Review: The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

cover169025-medium 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.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. 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.

I’m not quite sure where to start this review because the ending left me reeling a bit.

Mary Kubica has quickly become one of my must-read authors.  The first book of hers I read, The Good Girl, was different from what I’d been reading at the time and fully engaged me.  After that, I read When the Lights Go Out and was stunned at how much better this book was and how quickly I got sucked into it.  Beginning to see a pattern?  I hope so because The Other Mrs. honestly topped the other two by a large margin.

I thought setting the story on a small island with very limited access an intriguing one.  There’s only one way on and off the island – via ferry (or, in a pinch, water taxi) – so if you miss the boat or the weather is bad, there’s no way on or off the island.  Reminded me a bit of the old horror novels set in a creepy mansion where no one can leave.

The characters are intriguing as well.  I had a love/hate relationship with Sadie.  I liked her a lot in the beginning, got a little irritated with her in the middle, but understood her much better by the end.  Will was a little too good of a husband at times and eventually you find out why, or you think you do anyway.  Camille had me scratching my head at times, unsure of how she really fit into the picture.  However, once you figure that out, the rest of the novel goes sideways.

This author is known for her thrilling tales of suspense as well as giving you one heck of a twist at the end.  However, this time, you get a couple of really good ones that leave you wondering what the heck just happened.  The first twist, I sort of saw coming, but was still a little surprised when it was revealed.  The other big one at the end?  That floored me, but in a good way.  I was not disappointed in the least when this book ended and am eager to dive into the books on her backlist I haven’t read yet.

4.5/5

*Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

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