Book Review: The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell

The Third WifeWhat’s it about?BBC 2014

In the early hours of an April morning, Maya stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus.

A tragic accident? Or suicide?

Her grief-stricken husband, Adrian, is determined to find out.

Maya had a job she enjoyed; she had friends. They’d been in love.

She even got on with his two previous wives and their children. In fact, they’d all been one big happy family.

But before long Adrian starts to identify the dark cracks in his perfect life.

Because everyone has secrets.

And secrets have consequences.

Some of which can be devastating…

My thoughts

I’ve not read a Lisa Jewell novel before and I was really looking forward to reading this after reading the blurb but unfortunately, it just didn’t do it for me.

With 3 wives and 5 children under his belt, Adrian jumps from one wife to the next leaving broken families in his wake. It’s a detailed look at the intricacies of the modern extended family; albeit a little odd with them all going on holiday together.

One of the issues I had with the book was the main character, Adrian. What a selfish knob he was, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where a lead character infuriated me so much with his want it all, grass is greener attitude to his families and marriage. This book is predominantly his story and what a complete selfish idiot he really is and his journey to that realisation whilst trying to investigate the mystery surrounding wife number three’s death.

Overall, it’s a well written easy read although with some implausible elements but I did find the mystery of the stalker quite appealing; however like the rest of the story it was just dragged out a little too much and I felt like I was constantly waiting for something to happen.

Lisa’s reviews on Goodreads tend to be good so would I read another? Probably, but only on recommendation from a trusted source.

Thanks to publisher for approving me for a copy via Netgalley.

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