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The Pocket Wife by Susan H. Crawford
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it was amazing

The Pocket Wife: A Novel
Susan H. Crawford

Susan Crawford's debut novel The Pocket Wife is an outstanding read that is dark, tightly written, and full of suspense. It's a great addition to the psychological thriller genre, and I hope that she continues to write novels such as these.

The main character, Dana Catrell, is bi-polar and struggling to keep from descending back into the darkness. She goes over to visit her neighbor Celia one afternoon, and they both get very drunk. She remembers coming home and falling asleep, but doesn't remember much before that. When she wakes up, she sees rescue personnel in front of Celia's home. She rushes over there to find that Celia was murdered, and Dana seems to be the last person to see her alive. Given Dana's psychological issues, she's not sure whether she's innocent or guilty of Celia's murder, nor can she trust any of her memories of what's going on.

Crawford populates the story with complex characters, all of which have personal struggles with right and wrong. Dana's struggle with being manic depressive makes all the personal interactions open to interpretation and misunderstandings. When she starts getting death threats, you're not sure who they may be coming from or whether they are all just a figment of Dana's damaged mind. And if you like plot twists, you'll LOVE how this one progresses to a finish.

This is one of those rare books where the style of writing meshes perfectly with the characters and plot. Given that it's a debut novel, I'm highly impressed.

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