Shortly after Christmas, a message arrives at Sophie’s house, scrawled across her own round robin newsletter: HE’S GOING TO LEAVE YOU. LET’S SEE HOW SMUG YOU ARE THEN, YOU STUPID BITCH. Perhaps she should ignore it, but she ignored the last one. And the one before that. Now it’s time to take action.
But when a simple plan to identify and confront the other woman goes drastically and violently wrong, Sophie must go to extreme lengths to keep her life and her family together – while never letting on her devastating secret.
The Other Woman is the first book by Laura Wilson which I have read and I can certainly say that I’ll be looking out for more from Laura. The Other Woman makes for a compulsive read and it will keep you reading well into the night. It is taut and full of suspense. I highly recommend it to fans of psychological thrillers.
Sophie lives a comfortable, middle class lifestyle. Her husband, Leo has a successful career in the city; they have three children and a beautiful house in an idyllic setting: rural Norfolk. Life couldn’t be better. But shortly after Christmas, Sophie receives an astonishing letter from an anonymous individual, claiming that her husband is having an affair and that he is going to leave her. Sophie is distraught; as she tries to make sense of what is happening she begins to make rash decisions. And when Sophie starts making rash decisions, disaster strikes and Sophie has to learn how to deal with the consequences. But this is beyond her worst nightmares and as she tries to take control of the situation, shocking truths about her family begin to emerge. Can she ever go back to being the woman who she was before?
What I really enjoyed about The Other Woman was Laura’s taut writing and brilliant dialogue. She is a master at creating suspense and I was hooked from the first page. From the start, I didn’t particularly like her main character, Sophie; I struggled to find any sympathy for her, even as she was trying to get to the bottom of her husband’s affair. But when she was faced with a horrific situation I often asked myself how I would deal with her problems if I was in her shoes.
The pace in the novel is brilliant. As the novel progresses, Laura delves into Sophie’s mind as she tries to come to terms with what is happening to her world. It makes for an engrossing read. The final scenes of the book were some of the tensest scenes I have read in a long while. I couldn’t put the book down until I had finished.
I would definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of domestic noir thrillers. I’m looking forward to reading more from Laura in the future.
Publication date: 5th October 2017
Print length: 384 pages