From the author of The Good Sister, the breakout New York Times bestseller and “stunningly clever thriller” (People), comes Sally Hepworth’s latest novel of domestic suspense about the tangled vines of family secrets.
"Smart, suspenseful, brimming with secrets. This is Sally Hepworth at her unputdownable best."––Kate Morton, New York Times Bestselling Author
A heart surgeon at the top of his field, Stephen Aston is getting married again. But first he must divorce his current wife, even though she can no longer speak for herself.
Tully and Rachel Aston look upon their father’s fiancée, Heather, as nothing but an interloper. Heather is younger than both of them. Clearly, she’s after their father’s money.
THE FORMER WIFE
With their mother in a precarious position, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the
truth about their family’s secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is.
THE YOUNGER WIFE
Heather has secrets of her own. Will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous impulses
in all of them?
More Praise for The Younger Wife:
"[An] appealing domestic suspense novel from bestseller Hepworth [with a] fast-moving plot. This often funny and affecting outing should win Hepworth new fans."––Publishers Weekly
"Completely compulsive. Sally Hepworth delivers with this stay-up-late one-more-chapter gem."––Jane Harper, New York Times Bestselling Author
"A warped tale [that] boasts Jane Harper’s multilayered characters and Liane Moriarty’s wealthy suburban world saturated with lies and deceit. With each domestic thriller, best-selling Hepworth shines brighter and draws in more readers."––Booklist
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Date reviewed/posted: August 25, 2021
Publication date: April 5, 2022
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review an advanced reader's copy of this book. This in no way affects my review, all opinions are my own.
Oh, this is a little too B. Smith for me (google that and what her hubby did to her!) but nonetheless an excellent novel by an author whose works I love. Well written, engaging characters and it will make you question ... can you trust your own spouse? (Made you think, didn't I?) Do you trust them to not forget you when you cannot remember them?
I will recommend this book to friends, family, patrons, book clubs, and people reading books in the park as we do … I have had some of my best conversations about books down by the Thames!
As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. ") on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 👰👰👰👰👰
Couldn't put this novel down and read it in one day. Two sisters have to navigate their father falling in love with a younger woman while their mother
languishes in a dementia ward. Drama ensues at the wedding and the deceitfuless and the confusion that permeates the family dynamics comes to an unfortunate tipping point. Loved it!
𝒯𝐻𝐸 𝒴𝒪𝒰𝒩𝒢𝐸𝑅 𝒲𝐼𝐹𝐸
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This book centers around the wedding of Stephen and Heather. Heather is the same age as his children Tully, the shoplifting, fake life till you make it, flat broke and neurotic daughter, and Rachel who’s never been married, a gifted baker, lonely, and a tiny more stable daughter.
Heather “the younger wife” comes from nothing but has worked (and weaseled her way) up the interior designing ladder. Life hasn’t been good to her, but it will be once she’s married. Did I mention Stephen was married to Rachel and Tully’s mom when they met. she has severe dementia and lives in a private nursing home. He divorces her and sets forth with getting married to heather. The book is told in Tully, Rachel’s, and heathers POV.
This book is a come to Jesus moment for a lot of the characters. I love sally Hepworths books, she has a fan for life with me. This may be my favorite so far …. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 S̤̈T̤̈Ä̤R̤̈S̤̈
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I loved this story! The characters were really written well and developed wonderfully. This was a hinge tasting premise and I couldn’t put it down. I just had to know how it would all end! Highly recommended.
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Fun, fast-paced and filled with rich character development-- Sally Hepworth continues to be one of my favorite authors for a suspenseful read. The Younger Wife is told through multiple viewpoints, and each character is fresh, flawed, and very real. I was pulled into this story and was kept wondering what the outcome would be for the two main mysteries. An amazing page-turner! Sometimes things aren’t quite what they seem...
The Younger Wife, by Sally Hepworth, was an absolute ROMP of a book. I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading it and had trouble putting it aside. A light read, touching on some darker subject matter, The Younger Wife was well written and the characters largely engaging.
I recommend this book for an easy, well written read.
Thank you to St Martin's Press and Netgalley for an ARC edition of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I loved this book, so much different layers of many plot lines tied beautifully together. I thought the book was going to fall down a predictable path of the unreliable narrator, but the author didn't. I flip- flopped many times trying to guess the twist throughout the book, and I was not disappointed.
The ending was a bit wild, leaving readers unsure of the final answer- did he or didn't he? I guess we'll never know the truth.
I loved this book. Family ties, old lies, the white elephant in the room no one speaks of. Fearless reaction to a ‘gut’ feeling. Women sticking up for each other is a feeling like no other. So many times women are manipulated by their needs: shelter, funds, care, safety, security; these things we have been groomed to believe can only be derived from one source. Lead on ladies.
Sally Hepworth is an author to look out for!!
She writes domestic stories beautifully and you feel truly immersed in the story.
I found myself thinking about this book often and wanting to continue to read it the second I finished!
I am excited to read more from Sally Hepworth in the future.
Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book
Stephen appears to be a model father and husband to his wife Pam and his kids Rachel and Tully. However appearances aren’t always as they seem.
Pam is currently suffering from dementia and Stephen is now engaged to their interior designer. Rachel was a victim of sexual assault as a teenager and Tully is a kleptomaniac. Things take a dramatic turn when these secrets start coming out and the spotlight is on Stephen.
I am purposely keeping my synopsis brief as this book is just one wild ride. Sally Hepworth has done it again. After reading her last book I didn’t think it could be topped but this one does. There so many twists and turns and the secrets are just incredible. There are some triggers such as sexual assault and domestic violence but I hope this doesn’t deter everyone from reading it. I loved it all and highly recommend this book
Sally Hepworth's The Younger Wife is another domestic thriller. This story highlights family dysfunction and the repercussions of how a seemingly functional family discovers some hard truths about the picture perfect family they thought they had.
4.5 stars. Another solid read from Sally Hepworth. She is great with her twists and turns! Rachel and Tully’s father announces he’s marrying Heather, a woman a couple of years younger than them. At the same time, their mother is experiencing profound dimmentia and is living in a nurse facility. Secrets will be revealed, and Hepworth will leave you guessing until the very end!
Sally Hepworth is a master at the unexpected, This was the third book that I’ve read by this author and though I’ve loved each, she still crafted a story that is unpredictable and twisty. The story is about a family struggling with the current state of their lives. The mother, Pam, is suffering from rapidly progressing dementia. Both sisters, Tully and Rachel, have their own significant mental issues and now their doting father, Stephen is divorcing Pam to marry the interior designer hired to remodel their home. Oh, and the fiancé, Heather, is younger than both daughters. Wow! Events are progressing toward the wedding but suspicion is raised about Stephen’s true nature. Pam has made seriously harsh statements about how he treated her, mysterious money was found and Heather has a couple incidents the cause of which she is not entirely clear. What is happening within this family? Do they know each other at all? Why don’t they tell each other about anything of substance? Will they find a new road together or completely diverge? You will be guessing throughout. Loved this book!