Book Review

THE NEW HUSBAND by D.J. Palmer (Out 4/14/2020)

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the gifted ARC of THE NEW HUSBAND by D.J. Palmer!

Publication Date: 4/14/2020

Rating: 4 / 5

THE NEW HUSBAND by D.J. Palmer begins with a shocking scene. A fishing boat is found abandoned with only a dog on board, the deck covered in blood. From here we jump forward in time to a point nearly a year and a half later. Nina is the wife of the man who went missing from the boat and he has never been found. Nina is attempting to move on, moving in with her new boyfriend Simon along with her two children. She isn’t entirely sure this is the right decision, but it seems to be her only option when faced with financial troubles in the wake of her husband’s disappearance.

Nina’s son is a big fan of Simon, but her daughter is anything but. Chapters told from Maggie’s perspective are full of mistrust and suspicions and she is determined to reveal Simon’s less than savory true nature to her mother. Nina is struggling with balancing her daughter’s understandable anxieties with the reality of her own situation. Simon initially seems to good to be true and soon she begins to realize things aren’t as they appear.

I really enjoyed this book and was thankful that it was able to grab onto my attention with that opening chapter and hold on! Nina’s story was a frustrating one at times. From the outside looking in, it was easy to see ways that Simon was able to manipulate Nina. Still, it understandable given Nina’s fragile state as the book opens. Nina makes some poor choices along the way, but she does begin to change her ways as the book progresses. Neither Nina nor I could see all of the twists coming!

Maggie’s actions are at times those of an impulsive middle school girl, but she showed a lot of maturity too. Maggie is dealing with grief over her father and troubles with bullying at school, but she fiercely defends her family. Being able to see Simon’s actions from two opposing viewpoints really worked well in this story. Simon is a character that you can love to hate!

I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it for the thriller fans!

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