I’m honored to be an official stop on the blog tour for The Last Wife by Karen Hamilton. If you aren’t familiar with Karen Hamilton, her first book, The Perfect Girlfriend was a Sunday Times Bestseller and a real page turner. You can check out my review of that one here.
As you can see, her titles are fairly basic. Except when you read her books, they take on a different meaning. They’re ironic. But it makes what seems ordinary, really so much more fun. Hamilton’s first book was mind boggling, and The Last Wife didn’t disappoint.
I’d love to call the characters unbelievable, but sadly, I think these types of people really do exist. Maybe that’s what most terrifying of all!
From the Publisher:
Two women. A dying wish. And a web of lies that will bring their world crashing down.
Nina and Marie were best friends—until Nina was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Before she died, Nina asked Marie to fulfill her final wishes.
But her mistake was in thinking Marie was someone she could trust.
What Nina didn’t know was that Marie always wanted her beautiful life, and that Marie has an agenda of her own. She’ll do anything to get what she wants.
Marie thinks she can keep her promise to her friend’s family on her own terms. But what she doesn’t know is that Nina was hiding explosive secrets of her own…
I can’t imaging having to watch your best friend die. Especially when your whole life, or as long as you’ve remembered, you were jealous of that friend and her life. This is the situation that Marie finds herself in. She’s always felt she is her best self around Nina and she spends all of her time wishing her life was more like Nina’s.
So when Nina is diagnosed with skin cancer and slowly starts fading, Marie is there. She is there to take care of her kids, cook meals, help Nina, offer comfort to her husband. She’s so available to help Nina in fact that she forgets to tend to her own partner and her job.
Fast forward six months, she’s basically living Nina’s life. And people aren’t happy. They are talking. And can you blame them? But Marie, so desperate to be Nina, keeps digging a deeper and deeper hole for herself.
Ever heard the phrase, “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence?” The Last Wife acts as a cautionary tale of what happens when you actually get what you want.
Hamilton does an amazing job getting inside the head of what we might refer to as a “psycho” or a woman who is obsessed with love and having what she thinks other people have. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a domestic thriller with some subtle twists and turns. Because nothing is as it seems.
Special thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out July 7. Get your copy!