It’s the perfect love story.
Lily meets Ed at a party, and on their second date, he proposes. She’s a lawyer, he’s an up-and-coming artist. They own a small but beautiful flat in London and mix with all the right people.
But Lily has a secret. Something from her past, that is soon to collide with her present. And she thinks her new husband is hiding something too…
The vows they made will soon be tested to the very limits.
‘Till death us do part…’
My Husband’s Wife left me feeling a whole range of emotions, with a tense, complex narrative, wonderfully questionable characters and a good dose of mystery mixed in.
The story starts with a startling incident, and we then go back in time 15 years to work up to this event and see how and why it all happened. I love novels like this because I really enjoy narratives that hop around a bit (they can be confusing at times, but this one isn’t at all – a wonderfully enjoyable and easy read).
Because the story spans a large amount of time, I felt like I really got to know the characters well. Jane Corry has created a really well-developed, complex bunch who all have their faults – some definitely more than others, and some to a surprisingly dark extent – and it feels really pleasurable (though sometimes a little emotional) to read all about their lives as many of them take a downward turn.
Corry effectively works these characters into what feels like real-life people. I loved reading about each and every one of them, and the way many of them became dangerously corrupted and deceitful. Much of her writing is artfully subtle but still hugely impactful.
I don’t want to give much away but there are some really intriguing twists and turns that meant, although it’s a pretty long book (my paperback copy has over 500 pages), it still really ramps up the pace and tension throughout, managing to avoid it feeling dragged out. 500+ pages is a treat when the story’s this intriguing!
A truly great read, and one I will definitely be recommending to others.
Many thanks to Penguin Random House for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.
My Husband’s Wife is out now in ebook format and out in paperback on 25 August (UK).