The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine

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Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a local yacht club. When she meets Leo Drakos, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. Yet as Piper well knows, no marriage is permanent.

Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for Leo, the charismatic man she fell in love with all those years ago, to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. Though she’s thankful when Leo returns to his charming, energetic self, paying attention again to Evie and Stelli, the children they both love beyond measure, Joanna is shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.

Piper. Leo has fallen head over heels for the flaky, New Age-y newcomer, and unrepentant and resolute, he’s more than willing to leave Joanna behind, along with everything they’ve built. Of course, he assures her, she can still see the children.

Joanna is devastated—and determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love. As she digs deeper into Piper’s past, Joanna begins to unearth disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?

*****

Thank you Harper Books for my advanced copy of The Wife Stalker, in exchange for my honest review.  This title publishes May 19, 2020.

When I heard this writing duo was releasing another book, I knew I had to read it.  I absolutely LOVED their debut, The Last Mrs. Parrish.

If you are looking for a fast-paced and quick popcorn thriller – this is your book.  I read it fairly quickly and found it entertaining.

The story is told in alternating POVs and there was A LOT of drama and moments of WTF, but I felt it was a bit rushed and we didn’t really get to the root of all the problems that were unfolding.  I felt the story needed a bit more backdrop in terms of explanation and setting the stage for what’s to come among the characters.

Despite being a slower burn, the book picked up steam toward the end when the big twist was revealed.  This duo has definitely mastered the craft of big reveals – and shocking ones at that!

The twist really got me and kept me reading as I was told by other readers it was coming and it would be GOOD.  And it sure was.  I was completely shocked by where the story turned and thought it was very clever.  It completely brought things full circle and made me appreciate the story in retrospect.

Despite some minor shortfalls, I did enjoy reading and would recommend picking this one up if you are looking for a quick and light suspense, it will definitely keep you entertained.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Happy Reading,
The Reading Beauty

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