Monday, January 27, 2020

The Starter Wife

~ I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon):  From the bestselling author of Girl Last Seen comes "a spine-tingler" (Booklist) of a psychological suspense, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell and Jessica Knoll. 
Local police have announced that they're closing the investigation of the suspected drowning of 37-year-old painter Colleen Westcott. She disappeared on April 11, 2010, and her car was found parked near the waterfront in Cleveland two days later, but her body has never been found. The chief of police has stated that no concrete evidence of foul play has been discovered in the probe. 
I close the online search window, annoyed. These articles never have enough detail. They think my husband's first wife disappeared or they think she is dead. There's a big difference. 

My phone rings, jarring me away from my thoughts, and when I pick it up, it's an unknown number. The only answer to my slightly breathless hello is empty static. 

When the voice does finally come, it's female, low, muffled somehow. "Where is it, Claire? What did you do with it? Tell me where it is."

A woman. A real flesh-and-blood woman on the other end of the phone. She's not just in my head.

A wave of panic spreads under my skin like ice water. It's Colleen.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Great page turner with crazy twists. The book grabbed my attention on page 1 and kept it to the very last page.  The Starter Wife reminds me of Gone Girl mixed with The Heart Keeper.  Extremely entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat.  I was even late for work a day or two, since I couldn't book the book down. 

If you are looking for a thriller (not the blood and guts kind), I highly recommend The Starter Wife.  

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  I have read What My Sister Knew and would love to read Girl Last Seen.

Nina Laurin studied Creative Writing at Concordia University in Montreal, where she currently lives. She arrived there when she was just twelve years old, and she speaks and reads in Russian, French, and English but writes her novels in English. She wrote her first novel while getting her writing degree, and Girl Last Seen was a bestseller a year later in 2017. The follow-up, What My Sister Knew, came out in summer 2018 to critical acclaim. Nina is fascinated by the darker side of mundane things, and she's always on the lookout for her next twisted book idea. She blogs about books and writing on her own site,

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