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The Younger Wife

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The first thriller I've read in a while that was worth reading in one sitting. What a ride! I couldn't put it down! 4.5 stars. Definitely an auto-buy author for me.
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The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

Lately, my reading time has concentrated on Tolkien's Middle Earth works, but the past two weekends I've carved out some time to read other books and write some long overdue reviews. 

Today was beautiful, so I spent the afternoon reading the last half of The Younger Wife! I've enjoyed Hepworth's previous work, and this did not disappoint. What a great read! One that is still making me think... "I wonder..." Highly recommended if you enjoy psychological thrillers.

There are some tough subjects covered, SA, DV, dementia. I found many of the passages on dementia poignant and true to my experience of walking this road with my mother. 

I received a digital review copy from #netgalley, but all opinions are my own.

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I knew I could always count on Sally Hepworth to deliver a novel worth reading and alas, she has done it again! I really loved this book and have already recommended it to several people.
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Wow, wow, and wow.  An unputdownable domestic thriller that had my heart racing and my blood pumping.  A+++
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Sally Hepworth can do no wrong. Every book just gets a little bit better than the last. For me, this was a top notch read! I was hooked from the first page. Definitely an auto buy Author!
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Went into this one without knowing much about the plot. It was kind of wild! I love those stories where you just don’t know who is telling the truth. Who is gaslighting who? Is the narrator gaslighting ME? That’s what this book brought to me and I loved it. I’m anxious to see what Ms Hepworth does next.
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My first book by this author, I honestly didn’t think I would like it and then I was 100 pages in, I was hooked so quickly.  I was constantly trying to figure out who was telling the truth and who was lying, everyone had issues and it was amazing how they kept them hidden for so long. Loved the ending, questions were answered but it was still shocking! Definetly a great story!! Sally really knows how to tell a story! Thank you to the author and Netgalley for this ARC #THEYOUNGERWIFE
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The first thriller I've read in so long.

Everyone has issues, trust me, but not as much as the Aston Family. 

I won't say much, but what I'll say is this — if you want a story filled with scandals, twists, and turns, crazy slow burn — then this is for you!
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This was my first read by Sally Hepworth and it was worth every minute!! Twists and turns make this a great fast paced pageturner begging for questions!! You'll want to pick this up asap!!
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Decent read. More dysfunctional family drama than thriller, but still a good read. Told from differing viewpoints you get to know the family and see some of the drama that draws you into trying to figure out what happened at the wedding. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.  Thank you NetGalley, Sally Hepworth and St. Martin’s Press for this edition and hearing my honest review. Looking forward to reading more with you
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From my blog: Always With a Book

I have really come to enjoy Sally Hepworth’s books. She writes domestic suspense/family drama like no one else. Her books are always such readable, binge-worthy type reads and I find that once I start them, I have such a hard time putting them down and this one was no exception.

I loved the way this one was structured. The suspense of knowing that something happened at the wedding and you aren’t exactly sure what and who is involved and then how it goes back to fill in who the players are and leads up to the big day just keeps you on edge. The story is told from the alternating POV’s of all the women and we quickly come to find out that they are all dealing with their own issues, some of which they have kept hidden from the others for various reasons. I loved how the author is able to tease them out in such a way that feels nature to the storyline, even having them overlap in some cases. Nothing is done here in a vacuum and I have to say that while this is a primarily a mystery novel, I did love the tender moments that were woven in.

I found myself rooting for these characters in the worst way and to me, that’s always a sign of a good book. I love when I become emotionally invested. The ending definitely took me a bit by surprise and I know it has caused a bit of a stir but sometimes that happens – we don’t always all agree on how we think a book should end. This, I think, makes it the perfect bookclub book – there is so much to unpack within this book.
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Sally Hepworth did not disappoint with this one. I have a hard time with some domestic thrillers, but Hepworth never fails to engage me. I enjoyed this book. The plot is well done, the characters are well done and fully developed, and I didn't want to put the book down once the story got going. For a book to feel realistic, everything can't be perfect, and I will say the therapist in this book leaves a lot to be desired at the end. I would highly recommend this book.
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🔊Song Pairing: Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You - Cigarettes After Sex 

💭What I thought would happen:

Something twisted with a juicy plot line. Obviously some man whose pecker needed validation with a younger woman….

📖What actually happens: 

Heather is about to be Tully and Rachel’s stepmother…she’s the same age as them. But how could she resist when her soon to be husband is an older, good looking surgeon. Heather is escaping her traumatic past and is just trying to have a better life. 

Tully is a mother and riddled with her own issues outside of her father’s midlife crisis, not to mention the fact that her parent’s divorce only is just going through and her mother is completely unaware due to her early onset dementia. 

Rachel is a talents cake maker/artist, like Tully dealing with the fact that her father has left her mother behind for his own sexual gain and she is dealing with her issues around weight and an unhealthy relationship with food. 


This was a perfectly enjoyable thriller. The way everything built up and played out was interesting but did give me heart palpitations. I for sure thought I had this one figured out and honestly if it had unfolded in that way I’d have been like ok ok that is MANIACAL and I’m here for it but sadly not quite. 

It’s a vanilla shake of a read. Delicious and reliable but sometimes doesn’t cure my craving for a zesty kick! 

I liked the characters, they took time to enjoy but once I did I was 💯 on their side (with that being said I mean the women of this book). 

I will always be a fan of Sally’s writing. Give me all the twists and turns. That woman thrills me!
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I'm such a SallyHepworth fan. I loved "The Good Sister" and "The Mother-in-Law," so I was excited for this one. It definitely didn't disappoint!

The story starts with Dr. Stephen Aston is marrying is much younger wife, Heather, but the wedding is interrupted by his ex-wife. There is a scream and blood, then the story cuts to a year before. 

Heather is meeting Stephen's daughters, and the story starts to unravel for the reader. We eventually catch up to the wedding, and then that ending. Oh that ending. I hated it. Just putting that out there.

Thanks for the ARC, Netgalley!
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Three women, all vastly different but all broken in their own ways. Tully, the older sister with more quirks than one can name and a severe case of kleptomania; Rachel, the younger sister who’s coping with a triggering past in an unhealthy way; and Heather, youngest of all three but the others’ soon-to-be step mother. Stephen, father to Tully and Rachel and future husband of Heather, seems like the perfect man. Dedicated dad, partner, and surgeon; he is the perfect man - so why does Tully and Rachel’s mother Pam keep hinting otherwise? 

This is my third Sally Helpworth book and my new favorite. She makes such eccentric, fascinating characters and storylines that are quick, twisty, and shocking.
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The Younger Wife tells the story of an older man who marries a younger woman. However, his first wife is battling dementia. I found that this novel gave me Jane Eyre vibes. The story is full of twists and turns! It was a very thrilling ride and kept me on the edge of my seat! The only thing that I did not like was the ending. I was disappointed in how it ended. Still, this novel was very well-written and was fast-paced! I recommend this fans of Paula Hawkins, A. J. Finn, and Gillian Flynn!
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my review.

A good book, it held my attention to the end. I always enjoy reading Sally Hepworth books!
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There was definitely more to think about after reading this than during the process.  It took me a second to come to my conclusion as the book ended, and I'm not so sure I like it.  I did enjoy the variety of personalities and that it made me think.  (3.75/5)
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I literally read this book in one sitting and thought to myself oh my. I really enjoyed the book, but I didn't like a single one of the characters. I couldn't find a redeemable quality in any of them. The book is fast paced but it did put me in mind of the B. Smith situation, wowsers!
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But Wait, There’s More!

Amended Review for the April 5, 2022 Published Edition:

That I’ve remained invested after reading an advance copy attests to the intriguing storyline. The preliminary release left unanswered questions causing varied interpretations by readers 

I was of the opinion that an advocate for women wouldn’t deliberately cast a shadow on a victim’s claim to abuse - no matter how unreliable. I also speculated on whether Sally Hepworth was creating a gaslighting experience for the reader correlating with what the characters were seeing and hearing.

Did I correctly interpret the message she wanted to convey? Or were my friends with opposing opinions correct and I was over thinking?

The debate gains more clarity with this final version and I think many will enjoy it. If you've read the ARC, you might want to look again for a more complete perspective.

The crafty telling remains, combining author connotation with overt drama. On the surface, you think you’re reading about a troubled family, but there's more to it.

Thank you to Christina for discussing this with me by direct message after reading the ARC. I wondered why I viewed the outcome one way and others the complete opposite and I was happy to discover a like mind.

This is my favorite Sally Hepworth novel and I purchased a hardcover to accompany my copy of The Mother in Law already on my shelf. It can also be borrowed from many local libraries.

My Original Review of the Advanced Reader Copy (Edited for brevity):

Rachel and Tully are roped into meeting their future step-mother against their better judgment.

Their father, sixty year old Stephen wants everyone to be family, but Rachel and Tully aren’t on board with accepting a gorgeous interloper who’s closer to their age than their dad’s.

Most everyone in this story came with heavy baggage and the compilation of phobias caused me to feel a little anxious myself while reading about these neurotic folks.

A few comedic sequences involving Tully’s son provided respite while she questioned her parenting skills. A sensitive child on the cusp of three, he was grappling with life changes which “produced” unexpected results. Poor little guy was a treasure in the midst of noxiousness.

Was it murder or not?

The ending will surely be uniquely interpreted by each reader. From early reviews and my own spirited discussion with friends, I foresee many debates. Which is desirable in my opinion, as the lively repartee enhanced my reading experience.

Thank you to NetGalley, Sally Hepworth, and St. Martin’s Press for my advance electronic copy due to publish on April 5, 2022.
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