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The perfect house or the perfect lie?

The moment my husband showed me Cliffside—a sleek and modern glass home perched on the edge of the jagged Big Sur clifftops—I fell in love. And right there and then I made a pact with myself. I am never leaving this house.

But when my husband was killed on the perilous roads leading up to the house, weeks after we moved in, I had a decis
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Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Expected publication: August 24th 2020 by Bookouture
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Ceecee
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cliffside is the house in question. It’s a wow house on the Big Sur, sleek lines and glass. The wife is a widow grieving for husband Juan. She’s very lonely but self contained, has few friends and is not especially close to her parents back in England. Several unsettling events occur that make her feel even more vulnerable and as if she’s being watched. One day while out walking the extensive grounds of the property she meets fraternal triplets Dan, Kate and Jen. They seem friendly, they are ext ...more
Tina
***Coming Out this Month***

This is a thriller. I have to say that this book was so very boring for the first half, and I would have DNF it if I did not get it from Netgalley. I have to say I did love the ending. I did not guess all the twist and turns. Overall I give this book three stars only because I loved the ending. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Bookouture) or author (Arianne Richmonde) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about th
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Christina
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yes! The Wife’s House is the heart-pounding, double-crossing summer noir thriller I have been waiting for.

The wife in question is a widow, who was married to a handsome and mysterious guy named Juan. Juan recently died in an “accident.” She is lonely. When three young adults come to the land near her house for a picnic, she strikes up a friendship with them and soon learns that they once lived in the cliffside mansion that now belongs to her. And as it turns out, they’re all now homeless, living
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Vanessa Menezes
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When Juan showed his wife Cliffside—a sleek and modern glass home perched on the edge of the jagged Big Sur clifftops , she fell in love with the house immediately and made a pact with herself to never leave that house.

But when Juan gets killed in an accident on the perilous roads leading up to the house, weeks after they moved in, his wife has to make a decision- leave the house and start a new life or stay and shut herself from the rest of the world.

She finds herself alone and lost. When she s
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Fizah(Books tales by me)
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Okie, I don’t think synopsis told much about the story, there is more. Our un-named protagonist is living alone in her beautiful cliffside house. After the death of her husband, she feels alone and torn. (She doesn’t even have a name after his husband’s death, so yes she doesn’t have any other identity -_- except a wife and widow). She is on the verge of becoming an alcoholic. One day she found a drone st
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Jen
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting premise and an overall creepy read. I didn't feel like the story exactly matched what the synopsis said, but was a fast paced read that went off in another direction. It centers on an unnamed widow whose husband dies in a traffic accident just weeks after moving into their dream home. She is trying to figure out what to do with the rest of her life when she stumbles upon a group of triplets who ironically used to live in the house, and the 4 of them form a bond.

There were
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Andrea Pole
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Wife's House by Arianne Richmonde is the first novel that I have read from this author, but it will certainly not be the last. If you are looking for a fast-paced thriller that will have you fully invested from the very first page, and keep you guessing until the very last, then look no further.

When her husband is killed in a traffic accident, a widow is left with only their shared dream home, the mysterious and imposing Cliffside, aptly named as it perches perilously on top of a cliff in Bi
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Sometimes IRead
Okay, let me catch my breath, because this book was one wild ride. The book started out as a little like a psychological thriller, with me constantly questioning the narrator. However, the last quarter of the book was a complete roller coaster.

The Wife’s House by Arianne Richmonde really delivered on the thrill because by the time I finished the book, my heart was pounding and my palms sweating. I really liked the start of the book where there was a slow build, with us getting to know the charac
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Ghada
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#TheWifesHouse #NetGalley
Big thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Arianne Richmonde for a free copy to review.
That said, let's get to business. Do you know that sort of book where you keep yelling at the protagonist disbelieving how the hell they are stupidly doing what they just did?! You will wish to hit her with her own book for her gullibility and naive.
A widow who will remain for the rest of the book unnamed_though every other character even the dog and the house itself has names_who lost h
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LianaReads blog
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
This story was a never-ending fast-paced that gave me goosebumps all the time while reading it.
Somehow, the author managed to keep me engaged to read it in one sitting and I honestly was fearing for what’s to come next. It’s more than suspenseful and what the kids managed to do it goes on borderline creepy and unbelievable at the same time.
To be honest, the whole story was different from what I usually read and had my heart pumping really fast. I can’t say that I got close enough wit
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Melissa In The City
ohh this had everything I love in a psych thriller...a desolate beach with roaring storms, a house to literally die for, money, lots and lots of money, alcohol and lots of that too, murder, lies and a cute dog.
Yes, I highly recommend this book for your summer reading!
5 stars for the book and 5 stars for the cover art!
Thank you #Netgalley, the author and the publisher for my free ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Crystal Hiatt
Not long after Juan buys his wife Cliffside, a beautiful mansion overlooking the ocean, he dies in an accident. Despite now being a widow, she vows never to leave her dream house. But, by doing so, she is now alone and slowly slipping into paranoia, depression and alcoholism. She's convinced someone is spying on her with a drone, leaving her ominous messages and even breaking into her house. Then she meets triplets, who tell her they used to live in her house and start ingratiating themselves in ...more
Franzi ☾
Rating: 4 stars.

This book started off really strongly. I enjoyed the writing style a lot, it was easy to get into and the story intrigued me from the beginning. The characters felt very real and the psychological aspect was amazing, the main character's stress and anxiety really translated well through the writing and I found myself really immersed in the story. The atmosphere was wonderfully creepy and the more suspicions and secrets were revealed the more I found myself loving the book.
After
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Anna Green
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Psychological thrillers are one of my favourite genres and this book is definitely it. Although it started a bit slow for me, the build up of characters was developed quite thoroughly.

Written in first person point of view, the main character at first looked weak and wishy-washy. A lonely widow in a great big glass house by the cliff is the perfect setting for a murder mystery but in this case it is more than that. You have to dig deeper into her persona and she eventually will grow on you. I was
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Lnatasha
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I have a new favorite author. My head's spinning after reading this amazing and very original psychological thriller. There are so many things I LOVED about The Wife's House. The stunning setting, the unusual characters (those triplets!), the plot that keeps you guessing till the end, the flawless, descriptive writing style, the twists and turns I did NOT see coming.

The plot's unusual; I have never read or even seen any movie or book like it before. 5-plus stars for originality. In fact, T
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Victoria Magwire
The Wife’s House had me up all night to finish it. I just had to know how it ended!!!

The story starts off with a widow and a vague background on her husband’s death. Her husband bought her this fancy glass house, called Cliffside, on a California shoreline before his death. The house is all she has left. Or is it?

She’s very lonely, doesn’t have many friends and her family lives in England. Until one day she finds these triplets and befriends them.

The whole time I questioned who the triplets a
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Elisa
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
In the tradition of du Maurier’s Rebecca, the widow at the heart of The Wife’s House remains unnamed. She’s Mrs. Trujillo, a property of her husband. After losing him, she’s nothing. She owns a big, awesome house by the beach but she’s slowly killing herself with champagne (there are worse ways to go, I guess). She’s needy, paranoid and so morose that I honestly didn’t expect to care much about her. And yet, the author’s writing is so accomplished, that I couldn’t help getting sucked in. When sh ...more
Caroline Craig David
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wish I got to read this on a rainy day. It was creepy and had you looking over your shoulder at any noise. It felt like my own personal nightmare which is being alone in a house and someone stalking you and then another fear of bringing people around you that you think you can trust but sometimes you can't. It was just awesome.
Nelle L'Amour
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been a big fan of Arianne Richmonde's books since reading her Pearl series. Her first foray into psychological suspense is Arianne at her best, and this is one of the best of these kinds of books I've ever read. There were plenty of unforeseen twists and turns as well as on-the-edge-of-your-seat moments, and the lush, descriptive writing sets it apart. I couldn't "turn" the pages fast enough to get to the mind-blowing climax. Highly recommend this bone-chilling, gripping domestic thriller!
Christa Musto
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Arianne Richmonde for providing a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Wife’s House is a psychological thriller of epic proportions. Our protagonist and narrator is an unnamed, shy, timid, self-conscious English widow. She is mourning the death of her husband, Juan, in the house he gifted her weeks before his death. Things in her life start to take a turn for the better, or so it seems.

This thriller tugs on all the heart strings, embarking the reader on a
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C
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Wow. "Unputdownable" describes this book very well. I could not, would not put it down. The novel begins with Mrs. Trujillo (no first name) beginning her life as a widow. Her husband, Juan, has promised her "Cliffside" which is a mansion sitting on the edge of a cliff in Big Sur, Ca. The mansion is all glass and with Richmond's unique descriptive prose, you can see the mansion clearly in your mind. MT is
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Sharon Thérèse
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Richmond’s latest offering took me by surprise and an enjoyable one at that. I didn’t get hooked on The Wife's House instantly, but a quarter of the way into this challenging psychological suspense, there was no stopping me. Richmonde chose not to name the protagonist, adding mystery to her story, and the first-person perspective evoked all my senses. The reader gets to learn all of the narrator’s emotions; her highs, lows, how she feels about past and present happenings, she leaves nothing ...more
Tiffany Anderson
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for my free digital advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!

Anchored on the side of a Big Sur cliff, clings “Cliffside” the dream home, of all dream homes. The floor to ceiling windows offer an unobstructed view out into the abyss of the sea and distant beach, and coincidently, offers a perfect view IN for any lurkers in the woods. Loneliness seeps in for widower Mrs. Trujillo after her husband suddenly dies, leaving her alone with her thoughts of what’s
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Wendy LeGrand
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Okay, this was certainly a page turning, twisted, wild rollercoaster ride of a psychological thriller! I applaud Ms. Richmonde for crafting such an intriguing tale! I've been gobbling up stories in this genre this year and I must say this one is unlike anything else I've read so far.

I have to say, I couldn't put this book down. I was totally invested in finding out what was truly happening. Having said that, I admit I really couldn't connect to the heroine in the story at all. Mostly because she
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sloane_reads
The best bit about this book was its cover. The actual story felt rushed and poorly executed. There were big shifts in plot that happened suddenly and with little explanation. The story was largely unbelievable with too many outlandish occurrences happening within pages of one another. I wanted to love it. I was promised it would keep me up all night and remind me of Gone Girl. The only thing that kept me up all night was thinking about my next book, not burning the midnight oil relishing this o ...more
Sanika Athavale
Aug 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found the blurb for this to be very intriguing when I first read it. Sadly, the story did not work out for me.

Mainly, I found the plot to be predictable. I correctly guessed many major plot twists and those that I did not guess, I wasn't very surprised by them. I had an inkling that it might happen with the way the story was progressing.

There were limited characters in the story and for most of them, I guessed right off the bat that they were up to no good.

I did not like the protagonist. She w
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Gwen
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a "gripping psychological thriller" from beginning to end! Told by the main character, a recently widowed British woman, the story begins about six months after her dashing and wealthy husband, Juan, disappears, apparently killed in a horrendous car crash. She continues to reside in Cliffside, the glass and stone-sided house perched on the side of the cliffs at Big Sur. Juan had purchased it when they were married--she has never been more at home than in this place. It is a magical an ...more
Barbara Schultz
I am a big psychological thriller fan. Take pride in figuring out the twists and turns.
I was so excited about getting this early release.

We have vacationed in Big Sur and it is without a doubt “THE” most beautiful place. Love this cover!!!
Story starts with our young (nameless) protagonist being a widow and left with a Cliffside mansion in Carmel-By-the-Sea, CA. The descriptions totally transported me there. The downtown boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants make for an amazing vacation.

Oka
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✿kawehi.reviews
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The Wife's House followed in a different direction from what I am used to from author Arianne Richmonde. Normally, I tend to focus primarily in romance novels but since it was Arianne Richmonde I decided to take it on.

TWH felt darker, more thrilling and suspensful than the normal books I tend to pick up. It was a mystery.

The synopsis of the plot came off as pretty simple, although when I delved into the story I couldn't help but be both creeped out and intrigued. I mean, with the protag
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Arianne Richmonde
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The perfect house or the perfect lie?

The moment my husband showed me Cliffside—a sleek and modern glass home perched on the edge of the jagged Big Sur clifftops—I fell in love. And right there and then I made a pact with myself. I am never leaving this house.

But when my husband was killed on the perilous roads leading up to the house, weeks after we moved in, I had a decision to make—leave the home I love and start a new life or stay and shut myself off from the world? I am never leaving this ho
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ARIANNE RICHMONDE is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the psychological thriller, THE WIFE'S HOUSE (released by Bookouture Aug 24, 2020) and suspense and romance.

Her Pearl series has sold more than half a million copies worldwide. Her stories are always character-driven and full of unexpected twists and turns.

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