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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Trusting his family was her first mistake.

All Ria ever wanted was a family. Growing up alone in foster care, she imagined just how it would be. So when she fell in love with Grayson and had their daughter Shelley, she was determined to make his family love her too. She knew she’d never fit in with her glamorous sisters-in-law, or at the exclusive picture-perfect Chicago parties
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Published October 10th 2019 by Bookouture
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Babydimps (Suzy)
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars - Rounded up! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Last Wife was the first Nicola Marsh book I’ve read. While it wasn’t completely awesome, it was an entertaining thriller!

Slow burns really aren’t my thing, but the suspense building just worked for me while reading this one. I loved the alternating POV chapters and watching this soapy family drama unfold before my eyes!

The book is filled with shady characters that all have secrets. The final twist was satisfying and one that I did not see coming.

If y
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Mark
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nicola Marsh has published 70 books and sold 8 million copies worldwide this coupled with my enjoyment of ‘The Scandal’ the first book I had read by her earlier this year meant the expectations were high for this book
And it was good
I really enjoy how this author delves into the detail of her characters and explores their personalities and what makes them tick, this time its the Parker family from Chicago, upstanding and happy for all to see, dysfunctional and full of secrets that onl
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Tammie
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-lit
The Last Wife, a mystery/thriller, was a solid 3 stars. The book centers around main character Ria- a single mother and journalist. The mystery starts when Ria is sent an anonymous email threatening to expose the secrets of the Parker family, her ex-husband’s ultra wealthy family. When members of the Parker family start having serious “accidents”, Ria starts to investigate whose behind the email and why.
I found the Last Wife to be an interesting book and I enjoyed the multiple POVs aspect, howe
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Natalia  Ramlal
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Five years after her husband's disappearance, an anonymous person emails Ria Parker shocking secrets about her wealthy and seemingly perfect in-laws, the Parker family. Then, bizarre accidents start happening to the Parker women. Ria is convinced that something sinister is going on in the family and is determined to get to the bottom of it. The last wife is an entertaining and gripping thriller. Told from multiple POVs, I was immediately pulled into the lives of the dysfunctional Parker family w ...more
Pauline
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When Ria's husband walks out on her she is left to look after her five year old daughter. She is now working as a reporter on a magazine
She still visits her husbands family regularly and her wealthy mother and law contributes financial. This is a situation that not all the family approve of.
Unfortunately I did not connect with the characters in this story and I found it hard to keep interested in the book.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my e-copy in exchange for an honest revie
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Amanda McGill
I wasn't a huge fan of The Last Wife since I had no idea what this novel was trying to achieve. Rita is perfect in every way and can do no wrong. Rita gets an email that threatens to expose her ex-husband's family's secrets and then soon after accidents start happening to the family members.

I don't think there was a single likable character and one of my pet peeves is when an author tries to force a character on you. I didn't like Rita at all and hated how she was painted as such a p
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Angela Groom
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Ria has been a single mum for five years after her husband disappeared five years ago. She’s a hard working Mother who has to look out for her daughter and although she could be financially secure taking financial support from her missing husbands family she decides to be independent and is a reporter for a magazine.
One day she receives emails showing compromising photos of her sister in law and decides she needs to get to the bottom of who’s sending these emails. Using her reporting skills she
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Robin Loves Reading
Ria Parker has no choice but to be a single mother to ten-year old Shelley. Five years ago, her husband walked out on them. Although not particularly close to her in-laws, Ria remained a part of the family because she felt it was best for Shelley. Her mother in law, May, is the matriarch and had three sons and one daughter. She has always ruled the family with an iron fist.

Ria's sisters-in-law do not treat her or Shelley well at all. Thankfully, May fawns over them, and although unco
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Shalini
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was down with severe dizziness and ill-health and this book anchored me. I needed a book which would take me away from the pain of it all. And Nicola Marsh did it with this family suspense. Her words took me to the world of rich and powerful Parkers, away from mine and gave me a wonderful read.

The story was more like the TV series Dallas which I used to like years ago. I loved the vibe the book gave of impending danger. It was nostalgic and quite mysterious. Someone was targeting t
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Doreena Silva
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Psychological thriller lovers
Shelves: kindle, arc, net-galley
Thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Nicola Marsh for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wow what a thrilling fast paced read. I loved the way the chapters were separated by each of the characters, most of which weren't very likable but interesting none the less.
I totally didn't see the ending coming!
I look forward to reading more by this author.
Shay
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one kept me guessing and totally enthralled from start to finish. The secreta, lies and mistrust of a family determined to stick together made for a great read. Thrilled to have been able to read this title thanks to Netgalley, & will be looking for more titles by Nicola Marsh in the future!
Samm
Aug 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You do NOT want to read The Last Wife, I’m surprised it’s even getting published. It’s really that bad.

I can’t think of a single positive thing to say to start my review.

When I started reading The Last Wife I thought the first couple of chapters were okay, the writing style isn’t the best but the plot seemed to move along nicely. Then the characters started repeating themselves, the plot stopped and just seemed to drag on and on....and on.

Ria is supposed to be a likeable
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Nicki Kendall
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to #netgalley and #bookouture for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. My first Nicola Marsh read. I know we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but I sometimes do and it usually ends well for me! The tag line of "Trusting his family was her first mistake" was what drew me to this one. This was a family suspenseful read. The story unfolds from the perspectives of all the Parker wives and their matriarch mother in law. The inner workings of each marriage is under the microsco ...more
Bridget
This was a brawny thriller, full to the brim with drama, scandal, lies, infidelity, secrets, murder, love and mystery. Everything about this book was superb; the characters, the narration, the twists and the plot were all excellent. I loved The Last Wife by Nicola Marsh for being an extremely refreshing take on the evil female trope. This was one of those books where everyone is not particularly personable but this adds enrichment to the story, so you love it anyway.

I have read The S
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Lel Budge
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ria is a journalist and just as she’s finishing work, she receives an email. From the sender’s name, it brings back horrible memories of a similar email 5 years ago that ended her marriage.

This email has compromising pictures and information about her in-laws….the fabulously wealthy and powerful Parker family. Who would want this information out in the open? And Why?

What follows is a soap opera of money, secrets, lies, murder and corporate dodgy dealings.

This
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Jodi
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Last Wife is a serviceable women's suspense novel to read on the train or on vacation. As promised, there are interesting twists. However, I found many of the various female characters' inner monologues poorly written and a bit over-the-top. There are also way too many Britishisms for characters who are supposed to be from the American Midwest: "bloody" used in frustration, "jumpers" instead of sweaters, people getting "turfed" instead of "thrown out", etc.

Thanks to NetGalley for a free ARC
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The Last Wife is the third book I have read by Nicola this year. It is a fantastic read and just like when I read The Scandal, it was another sleepless night as well as I am pleased to say, another five star read! Gripped right from the start, I couldn’t turn the pages on my kindle fast enough. Everything immediately drew me in. From the striking cover, the blurb and the way Nicola is able to engage you through the prose, I knew I was going to be taken on a wild addictive ride and what a bloody ...more
Caroline Kerdouci
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
The premise for The Last Wife sounds promising. An extremely wealthy family, all hiding secrets from each other, completely dysfunctional as a whole, are suddenly the target of some unwelcome attention. Computer hacking and who is responsible provides the intrigue element to this novel which sees Ria , ex wife of Grayson Parker, (part of the huge Parker enterprise ) receiving emails portraying many of the members of the Parker clan in a bad light. Exactly who is behind these anonymous emails is ...more
Connie Fischer
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ria Parker is a free-lance journalist and the mother of 10-year-old, Shelley. She is divorced from Grayson Parker who walked out on her 5 years ago.

The Parker family is very wealthy. May is the widowed matriarch of the family of 3 sons and 1 daughter. Justin is married to Ashlin and parents of two daughters. Trent is married Shamira. Trent is a musician and Shamira runs an aromatherapy store. Christine is the only Parker daughter who is unmarried and appears to have some addiction problems. ...more
Lee Husemann
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book that basically reinforces the theory that money does not buy happiness. May Parker is the head of the the wealthy Parker family of the Chicago area where she loves to control everyone while being highly critical of all of them. Ria, her ex-daughter-in-law, is the only one who she seems to like and approve of. One day, Ria gets some strange e-mails that sets in motion a lot of mystery/drama with lots of twists and turn and a very surprise ending. Thank you to NetGalley ...more
Mrs. Johnson
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sunshyne
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was definitely a page turner. I was not expecting the twists in this one at all. And I’m usually pretty good and guessing a plot. The characters all were developed amazingly and each had their own unique personalities, which you don’t find much of in books today. So it was quite a a nice surprise. The ending took me out. I was actually gasping and laughing out loud. I loved this book so much I went and found more books by this author. .
Lee Husemann
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book that basically reinforces the theory that money does not buy happiness. May Parker is the head of the the wealthy Parker family of the Chicago area where she loves to control everyone while being highly critical of all of them. Ria, her ex-daughter-in-law, is the only one who she seems to like and approve of. One day, Ria gets some strange e-mails that sets in motion a lot of mystery/drama with lots of twists and turn and a very surprise ending. Thank you to NetGalley ...more
Erin Marie
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you SO much for this ARC!

I read SO many books. This was hands down the best one I have read in a while, I loved reading this from the point of view of members of the family. The amount of drama and suspense was perfection and it had me guessing until the very end!

I will definitely be reading more of Nicola Marsh. Highly recommend!
Janine
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book of Nicolas that I have read. This was an intriguing book with many characters in the one family with so many secrets. Ria is divorced from Grayson who left her and her daughter. She still keeps in touch with his family but all of a sudden things start happening to each and every one of the women in this family. It certainly had me guessing till the very end. Highly recommended!
Janice Lombardo
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the start of this story but in the middle I became distracted - a bit of repeating and too much redevelopment of characters.

The plot was good and I did enjoy most of the book.

Many Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an OK read!
Andrea Pole
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Last Wife by Nicola Marsh is the second novel that I've read from this author, but I must say that this one fell a little short for me. While the premise is intriguing, I found that it was difficult to either empathize or connect with any of the characters, most of whom are drawn as spoiled and entitled. As such, the novel reads as more of a soap opera, with the players portrayed as mere caricatures and lacking in any real depth or dimension. Kudos, however, to the author for a final twist t ...more
Denise
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet the wealthy Parker family from Chicago whose name is synonymous with prestige, money and power. There's May, the matriarch, now a widow after Percival's death. She still firmly holds the reins (and the purse strings) at the family's financial company, Parker Partnership. The eldest son, Justin, is 45 and married to Ashlin and has 2 daughters. He works directly with May. Christine is May's only daughter and she lives in New York for a reason. Trent is not involved in working for the family b ...more
Misty M
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Family; more specifically, in-laws. You're damned if you do, damned if you don't. Unfortunately, most of us can understand this sentiment, I know I do. Can't live with them, can't live without them... or can you?

"The Last Wife" by Nicola Marsh was an immediate hit with me, 5/5 stars! I was hooked from the thrilling prologue straight through to that jaw-dropping finale! "Trusting his family was her first mistake." Having never read anything from Nicola Marsh before, it was that taglin
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Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, I want to thank Nicola Marsh, Bookouture, and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

Nicola Marsh is back again with another must read book! I instantly became a fan of hers after reading The Scandal. I thought that book was amazing until she exceeded my expectations with this book! This book had more drama than a soap opera! It was packed with so many stories involved with lots of secrets! Secrets that if got out could ruin a lot of relationships! This
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USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning author Nicola Marsh writes feel-good fiction…with a twist.

She has published 70 books and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

She currently writes domestic suspense novels for Hachette UK's Bookouture, rural romance for Harper Collins Australia's Mira imprint, and contemporary romance for Harlequin Dare.

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