Sunday, February 16, 2020

Review: The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

Title: The Other Mrs.
Author: Mary Kubica
Published: February 2020, Park Row Books
Format: ARC E-copy, 384 pages
Source: Netgalley

Propulsive and addictive, The Other Mrs. is the twisty new psychological thriller from Mary Kubica, the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

She tried to run, but she can’t escape the other Mrs.

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

My thoughts: Mary Kubica is one of my favorite psychological fiction writers. I have read all of her books, since meeting her at BookExpo in 2014, when she was there signing copies of her debut book, The Good Girl. She continues to craft such addicting, twisty reads and this latest one just might be my new favorite.

I always love a book set in a spooky old house...there's just something haunting and creepy about it that sets the tone right away. And when you add in three compelling narrators that you immediately need to know more about, and a very suspicious death - I am all in. This book completely hooked me right away and I could not put it down. I basically read it in two sittings and even when I finished it, I couldn't stop thinking about it - the characters were so well-drawn that I felt so attached to them.

I loved that as you continue reading, you get the sense that all is not as it appears and you start wondering just who you can trust. The three narrators really grab you and you can't help but wonder just how they all connect. I had my suspicions and was wavering back and forth, but I never fully put it all together...and that reveal was just brilliant. I thought it would go one way and I was so off-base. 

This book is full of twists and turns that are both subtle and in your face and that combination works so well. It is also so atmospheric. The isolated island where the creepy old house is and the winter weather conditions really work well to add to the tension that is already building. It's a dark, unsettling read that is sure to get under your skin, but it's so addicting that once you start reading it, you will not want to put it down because you will need to see how it all plays out. 

I absolutely loved this book. I love Mary Kubica's writing and I love the issues that she tackles in her books. I cannot wait to see what comes next from this talented author.


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