Title: The Other Mrs.
Author: Mary Kubica
Edition/Pages: Ebook, 405 pages
I received this as an ARC from HARLEQUIN via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Sadie and Will just moved their family from Chicago to Maine to take care of their estranged niece. When their neighbor turns up murdered, the island is shaken. Suspicion quickly surrounds the newcomers putting Sadie on edge. This was supposed to be a fresh start for their family, but now their secrets be discovered.
➸ POV: Alternating POVs from multiple characters
➸ Sadie Foust: Wife to Will, Mother to 2 sons Tate and Otto, Physician, Moved to Maine from Chicago after sister in-laws death to care for her teenage daughter Imogen.
➸ Content Warnings: Suicide, Cheating, Death of a loved one, Chronic illness, Bullying, Stalking, Homophobia, Abuse, Personality disorders, On page animal abuse
First off – this book is really intense and descriptive in some of the more graphic content. This book goes into a lot (in my opinion too much) detail about Will’s sister’s illness and suicide. As well as on page child abuse and animal cruelty. There were definitely moments that were hard to stomach and I had to skim over some of the more descriptive scenes.
My favorite part of this story was the intense and suspenseful atmosphere Mary Kubica created. I was on the edge of my seat from the get-go. Not only was this setting alone eerie, but this book just made me feel like I was being watched. I loved all of the creepy vibes.
I went into this without re-reading the synopsis because I wanted to be surprised and (to an extent) surprised I was! This book just throws you in with no explanation and I was so invested in figuring out the backstories and how all the characters were connected. I didn’t find the big reveal to be especially surprising (I take notes while I read and my guess around the 44% mark ended up being pretty accurate) however I really enjoyed the pacing of how things were revealed. There are tons of side characters with dark or secret pasts so there was always action and reveals happening which kept the book moving and fast paced.
While I loved the creepy vibes and pace of this, I was pretty disappointed by the ending. I felt like there was a lot of buildup for a pretty lackluster conclusion. And I could have done without the epilogue entirely. I totally appreciate what the author was going for – I highly recommend reading the Author’s Note at the end – but it just wasn’t for me.
Overall, this was just a pretty average domestic thriller for me. It had an amazing eerie vibe, but I didn’t find it especially surprising or memorable.