When I stumbled across the listing for Pevensey House I knew I had found a way for my family to be free and I didn’t hesitate. I should have, I know that now…
When Thea sees her old family home is up for sale – a beautiful old rectory in the small town where she and her childhood sweetheart, now husband, Drew, grew up – she knows she has to have it. Her parents moved her away suddenly when she was eleven, but her childhood there was filled with happy memories. Drew seems less sure, but Thea is certain it’s the perfect place to raise their two children.
But as the last boxes are unpacked, Thea can’t seem to settle. She thought the move would bring her family closer together, but Drew is getting more distant by the day. And why do old friends cross to the other side of the road when they see her coming?
Alone in the house, exploring the creaky corridors she used to cartwheel down as a young girl, Thea smiles as she slides open the loose panel she once used as a hiding place. But it only takes one look at the faded local newspaper clipping hidden inside for her world to shatter.
It’s not long before news of the scandal spreads further and the whole town turns against her. Thea’s life is in freefall as her head and her heart wrestle between taking the blame, and fighting for her innocence. She is sure of only three things: her husband has a secret, her idyllic childhood is a lie, and they never, ever should have moved back here…
This heart-wrenching and gripping family drama will have you hooked from the very first page. Perfect for anyone who loves Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
What a powerful and engrossing read!
I love this authors books of which are usually on the lighter side but this one is dark, suspenseful but oh so delightful. As a reader I couldn’t help but get caught up in the characters lives. I loved that Thea and Drew have known each other since they were children and have a strong and successful marriage. Their marriage is put under the test though when Thea finds out that Drew has been keeping something from her.
The setting couldn’t be anymore perfect for the story. A small village where everyone knows everyone else’s business and gossip spreads like wildfire. The welcome from the residents is not quite as welcoming as Thea or I for that matter, was expecting. There is definitely something a bit off which left me very intrigued as to why.
The author has created a story jam packed full of suspense. The friendship between Lauren and Tilly really captured me, making me care about these people that I was reading about. Friendship is something that comes across quite strongly with Thea, Drew and their friends from back home, Gerry and Rachel. As well as the friendship that Thea starts up with her next door neighbour.
My Husband’s Lie is a real page turner of a story. The authors writing consumed me whilst I lost myself into the story. There is a fair amount of drama which is filled to the brim with secrets and lies. My blood was boiling with the narrow mindedness of some of the villagers and there were parts that had me cheering Thea on. I absolutely loved this book. An engrossing, edge of your seat read.
My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
My Husband’s Lie is available to purchase from Amazon.
After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.
After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea.
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