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The Other Wife

I have been working my way through a pretty heavy nonfiction book for book club, so I needed a quick, easy read to jump into for breaks from the nonfiction. Especially since I’m now behind schedule to meet my reading goal for the year. It’s so nice to be able to jump onto Prime Reading and quickly find books to sync to my Kindle (or the Kindle app on any device you have)!

To be honest, I did not like the first book I read by Claire McGowan, What You Did. But this one seemed to have better reviews so I gave it a shot. The Other Wife was definitely better thought out, had more mystery and suspense. One wife is cheating on her husband and is now pregnant. Another wife is now a widow. Their paths become crossed but not for the reason you may think and their relationship becomes complicated fast. Both have secrets to hide and different reasons to protect themselves against the other. There were not really any characters – except maybe one – who was truly likeable. I don’t usually like that in a book or any media, but for some reason it didn’t really bother me in this book.

Definitely check it out – it’s free for the Kindle app or device if you have Prime! And it’s a very quick read. Enjoy!


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What You Did

I got a new Kindle for my birthday (thanks babe!) and got 3 months of Kindle Unlimited. Free books! I didn’t have a whole lot of time to browse but downloaded a couple that popped up right away. I’m not sure what this was based on but they both seemed fairly accurate to my tastes: one thriller/mystery and one historical fiction.

What You Did by Claire McGowan left me with very torn feelings. It was definitely intense but I honestly wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. The main storyline is one that is an intense topic to cover – sexual assault – so I feel like I maybe just could’t really relate to any of the characters.

A reunion for 6 university friends quickly takes a turn for the worse when one of the women, Karen, was attacked by one of the men. I don’t want to get too graphic but by attack I mean in the most horrifying way without being killed. She accuses Mike, the husband of her best friend and the guy who she has been having an affair with for years. This eventually leads to Mike being stabbed by Karen’s son and Karen’s daughter trying to take her life.

This book covered every topic that you never want to deal with or even think about: sexual assault, attempted murder, affairs, attempted suicide, infertility, and lots and lots of lies. I think it was a little much for one storyline. It was a quick read so it at least didn’t drag on too much. Give it a read if you enjoy intense and uncomfortable topics and hopefully you enjoy!