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Everyone in town said it was a mercy that she remembered so little. But there are some things Maya has never forgotten: that her mother was beautiful and kind, and she loved Maya very much. It’s what her father Stephen always tells her, about his perfect wife.

Years later, Maya still lives with her father in their cliffside home. Thankful for all the sacrifices he has made
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Published February 4th 2021 by Bookouture
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Tina
This is a Suspenseful Thriller with twists and turns that will keep you guessing. WOW... There is not a lot of thrillers that have me totally blinded sided. I cannot say how much I loved this thriller. In this book we follow two different points of view. This book pulled me in right away and it had me guessing from the beginning. I really did not seeing it ending like it did, but it was not an ending that was not believable. I loved this whole book, and it was so well written. The characters whe ...more
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
His Hidden Wife is a suspenseful book. I enjoyed that I couldn’t figure out the ending. Everyone in His Hidden Wife is keeping secrets. There were many revelations throughout the book that kept the reader engaged. I found it interesting the book was told from Maya, the daughter, and Theresa, the friend, perspective. I felt like His Hidden Wife is Stephen’s story, but the story being told from two other perspectives made Stephen even more of a mystery. Maya and Stephen have an interesting father/ ...more
Jen
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This is one of those books where I can't decide if I really liked it or not, even a couple days after finishing. The ending was interesting and the reveal was twisty, but the characters were hard to connect with. It centers primarily on Maya, whose mother tragically fell from the cliffs near their home when she was only 6 years old. Now 18, she has been taking care of her dad, Stephen, and enjoying their isolated lifestyle, when he suddenly shows up with a new love, Amy, who looks creepily like ...more
Mick Dubois
This book is centred around behavioural psychologist Stephen and two women whose lives revolve around him. First, there is daughter Maya; her mother died in a tragic accident when she was 6 and she’s been alone with her dad ever since. He suffers from occasional dark moods and Maya is convinced there’s a secret surrounding her mother’s accident. A secret they have to keep at all cost. She’s dedicated to her dad to the extent that she didn’t go to university when she had the opportunity. The othe ...more
Louise Wilson
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

Everyone in town said i was a mercy that ahe remembered so little. But there's some things Mya has never forgotten: that her mother was beautiful, kind and she loved Mya very much. It's what her father Stephen always tells her about his perfect wife.

Stephen had always tried to do his best for his daughter Mya. Stephen had always told Mya how beautiful her mother was and how much he had loved her. But when Stephen brings home his new girlfriend Amy, she looks and acts lik
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Sarah
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Word of warning, make sure when you start this book that you don't have anything planned for the rest of the day. Believe me, when you pick this one up, you won't want to go anywhere until you've read it!

This is an author who knows how to pull the wool over her readers eyes. When I think back over the course of the story and the little bits of information that are revealed which had me thinking all sorts and none of it was correct. The last part of the story had me going into a frenzy as I tried
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Yvonne (Fiction Books)
“He has kept more than one secret from you”

This book has definitely set the benchmark for creepy and twisted psychological thrillers, for the rest of 2021! – And I’m never ever making an appointment for a consultation with a therapist, that’s for sure! Even travelling to Lyme Regis and Bridport, two of my favourite places on the Jurassic Coast, will never be the same again, especially some of the many clifftop walks I have enjoyed so much in the past!

The opening lines from the prologue set up th
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Lou
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His Hidden Wife is a gritty, emotional and all too realistic domestic thriller that reminds us that no matter how well we think we know a family, behind closed doors everything can change. Stephen McKenzie is a kind, compassionate guy who uses his time to help others at his Wellbeing Clinic as he approaches retiring age. Sadly, he lost his wife, Cheryl, many years previous and now it is just he and daughter, Maya, left. Maya has recently abandoned her dreams of attending university and becoming ...more
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2.5 stars
Diane Merritt
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gasp.. yes this book made me gasp outloud!!!!
What a great ride. Pulls you in like nothing else. One of the best books that I have read this year. It's over but I dont want it to be. So suspenseful, fantastic read everything about it is great.
More than 5 stars if i could. Put this on your reading list you wont he disappointed.

Thanks to the author the publisher and NetGalley for an early release of this book.
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Michelle
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Maya was six when her mother dies falling off a cliff near their family home. She can’t remember the full details to what happened that day. All she remembers is her lying under some pylons and someone grabbing her and pulling her away. Twelve years later, her Dad Stephen a psychologist says that she is suppressing her own emotions after the terrible trauma she endured. She lives with her father ever since. He tells her of her happy childhood and years ever since.
When one day, Stephen comes home
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Mike Musings Book Reviews
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: psychological thriller readers
This psychological thriller is narrated from three different perspectives, a father, his daughter and a therapist colleague. It begins with a flashback, but the story is focused on the family and events as they currently unfold. At its centre is the tragic death of the wife twelve years previously and how it impacts on various characters and the choices they make. Full of twists and the ongoing effect of trauma on daily life, the resulting choices make danger inevitable. The interconnectedness o ...more
Vanessa Menezes
Maya was just six years old when she witnessed her mother plunge to her death on the cliffs near their house. But there are some things Maya has never forgotten: that her mother was beautiful and kind, and she loved Maya very much. It’s what her father Stephen always tells her, about his perfect wife.

Years later, Stephen introduces Maya to his new girlfriend Amy, and Maya starts to feel uneasy. With her soft dark hair and big blue eyes, Amy looks just like Maya’s mother. The more time they spend
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marnie | once upon a time book blog
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
A child should never have to lose a parent and for Maya, the little that she remembers of that tragic day her mother Cheryl died, is a small blessing. But years later when her father brings home his new girlfriend Amy, Maya’s world is turned upside down. For Amy, looks like her mother and with the same mannerisms, throws Maya into a spin. Her mother fell to her death off the cliff that day. Didn’t she?

I really enjoyed this story and it is another great addition to Wendy Clarke’s growing bibliogr
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Els
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have read books by this author before and I am a fan. Needless to say that I was looking forward to this one too.

It’s true that not every book grabs you by the throat straight away with a lot of action going on, but that’s not a problem for me. As long as the author can keep me interested, that is what I am looking for. I know that somewhere, sometime, the story will explode and that I will be lost to the world.

First of all I like the cover, but that’s me loving jewellery. You can’t go wrong t
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Crystal Hiatt
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
After her mother's death twelve years ago, Maya and her father Stephen have formed a close (if not codependent) relationship with each trying to protect the other from the past. It's just been them against the world, and Maya likes it that way. Suddenly the status quo is shifted when Stephen brings home a new girlfriend.
The presence of this strange woman begins to transform their once close relationship, and Maya is curious to know why Stephen's new girlfriend looks and acts just like her mothe
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Stina
★★★★ 3.5 stars (rounded up)

I am excited to be taking part in the #BooksOnTour #BlogTour for Wendy Clarke's latest psychological thriller HIS HIDDEN WIFE.

Throughout this book I couldn't decide whether I liked it or not, despite not being able to put it down...lol There was something engaging in the plot that just made you want to keep reading but I'm not sure what it was. Is it the underlying mystery of what happened to Maya's mother? Is it the sinister feel that shrouds you as the fog on the Dor
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Bridget
This, my third novel by Wendy Clarke proved to be equally as enjoyable as the other two.

Stephen McKenzie runs a Wellbeing Clinic aided by Teresa, a partner at the practice. The other women in the generally laid back psychologist's life are his adult daughter, Maya, his romantic interest, Amy, and his dead wife, Cheryl who died in a tragic accident when Maya was six. Totally devoted to her dad, Maya has remained in the family's clifftop home, evening passing up on the chance to go to University,
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Donna Hines
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
“The past is sometimes hidden just under the surface of the present. With help, if you peel that layer away, it can come back to life”
― Wendy Clarke, His Hidden Wife
Well as you can imagine this was intense from the start with plenty of manipulation, gaslighting, threats, intimidation, and murder or was it suicide?
It starts with a young girl Maya witnessing her mom Cheryl's death -fall over a cliff- but then 18 yrs. later she finds herself tending to her father's every whim.
Stephen. Stephen is a
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love2read
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
His Hidden Wife is a edge of your seat book. Suspenseful and mystery. The book was great because the ending as shocking. Maya has gaps in her memory about her childhood. She lives with her dad who is a therapist. She knows her mom fell off a cliff when she was six. All Maya remembers is being found by her father. Lots of twists and turns in this book. #netgally #goodreads
Robyn
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
His Hidden Wife by Wendy Clarke is a psychological thriller with many twists you will never see coming.

Maya lives with her father in their cliffside home. The same cliffside where her mother lost her life twelve years earlier when Maya was a young child. Now at nineteen, Maya has given up her dreams of going to university to stay close and take care of her father, Stephen. She works at the local care home and although the job might not be what she wanted, it is ideal as it keeps her in the place
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Jazz Webb
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
His hidden wife a story centred around Teresa and Maya. Maya lives with her psychologist father who hasn't been the same since the death of his wife 25 years ago. Maya is very over protective of her father and isn't happy when he introduces her to his new girlfriend Amy. Teresa is in love with Steven and works with him at his well being clinic as a psychologist aswell but Teresa's partner is dangerous she needs help. Whilst Maya starts to question her memories of what happened the day of her mum ...more
Wendy'sThoughts
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wendy Clarke Fans, Mystery/Thriller

3 Nothing As It Seems Stars
* * * Spoiler Free-A Quick Review
When I was younger, my father taught me a very important lesson. Unless you are a fly on someone's wall, you have no idea what goes on when people are together at home. It was something that stuck with me and still holds true.


We may think we have a handle on people, their relationships, who they are...but do we really. Sometimes, we may not.

His Hidden Wife takes this concept to another level with multiple points of view, mysterious re
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Melissa In The City
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
ohh this was good! I really enjoyed the setting. I could picture myself there in that big cliff side house. The setting was its own character in this story and a major one.
The pages kept me guessing and I had it all
wrong! A definite twisty thriller!
Jill Burgin
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story swirls around Stephen, a psychologist and the four women in his life. There is Maya, his adult daughter, living at home who feels she needs to protect him from his dark moods and rumors of her mothers suicide off the cliffs by the remote Dorset coastline. There is Theresa, Stephens partner in his practice, who has known and has loved him since their college days. There is Amy, a women Stephen meets and their romance brings Amy into the house and seems to threaten the status quo. There ...more
Kari Robinson
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I couldn’t put this book down. It was well written and the author did a great job with the twists and turns. I liked that the characters felt real to me and they all had issues that are common in the real world. This was a great, fast paced thriller!
Tina
Dec 09, 2020 marked it as to-be-review  ·  review of another edition
This is a debut psychological thriller. I am lucky to receive an e-copy of this book from Netgalley, and I will post an honest review of this book as soon as I finish reading this book.
RK_reads
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is an engaging psychological thriller that kept me guessing till the end. Set in an idyllic, seaside backdrop in Dorset, the story is a slow burn.

The plot revolves around the lives of widower, Dr. Stephen Mckenzie and his daughter Maya who has put aside her ambitions of becoming a doctor, to take care of her father. Their routine, seemingly perfect life begins to develop cracks when Stephen introduces his new girlfriend, Amy who bears an eerie resemblance to Maya's own mother who passed aw
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Lisa Konet
Bizarre. Unlikeable characters. Not believable at all. Some thrillers are supposed to be like this but not in a bad way. I honestly skim read most of this. Not my favorite but also not my least favorite. An extra star for a pretty cover.

Do not waste your time reading this if you are looking for the greatest, OMG thriller, it is anything but that. I do nit enjoy giving bad reviews on book either. Just somewhere in the middle of all the mediocre thrillers I have read this year.

Thanks to Wendy Cla
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Julie Lacey
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is another great read from Wendy Clarke.
Maya has been brought up by her dad as her mum died when she was six years old. They are very close, so when her father introduces her to his girlfriend, Maya is shocked.
She thought it was her and her dad against the world but with this new woman looking like her dead mum, Maya is suspicious of her.
Maya is unsure what happened when her mum fell to her death off the cliff outside their house but starts to have flashbacks.
The story then takes a turn
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Wendy Clarke has had over three hundred short stories published in national women’s magazines. With a degree in psychology, and intrigued with how the human mind can affect behaviour, it was inevitable she would eventually want to explore her darker side. What She Saw is her debut psychological thriller, published by Bookouture. Wendy lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex and when not
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