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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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The Girl Who Lived

There are so many ways to read books these days, especially when those ways are free! I rent most of my Kindle books from the library (you can read through the Kindle app on any device – smartphone, tablet/iPad, or actual Kindle) but can also get them through Amazon. Prime Reading is a completely free way if you have a Prime membership and Kindle Unlimited is another way if you want to pay a little more. I had a free trial of Kindle Unlimited for a while, but found that I still mostly got books from the library, so I didn’t want to pay for it. But if you have the patience to browse through Prime Reading options you can find some good ones!

The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson is on Prime Reading and was such a quick read. I did enjoy it, but I may have enjoyed it more because the book before was not very good. So the bar was a little low. But I still think it was good overall! If you like trying to figure out who did it, this is a book for you.

Faith’s sister was murdered in front of her after they walked into the scene of her father, best friend, and best friend’s mother having been murdered. Somehow she escaped. The murderer and his accomplice, who she saw, got away after the police decided her father had committed the murder-suicide. And Faith’s life spiraled into a struggle with drugs, alcohol, anger, and an obsession with finding the murderers. Most of the story takes place days before the 10 year anniversary of the murders, when Faith is released from a mental hospital.

Overall, the story is great and every few chapters you think someone else did it or is involved. It definitely keeps you guessing. My only complaint is that even for someone who experienced a very traumatic event, Faith’s actions are very stupid. It’s understandable that she has trouble trusting people, but some of the things she does, whether drunk or not, are just a little unbelievable. I think the author tries to justify this at the end by making it vague whether Faith actually suffers from mental illness or not. But overall, I wanted to keep reading and find out who done it! If you like psychological thrillers, I recommend. And it doesn’t drag out at all. Enjoy!