Author: Kate White
Published by: Harper Paperbacks on Jun. 28, 2022
Source: Harper Perennial
Book Rating: 8/10
Recovering from the unsolved murder of her first husband, Derrick, thirtysomething Emma Hawke has built a new life with Tom, a handsome, successful, and loving widower who finally makes her feel safe again.
Then one day a police detective shows up at their house on the Connecticut shore, asking questions about Derrick’s death. Emma was sure she’d been cleared in the days after the tragedy. So why is law enforcement taking another look now–and questioning the timing of her relationship with Tom? She hadn’t even met him until after Derrick’s death.
Then Emma is shocked to discover that, in fact, she and her second husband attended the same business dinner two months before Derrick’s murder. Did Tom, unbeknownst to Emma, spot her there? Could he have set his sights on her and orchestrated a plan to make her his wife, whatever the cost.
With twists and turns all the way to the last page, this fast-paced, expertly plotted novel will have you asking that age-old question: how well do you really know the ones you love?
Sinister, tense, and engaging!
The Second Husband is a tortuous, simmering tale that introduces us to Emma Hawke, a successful entrepreneur who, after the investigation into the murder of her first husband Derrick is reopened, begins to wonder if anyone is who they really claim to be and whether the introduction to her second husband Tom was as honest and accidental and it originally appeared.
The writing is fluid and tight. The characters are troubled, secretive, and consumed. And the plot is an intricate tale of deception, manipulation, suspicions, revelations, fraud, drama, mayhem, and murder.
Overall, The Second Husband is an ominous, suspenseful, twisty whodunit by White that does a wonderful job of reminding us that things are never quite as they seem.
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Thank you to Harper Perennial for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.