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The Other Wife

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  49,349 ratings  ·  2,008 reviews
She’s a total stranger. But she knows who you are…

Suzi did a bad thing. She’s paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick.

When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that she’s almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But there’s more to Nora than meets the eye.

Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published October 24th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Lori Lamothe
4.5 stars

Fast-Paced Psychological Suspense

Suzi once had an exhilarating life in London, replete with a loving husband, successful career and a social life with lots of friends. But lately Nick has turned from loving to controlling—he's transplanted them both to a cottage in the middle of nowhere and dictates her every move. She finds herself pregnant, friendless, jobless and completely isolated, at least until Nora moves in to the cottage across the road. Suzi's hiding secrets she knows she shou
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This story, it was...something else.

Told from the perspectives of three women: Elle, Nora, and Suzi, The Other Wife is a twisty, domestic suspense relying heavily on plot points seen a million times. Readers will quickly and easily intuit the relationship between the three, and will likely feel underwhelmed by the story overall. Yes, there are a couple mildly surprising twists near the end, but again, it's all been done so many times before, I felt no spark of excitement while reading. Furth
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: x-3-star, z2019-11

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Domestic Thriller

Suzi is a pregnant woman and with a secret! Her husband Nick does not trust her and is jealous most of the time. A new neighbor (Nora) moves into a nearby house. Nora has secrets as well. Who will trust who? Who is who? You need to read to know.

I liked the synopsis and thought this will be a fast-paced thriller. It was totally the opposite. This was too slow. Very very slow. The multiple point of views was sometimes too much to cope with, even though all tha
Louise Wilson
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suzi is married to Nick. He's extremely jealous. Suzi had an affair and ends up being pregnant. She also has no friends until Nora moves into the isolated countryside beside her. Nora quickly becomes friends with Suzi. But Nora already k owns more a out Suzi than she's letting on about. It seems Suzi is not the only one with secrets.

This story does not really start until you get about two thirds of the way in. The pace is slow. The story is told from multiple points of view. The chapters are hea
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Other Wife is your bog-standard domestic thriller with a pretty atmospheric and sinister vibe to it, but ultimately the characters were difficult to tell apart and weren't developed well enough to be enjoyable. What we did learn about the characters certainly didn't endear them to me, and I found they had some intensely annoying habits. I also found the story slow and the consistently changing points-of-view made it quite disjointed and as a consequence, you never are fully engaged with the ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a good mystery all the way through. I was sad that it ended. I want another one.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
A domestic thriller with unlikeable-but-interesting characters that keeps you on your toes. It was slow to start (at least in my opinion— there are plenty of reviews saying otherwise) and the ending felt really chaotic in a forced way. There were definitely moments that were harder to believe than others, but once you learned to ignore that feeling it was overall quite enjoyable.

I would've preferred tighter writing and a shorter book in order to keep that urgent, panicked feeling, but it wasn't
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of The Other Wife by Claire McGowan from NetGalley for my honest review.

The book had a good plot and several twists to it. I just really didn't connect with the characters.

A domestic thriller about women who have secrets. They want someone to talk to and trust but can they trust each other?
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ok now I'm sad Claire McGowan doesn't have as deep a catalog of adult thrillers on Amazon as I had originally thought. First What You Did and now The Other Wife, which I liked even more, and I have a slight book hangover!

This was an excellent, emotionally fraught domestic suspense in the vein of The Wife Between Us--fans of that book will like this one, I think. It has a variety of women scorned and battered by controlling, dubious men, with lots of sordid, soapy details and a satisfying, unsett
Amber J
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

Suzi is married and pregnant, but not sure if it's her husband's baby or the baby of the man she had an affair with. Now a new neighbor has moved in. A widow who she befriends. Then things start to happen. Her dog goes missing, her house locks her out of it, tempera
Suzi is pregnant and isolated living in a secluded area with her controlling husband. Suzi is delighted to have someone move in nearby, and soon becomes friends with the new resident, Nora.

A domestic thriller full of secrets and lies. Twisted characters. Intriguing story. An entertaining read.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Other Wife is a thriller about as original as its title. Which is to say not at all. It’s very similar to a great many women authors women driven thrillers that seem to be all the rage nowadays, it diligently works the formula, but doesn’t go out of its way to offer readers something new or exciting. So here you have the traditional split narratives, which do eventually narrow down via a twist so (from miles away) easily predictable, it barely seems like a twist at all. But essentially it is a s ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Suzi’s husband Nick moved them to a cottage in the country months earlier, forcing Suzi to leave her job. Now she’s 6-months pregnant, completely isolated and trapped, due to the fact she doesn’t have her own vehicle. And Nick is getting more and more controlling by the day, having a say about everything from how she cleans the house to any piece of food she puts in her mouth. Suzi wants to keep her family together, but all she can think about is the man she’s still in love with, the man she’s b ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Other Wife is the first book by Claire McGowan that I have had the pleasure to read. This book defiantly kept me on edge and turning the pages. There were twists and turns, some of them, I did figure out, but some I was totally blindsided by.
The Other Wife is full of lies, deceit, betrayal and lots and lots of secrets. Most, if not all, of the characters in this book, I disliked in the best way possible. I believe that Ms. McGowan’s goal was for the reader to find most of the characters abho
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Jun 03, 2021 rated it liked it
It was very easy to finish, thou I felt I have read similar plot before.
I have got nothing much to say, its gona be one time read for me.
I din hate it neither loved it.
Sibel  Rac
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book should be called "How stupid can you be". All characters were unlikable, the story's "twists" were as predictable as the winter snow in Chicago. Pathetic wives and very smart/evil husbands - how original. I'm concerned what's considered "best-seller" nowdays. ...more
Ana Garza
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I found the characters unlikable and found myself wanting to skip through chapters and wanting to just find out how it ended. I did like the multiple points of view and how they twisted together, and predicted some twists, but not all.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for an honest review .
Samantha Gonsalves
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I expected a full-blown family drama from given the title called "The Other Wife", but this was more mellow and what lacked in the fast-paced action department was made up in the suspense department. The Other Wife is a great book to curl up with on a quiet weekend. It's suspenseful, twisty and keeps you hooked till the very end.

When Suzi and Nick move into a quiet neighborhood, having moved from a bustling city pregnant and having quit her job Suzi finds it challenging to settle down in the cou
Tamar...light at the end of the tunnel?
I LOVED THIS BOOK. Susan gave it five stars with an amazing review that says it all. I found it free on Kindle Unlimited earlier this month - and Amazon offered to add the audio for only $1.99 (I love it when they do that - Dita thank you for turning me on to this!). I will add only that the obligatory pschopaths/sociopaths reign supreme with controlling cheating husbands, sympathetic-ish cheating wife, murders galore, some fun twists, and a delicious ending for those of you who like tidy little ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Slow Burn in an Icy England Winter

For me, this was the very definition of a psychological thriller.

Generous portions of psychosis and chillingly atmospheric in mood and setting. Featuring unreliable narrators and several supporting roles, none of whom could be trusted. Or could they? There were no usual suspects as any of the cast seemed capable....

My Who-Dunnit List was fluid with constant re-evaluating and shuffling of all the options. I don’t remember reading a book where I’ve vacillated to
Andrea Pole
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Other Wife by Claire McGowan is a multi-layered novel of secrets, deceit, abuse, and plenty of twists, all coming together in a suspenseful read that will have you turning pages late into the night. For me, the buildup was slow but the tension only ratchets up as the story progresses, and patience will be duly rewarded.

Told from the alternating perspectives of three women, Suzi, Elle, and Nora, it is immediately apparent that all is not as it seems in the lives of these three women. Suzi, th
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
One wife is looking for the woman that took everything away from her. The other is looking for the that finally made her happy. Neither really knows who they should be looking for.
Claire McGowan has written another book that I enjoyed. The twists and suspense at the level I require to keep me thoroughly entertained.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I clearly thought I’d be able to see where this was all going about halfway in...but, I was wrong.

This was a twisty story plot and people were not who or what they appeared to be.

I much enjoyed the story ride but can’t say I was shocked or surprised with the final ending. It was pretty much what was expected. Still, it was a good read.

Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great twists You are on the edge of your seat reading The Other Wife. Suzi and her husband Nick move to a secluded area. They have one neighbor named Elle Unbeknownst to Suzi, Elle is watching her. Secrets and lies
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rounded up to 3 1/2 stars. Good story line. Some twists and turns. Easy, fun read.
Shelley Lawrence
3.5 stars
The Other Wife is an easily readable, addictive domestic suspense novel by Claire McGowen. The story is told from three perspectives, each from a different time frame, that serve to propel the plot forward. It is nicely atmospheric in a cold, isolated English town, a remote suburb of London.

The story follows Suzi, who is married to critical, controlling Nick.Suzi is pregnant, but only known to her, it’s not Nick’s baby. Nick knows that Suzi has had indiscretions in the past, so he move
Amanda McGill
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Just when you think you have it figured out, things change! That’s how I felt when I was reading The Other Wife. I thought I knew what was going on and then something happens and I’m totally thrown off!

The novel flips between Suzi, Nora and Elle, but mostly focuses on Suzi and Nora who have just become next door neighbours. Everyone has their secrets, but not all secrets stay secret for very long. I quickly guessed what the relationship was betw
Dr. Hajar ~ My Top5
Jul 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Unputdownable, addictive, and fast-paced Psychological Suspense!

This is a well-written plot, starring twisted and unlikable characters, all driven by different motives; greed, lies, deceit, jealousy, and all arrays of destructive emotions.

Secret upon secrets and twists upon twists, some easier to unmask than others. Moreover, there were many implausible occurrences in this story and the ending was no different but still managed to have a satisfying edge to it.

All in all, this is an enthralling r
Nov 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
The story begins with three different female perspectives: Nora, newly widowed, completely broke, and trying to start over. Suzy, unhappily married to a controlling man and pregnant, potentially with her lover’s baby. And Elle, married to a doctor who she constantly worries is having an affair.

I really do not like to write negative reviews. In fact, I try to avoid it by DNFing books that I won’t be able to give a positive boost to but sometimes mistakes are made. I don’t enjoy insulting someone
Zoe Mann
“The other wife” by Claire McGowan is a well thought out domestic thriller with many twists and turns to keep your attention.

It’s hard to describe the plot without revealing spoilers as nearly every chapter unveils a new secret.

I found it an enjoyable read but I did so,times get the characters muddled up and would have to flip back to double check exactly who was who. I’m undecided if this was down to my poor attention span or if the character development could use some work.

Overall it is a go
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Claire McGowan grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland. After a degree in English and French from Oxford University she moved to London and worked in the charity sector. THE FALL is her first novel, which is followed by a series starring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire. She also writes as Eva Woods.

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