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Nobody's Wife

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  357 ratings  ·  83 reviews
‘Of the four of them, only three remained. And there was no going backwards from there.’

Emily and Josephine have always shared everything. They’re sisters, flatmates, and best friends. It’s the two of them against the world.

When Emily has the perfect wedding, and Josephine finds the perfect man, they know things will change forever. But nothing can prepare them for what,
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Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published March 28th 2019 by Agora Books
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Whispering Stories
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com

Emily and Josephine are not only sisters they are best friends too. They’ve had to rely on and support one another since their mum moved to Australia a few years back and they had no father in the picture.

The sisters lived together with Michael, Emily’s fiancee, although he becomes her husband at the start of the book. After their marriage and honeymoon, Emily and Michael move into Emily’s old family home that had been left to the girls.

Josephi
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Aga Durka
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars, rounded up to 4.

Sisters. Marriage. Double betrayal.

Is love enough, even if it destroys lives of others? How far would you go for love and your own happiness if you knew that it would cause grief and devastation in its path?

Sometimes it takes just one person in the equation to make everything fall apart. The foundation that the house was build on starts cracking little by little, and piece by piece it falls away causing destruction. Just one wrong person can end it all.

This was a qu
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Adele Shea
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
On the day she married Michael, Emily felt something wasn't right but she just couldn't put a finger on it.
On the day Emily met Jack (her sister's new boyfriend), her world would never be the same again. Her feelings were reciprocated by Jack and this set them off on a collision course of deceit, heartbreak and death.
Very enjoyable read.
Eva
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved Laura Pearson’s debut Missing Pieces, even though it left me in bits. So I was quite eager to read Nobody’s Wife, wondering if I would once again be reaching for the tissues.

Sisters Emily and Josephine have always been close but their bond has only become stronger since their mother moved to the other side of the world. Now Emily is getting married and Josephine may have found “the one” as well. Naturally, changes are afoot as they both embark on a new adventure in their lives
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Bridgett
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
What would you do if you were betrayed by the two people you love most in the world?

And so begins this intriguing, if somewhat slow, family drama involving two sisters, Emily and Josephine; Emily's husband, Michael; and Josephine's boyfriend, Jack. This is very much a character driven novel...a slow-burning, thoughtful look at family dynamics, love, and marriage. Laura Pearson, with keen insight, has the enviable ability to pull the reader directly into her story, despite an obvious lack of ac
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Louise Beech
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I felt every moment of this book. It was beautifully written, acutely observed, and utterly addictive. Having close relationships with my own sisters, this tore me apart. I felt for everyone involved, and was speechless as I closed the book on the devastating climax. I think Pearson has upped her game, and this is just stunning. I devoured it in twenty-four hours, and highly recommend.
Clair Sharpe
Nobody's Wife starts on Emily's wedding day to Michael - the day is perfect and Emily and Michael move into her childhood home to start their lives together. Emily's only real family is her sister Josephine - their mum has moved to Australia to be live with her boyfriend. The sisters have always been close, were flatmates and are best friends.
Just before the wedding, Josephine meets a new man, Jack who works in a book shop. When Emily and Michael return from their honeymoon, she introduces them
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Michelle
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...

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Thank you to the publisher for the gifted ARC copy of the book to read.

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I’ve read Laura Pearson’s previous novel Missing Pieces, which I LOVED, so when I heard about her latest book Nobody’s Wife I was thrilled to begin reading it! I was not disappointed!

This novel is full of secrets, lies, deception, obsession, and the ultimate betrayal! What better recipe for an amazing book!? I cannot think of one and this boo
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ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
I liked Missing Pieces by Laura Pearson. She has a good, flowing writing style. This book kept my attention, but unfortunately the story does get a bit boring and Josephine and Michael were such a doormats, for the majority of the book, I wanted to kick them. Why was Josephine so wishy-washy, even when she realized that her sister was not really her friend? I think I had higher exceptions for this book and it kind of felt like a letdown to me, especially the ending. There really wasn't a lot of ...more
Meggy
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

Thank you Agora Books for inviting me to be part of this fabulous blog tour!



Laura Pearson ripped my heart out, threw it on the pavement, stomped on it, and then handed me gloves and Scotch tape to try and mend it.


I had been tremendously impressed by Missing Pieces, therefore my expectations were high when I opened Nobody’s Wife. There’s something grey, gloomy, and terribly sad in this title, and this mix makes it so appealing. I couldn’t resist. I did not want to resist.


Enter Emily, Josephin

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Liz Barnsley
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intense and beautifully done family drama. Full review to follow.
Fiona Mitchell
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this story about two close sisters, Emily and Josephine, and the infidelity that threatens to tear them apart. On the face of it, Emily appears to be happy with novelist husband Michael, but when Jack, Josephine’s new boyfriend, enters their lives, everything seems set to fall apart. Emily and Jack begin a love affair, taking risks that had me on the edge of my seat, wondering whether this was the moment they would be found out. The foreshadowing is marvellous, the passion intense and t ...more
Elaine
Feb 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of Nobody's Wife.

This is my first book by this author before so I went into Nobody's Wife with an open mind.

Then, I changed my mind.

I wish I knew what the point of the book was. The flimsy plot sounds like it was ripped from a soap opera 30 years ago when stuff like this was considered shocking.

Emily and Josephine are as close as two sisters can be. When Emily and Michael are married, the sisters grow a little further apart but remain close.

But when Jose
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Irene
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Two and a half star rating.
Two sisters, Emily and Josephine, who are very close, then Emily marries Michael and Josephine meets Jack which is when things turn a bit sour. A speedy read with an unsatisfying ending - expecting a bit more and instead it’s the acknowledgements! Lots of mentions of “steaming” mugs, cups and bowls plus hair colour which was a bit superfluous. It was hard to get a proper grasp on these four - two selfish, two doormat individuals. I veered between two or three stars for
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Beverley
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
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When Emily marries Michael, her sister, Josephine has to learn to stand on her own two feet. Until now they have lived together, shared friends and their lives are tightly woven together but Emily and Michael are moving in together and despite Emily’s protests that nothing will change, Josephine knows that this won’t be the case. When Josephine meets somebody and falls in love it sets ripples through the already precarious relationship between she and Emily.
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Laurie Ellingham
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nobody’s wife is an honest and heartfelt story of two sisters, of marriage and of love. The author drew me into the story in such a way that I felt often as though I was right there with Emily, Michael, Jack and Josephine, watching their lives unfold in front of me. It was a raw and sometimes intrusive look into a relationship, a marriage and a family, as well as four individuals.

I loved the way the story moved so seamlessly between one character to the next, building a tension in places that m
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Kelly Van Damme
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Nobody’s Wife is set primarily in London and centres around Emily and Josephine: (half-)sisters, flatmates, best friends. The tagline reads: Four people. Three couples. Two sisters. One unforgivable betrayal. For those of you who suck at maths: one sister betrays the other sister by having an affair with said sister’s man, hence: three couples. It’s a tough theme, adultery, especially in this case where it concerns two sisters but there is no judgement from the author, she only reports what’s ha ...more
Nichole
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I do not know I feel about this book. It is a quick read (I finished it in one day), but it was also a very unsatisfying read. The story line also seemed a bit unrealistic. I did not like the characters either. They were shallow and boring. This book also just ends, there is no closure. To be filled with so much deceit and drama for it to just end left a sour taste in my mouth.
Dora  (Swift Coffee Book Blog)
Full review and blog tour post: http://swiftcoffee.blog/2019/04/06/bl...

'Nobody's Wife' is a book that kept me reading from beginning to end. I couldn't put it down. (Okay, I had to. Because... life. You know how it is. But it was hard to!) The writing made me turn page after page, in a dark and twisted, uncomfortable kind of way. I felt all along that everything was heading towards the wrong, the terrible, the catastrophic, and I wasn't at any moment astonished or surprised - and yet I couldn't
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Patrycja D.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Agora Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I do not post reviews of ARCs I rate below 3 stars on my blog.

I thought that based on the description this book would be a little more... exciting maybe? It was not "fast-paced" though it definitely was a quick read. I love reading books about damaged people and their mistakes and motivations, but the characters in this one felt a little shallow (characterizat
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Emma Shaw
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well written story that explores the bonds of sisterhood and how far we would go for love.

I enjoyed this book but I did find it difficult to read at times because I didn’t ever get on board with the love story at its heart. I found that instead of being carried along with the passion between the two who have an affair and understanding why they risk everything, I just felt angry with them and sad for the others involved. But I think the author meant it to be that way. She doesn’t try to circu
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Edna
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Description
‘Of the four of them, only three remained. And there was no going back from there.’

Emily and Josephine have always shared everything. They’re sisters, flatmates, and best friends. It’s the two of them against the world.

When Emily has the perfect wedding, and Josephine finds the perfect man, they know things will change forever. But nothing can prepare them for what, or who, one of them is willing to give up for love.

Four people. Three couples. Two sisters. One unforgivable betrayal.

Fr
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Anne
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nobody's Wife is an intricate and finely balanced study of relationships. The family bond of siblings, and the emotional bond of lovers. At just under 250 pages, it is not a long novel, but it is an emotional read that lingers in the mind, long after the final page has been turned.

The short prologue sets the scene for the story that follows. The reader learns that where there had been four people, there were now three and the reader is then taken back a year to the morning of Emily's wedding to
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Bridget
I really enjoyed “Nobody’s Wife” by Laura Pearson and I found it exceptionally moving.

This book had it all - there was so much love, loss and betrayal and it revealed the darker side of families at their worst. Melancholic and complex, “Nobody’s Wife” was an engrossing and riveting read. It was told via an admirable multi-person narrative which smoothly moved between four protagonists.

The characters were pretty unlikeable but for me, this improved the story. With a fabulous plot and understated
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Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
Thanks to NetGalley I was able to read this ARC for an honest review.

Emily and Josephine were half-sisters who were very close in growing up and so when Emily got married to Michael, Emily was of course happy for her. But little did she know she was soon to be betrayed.

This book was a bit slow in the beginning but then picked up when the story took a turn and Emily's actions brought down the split among her family. The story brings out the ties of friends and family when one acts on their feel
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Patrycja D.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, arc
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Agora Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I thought that based on the description this book would be a little more... exciting maybe? It was not "fast-paced" though it definitely was a quick read. I love reading books about damaged people and their mistakes and motivations, but the characters in this one felt a little shallow (characterization wise). I would have enjoyed this novel a lot more if Emily
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Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
#FirstLine ~ Emily woke on the morning of her wedding with a voice in her head telling her not to do it.

A story that will cause you to have emotions the Nobody's Wife was a book that made me think and feel. It was not an easy read, but I read that I won't soon forget. The characters are flawed with many complications, but you can still find things that you can relate to with each character. The story is quite original. I would like to warn that the ending will most likely leave you with some str
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Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time)
Available at https://t.co/iSPJIghELr as part of the Nobody's Wife Blog Tour by Agora Books
Rachael Powers
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Nobody’s Wife a lot - I read it in just a couple of days and the characters have really stayed with me. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants a fulfilling, but not overly challenging read.
Caroline Kelly
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The title of this book could suggest a number of things (without reading the blurb). For me, the title could have suggested someone who is desperately searching for their other half, someone who desperately wants to be married and finds the fact that they are nobody’s wife makes them sad and lonely. Equally, I think the title could also suggest that the main character is someone strong, someone who can’t be owned. In fact, the book isn’t about these things.

This is a book about betrayal by someo
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Laura Pearson has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. She lives in Leicestershire with her husband and their two children. Her first novel, Missing Pieces, was published in 2018. Her second novel, Nobody’s Wife, is available now to pre-order.
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