Thursday, 7 January 2021

The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton - Book Review


Two women. A dying wish. And a web of lies that will bring their world crashing down.

Two women. A dying wish. And a web of lies that will bring their world crashing down.

Nina and Marie were best friends — until Nina was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Before she died, Nina asked Marie to fulfill her final wishes.

But her mistake was in thinking Marie was someone she could trust.

What Nina didn’t know was that Marie always wanted her beautiful life, and that Marie has an agenda of her own. She’ll do anything to get what she wants.

Marie thinks she can keep her promise to her friend’s family on her own terms. But what she doesn’t know is that Nina was hiding explosive secrets of her own…

My Thoughts

I have been in a bit of a reading slump for a while and have taken a break from writing reviews, I picked this book from my TBR pile and I am glad I did.

Although it is described as a sort of thriller, I would personally describe it as a domestic noir type of read. Whatever the correct description of it is I really enjoyed it. I lost myself for a good few hours in the story. 

Marie is a complicated character it was difficult for me to decide if I liked her or not. At times I found myself sympathising with her, at others I found her annoying and needy. She seems to want to help her deceased friends family, however she has her own motives for doing so. 

Stuart, Nina's husband, gave me the creeps, there was something off about him throughout that I couldn't put my finger on. He relied on Marie a lot, and seemed to like having someone to do everything for him.

Karen Hamilton writes really well, and I found her descriptions and characters interesting. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the story is told from Marie's perspective so I felt I got to know her thoughts about things she did and events that happened and how she felt about them. I haven't read Karen Hamilton's debut novel, but after reading The Last Wife it is certainly a book I want to read. The author has a real knack for setting scenes and delivering a page turner of a book.

If you are a fan of domestic drama with an edge of mystery this is a good book to pick up, its an easy read and a great way to spend a few hours. I found myself just having to finish it and find out the truth. 

About The Author

Karen Hamilton spent her childhood in Angola, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy and worked as a flight attendant for many years. Karen is a graduate of the Faber Academy and, having now put down roots in Hampshire to raise her young family with her husband, she satisfies her wanderlust by exploring the world through her writing. Her debut novel, The Perfect Girlfriend, was a Sunday Times bestseller and an international No. 1 bestseller. The Last Wife is her second novel.


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