The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica, 4 Stars

Mary Kubica was the author of the very first book I reviewed on the Women in Trouble Book Blog. And I was fresh off my super fan experience of having met her at my local library. Because she totally lives in my town. And people I’m friends with are friends with her. It’s so 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon.

And now she’s back with another one! And while her last book was not my favorite, The Other Mrs. is getting all kinds of kudos from a bunch of my other favorite authors:

“Kubica ratchets up tension and intrigue in The Other Mrs. Her salacious, thoroughly mysterious characters bear the qualities we all crave in a thriller—seductive, seemingly unknowable, and altogether unpredictable.” —Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Widow

“In The Other Mrs., Mary Kubica weaves a labyrinth of deception and family secrets, each one more shocking than the last, with an ending that left me thunderstruck. If you have any doubts Mary Kubica is a master of the genre, this book will change your mind.” —Samantha Downing, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

“THE OTHER MRS. is Mary Kubica’s best book yet—which is saying a lot! I tore through the twisty, spine-tinglingly creepy pages.” —Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of An Anonymous Girl

From the Publisher:

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. It’s their eerie old home, with its decrepit decor and creepy attic, which they inherited from Will’s sister after she died unexpectedly. It’s Will’s disturbed teenage niece Imogen, with her dark and threatening presence. And it’s the troubling past that continues to wear at the seams of their family.

As the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of Morgan’s death. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

My Review:

The Other Mrs. is told from the point of view of three characters, Camille, Sadie and Mouse. Sadie is the main character. She lives with Will and her two smallish children in her late sister-in-law’s house with her niece, Imogene, who is a dark, sulky teen. But who can really blame her, she’s just lost her mother to suicide.

Sadie and Will have moved their family up to Massachusetts to look out for Imogene, but there’s another reason they left Chicago. Something happened there. Sadie and Will are looking for a new start, even if it includes moving in with a teen girl who might actually murder them in their sleep.

Then their neighbor, Morgan, is actually found murdered in her house. The community is terrified, everyone is a suspect. Will had at least met Morgan, but Sadie never had. Or had she? And how do Camille and Mouse relate to the story?

Kubica loads this one up with twists and turns. And even though one big twist to some was clear to me pretty early on, I still found myself surprised and intrigued by this one. It’s classic Kubica and definitely a good book for fans of all those authors that praised Kubica – Karen Slaughter, Sarah Pekkanen, and Samantha Downing. And really for anyone that’s a fan of suspense.

Special thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley for an e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out February 18, 2020. Get your copy:


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