Rating: 4 / 5
THE THIRD WIFE by Lisa Jewell has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while, so it was an easy pick for the recent #buzzwordathon hosted by @booksandlala which asked for titles involving numbers. I recently read an enjoyed THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS so was wanting to pick up more Jewell titles.
Adrian is a man with a complicated family life. He’d be the first to tell you that it is all working perfectly, but he has two ex-wives and has married a third time. Sure it gets a little complicated keeping up with all of his kids from his prior marriages, but he’s got everything laid out on a massive reminder board. They are all one big happy family, vacationing together and getting along swimmingly!
As the book opens, Adrian’s third wife Maya has been tragically killed when she stumbled into the street in front of an oncoming bus. The police aren’t sure if it was an accident or suicide, but Adrian believes that Maya was happy in her life, but soon things happen that make him question this assumption. There’s a mysterious woman who comes by the house who turns out to not be who he thought. There are things on the computer that Adrian knew nothing about. Adrian sets out to figure out all that went into the days leading up to Maya’s death.
I really enjoyed THE THIRD WIFE! This book marries domestic drama and mystery in a way that keeps the reader hooked to flipping the pages to see what is going on. The story goes back in time periodically to give glimpses of Maya’s POV in a way that worked well for me. Of course things aren’t as peaceful and happy as Adrian believes. Vacationing with your husband’s ex-wives and the children that he left for you does not sound ideal to anyone not deep in denial. There are many family secrets to unravel and a lot of healing yet to be done.
This was a quick, fun and easy read for me and I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t done so already. I am looking forward to picking up more from Lisa Jewell!