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The Ex-Wife

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You’ve got everything she wants …

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone …

Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anythin
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Published June 5th 2018 by Bookouture (first published June 1st 2018)
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Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Brilliantly Twisted Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wow wow wow this book was simply brilliant! Jess Ryder Took me on one crazy ride.... this is my first book from this author, but it is definitely not my last! Admittedly up until about 35% I was a little unsure as to what was going on and then... BAM! huge swerve and then the twists kept coming!

Natasha has the perfect life, a doting husband, a beautiful daughter, the only problem.... the ex-wife... then one day Natasha arrives home to find no Nick, no Emily, no
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
3.5 Stars

A marriage built on secrets, lies, and pure craziness leads to the ultimate betrayal in The Ex-Wife.

Natasha is happily married to Nick. Yes, she’s given up her youth to be with him, but she is rewarded with a life of luxury and her lovely daughter, Emily. Nick left his wife, Jen, to be with Natasha. Jen, however, remains a constant presence in their lives. As their marriage begins to show signs of strain, Natasha begins to plan for a life without Nick. But before she can leave, Nat
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Natasha believes that she has it all - a loving husband (Nick), a beautiful home, a beautiful daughter (Emily). Life would be perfect if only her husband's ex-wife (Jen) would leave them alone. She calls constantly and has close ties to Nick's family which makes family events incredibly uncomfortable for Natasha.

Then one day Natasha learns that Nick did not drop off Emily at pre-school. She returns home to find all their belonging gone! She is devastated! Readers will be devastated right along w
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
A twisty novel of suspense that will make you question everyone!!

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Wow, what a read!! This was my first novel by Jess Ryder and as soon as I finished I added her previous two to my Amazon cart because I am so excited about this book. Jess has an incredible gift with story telling, and so I looked her up to learn a bit more about her. Jess Ryder the author is actually a pseudonym for Jan Page, a screenwriter, television producer, and novelist. I do think that e
Susanne  Strong
5 Wild & Crazy Stars.

My Oh My, That was One Wild, Fun and Crazy Ride!

Natasha seems to have the perfect little life, married to Nick, a successful and caring man who caters to her every need. Together, they have a baby girl named Emily, who they love and adore above all else. The only problem? Jen. Nick’s ex-wife. His family loves her and invites her to family functions, totally ignoring Natasha and Nick still cares enough to have nightly phone calls with Jen, claiming however that she is lonely
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A delightfully twisty read!

Betrayal, lies and deception. Three vital elements that help make the perfect thriller!

Natasha is a new wife and mother. She’s married to a strikingly handsome, wealthy husband who adores her, and a beautiful young daughter she loves with all her heart. Sounds fairly close to perfect...right?

Jen is the former wife. The one who devotedly stood by Nick since they were kids. The one who knows no other life than the one she had with Nick, until that home-wrecking Natasha
Holly  B
The pace is fast and the tone is rather frantic (which I think worked well).

Here are the players–Game on…

Natasha – Current wife and mother to Emily

Emily– Young daughter of Natasha and Nick

Nick– Loving hubby and dad

Jen– Jealous ex-wife

Anna– You’ll find out when you read it! Yikes

The relationship between Natasha and Jen was very intriguing and I was curious about how it would play out. The ex, Jen was jealous that things worked out so beautifully for Natasha and Nick. I wanted to know more about h
Dash fan
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4☆ Rollercoaster of a Psychological Thriller

The Ex Wife is a rollercoaster of a psychological thriller. It was exciting, thrilling and kept me guessing.

What would you do if you come home and found your husband and child missing?
Well that's exactly what happened to Natasha when she came home.
The thing is Natasha has 3 people in her relationship, the third being her husband's ex wife Jen.

For me it's not easy to put the plot into words as it's one you really need to experience yourself.
There is twi
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bayb-2018

Natasha - a London barista whose 'coffee art' is first rate - is on her way to work when she's knocked off her bike by a Range Rover. The car's driver - a handsome, wealthy media distributor named Nick - jumps out of his vehicle to help the girl.....and both their lives are changed forever.

Nick offers up first-aid and £500 for damages, and the following days include dinner in a posh restaurant and trysts in a luxury boutique hotel. Nick and Natasha fall madly in love, but there's a hitch.

Nick is
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's best to wait long than to marry wrong.

Natasha finds that out the hard way after her bicycle crashes into a vehicle driven by Nick....Nick, the tall, dark, handsome man with a bank account that reads: Beyond Comfortable.

Nick wines and dines Natasha to make up for that slight accident. But it is no accident that Nick has been married to Jen for many years. Never came up in their conversations until it had to. Now Jen is kicked to the curb and Natasha is re-decorating the abode that he once s
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
My oh my, what a bumpy ride Jess Ryder has taken me on with The Ex-Wife. This one is a psychological thriller that keeps a reader guessing all the way until the very end, and then maybe even after you’ve finished the book.

Starting with a prologue in a hospital with no idea who you are reading about the book then starts at chapter 1 with Anna in the present. From then the chapters begin to flash back to then with Natasha. The things is Natasha is the current wife and Jen is the ex-wife, so the qu
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery, 2018
4.5 Stars

Natasha’s life seems perfect, I said “seems” because she has everything, a handsome husband who’s rich, a beautiful home and a lovely baby girl. But she can’t enjoy all of them because of her husband’s ex-wife, Jen. She is everywhere, Jen is the wife that her husband’s family like and she is in all their family gathering, always in touch with the husband. It’s like Jen still is his wife, not Natasha. One day when Natasha comes home he couldn’t find her daughter and her husband. She sear
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun and thrilling page turning novel with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.
I really enjoyed this one by Jess Ryder, A gripping psychological thriller that kept me guessing and a great summer / beach read.

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone …

Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone witho
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

This book kept me quite dizzy and I remained dizzy most of the way through with interludes of calmness, all in a good way.

As I read further and got more and more lost within its pages I got more sense of who was who and what was what.

The author did a fantastic job of keeping secrets and leading me along with my mind keep ticking over. This deceit takes you on a journey of craftiness with superb writing.

I found it a busy book with always something going on to keep my attention and my readers ju
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hauntingly beautiful, this is a story of love and redemption, family ties, the dark secrets and the lengths we’ll go to protect the ones we love.
It’s an utterly absorbing and addictive tale of psychological suspense that will grab your attention from the very beginning.

‘The ex-wife’ starts with a prologue where we meet Anna lying in a hospital bed, obviously distraught and not aware of what happened to her.

Natasha is a newly married young woman and a mother, leading a perfect life, the only th
DNF at 61%. I absolutely hate DNFing a book and I rarely do but I feel like my reading time is golden and I just can't be bothered to waste it. I was having major book anxiety while trying to muck through The Ex-Wife and I really just wanted it to end before I ended up sans hair.

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I can get on board with a slow burn psych thriller but with The Ex-Wife I felt like I was still waiting for the match to catch fire. It seemed as if I was reading 2 different books and, quite frankly, they were bo
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OH BOY,Jess Ryder definitely knows how to mess with your head,pull at your heart strings and play with your emotions.Her words flow with ease and you find yourself mesmerized by this twist packed story of two women who find themselves caught up in the mind games,lies and manipulations of a man who is prepared to go to any lengths to get what he wants,no matter who gets hurt or what the consequences of his actions are.

After a prologue that is set in a hospital room,the story progresses in chapter
Sarah Joint
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A roller coaster ride with amazingly fleshed out characters. If you are tired of reading thrillers where you just can't understand a character's motivation, give this one a shot. You'll question the characters in the beginning, but as the book goes on, Jess Ryder explains them so well and makes you understand their motivations, their weaknesses, their strengths... everything about them. There's plenty of crazy situations in this one, and lots of surprises to keep you on your toes.

Natasha has it
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, netgalley
I had a much better experience with this author the second time around...I'm glad I gave her another go. 😊

This is one of those twisty domestic thrillers that has a certain 'fun' flair to it.

Let's start with Natasha, who is recently married to Nick after a whirlwind romance.
Nick was married to Jen, his childhood sweetheart, when he first met Natasha. But that didn't stop him from pursing her and having an affair. When Natasha becomes pregnant, Jen concedes victory to her and ends her marriage to
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Amazing, the narratives we spin to suit ourselves…”

Jen and Nick are happily married for 20 years, until Nick literally bumps into Natasha in the street and then everything changes. Jen becomes the ex and Natasha the new pregnant wife.
But Jen is not completely out of the picture and all is not as it appears. Natasha’s charming and peachy life is going to crumble and it seems she can trust no one.

This was a fast-paced and well-written psychological thriller, told from multiple points of view.
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
3.5 stars

The book summary claims that Natasha has the perfect life. So my initial impressions were what the hell was I reading then? Nick has a drinking problem and routinely treats her like a dimwit. He places her second to the needs of his ex-wife. I found him sleazy, pompous and not worthy of one woman let alone two. Mind you, these were my thoughts even before the real action of the story begins. If only Nick had gone missing, I would have said good riddance. But Natasha’s little girl, Emily
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2018
The Ex-Wife is worth its hype. So gripping with many twists and turns. There’s a point in this where I teared up, sad.. but a wild ride that’s for sure. And loved that ending! 4 ☆
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
A seemingly perfect marriage, secrets and lies, the Ex-Wife who won’t leave them alone, the husband and daughter who disappears and then what happens makes for one twisty entertaining read.

Jess Ryder does such a great job creating a face-paced twisty and captivating story that had me questioning so many things throughout this story. The story grabbed my attention from the start and didn’t let go till that brilliant and satisfying ending. I highly recommend

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture fo
Stacey Camp
**5 Goodreads Stars**

Natasha is struggling to make it as a barista in the city. Living on a tight budget, she cycles to work daily until one fateful day dramatically changes her life for the better - or so she thought.

While racing down a steep street on her bike, Natasha accidentally swipes the side of a car and tumbles to the street. A handsome, older man steps out of the car to check on Natasha. She's fine, but the man, Nick, feels guilty and offers to take her out to dinner. Things seem innoc
Jill McGill
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this is one twisted roller coaster ride that Jess Ryder takes us on... and I loved every minute of it! The Ex-Wife is a fast-paced psychological thriller that has so many layers and twists that I found myself glued to the story, turning page after page.

Natasha has a perfect life that every girl dreams of - the handsome husband, the gorgeous dream house, and the most adorable little girl that she would move heaven and earth for. Just one problem, her husband's annoying ex-wife who just won't
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I absolutely loved this one! Most definitely deserves 5 bright stars!

Natasha is a young mother to Emily and is happily married to her older husband, Nick. Life is perfect apart from Jen, the ex-wife, who is still very needy of Nick's attention and seems to take pleasure in rubbing Natasha up the wrong way.

Until one day Natasha goes to pick up Emily from school, but she's not there! She soon discovers that Nick has disappeared with Emily and he is nowhere to be found. What on earth is going
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
My head is still spinning after that roller coaster of a ride that Jess Ryder has just taken me on! Seriously, it was fantastic!

This' is the story of Nick and his current wife Natasha and their child Emily. Nick was formally married to Jen, who is still everywhere in their lives. Then one day Nick and Emily go missing without a trace. Can Natasha trust Jen to help her find her daughter.?

This is one twisty story that will have you thinking you know what happened and then bam! Told from alternate
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Natasha has a doting husband Nick, a beautiful three year old daughter Emily and lives in a luxurious house. Everything would be perfect if it wasn’t for Nick’s ex-wife Jen’s constant interference in their lives. So Natasha is caught completely unawares when one day she realizes that Nick has disappeared with Emily. Nowhere else to turn she asks Jen for help and Jen agrees. But is Jen really trying to help Natasha or seek her own revenge ?

The Ex-Wife is a fast paced psychological thriller with
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans.
“Your heart led you into this mess, but you'll need your head to get you out!”
― Jess Ryder, The Ex-Wife

I'm just thinking of the terror I would feel had I been in Natasha's situation. You come home and your family is just..gone? Vanished? How creepy.

I did enjoy this book. There were certain events that strained belief but I was able to sweep that aside and sort of get lost in it. There were also a couple of twists. One I guessed, one I did not.

I think if one is a big fan of psychological thrille
Renita D'Silva
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! An amazing, wonderfully twisted, roller-coaster of a story that had me glued to the pages. A story that has stayed with me, masterfully written, the tension ratcheting up, making you so involved in the lives(and deaths) of the characters that you are disorientated when you get back to reality. Brilliant! One of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read!
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