Book review stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for The Replacement Wife, a thriller written by D. Kane.
First thing first, let me thank Anne and the publisher, William Morrow Paperbacks, for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
Elisa Wright is a mom and wife, living a nice, quiet life in a nice, quiet town. She’s also convinced her brother-in-law is a murderer. Josh has one dead wife and one missing fiancée, and though he grieved for them he starts dating someone new. Elisa fears for that woman’s safety, and she desperately wants to know what happened to her friend, Josh’s missing fiancée.
Searching for clues means investigating her own family. And she doesn’t like what she finds. A laptop filled with incriminating information. Other women.
But when Elisa becomes friends with Josh’s new girlfriend and starts to question things she thinks are true, Elisa wonders if the memories of a horrible incident a year ago have finally pushed her over the edge and Josh is really innocent. With so much at stake, Elisa fights off panic attacks and a strange illness. Is it a breakdown or something more? The race is on to get to the truth before another disappearance because there’s a killer in the family… or is there?
Publication date: 28/12/21
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: So fitting, I like it.
As I mentioned before, my row with covid is almost over. I’m still a little tired and foggy-brained, but a robust helping of tea and a good book are doing wonders in that department.
The aforementioned good book? Here it is: The Replacement Wife.
Kane crafted an interesting story here, full of twists and turns. We know from the start who’s the killer, and we can figure out the hows and the whys in a little while, but at the same time, we have to deal with an unreliable narrator. Elisa, the MC, has PTSD and she points out she’s not sure about her intuitions being right. Is she being framed or is she relapsing? What’s really going on there?
Admittedly, she’s not a sympathetic character, a trait I tend to appreciate. Her approach to issues and some of her choices puzzle me; still, I kept turning the pages because I wanted to see if she would catch the killer or not. Kane’s writing talent is plain in Elisa—outstanding job!
The cast of characters is on the smallish side, a detail I appreciate, and the third limited POV makes me happy by default. Another POV, or worse, an omniscient, would have ruined the story, and I’m glad Kane didn’t fall for that.
Flaws, um. Maybe there’s too much going on. A bit of tightening in the developmental stage would have made The Replacement Wife read more linear.
4 stars on GR.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Darby Kane is a former trial attorney and #1 international bestseller of domestic suspense.
Her debut book, PRETTY LITTLE WIFE, was featured in numerous venues, including Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, The Toronto Star, Popsugar, Refinery29, Goodreads, The Skimm, and Huffington Post.
A native of Pennsylvania, Darby now lives in California and runs from the cold. When she’s not writing suspense, she can be found watching suspense, thrillers, and mysteries.
You can find out more at darbykane.com.
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