Book Buzz: My Husband’s Wife

Book Buzz: My Husband's WifeIn the spirit of dark psychological thrillers like Gone Girl and The Couple Next Door comes the debut novel, My Husband’s Wife, the story of two women and one man caught up in a web of dependence and betrayal.

My Husband’s Wife

Author Jane Corry has written My Husband’s Wife from two perspectives.  One of the narrators is Lily, a young insecure lawyer, newly married to Ed. The other narrator is Carla, a lonely and manipulative nine year-old when the story opens. Lily and Ed live in the same apartment building in London as Carla and her single mother, an Italian immigrant trying to eke out a living.

Lily has doubts about her husband’s fidelity from the get go, convinced he is still seeing an ex-girlfriend. Lily herself is conflicted about her true feelings for Ed, and is emotionally drawn to a client that she is defending in a murder case.

Carla is an outcast at school and yearns for stability in her life, which her distracted other can’t provide. She ends up spending time with Lily and Ed while her mother is at work. Ed, an artist, is captivated by Carla’s Mediterranean beauty and likes to draw sketches of her while she visits. He completes a series of drawings that he calls “The Italian Girl.”

Sound creepy? It is.

A jump of 16 years in the timeline brings us to Carla as a young woman, now studying to be a lawyer herself.  Lily at midlife is at the peak of her career as a criminal attorney. She has achieved success, but ghosts from her past continue to haunt her.

Gradually, we learn about the murky backstories of both major and minor characters. The story is replete with entanglements and betrayals, lies and surprises. All that good stuff that makes a book a page turner.

Readers have responded enthusiastically to these complex, brooding thrillers — recently pegged “grip lit” — that feature flawed and unreliable female narrators. They make for a fun read, and they translate well to the big screen. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see trailers for My Husband’s Wife in the future.

By the way, the intriguing title will make total sense by the end of the book.


One of my lucky readers will receive a copy of My Husband’s Wife. Please leave a comment below and a winner will be randomly selected. USA addresses only, please.


I received a copy of My Husband’s Wife from Viking for an honest review,
which is the only kind of review I write.

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51 Thoughts on “Book Buzz: My Husband’s Wife

  1. Sounds good and now that I am retired I can read to my hearts content without feeling guilty.

  2. like yeah its creepy. what is little girl doing in stranger’s house.

  3. Sounds like an interesting book. Very different than the type of books I usually select.

  4. Sounds like my kind of book! I’m currently waiting for my copy of London Belongs to Me but after that I’ll be getting this one for sure!
    Thank you!

  5. I love these kinds of stories. I read both Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train and couldn’t put them down! This looks like a great read! Hope I win!

  6. Grip Lit, did not know that category! I do enjoy a page turner.

  7. Sounds like a thriller. Maybe it will be a mini series like the one on HBO now “Big, Little Lies.”

  8. This sounds really great! I need to see about picking this up soon. It sounds like a good one to read when the kids go to bed!

  9. Agentizerozerosetter on February 22, 2017 at 1:45 pm said:

    I love reading!
    Thanks for this review,this book is really interesting!

  10. Beth Havey on February 22, 2017 at 4:06 pm said:

    Thanks, Helene. The endless pathways humans will follow for love and things they think are love. Intriguing.

  11. This sounds disturbingly creep. But I’m intrigued, thanks for the review.

  12. While not a fan of this type of fiction, generally speaking, this book does sound incredibly well written. You do a superb job of writing the details of the review, I enjoyed reading it.

  13. Sounds like a good read! I will have to check it out!


  14. Elizabeth O. on February 22, 2017 at 9:12 pm said:

    Wow! What a plot. I think I have an idea of what happens but it would be nice to read the whole story. It’s really interesting and I’d love to learn more about the book.

  15. It’s a captivating story. It feels like a book that you won’t put down until you’re done with the whole thing. I would surely love to read it!

  16. Sounds like a great book to read. I wish I could find more time in the day to pick up a book.

  17. This sounds like an interesting book. I will add it to my reading list.

  18. Stephanie Bills on February 22, 2017 at 11:42 pm said:

    I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this book! Maybe I’ll have to give it a read.

  19. this book sounds great! I can’t wait until I have time to relax and read again.

  20. Now this sounds like a page-turner! It’s fab when a book does that to you, isn’t it. I’ll have to look out for a copy of this!

  21. Psychological thrillers are one of my favorites to read. If I can somehow carve out some extra time in a 24 hour day, then I would really love to read this. Maybe, just maybe, this momma will force herself to take time to read.

  22. I was going to say that this sounds creepy but then you added that it does. When I get to the mystery reading month at my library I will have to check this one out.

  23. Sounds like a great read. You just revealed enough to make me curious about the rest. Would definitely add this to my reading list.

  24. Dogvills on February 23, 2017 at 10:45 am said:

    this is very interesting story! im not into books but i hope there’s a movie of it!

  25. Oh my goodness! Unfortunately, this book is ringing so true as a similar story line just happened to my girlfriend. Wow!

  26. I LOVE books like this! They actually seem to be the only genre I have the attention span for these days. Fingers crossed to win a copy!

  27. Sounds like a fun summer read! I love creepy novels haha

  28. Samantha on February 24, 2017 at 1:09 am said:

    I want to read this! It looks like a great book!

  29. This sounds like a really good read! Love the title of the book – very inviting to read! Thanks for sharing and feeding my books-I-want-to-read list 🙂

  30. Sounds like a really good book. Just purchased Everything, Everything. May have to get this book once I’ve finished.

  31. Wow you had me on the seat about this book! Now I definitely want to grab a copy or download it on my kindle and read it.

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