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The Wayward Wife

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Updated and Relaunched 2018.

A finely spun, suspenseful, psychological thriller full of deceit, drama and wry humour, this story centres around Margot Rowlands, a restless, married woman whose obsessive affair with a younger man turns out to be more than she bargained for when her lover dies under mysterious circumstances.

A secretive woman by nature and a talented amateur
Kindle Edition, 482 pages
Published April 19th 2018
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J.P. Willson
I need a minute...although this is a good story, once the actual story begins- about a third of the way in really. There is a ridiculous amount of re-iteration of facts we as the reader have already been informed of. Not only does this become confusing with the mind thinking another new character has been introduced- only to find this is not the case...
This book is long. Too long.
The descriptive nature of the author becomes 'too much.'
Why are we so intensely describing the surroundings, the
Dylan Fairchild
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
“The Wayward Wife” is a mystery drama by indie author David Fisher. Actually, per the subtitle, it’s a “South African Suspense and Psychological Drama.” The book has been retooled for 2018, and has been previously marketed as “The Final Curtain,” “The Last Curtain,” and “Act of Madness,” and has sometimes been credited to author Dale Stevens. Yowza. I’m not crazy about this new title either, since there are at least a dozen novels with some variation of “Wayward Wife” in the title, but so be it. ...more
Samantha Burnell
A long book, but it turned into a fast paced read. The dialogue between the characters is snappy and fresh, and it is easy to hear the conversations in your head as if you were right there next to them, or sat at the same table. I love travel however South Africa has as yet not featured on my destination list and the authors vivid descriptions of the country really have fired me up to book a plane ticket. The plot has been well crafted and run smoothly through the novel, the characters develop ...more
Valerie Dickenson
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this slow to get into but then, suddenly, it gripped me and I couldn't put it down. Margot is a fascinating character and I loved the way she changes in the course of the story. Her interaction with her husband and daughter is well done. The setting in South Africa's Cape Town is well drawn as is the post-apartheid attitude that lingers in some aspects of Margot's world. I found myself thinking the story was going one way and being surprised when it went another. A story that kept me ...more
Vicky Forte
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The wayward wife” is an entreteining reading from the first lines to the very last word. The characters evolve during the story, the plot grows in complexity and yet it's easy to read. The story is set in Cape Town, while it may seem just a detail at the beginning it turns out to be nicely related to the characters and their circunstances.
Erin Bomboy
A couple of points for prospective readers before I dive into my review of compelling yet uneven The Last Curtain by Dale Stevens.

First, it’s been said not to judge a book by its cover. In this instance, it holds true. The cheesy graphic of an empty stage doesn’t describe the tone nor does it evoke the events that transpire. I’m not sure why a picture of Cape Town wasn’t used as that would add apropos atmosphere.

Second, although this book is almost 500 pages, it reads quickly, so don’t let the
Tony Parsons
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hermanus (village). Margot Rowlands (42, wife/mother nurse, dispensary) was off work & was going to pay Madam Mokgati (former psychologist) a visit.
She pulled out a set of Bantu version tarot cards.
Margot seems to be suffering from schizophrenia.
Later, by accident she met Darren (Julie’s BF, health club instructor, Adderley St.).
Tom Rowlands (husband/father, cricket team coach) informed Margot they were invited to the Hannes Dutoit's birthday party.

Margot & Tom were going to celebrate
Sapphire Jones
Dale Stevens’ “The Last Curtain: A South African Mystery Drama” was an interesting read but a bumpy ride. The author (who has mostly published under the name David S. Fisher) describes himself as UK born and bred, living in Germany with his family, and having spent his consulting career doing a good bit of international travel. No mention of South Africa in his bio. Not knowing the country myself—and having read very little about it aside from the work of Nadine Gordimer and Athol Fugard—it’s ...more
David Kummer
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't tell what kind of book this would be from the description. Secretive wives usually end up being sort of spy/action stories, and murky pasts are always interesting for characters. While the length was a little off-putting and the blurb could have been written better, I wasn't disappointed with the results of the story. Needless to say, from the 5-star rating, I was very surprised by the outcome of the trial, as the author tricked me into expecting something else. I do wish the book had ...more
Laura Libricz
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars. This was a great book to get lost into. I started reading it and then I took my kindle everywhere with me so I could keep reading it. Definitely a good book for the train. It's a typical murder mystery but the setting of South Africa makes it different from any story I've read before. It isn't especially gory or violent or graphic and I found the way it was written to be fast, compelling and entertaining. Really enjoyed this. I'm glad I didn't read the other reviews but just dived in ...more
Anita Nasr
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Though the story was promising, The Wayward Wife left me exhausted. It’s a mystery without any mystery. We know whodunnit. Events are very clearly spelled out.

It’s a raunchy start. 42-year-old Margot, wife and mother, adds some spice to her life when she begins an affair with a man almost 20 years her junior. We learn fairly quickly that she’s unstable. Things turn ugly pretty fast. And for the next three-quarters of the (very long) book, we’re taken step-by-step through an investigation to
Thomas Whaley
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It often takes me about two weeks to finish most books - especially with a full time job and two small children that make it hard to keep my eyes open when I finally have the chance, however, this dramatic journey kept me alert. I, like many, enjoy a good psychological thriller - but this one had all the elements needed to make it a great one! I found myself finding spare moments throughout the day to get in just a few more pages.

The Final Curtain, by David Fisher, is well-written, intense and
Christa Nardi
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is set in Africa, post Apartheid but still very traditional in terms of women's roles. Margot, a middle aged woman involved in acting, working part time as a pharmacist is feeling old and somewhat dissatisfied with her life. We're told early one she also has a hidden past. Is her daughter's upcoming graduation the trigger to her attempts to feel young again? Or is it something more internal to her, related to that unknown past?

Fisher provides bits and pieces of a complex puzzle,
Linda Watkins
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found David Fisher's The Final Curtain to be a mesmerizing read. The story of a middle-aged woman, experiencing what seems to be at first an ordinary mid-life crisis, soon escalates into sex, murder, mayhem and madness. The characters, especially the protagonist, Margot, are complex and believable. The setting is in post-apartheid South Africa and the infusion of different cultural elements enhances the story and draws the reader in. The plot moves along effortlessly and it is a book that is ...more
J.M. Northup
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and Refreshing!
This was an interesting book to read. It was a refreshing story line with realism, romance, and a glimpse into the human psyche of the melancholy of aging. I look forward to more of David Fisher's work!
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slow start but ......oh boy!

I almost stopped reading this because it wasn't hooking me. But I kept going and I am so glad. You , too, will get pulled into this woman's web. This is a very good read. Recommended.
Vincent Duffy
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a captivating story, I was hooked from the very start. A fascinating story about Africa and beyond. I would recommend this book as a must to read.
David Fisher
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Welcome to my Book Page.

I was born and raised in the UK but have spent most of my professional life in various parts of Europe and have settled with my family in Bonn, Germany. Since retirement, I write novels for the discerning reader, under my own name and the pen name, Dale Stevens.
My genres consist of:
-- (Under David S. Fisher) a mixture of crime and mystery thrillers, detective fiction,