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The Younger Wife

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This book had really great potential. It spent the entire book building the characters and pointing out all the things that would make them the perfect or victim following the explosive first chapter. We also have multiple POVs from not only characters we know but also a couple of chapters from an “outsider”. But then for all the build up…there is no pay off. At. All.  Overall this was a really enjoyable book up until the epilogue but still a good read.
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Sally Hepworth is pretty much an instabuy author for me. I loved The Younger Wife and it kept me guessing until the end.
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The Younger Wife is a fast paced domestic suspense novel.  It begins with an accident and possible death at a wedding but not sure who was involved.  Bouncing back to the time leading up to the wedding, the narrative is told in alternating POVs giving glimpses into each character’s life and what secrets they’re holding.  This all leads up to the wedding day.  The ending in the published version is different from the early reader’s edition in a good way.  I made sure to read both. 😉

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martins Press for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.
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UPDATE. Edit to 5 stars. I got the Final Ending, which is way better than what I received in the early ARC. Much much better. A true, twisty Hepworth novel to the end. Definitely recommend. This might be one of her best.


I LOVED it til the end and then I hated it, but research is telling me the published copy has a different ending. So, to be continued….
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Sally Hepworth's books are so dang readable! I love the way she writes. I can hear her voice so clearly through her writing, which I love! I didn't love this book as much as her previous books (which I adored!), but it was engaging enough. I'll read everything she writes forever.
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The idea of this book had a lot of potential. The idea that a father was marrying a younger woman while his wife is still alive suffering from dementia is a very interesting plot line. I really enjoyed that we followed the daughters' and the new fiancé's perspectives throughout the chapters. Despite it having a good plot line, it felt like there was something missing for me. I wish there was more thrills that occurred, or more twists that would have surprised me. I was interested, but not sitting on the edge of my seat.
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An excellent audiobook. I loved the narrator's accent. I enjoyed the story and the sisters. This book reminds me of The Wife Between Us. This book was categorized as mystery thriller but it was mostly read like a women's fiction. This story started with a wedding and screams with blood stains. Then the story went on starting one year earlier, followed three main point of views: Heather, Tully, and Rachel. Tully and Rachel are sisters. Rachel has a secret which explains why she doesn't have a boyfriend. She bakes beautiful and expensive wedding cakes. Tully has an addiction she couldn't get rid of. Her husband lost all of their money in the stock market. Their kids gave Tully a challenge. Their mom has dementia and currently living in a nursing home. Their doctor dad Stephen recently announced he's engaged to a younger woman named Heather (younger than the sisters) who was hired to redesign Stephen's house. Heather has secrets of her own but she carries herself well and the sisters couldn't tell if she's marrying their dad as a gold digger. Rachel was going through her mom's things and found a name she didn't recognize. She then proceeded to investigate. In between, there's another view to speculate the crime at the wedding. 

I didn't like the ending much. I prefer the bad person to face up to their crimes rather than an easy way out. The story however was not thrilling as thrillers normally goes but I do enjoy the women's fiction the story was leaning on. I do recommend this audiobook to everyone!

Thank you St. Martin's Press, Macmillan Audio, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
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A family with a whole lot of issues...

The Aston family appears to be a typical upper middle class family until you discover they're not. This book is full of interesting characters and deals with a variety of mental and emotional matters that are rarely talked about in mainstream media which I appreciated. 

I thought it was an interesting read and it constantly has you guessing & second guessing "who did it." However, I did not expect the ending and it was kind of a let down. It had a good buildup but was anticlimactic and ended with a modified happily ever after.

**Advanced copy received in exchange for an honest review**
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This fast-paced story is great at showing people are not always as they seem.  Or maybe they are. Based on the unreliable storytelling, you will be kept guessing. And when the secret of the wedding is revealed, you will be glad that you were there for the ride.
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This one surprised me! Did not expect the twist at the end. I enjoy Sally Hepworth's books and although I didn't like this one as much as "The Mother in Law", I still found myself reading it in one sitting.
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The Younger Wife is a good book with great characters! I loved how nuanced each character is and that's what kept me going. Among all characters the sisters Rachel and Tully's storylines were the best and held more intrigue for me than Heather, the younger wife. The suspense bits were good but I didn't feel the urgency to get to the end.    All throughout the book I wasn't sure if Heather was a reliable narrator or not. The last chapter left me with more questions than answers. I thought I almost had Stephen figured out but then I didn't and still don't. I would recommend this books for the amazing characters.


Thank you, NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and Sally Hepworth for the arc!
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This is easily one of the best family dramas I’ve ever read. Through every twist and turn of this story I was deeply invested in this seemingly perfect, but completely disturbed family. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for some drama and suspense.
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I enjoy Sally Hepworth’s writing style and this book was told by 3 women and the amount of drama in their lives was huge. 
Well told from their parts but what linked them and the secret was less of a mystery or a slow build even. It lacked the build up and the end left it even more hanging. 
I felt it disturbing that a man would divorce is mentally impaired wife and marry again, and in this book quite quickly.  I immediately though he was a jerk.  
I can’t take away the 4 stars for the pleasure of most of the book but it did fail to deliver the big punch in the end.
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Thank you to netgalley.com for this ARC in exchange for a review.

I have read many of Sally Hepworth's books and enjoy their page turner, can't wait to find out what happens next. This book was good and enjoyable but I just didn't feel as sucked into the pages as her other books. While the ending was somewhat of a surprise, I wasn't that vested in the characters or what happened to them.

I just thought this book was ok.
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The book begins with Stephen and Heather announcing their engagement. Rachel and Tully are Stephen’s daughters and are confused because he is still married to their mom. This is a twisty psychological thriller and you don’t know who to believe. I definitely recommend it!
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Ooh time goes by and if i don't write the review right away...sigh. I'm trying to be better. The best i can do right now is give a star count...

I will read anything Sally Hepworth writes...next on my list is The Soulmate
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I have enjoyed every book of Sally Hepworth's that I have read - they consistently deliver strong domestic thrillers with complicated family dynamics and this one was no exception. The relationship at the centre of this book was between children and their father's new wife - who, as the title suggests, is much younger than their mother. I thought the pacing of this was good and enjoyed the alternating perspectives. I think the ending's ambiguity will be polarizing and I fell on the end of not loving it, but otherwise I really enjoyed this one.
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I have always been a fan of author Sally Hepworth so I was excited to read her newest book The Younger Wife. I went into the book thinking I know what this will be about, some younger girl trying to marry the rich man. Lying and trying to be someone she’s not, and causing chaos amongst the family. Well some of that is true, but not all of it is true for the younger wife. I think that’s what I like about Sally’s books, they are more mystery with twist and turns that steer you one way then quickly turn you another. There is a lot of family drama and plenty of secrets, but they are all of so good. If you looking for a book that will keep you on your toes I definitely recommend The Younger Wife.
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Thank You to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

Stephen's wife is placed in a Long Term Care facility due to the onset of dementia and now that he has meet someone new, he wants to remarry. The only problem is that first he needs to divorce his wife. HIs two daughters, Tully and Rachel, are not happy about this, especially since this new women is younger than they are.
Heather is hiding from a past she would rather forget, except it may affect how she perceives this new relationship.
Tully and Rachel's mother is making strange comments about her life with their father and the girls are determined to discover just what is hidden in their parent's past. 

I definitely enjoyed this book better than The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth. This book left me with the feeling that actions that took place, might have been made on the character's wrong interpretation of past events and maybe justice wasn't served after all. The ending will have you thinking about this book long after that last page is turned.
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To me, this was a family drama with a slow burning mystery. I am a thriller fan and this was not a thriller at all. Why it was marketed as one, I do not understand that at all. I did like the first half but then after that it lost its fizzle.
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