Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell

Hardcover336 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by St. Martin's Press

What They Say....

Tabitha Girard had her heart broken years ago by Connor Ford. He was preppy and handsome. She was a pool girl at his country club. Their affair should have been a summer fling. But it meant everything to Tabitha.

Years later, Connor comes back into Tabitha's life—older, richer, and desperately unhappy. He married for money, a wealthy, neurotic, controlling woman whom he never loved. He has always loved Tabitha.

When Connor’s wife Nina takes her own life, he’s free. He can finally be with Tabitha. Nina’s home, Windswept, can be theirs. It seems to be a perfect ending to a fairy tale romance that began so many years ago. But then, Tabitha finds a diary. "I’m writing this to raise an alarm in the event of my untimely death," it begins. “If I die unexpectedly, it was foul play, and Connor was behind it. Connor—and her.”

Who is Connor Ford? Why did he marry Nina? Is Tabitha his true love, or a convenient affair? As the police investigate Nina’s death, is she a convenient suspect?

As Tabitha is drawn deeper into the dark glamour of a life she is ill-prepared for, it becomes clear to her that what a wife knows can kill her.

What I Say....

I received a copy of this book as an ARC, but I hadn't heard of this author before.  I liked the cover and the description, so I gave it a shot.  And found a new favorite.  Once I was done, I immediately downloaded some of her other books (It's Always the HusbandShe Was the Quiet One).  I liked her that much.  

Tabitha is working as a waitress, down on her luck, and feeling pretty bad about herself when her high school boyfriend comes into her restaurant.  

He's richer than ever, married into more money, but he remembers Tabitha, just as she remembers him.  They rekindle their romance, and he shares his "woe is me" marriage story.

It seems like they are going to get their happy ending, Connor's wife commits suicide, and he immediately moves Tabitha in.  Despite how this sounds, I still found Tabitha a sympathetic character.  She's way out of her league in Connors' life and she knows it.  Then she find's his wife's diary, starting Tabitha on a path of doubt.

The thing I really liked about this book was that in reading the synopsis, you think you know what's going to happen - but you don't.  The twists and turns don't stop coming. 

I would categorize this as a great cozy read for the fall - curl up under a blanket and enjoy!

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