The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland
Published by Adrenalin Books
Expected publication 27 April 2017
Buy the book: USA
I was given an ARC by the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
Can you ever really know the ones you love?
Anna Blackwell lives a charmed life with her husband, in a clifftop mansion overlooking the ocean. But things haven’t always been this way.
After seeing a news report about the death of a woman on the other side of the world, Anna realises that her past has caught up with her. That her greatest fear is about to come true. That it’s her turn next.
Uncover a web of lies and deceit in this chilling, twisty suspense thriller.
The man watched her hasten down the stone steps, slightly ahead of him, her bare, tanned legs lithe and slim – a combination of good genes and regular dance classes, more like a teenager than a woman in her late twenties. For a moment, he felt as though he were watching a memory, a video on his laptop of someone he used to know. He gave himself a shake and followed her.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I really enjoyed The Millionaire’s Wife. This is a solid, well written thriller. The pacing is excellent, not too fast so it feels rushed and not so slow I got bored. I wasn’t sure where the book was going to go at first until Anna’s dark secret is revealed and I knew I was going to enjoy the book. Anna is a likable character, even though her life with Will seems charmed, she earned the right to be happy after living with the darkness she did in the past. She is easy to relate to and root for. She made some bad choices and continued to do so even when her past seemed long gone but her choices are realistic and not something she deserves to pay for. Boland uses one of my favourite novel structures, time shifts between the past and present, gradually revealing what happened to Anna and why it affects current events. This works really well in this novel and the big revelation is dropped in at the exact perfect time. I liked the twists especially when Anna finds out who is helping her past threaten the present. The characters were very real and some I completely hated at times but I cared about them which shows Boland knows what she’s doing. The Millionaire’s Wife is a great thriller and I’d recommend it.