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Dead to Her

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  250 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Being the second wife can be murder . . .

“Once a cheat, always a cheat,” they say.

Marcie Maddox has worked hard to get where she is after the illicit affair that started her new life a few years ago. But her world of country clubs, yachts and sumptuous houses in Savannah, Georgia, isn’t easy to maintain, no matter how hard she tries. Nor is keeping her husband, Jason,
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by William Morrow
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Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Well, well, well, what a tangled web we weave......

Go in as blind as you can! That's the best advice I can give for those who want to read this book. I requested this book simply because I loved Behind Her Eyes by Pinborough. I had no idea what the book was going to be about.

The basic gist from the synopsis is that beautiful Marcie Maddox knows what it is like to be the second wife, who now has a secure place in their social circle. But when their friend, William, a recent widower brings home a
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
WTH! My mind is spinning so hard! Did somebody hit me with a brick or a flower pot hit me in the head as I was passing through? Why I am seeing stars and “ wishing on a star” plays in my head, I don’t listen to KPop and BTS (Taking it back ! I loved their collaboration with Halsey) This is a freaking train ride that you cannot climb out or you don’t want to! If you cannot handle all those twists, surprises, more twists (oh no I don’t want to vomit but my stomach really churns! So much UTURNS and ...more
Holly  B

I couldn't wait to start this newest release by the author the wrote Behind Her Eyes,which was one of my favorite thrillers in 2017.

The first half of the book was intriguing and I wanted to find out more about Keisha, who has recently married the wealthy, and older William Radford IV. She isn't the only trophy wife in town who has recently landed a wealthy hubbie though, Marcie is now Mrs. Jason Maddox and living her best life.

When these two women meet, the past, the secrets and their
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read Behind Her Eyes and I was one of those people that was not shocked by the unbelievable twist because the unbelievable twist was completely ridiculous to me. I remember turning the last page and feeling so unsatisfied.

So maybe it's my own fault that I requested this book knowing how I felt about her last one. This book, again, was a huge disappointment for me.

Unlikable wealthy people, gold diggers, unnecessary & cringe worthy sex scenes, and voodoo = My head hurts.

Sarah Pinborough
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Get ready for some juicy juju here. Staid Savannah high society isn’t an easy place to live for Marcie, the young second wife of a successful attorney. Enter the boss’s even younger, more beautiful and glamorous second wife who threatens to topple Marcie from her hard won place amid the southern blue bloods. Lies, secrets, and betrayals abound. This is highly entertaining and guano crazy.
Katie B
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Sarah Pinborough. She is an exciting writer to me because she is so creative I honestly never know what I am in for when I pick up one of her books. This one was no exception and with a cast of unlikable characters it was fun to sit back and see everything unfold.

Marcie Maddox and her husband, Jason, had an affair that resulted in him leaving his first wife and eventually marrying Marcie. They hobnob with other wealthy and elite people in their town of Savannah, Georgia. One
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this is a tale of the unexpected, a danse macabre, bad juju, voodoo, black magical, diabolical, twisty, and mysterious, superstitious journey into the dizzy heights of Savannah society. Marcie is trailer trash and doing her level best to hide though you can’t help your roots and she marries up. Very up. Jason Maddox is a lawyer and a wealthy member of the Savannah social scene, he’s not exactly blue blood but he’s upwardly mobile. Jason’s partner, a recent widower William Radford IV ...more
After last year's disaster, Cross Her Heart, I was highly skeptical that I'd ever read Sarah Pinborough's books again. Call me a hypocrite, because Dead to Her has brought the fire and Sarah Pinborough is back! If you enjoyed Behind Her Eyes, you'll definitely enjoy this book. While the pacing at times was slower than expected (my only issue with this book), the story was intriguing, original, and highly bingeworthy! I highly recommend this book for folks, like me, who are done with the same ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of this year's advance novels from this year's Harrogate, possibly annoyingly for any of the others I'm not sure what can top this.

This was my short sharp tweet review.

Deliciously dark, sexy as hell, eternally addictive and a pitch perfect pay off. Also creepy and a *tiny* bit insane.

There you go. You'll want this one. Trust me.

Full review next year for release.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Dead to Her, a mystery/thriller, was a solid 4 stars.
It took me a while to get into this one, but once I did, I was definitely hooked.
The book centers around main character Marcie, a woman who was able to leave her difficult/poor past behind and rise to become one of Savannah’s wealthy residents. Marcie surrounds herself with a small circle of friends, enter new member Keisha- a young woman that recently married ultra-rich William Radford IV and things start to get interesting. No spoilers
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
“She had no choice.”

When the woman who wrote your favorite thriller comes out with a new book, you drop everything you're doing and read that book!
Just like in Sarah Pinborough’s past novels, the past will come back to bite the characters in her upcoming novel - Dead To Her.

The book starts with all the basicness of a domestic thriller. In the meantime, there’s this mystery surrounding a certain character - among many other strange goings-on - that kept me intrigued until the unexpected,
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Pinborough is one of my favorite authors. Not just in her writing, but also her as a person as she was extremely nice in an interchange with me a couple years back. She's an autobuy author and I absolutely love how divisive her books make the thriller community. It honestly just tickles me.

One thing I've noticed is that people tend to compare all her reads to Behind Her Eyes (especially if that's their first and only book). Personally, I say don't do that. That book is a divine entity of its own
This sounds delightfully dramatic and devious!

Also ready to see how Sarah Pinborough does on her own as I have only read collaborations from her. Thank you so much to the publisher, William Morrow Books, for providing me with an early copy!

Angela Groom
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
“Once a cheat, always a cheat,” or so they say. Marcie Maddox has worked hard to get where she is after the illicit affair that started her new life a few years ago. Jason's boss - William has a new wife Keisha who is shaking things up and becomes real good friends with Marcie. Lies, secrets, betrayals and southern blood with a little ju ju voodoo thrown in for good measure.
A story told though the eyes of Keisha and Marcie trying to fit into a society they clearly do not belong in. Marcie with a
Mandy White
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book - and I did for the first half of it. But then came the black magic, the weird voodoo and it completely lost me. It was such a shame as I was enjoying it for the most part.

The other thing that put me off this book was the excessive and details sex scenes. Really didn't need those.

The first part of this book had me intrigued. 2 second wives - Marcie and Keisha. They are different but shared that role. Their husbands worked together so they needed to be friends.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Another year, another book with a three word title with the word her in it and a woman on the cover…well, it must be time for Sarah Pinborough’s latest. And what a crapfest this one turned out to be. Mind you, Pinborough is the author who’s been through the gamut of it all, starting off in the Leisure Publishers’ stable penning British frights and moving on to YA, tv adaptations, crime and, of course, eventually…nay, inevitably…these female thrillers the world can’t get enough of. And sure, that ...more
So, the book I read prior to this was kind of blow-your-mind fantastic on so many levels and I think this one may have suffered a little by coming right after that one.

This is a popcorn read. And quite sordid. You have a bunch of rich and nouveau-riche people behaving in all sorts of sordid ways. Most of them are, well, just plain dumb. There were only two characters I liked. One of them was dead before the book began. The other was her friend.

As for the others… I just kept getting overwhelmed
Aga Durka
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-2020
Review to come
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
"We all have to be whatever it takes to survive." *

Marcie Maddox has worked hard to become part of the privileged set of high society in Savannah, Georgia. After the initial shock the city's old money had over her affair with Jason, the pair married and Marcie has since enjoyed the country club and now the ultimate status symbol of a grand Southern home.

Marcie's heading into her mid-30's, the youngest in their inner circle ...until the new Mrs. William Radford IV arrives.
William, Jason's boss,
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Having read, and enjoying, Behind Her Eyes, I knew going into Dead to Her, there would likely be some form of crazy.

I wasn't disappointed.
I know many are turned off by the odd turns Sarah Pinborough takes in her novels, but I actually find them creative and refreshing, in what is becoming a majorly over-saturated genre. Her writing is tight, with zero plot holes, and her red herrings are always masterfully rendered. I, unfortunately, was able to figure out our antagonist very early on, which is
Tracy Robinson
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-own
Previously, I’ve read Pinborough’s BEHIND HER EYES (loved it)and I have several of her earlier horror fiction titles to read as well. I truly enjoyed my time with this book. The author proves that complex characters, multi-threaded story lines, and the ability to tell a damn good story are all sharply honed skills; she wields them well.
Marcie and Keisha are by far my favorite characters here. Straight on, they are developed and interesting, but that’s just the surface. There is a host of
2.5 stars. I thought Behind Her Eyes was fantastic, and I liked Cross Her Heart, but this one just didn't do it for me. I actually really enjoyed the first half or so, but after that it started to feel like such a slog and I didn't care about these people at all. If you like reading about rich people problems you might enjoy this one, but I often enjoy books along that line and couldn't get into it here. By the end I just didn't care what happened to any of these characters.

*I received a free
DNF at 20%. None of the characters were likable, relatable or interesting. A very flat storyline and became a chore to read. I am not typically one to fall asleep while reading, but after 3-5 pages my eyelids would drop. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, but I hope my next NetGalley read is more entertaining.
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whoop WhoopQueen Pinboroughhas a new book out!!!! WHOOP WHOOP!
Nothing cheers up this little bookworm, quite like seeing Sarah Pinborough has a new book out! Sarah is a talented write who hasNEVERlet me down, with her books which cover various genre’s. Before I read Dead To Her, my favourite novel of hers would probably have been a close tie betweenBefore Her Eyes(obviously) and13 Minutes. With 13 Minutes probably stealing the thunder!
HOWEVER, that was all set to change with the raunchy, steamy
Lisa Denton
Dec 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, I did not enjoy Dead to Her. I've previously read one book by this author and really enjoyed it, but Dead to Her just wasn't for me. I found the writing salacious, and I was pretty sure I had the culprit figured out, so there wasn't much of a twist.

I hope this book makes its way into hands of the right readers. Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Reads a Latte Thrillers
I absolutely loved Behind Her Eyes, so when I saw a new release by Sarah Pinborouh I jumped at the opportunity to read and review it. I gave this book my complete attention and read it cover to cover. Sadly, I have to say that I’m completely underwhelmed. The cover and description don’t seem to match the story. The creole/voodoo elements don’t feel like they make sense to the story, and the characters are extremely hard to follow. Overall, I just didn’t care about these characters. I somewhat ...more
Jul 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I was very excited to see a new novel written by Sarah Pinborough. I can see that mostly the reviews are mixed on this one. I am in the minority as I loved this book. It is about love. It is about revenge in the end. I found Keisha to be likable even though I didn't like some of the things that she said and did. Keisha is only in her early twenties when William sweeps her off her feet having a whirlwind romance. William is in his early sixties. William's wife
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley2019
Marcie has everything she wants. She is the much younger second wife of Jason, and perhaps her life is a bit boring, but she has worked hard to get here and this is where she belongs. The past is always nipping at her heels though, and what she does not need, or expect, is much younger competition.
William is a recently widowed friend who returns from a trip to London with a new bride, Keisha. Keisha is young, carefree, and beautiful, everything that Marcie was when she met Jason. She also seems
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Marcie has come along way from waitressing and having an affair with Jason, a wealthy married man, to marrying him. Now she just needs to keep climbing that social ladder and getting the respect she deserves. When Jason’s boss comes back from vacation with Keisha, his his hot young wife, Marcie feels a little threatened. Not only is she no longer the youngest wife, Jason seems to be showing a bit too much interest in Keisha.
Set in Savannah, Georgia where people come from old money and everyone
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Sarah Pinborough is the NYT bestselling and Sunday Times #1 Bestselling author of 'Behind Her Eyes' which has sold in over 25 territories thus far and will be shown as a six part drama on Netflix in 2020 and the Sunday Times Bestseller, 'Cross Her Heart'. She has also written books across a variety of genres including the YA thriller 13 Minutes (in development with Netflix). Her next novel 'Dead ...more

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