Today I am so thrilled to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog tour On its publication day for Nicola Marsh’s psychological suspense The Last Wife. Happy publication day Nicola.
The Last Wife by Nicola Marsh
Release Date: 11th of October
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 332 pages
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Trusting his family was her first mistake.
All Ria ever wanted was a family. Growing up alone in foster care, she imagined just how it would be. So when she fell in love with Grayson and had their daughter Shelley, she was determined to make his family love her too. She knew she’d never fit in with her glamorous sisters-in-law, or at the exclusive picture-perfect Chicago parties her mother-in-law threw, but with Grayson’s arm around her waist she tried her best to be a Parker.
Everything changed when Grayson disappeared.
Until one morning, Grayson leaves the house for work and never comes home. Left to raise Shelley alone, Ria is forced to turn to her husband’s family, to let her intimidating mother-in-law into her life, allow her to babysit Shelley, and accept her financial support. She tries to ignore the feeling that her sisters-in-law never thought she was good enough. They say they have no idea what happened to Grayson, and she tries very hard to believe them.
But Ria is about to learn that every Parker wife has secrets.
And protecting her daughter might come at a terrible price…
Utterly compelling, The Last Wife is an emotionally-charged novel about what one woman will do to survive. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Kerry Fisher and The Other Woman.
The Last Wife is the third book I have read by Nicola this year. It is a fantastic read and just like when I read The Scandal, it was another sleepless night as well as I am pleased to say, another five star read! Gripped right from the start, I couldn’t turn the pages on my kindle fast enough. Everything immediately drew me in. From the striking cover, the blurb and the way Nicola is able to engage you through the prose, I knew I was going to be taken on a wild addictive ride and what a bloody great ride it is!
Nicola has crafted a well organised, page turning plot that is full of lies, secrets and deceit. Family is at the forefront and plays an important part throughout the story, although not in a warm and fuzzy kind of way, but more in the dysfunctional way. In the case of the Parkers, the only thing holding them all together is the family fortune, controlled by the matriarch who is the puppet master pulling the strings. But when the strings are severed and the family bank account is closed, the dynamics shift and the true colours of each are revealed in the most riveting of ways.
Although the majority of the characters are not likeable and I don’t think are meant to be, they are very believable and compelling, which is what I look for when reading a story and what makes them stand out over others. Told from multiple points of view, we are given a great insight into each of the characters and their back stories and how that has shaped them into the flawed people they are in the present. I really enjoyed this aspect and Nicola does a great job in conveying this. I loved how I was kept second guessing who the true villain was and when the mask was removed and the culprit was revealed, it was not who I expected it to be.
As I wrote in my recent review for Nicola’s book Long Way Home, Nicola’s writing just captivates me, engages me and draws me like no other, no matter what genre I am reading from her. She is able to make you feel part of the story and feel all of the emotions that each of the characters go through. There are not many authors that can pull this off for me but she does, so seamlessly. Having had the recent opportunity of meeting Nicola, it clicked into place as to why I feel so connected to her writing. She is as engaging as her writing, which is what comes across for me when I read her work.
The Last Wife is one hell of a read. It is wickedly twisted, highly addictive, utterly deceptive and I absolutely loved it! Of the two books that I have read now of Nicola’s in this genre, she has raised the bar from the first to this one and I can not wait to see what she comes up with next! I should have learnt from when I read The Scandal to make sure that when I start a book from Nicola that I have had plenty of sleep beforehand but the bags under the eyes and lack of coherence the next day just reinforces how much I love Nicola’s work. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Last Wife and just in case it didn’t come across in this review I highly recommend it!!
Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Nicola Marsh for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Last Wife which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
The Last Wife Blog Tour
Make sure you follow the blog tour along the way and see what these other fabulous blogger also thought of The Last Wife.
Special thank-you to Noelle Holten from Bookouture for the spot on this blog tour.
About Nicola Marsh
USA TODAY bestselling & multi-award winning author Nicola Marsh writes feel-good fiction with a twist!
She has published 68 books with Harlequin, Amazon and indie, and sold over 8 million copies worldwide. She currently writes women’s fiction/rural romance for Harper Collins Australia Mira imprint, emotional domestic suspense for Bookouture and contemporary romance for Harlequin Dare.
Her first mainstream contemporary romance, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD released to rave reviews, including a nomination for RWA’s RBY, Romantic Book of the Year. Her first indie-pubbed contemporary romance CRAZY LOVE is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller, and was nominated for an ARRA award.Her women’s fiction novel SAVING SARA with Lake Union hit the #1 kindle romance spot on Amazon UK.
Her young adult fantasy SCION OF THE SUN won a National Readers’ Choice Award for Best YA novel.
She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a RBY and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, is a multiple finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.
A physiotherapist for 13 years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two dashing young heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, barracking loudly for her beloved North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team, and her favourite, curling up with a good book!
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