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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
Published 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
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 this book, and I want to send ...more
Gabrielle Grosbety
“It’s a strange feeling when you can’t trust your intuition anymore. I was a cat without whiskers, a black sky without stars.”

The Wife’s House is set amongst the backdrop of a modern glass house overlooking the sea called Cliffside with a lonely, distraught British narrator who is recently widowed and grieving from the death of her husband, Juan, who called her his English rose. She spends her days dreaming of converting her house into a retreat just for the company and sipping on alcohol in
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DJ Sakata
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Since my husband’s death, I’d been making foolish decisions. Buying stuff I didn’t need, not being able to follow my instincts, losing and misplacing things, my brain scatty and unfocused. I couldn’t rely on myself to do the right thing. It’s a strange feeling when you can’t trust your intuition anymore. I was a cat without whiskers, a black sky without stars.

There were several “Klinics,” though, in and around Zurich. One was a sort of “quack” place— not that I’m against alternat
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Christina
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY to this super fun summer thriller!

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 he
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Wendy'sThoughts
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Arianne Richmonde Fans, Mystery/Thriller
3 Maybe The House Wasn't Worth It Stars
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This had a very intriguing concept. A staggeringly beautiful home on a cliff shown to a new wife by the man she loves. It hangs there perched, glass glittering in the sunlight. Beautiful woods surround this home creating it to be the diamond protected from the cliff.

How could someone not fall in love with this vision in an instant...And that is what this wife did.
Her husband pointed it out, told her it w
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Mark
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
A hard book to review, it’s easy to read, well written, characters to loathe, good descriptions of a beautiful area, and house, in California and the list goes on
The problem is the believability of the story, without giving too many spoilers, a widow now lives in the perfect house her hubby bought for her, one day 17 year old triplets turn up ( all 3 vile ) and declare they used to live there and can they look around for old times sake, their Mum is dying of cancer in a Swiss hospital, the widow
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Louise Wilson
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

Juan shows his wife a beautiful house on a cliff overlooking the beach. She immediately falls in love with it so he buys it for her. Not long they move into the house, Juan dies in a car accident. She's been widowed for six months now and she's lonely and finds solace in alcohol. She starts receiving strange notes and comes across triplets who tell her they used to live in the house before her. She welcomes them into her home. It quickly becomes apparent that things are
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Carrie
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Shalini
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh my!! How innocent can a woman be was my first thought at the beginning of the book!!

Oh my!! When you are this naive, you deserve to be preyed upon was my thought in mid-book!!

OMG!! Woman, get up. Do something. Everyone is lying, even you!! That was my thought when I realized where the book was going before the main character.

The story sure did evoke my emotions, sympathy, empathy, rage, finally resignation. My first book by author Arianne Richmonde was a rollercoaster of emotions. I couldn’t
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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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Louise Wilson
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

Juan shows his wife a beautiful house on a cliff overlooking the beach. She immediately falls in love with it so he buys it for her. Not long after they move into the house, Juan does in a car accident. She's been widowed for six months now and she lonely and finds solace in alcohol. She starts receiving strange notes and comes across triplets who tell her they used to live in the house before her. She welcomes them into her home. It quickly becomes apparent that things
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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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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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Crystal Hiatt
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
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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Bridget
A widow is left with only their shared dream home, following the death of her husband, Juan, in a traffic accident. The modern and imposing Cliffside perches perilously atop a cliff in Big Sur, California and its grieving owner vows never to leave her sleek, glass home. Whilst out walking one day, the lonely wife, Mrs. Trujillo (her first name is never disclosed) meets seventeen-year-old triplets Dan, Kate and Jen, and she becomes more and more reliant on them. What follows is the wife's story.. ...more
Kirsty Bookworm86
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Review for 'The Wife's House' by Arianne Richmonde

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous

Publication date 24th August 2020

This is the first book that I have read by this author.
I will definitely be reading more and look forward to her next book!!

I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful colourful cover and intriguing blurb. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book pub
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Julie Lacey
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This is a good psychological thriller but you do have to just go with it as the storyline is not very believable.
When Juan dies unexpectedly in a horrific car crash, he leaves his wife and beloved home behind.
We never find out ‘the wife’s’ name so it’s quite hard to write about her in this review.
When strange things begin happening around her and she gets a message saying she’s being watched, she begins to wonder if someone is after her.
Then she meets the triplets and discover that t
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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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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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✿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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Cathi - LovesBooksMore
When ‘The Wife’s’ husband dies unexpectedly in a horrific car crash, he leaves the beloved Cliffside home behind and unanswered questions.
When strange things begin happening around the beach and home, she begins to wonder if someone is after her. Then triplet siblings come upon her that used to live in Cliffside- they may be just what she needed. Some companionship and some life in the home again.
You feel like you are in a bad 80’s horror film when the wife makes one disastrous decision after
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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.
Nicki
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character of this story (who was never named) was a complex, flawed character who I honestly can't say I found very likeable and therefore I struggled to feel any sympathy for as the story unfolded and her perfect life started to crumble faster than the cliffs that her stunning house was built on. She came across as someone who preferred people to do things for her rather than doing things herself. But how much of her behaviour could be traced back to her upbringing? And for someone who ...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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Els
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have said if several times before but I have to repeat myself once again: What a great book!

Straight from the start there were some people that I did not trust and the whole atmosphere throughout the book is downright creepy.

We are confronted once again with the fact that lonely people are easy targets for manipulators and I have to admit the manipulation was simply subtle in the beginning.

This story is a case of the main character being to trusting to see through what’s going on and in my hea
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Tonya
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for my ARC. This was a slow thriller that picked up speed toward the ending. The plot was somewhat predictable and far fetched. Many parts throughout the book had me screaming at the main character’s gullibility. My biggest problem with the story was the excruciatingly slow beginning. The fast paced conclusion bumped up my rating to 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️.
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ARIANNE RICHMONDE is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the psychological thrillers, THE WIFE'S HOUSE and THE NEWLYWEDS (published by Bookouture, Hachette UK), 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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