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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  7,918 ratings  ·  2,498 reviews
What makes Simon Fitch so perfect?

-He knows all her favorite foods, music, and movies.
-Her son adores him. He was there when she needed him most.
-He anticipates her every need.
-He would never betray her like her first husband.

The perfect husband. He checks all the boxes.

The question is, why?

Nina Garrity learned the hard way that her missing husband, Glen, had been lead
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOWWWW! This is SOOOO DISTURBING, MINDBENDING! This is nightmar-ish, terrifying, unputdownable, sick, nasty! My head is spinning! My mind already left my head, running out of the town with a valise filled with my remaining grey cells!

This book hooked me up from the first sentence. I couldn’t stop reading. I couldn’t also bite my nails because they were too short and freshly manicured so I accidentally consumed 3 bags of doritos, 2 bags of gummy bears, 2 pounds of tomatoes (I might have killed
Emily May
Apr 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Nina heard the hurt in Simon’s words and her heart ached for him. He was trying so hard to make it work for everyone, Maggie included.

This was a VERY frustrating domestic thriller. There must have been exceptions in the past, but right now I'm going to put it down to my inability to deal with that particular type of mystery/thriller where the reader knows everything that is going on and has to sit and wait until the characters quit scratching their heads and finally catch up.

Thrillers are my
Dita has the 'rona!
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dita has the 'rona! by: Debra
Shelves: netgalley
Reviews are all over the place for this and I get all of them.

I agree that it was a little slow to start but when it did? It zooooomed and it was a really wild ride.

The writing is quite good. The author expertly shows us how emotional abusers ramp up gradually making their target feel crazy; the gaslighting in particular was so perfectly illustrated. (TW here, BTW.)

The real star of this show, however, is the characterization of 13 year old Maggie. She is everything.

Thank you to D.J. Palmer, St.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley

The New Husband is an over-the-top psychological thriller about a woman who finds love with a man who may or may not be a psychopath.

Nina, a single mother of two, has found love again. After her husband mysteriously disappeared without a trace a year and a half ago, she began dating Simon Fitch, a teacher at her daughter, Maggie’s middle school. Nina’s friends and Maggie have qualms about Simon, but she decides to embrace love and move in with him. Nina thinks she has found the man of her
Nina's husband disappears and evidence leads her and the police to believe he probably abandoned the family due to secretly losing his job two years before his disappearance. Within a couple of months of her husband's disappearance, Nina is in a committed relationship with "too good to be true" Simon, a teacher at her daughter Maggie's school. Maggie is very upset about the relationship for a number of reasons and now, two years into the relationship, friction between Maggie and Simon is just on ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
How well do you know someone?

Whew! FINALLY!!! I have been reading (or attempting to read) some less than enjoyable books lately. This was like a breath of dark, twisted, creepy air.

My first bit of advice is this: go into this one as blind as possible. The synopsis is enough. Nina Garrity has moved on since the disappearance of her husband, Glen. After the police came to her door to tell her that his bloody boat was found but not his body, she learned some hard truths about him. Then she took a
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
FAIR WARNING: Better not read this book if you’re in a relationship or about to marry the love of your life.

This book shattered a good portion of my hopeless romantic heart and now I need my harem of swoon worthy book boyfriends to glue it back together and kiss it better. I’m fairly new to the domestic thriller scene, and The New Husband is full of marriage nightmares. Although I did enjoy the book, it was also, um, you guessed it, quite predictable for me.

In the two years since the disappearan
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a intense, tense and utterly twisted psychological thriller of lies and secrets by DJ Palmer. Just how well is it possible to know your partner in a marriage? Nina Garrity finds everything she thought she knew about her husband, Glenn, collapses after he goes missing on a fishing trip, the boat has lots of blood but questions as to Glenn's whereabouts remain unanswered. Simon Fitch, a teacher, appears on the scene, a sweet, caring and kind man, the complete antithesis to the untrustworth ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Two years after her husband, Glen, mysteriously disappears, Nina Garrity is working hard to return her life to normalcy.

For one reason or another, Nina believes that Glen walked out on their family of his own volition.

She feels betrayed that he would just leave her and more importantly, their two children, Connor and Maggie.

In spite of all this, when Simon Fitch walks into her life, she is charmed by him and ready to give love another shot.

Throwing caution to the wind,
Elyse  Walters
Dec 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
SPOILER INCLUDED....( NOT ‘the’ *major* spoiler - but...’a’ spoiler)....
I can’t resist ...
I don’t drop spoiler-bombshells - often in reviews- but I was ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING ... when discussing this book with my husband, Paul.
It’s amazing how fun & alive books become with buddy/chats.

This wasn’t the first time I’ve laughed (inappropriately actually) - when reading a domestic-psychological thriller book.
The uncontrollable laughter happened to me at the end of the book, “The Couple Nex
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
The new husband...what if he’s just too good to be true!? What if he just wants you to think that!?

For Nina it’s time to move forward. Her not exactly devoted husband has been gone for close to two years now. He vanished into thin air – not necessarily a bad thing! But he’s left Nina with a big ZERO in her accounts and plenty of questions still unanswered.

She’s met a new man Simon and feels confident he’s the one. A real keeper! Due to Nina’s lack of income and savings she makes the easy de
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 ⭐ and I'm rounding up but I think that might be too generous.

This thriller is mediocre, at best.
The plot is so far-fetched that it became comical.

Nina-the new wife- is a poorly written character who's thoughts and actions often contradict themselves and I found reading from her POV a struggle.

The other two POVs are definitely better but not enough to save this book from being a disappointment.

".... 𝙥𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖 𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙗𝙚 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙖 𝙗𝙖𝙜 𝙤𝙛 𝙟𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙨, 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙛𝙡
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2020

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Nina and her two children are moving in with Nina’s new boyfriend, Simon. Sixteen-year-old, Conner seems to be fine with it, but thirteen-year-old, Maggie is not happy with the move or the new man in their lives. It doesn’t help that Simon is also the social studies teacher at Maggie’s school.

Nina still feels the sting of betrayal when she thinks of her husband, Glen. Memories of the terrible day the police came to the door
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
You know that feeling that you have with new love? They can do no wrong? You can't see their faults at all? Or if you do you overlook them? Hellllooo Nina! Wake up and smell the coffee girl! I really wish I could've been her BFF and yelled this to her. Although I doubt she would've listened.

After Nina's cheating husband Glen goes missing she moves on. Even though Glen's body has never been found she decides he either died or left her so either way he is not coming back. Her daughter Maggie on th
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you @goodreads, @djpalmerauthor and @stmartinspress #goodreadsgiveaway for sending me a advance reader’s edition of The New Husband by DJ Palmer.

What a thrill this book was! I kinda figured that the new husband would be the villain (sorry if you feel like that’s a spoiler... 😉 but.... come on... 🤗 it’s implied with the title🤓). But this still took its share of twisty turns that were totally not expected. I was on the edge of my seat 😧(or bed... as it’s well past my bedtime), cause I just h
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
The New Husband never bored me, but it wasn't a book I was incredibly excited to pick up either.

The first 50% of the novel is so very slow...yet somehow, some way, it kept me reading.

And though there was definitely an underlying creepy vibe throughout, my biggest issue with this story was Nina's idiocy. Most of her family, all her friends, and even a stranger or two told her Simon was bad news, yet despite admitting she made terrible choices regarding the men in her life, she kept defending him
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: If somebody had told Nina a few years ago that she would end up living with the social studies teacher from her daughter's middle school, in a new house they had bought together, she would have broken into a fit of laughter.

In another eight months or so, the court would most likely grant Nina her divorce from Glen, after which she might feel ready to say yes to Simon's marriage proposal so he could officially become her new husband. New Hampshire law was quite specific: spousal abandon
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Reviews have been mixed on this one...which always makes me curious to find out which side of the fence I will end up on!

It wasn’t a favorite for me.

Glen Garrity went out fishing one morning and never returned. His boat was floating, the deck covered in blood, but no body was found. Did he drown? Or did he run off with another woman, as a certain photo might suggest?

His wife, Nina, has moved on with Simon Fitch, a teacher from her daughter Maggie’s middle school. Nina is amazed that she has f
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are times when a book calls to you and says why not take a chance and see how it goes. For this reader, that chance paid off. I was ready for the typical story about a missing husband and the man who comes to take his place. But this book was deliciously devious and offered a few heart racing moments.

Poor Nina Garrity! Not only is her husband missing, but it seems as if he was a two timing embezzler who had her fooled from the get go. So much for wine and roses! However Nina has a new man
May 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
"You have to sit by the side of a river a very long time before a roast duck will fly into your mouth." (Guy Kowalski)

Unfortunately, that's how I felt about The New Husband. The majority of the book was set upon the ol' adage: "If it's too good to be true, it probably is." From beginning to end, we readers were expected to look the other way as scenarios were contrived with a sledge hammer. Too many boulders in the road for me.

The New Husband begins with a pilotless boat with a barking dog aboar
Susanne  Strong
May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
2 Stars.

Things that make you go “Hmm.”

Nina Garrity’s husband Glen disappears mysteriously yet 3 (three) months later, she finds love with her thirteen year old daughter’s teacher, Simon Fitch. Real Nice. Now they are moving in together.

Can you see my eyes rolling?

Swept off of her feet, Nina is madly in love. Of course it helps that Simon’s bank account enables him to take care of her and both of her kids. If only he got along with her thirteen year old daughter Maggie. Maggie however is suspi
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
The New Husband by D.J. Palmer is a stunning thriller. The minute you start reading this book, there is a feeling of foreboding and dread but you don’t know why. Nina Garrity’s husband Glen has disappeared, leaving everyone wondering if he left intentionally or may have met with foul play. She later finds out that he has had an affair with a local waitress. A year and a half later, Nina falls in love again and moves her family in with Simon Fitch. She is thrilled with the new relationship: he se ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finally, we have a "husband" book instead of a "wife" book! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

How well do you know the ones you love? While Nina’s husband has been missing, she finds out he’s led a double life with another woman. Now he may have drowned, and Nina is ready to move on. She meets Simon, a teacher from her daughter’s school, who lost in first wife to suicide. They fall in love and Simon is everything Nina wants, except he may be on the controlling side.

Has Nina chosen the right man? Or has she made anoth
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This psychological thriller starts off low key. Nina’s first husband went missing while fishing one Saturday morning. Almost two years later, his body has never been found. But after his disappearance, she discovers he had a secret. Well, more than one.
Now, she’s involved with Simon, who on the surface seems perfect. Maybe a little too perfect? Maggie, her 13 year old daughter, sees a different side to Simon.
We hear from both Nina and Maggie, among others. I got a kick out of Maggie’s chapters.
New Hampshire. An unmanned boat....a barking dog....blood....and the mystery of a missing husband. This is how it all begins.

THE NEW HUSBAND (to be)....devoted new beau or too good to be true?

The answer seemed obvious (to me) early on....But what is this dude's agenda?

I had to keep turning the pages to find out as Nina continually questions her memory, her conversations, her hostile daughter Maggie and her rather quick decision to move her two children into a new home with a new man when hus

Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I'm struggling to understand how this book has such high ratings. I was really tempted to DNF it a bunch of times.

I loved Saving Meghan, loved. This book does not read like it was written by the same author. The writing wasn't good, the story was choppy and didn't flow, the dialogue was forced, and I hated all of the characters. The chapters written from Maggie's perspective were the worst. Even the fact that Nina moved in with Simon because she couldn't afford her current house was ridiculous.
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
My second book by Palmer and let me tell you, he is a storyteller like no other. If you love books that you sit down and devour in one sitting then he's your author. I despised Simon and loved Maggie, you have to read this book to find out why.
Twists and turns and so much going on that you had to keep turning the pages.
5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have just finished reading The New Husband by D.J. Palmer. Thank you to Netgalley, the author and St. Martin's Press. for my advanced copy, in exchange for an honest review

I am giving this book 2.5 stars

It started off quite interesting, and then I quickly began to lose interest. I thought that it was very predictable, and that the characters were ones that I could not emphasise with. The storyline was just a tad on the hokey side for my liking. This actually felt like a YA book to me, and perh
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
An early morning fisherman discovers an abandoned boat adrift with only a barking dog onboard and blood all over the deck. What happened to the missing owner? Hours later, police knock on Nina Garrity's door to return her dog and inform her that her husband Glen is missing. An intense search is conducted, but a body is never found. Glen Garrity disappeared without a trace. Two years later, Nina has moved on with Simon, presuming her husband is dead or more likely - given the shocking revelations ...more
Theresa Alan
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
The first half of this novel is excruciatingly slow moving. I didn’t think the writing was fabulous. At the halfway mark, things get considerably more interesting. The ending is an absolute heart-wrenching page turner. If you can deal with that pacing, you might like this book.

WARNING, I’m about to give something away so stop reading now if you don’t want to know: because I have an aunt you was a victim of domestic violence (which ended in her gruesome murder), I volunteered at a shelter and le
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Pseudonym for author Daniel Palmer

D.J. PALMER is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels, including Delirious and Desperate. After receiving his master’s degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer before turning his attention to writing. He lives in New Hampshire where he is at work on his next novel.

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