems I'm a bit on the same side with both books! (Never judge a book by its cover and never judge an author by the first book you read by them, good, bad or in the middle!)

Here's what I love about Corry's writing - it's completely addicting and the short chapters leave you needing to get to the n
Marc Bougharios
This is my first novel by Corry and I have to say I was so excited to read it. The cover alone is beautiful and just the intricacy of it I foudn very intriguing. I think the title is so intersting and it's tricky becaus eyou think you know who the dead ex is but you really don't.

I loved everything about this book down to every little detail. Vicki was my favourite character in the book. I loed how she was such an unreliable narrator and it gave the novel such a nice suspensful vibe because we d
Laura Rash
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was the best book yet from Jane Corry. From kids in foster care, epilepsy and prison work it’s a unique story that really kept me interested.
Jess Hible
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Oh my goodness what a read. It kept me guessing right till the end and throwing new twists all the way to the very end.
Cassie’s Reviews
I’m ashamed to admit this was my first Jane Corry book. This book blew me away. It had so many twists and turns and normally that can throw me off but the book neatly wrapped up and I loved it! The Dead Ex is a thriller and mystery. Vicki who suffers from epilepsy and is living alone runs her own essential oils business out of her apartment. Her ex husband Daniel left her for his mistress a few years ago and she still hasn’t gotten over it. When the police show up at her door a few years later a ...more
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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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