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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,196 ratings  ·  274 reviews
An addictive second mystery novel about book clubs, murder, and the domestic secrets inside every household from the author of Pretty Guilty Women!

Three beautiful women. Two wedding bands. One dead husband.


When Anne Wilkes, Eliza Tate, and Penny Sands arrive at book club bearing bottles of wine, none of them are plotting to kill. But when the subject of a philandering husb
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Miranda Reads
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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What happens when book club gets a little....murdery?

Anne, Eliza and Penny arrive for what was supposed to be a completely normal book club night. They got the booze, they got the books and they have one very dead husband at the end of it.

But...who did it?

Was it Anne? The overworked mother of four and wife of a probable-cheating spouse?

Was it Eliza? The workaholic one-woman powerhouse with a probable-cheating spouse?

Or was it Penny? The kleptomaniac pathological liar who slept with a married
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Yun
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
In Three Single Wives, a fun wine-fueled book club turns deadly when a body is found. Could their discussion of cheating husbands and murder have paved the way? Everyone has secrets, and the four women at the book club have more than their fair share to hide. So who was killed and who really did it?

The premise of this book is intriguing, and it certainly grabbed my attention. I found the initial pages to be compelling, introducing the readers to each of the main characters in this murderous litt
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Paromjit
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gina LaManna provides us with another fun and entertaining thriller set in Los Angeles about a trio of women and their friendships, with each facing a number of challenging circumstances in their lives. There is the wealthy Eliza Tate, childless, working in publishing, married and still in love with her good looking husband, Roman. Anne Wilkes has been close friends with Eliza ever since they met in college, is happily married to a long serving LAPD detective, Mark, a housewife with 4 young chil ...more
Jayme
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
“It’s just not book club without wine!” 🍷

Eliza Tate is having a small gathering in her home for her client, best selling author Marguerite Hill, and two other women, longtime friend Anne Wilkes, and the 26 year old she thinks her husband is sleeping with, Penny Sands.

Gulp.

Like most book clubs, they discuss the book...a little.
And spend the rest of the time gossiping about things like cheating husbands.

🙄

They might have even made some throwaway comments about how they might kill a cheating husban
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Tina
This is a Thriller. I found parts of this book hard to follow. I was also bored doing the first part of this book. I did love the ending, but the twist was not the best. I did not guess the twist. I am very lucky to win a Hard Cover Copy of this book from a goodreads giveaway, but this is 100% my own honest opinion about how I feel about the book. (*)
Michael David
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
An enticing and deliciously salty popcorn mystery.🍿🧂

This story starts off with a book club that includes wine (right up my alley). 🍷📚 The group of four women briefly talk about the book in question, and then move onto more gossip-y subjects. Murder is “jovially” discussed when it comes to men who cheat and have secrets.

Before the next sunrise, the husband of one of the women has been murdered. Each book club member has motive and opportunity. Each woman has secrets.

This was fun, fast-paced, an
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dining-room-1
Just as with Pretty Guilty Women, this book is so entertaining. It involves book clubs, wine, and someone’s dead husband. All the women are carrying secrets, and you never know who you can trust. Is the murder the work of just one woman? The way LaManna peels back the layers, I suspected each woman at different times. I thought the wives were all complex and well-developed characters. The ending is a fun one, too. Overall, this is a guilty pleasure type thriller that I highly recommend for fans ...more
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill by: Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Someone at book club is sleeping with your husband...and they know, that you know, that they know....hmmm..

This is probably the most dysfunctional book club I have ever seen. Cheaters, liars, thieves, and there are only 3 members! Wow these girls bring drama to a new level. When it comes up during one drunken night that they should kill a certain someone...and then it really happens...Uhh what is one to think?

I was drawn into this right from the start. All the drama and mystery. However at some
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Javier
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 ⭐️ rounded up

A book club where murder is discussed? Sign me up! “Three single wives” is a tale of murder with a touch of sorority between three unlikely allies.

The story is told through the three main characters alternating POV, Eliza, Penny and Anne. Before each chapter there’s a transcript of the murder trial where we don’t get to know who the victim is till halfway through (this seems to be a trend lately), although it wasn’t difficult to guess who it was.

It took me a while to get into th
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Three Single Wives was a read in an afternoon book for me. A twisty psychological thriller/whodunnit that kept me turning pages until the end.

Plenty of people wants Roman dead.. but who killed him? 3 women discuss killing their husbands in a boozy bookclub one night. The next day Roman as dead. That is how it begins and then we go back and learn the story of each of the women and their lives. The courtroom transcripts add to the story. Any of them couldn’t have been the killer, and I did no gue
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Books Just 4 Me
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Another domestic thriller snuck its way into my list. I’m not a fan of this genre, it lacks the suspense, tension, and shocking moments I like. Putting those feelings aside, I’ll give a quick review.
I enjoyed how the each chapter was broken up by transcripts from the court case. It brought some interesting turns and light humor. Each woman definitely had a reason to want Roman dead. The book presents a timeline of the six months previous to the murder and demonstrates each woman’s motive. Each
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ABookwormWithWine
Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVED Three Single Wives by Gina LaManna! It had basically the same formatting as her previous book, Pretty Guilty Women (which I also enjoyed), but for some reason this one just worked even better for me. I loved the assorted characters and female friendships, and the end just made me so happy. I didn't suspect what would happen, but it definitely leaves you feeling empowered and like you need the girl gang from this book. I also loved that everything started with a ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
How could a discussion at a book club turn out to be deadly?

It can when the book club members discuss how they would kill their husband if he were having an affair, and then someone's husband turns up dead.

Despite the dead husband and the trial transcript that was at the beginning of each chapter, the characters were comical. The things they said on the witness stand were unbelievable.

We find out about each woman from eight months before and then leading up to the fateful book club night and tri
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Melanie (mells_view)
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
”Was it possible that their dirty little secrets were about to become very big twisted truths?”

Three Single Wives is sort of a “who died?” and “whodunit?” all mixed into one suspenseful thriller. It starts at a book club meeting between the main characters, Eliza, Anne, and Penny. Then goes on to rotate between past POV’s of the three main characters, and police interviews between a handful of characters the days after the murder. Yes, there is a murder, but as the reader we start out not knowin
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Kristi
Three women, two of them married and one deceased tool of a husband with literally every character having a motive to murder! This is the plot of Three Single Wives by Gina LaManna and I loved every second of it! I’d spend one chapter of the book thinking one of the characters was most certainly the murderer only to change my mind in the next chapter. Guessing, guessing, and more guessing as I turned the pages! As I’ve said before, if you can keep me guessing, you’ll keep me reading and more tha ...more
Milena
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Three Single Wives is a compulsively readable thriller about three women, a book club, and a murder. Anne, Eliza, and Penny are friends, who, during one wine-fueled book club meeting, have a hypothetical discussion on how they would get rid of a cheating husband. Sometime later, one of the women's husbands is found dead, and all three women had a motive to kill him.

Three Single Wives is a very entertaining and absorbing read. I didn't have the slightest idea who the killer was. The story kept m
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Julie (JuJu)
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads, arcs
A cleverly titled domestic thriller with a suspenseful plot. Filled with scandal, lies and too many secrets!

“Secrets were heavy. Heavy, living, breathing things that grew and morphed, changed and mutated over time. They suffocated and drowned their keepers; they blistered with anger and deepened with depression.”

Three mismatched women, a wine-fueled night of book club and two husbands that are suspected of cheating...somehow lead to a murder. As the book kicks off, we find out someone has be
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Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
"Never underestimate book club." YA DAMN RIGHT! And......... I KNEW IT!! 🤣

Ok, so clearly as readers, book clubs are a thing and reading about one in a book is always fun. But don't let the synopsis fool you - while the book club has it's part, and it certainly does, really just focus on these women. (Also, can we just take a moment to take note of Anne Wilkes name? Hello, Misery....ish. 😉) But I digress...

We go back and forth through time lines and various POVs interwoven with police transcript
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Laura • lauralovestoread
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Starting out the month with a domestic thriller, and it was just the read I needed to keep me guessing!

I’ve struggled these last few weeks with reading in general, as life gets the best of me, but know that a mystery or thriller is always a sure bet to break through and bust the slump.

Three Single Wives was just as entertaining as I’d hoped, as it centers around three women, book club, a lot of wine, and a murder. As the book deepens and the women are interviewed as to what went down at book clu
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Andrea Pole
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Three Single Wives by Gina LaManna is a twisty tale with a clever spin on the familiar plot of revenge. The narrative is well-paced, and I was propelled through the storyline with a high degree of engagement.

It all begins with what, by all outward appearances, is a benign book club meeting. Anne, Eliza, and Penny are imbibing in their usual wine and chatter when the subject of a philandering husband is introduced into the conversation. The topic then turns to thoughts on the best way to kill suc
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Janet
When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them
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Shalini
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Omg… This was so much fun.

Three women (were they friends?), one book club to celebrate the launch of an author’s second book (wasn’t that familiar?), a discussion on how to kill the husband (hehehe 😂), and one dead body, a murder (didn’t I say online launches were much safer?). A court case where the prosecutor wanted to nail the culprit. But who was it?

My second book by author Gina LaManna, I loved the whole format of it. Different POVs where one chapter had the prosecutor asking the questions
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Kim
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gina LaManna has self-published a lot of humorous and paranormal mysteries and cozies. Three Single Wives is her second industry published novel, after last year’s spectacular book release, Pretty Guilty Women. While Pretty Guilty Women showcased LaManna’s excellent skills at character development and an insider’s look into female friendships, Three Single Wives takes a dive into the flawed nature of humans and looks at how murky morals can become.

Although we know there’s been a murder, the read
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Leslie - Shobizreads
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to @bookmarked for the gifted copy of Three Single Wives that just released yesterday on September 1st.⁣

This is my first book by the author and I loved it. Read it cover to cover in one day. I mean, is there anything better than reading an awesome thriller sitting outside in the sunshine by water? I can't think of anything.⁣

In Three Single Wives - we embark on a tale of complicated friendships between four women and the one man, Roman Tate, that seems to be the center of drama for al
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Sarah Prendergast (lifeandbookswithme)
Out last week, Three Single Wives is a thriller that follows the classic whodunnit storyline as it follows three women who are more connected than they could ever know. A tangled web is woven around Eliza and Anne, who are longtime best friends from their university days. Eliza’s husband teaches acting classes and recommends one of his students to babysit for Anne’s family. Her name is Penny and she quickly becomes friends with both women and becomes increasingly attached to Roman. Told through ...more
Bridget
Gina LaManna writes an entertaining thriller set in Los Angeles about a trio of women and their friendships. The three ladies, Eliza, Anne and Penny are each facing challenging circumstances. Eliza Tate who works for a publishing company is married to Roman and is a close friend of Anne Wilkes since they met at college. Anne, married to LAPD detective Mark, is a stay-at-home mum with four young children. Actress Penny Sands has just moved to LA from Iowa and is living in a run-down area in an un ...more
Anne
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that hooks you from the very beginning and won't let you go until the last page. Anne, Eliza, and Penny all have secrets to keep and when one of the husbands turns up dead, a murder trial is inevitable as it's clear he's been stabbed. Alternating between the three women and the courtroom transcripts, the novel takes you on a wild ride of trying to recreate what really happened and figure out just who is involved and what is the motive. Speaking to themes of friendship, ...more
Carrie
Jun 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: towerteam2021
I liked the premise of this book. What happens when 4 women, all betrayed by a man in some form or fashion, make random comments about murder during a book club and one of their husbands becomes a victim? Definitely a plot for some juicy reading!

What worked for me:
- fast paced story that kept me turning pages
- good character development
- all of the characters were suspect and all had a motive for murder
- original
- the format of the book (I enjoyed the transcript sections that broke up the narra
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Katherine
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Three Single Wives is fun, twisty, and suspenseful! I really enjoyed the multiple points of view, and the characters were engaging.

Content Warning SPOILER:



Mention of child rape (not on page, not graphic)

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. The opinions in this review are honest and my own. #suspense #ThreeSingleWives

Melissa Borsey
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This really is an addictive read even though it does get a bit wordy, however, there was no way I could not know how it would all play out in the end. Once you start it's all or nothing. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. ...more
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Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Gina LaManna has also called Italy and Los Angeles home. After studying numbers and equations in college, she realized multiple choice tests were “just not for her” and began writing books instead. She loves cappuccino foam and whipped cream and would subsist solely on sprinkles if possible. She currently lives in St. Paul with her wonderful husband and family.

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