I’m sharing my thoughts on the new novel by Sarah Pinborough, Dead to Her on my blog today.
When Marcie met Jason Maddox, she couldn’t believe her luck. Becoming Jason’s second wife catapulted her into the elite world of high society. But underneath the polite, old money manners, she knows she’ll always be an outsider, and her hard-won life hangs by a thread.
Then Jason’s widowed boss brings back a new wife from his trip to London. Young, beautiful, reckless – nobody can take their eyes off Keisha. Including Jason.
Something you can never, ever undo…
Marcie refuses to be replaced so easily. People would kill for her life of luxury. What will Marcie do to keep it?
Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough is a dark, tense read that pulls you in right from the first page. I was instantly intrigued by the characters, especially when Keisha, the new wife of a successful, recently widowed businessman, makes an appearance. It’s fair to say that she certainly turns a few heads when she makes her first appearance, and she particularly intrigues Marcie. Marcie is the wife of Jason, an employee of Keisha’s new husband, William. Marcie also knows what it’s like to be in Keisha’s shoes. She too is the second wife, and it does seem to her that she is living in the shadow of Jason’s former partner. She can see just how infatuated Jason has become with Keisha and she is desperate not to lose him and the wealthy lifestyle she has since become accustomed to.
I found Sarah’s writing so addictive, and there is a real sense of foreboding as we get to learn more about the characters in this book. You begin to see the true side of Keisha as the plot develops, and this kept me turning the pages as I was never sure how things were going to turn out for her. I kept imagining that she had a grand scheme up her sleeve that would rock the foundations of her new marriage.
The darkness in this novel creeps up on you as the novel progresses. I wouldn’t say that this is a fast-paced novel, but I loved the way how Sarah pulled me into the story. You can feel the tension growing between Jason and Marcie as she becomes concerned that his attention is beginning to drift. I really don’t want to give anything of what happens next away, but the book took a completely unexpected turn; it surprises Marcie just as much as well. The twist is a dangerous one for the characters involved and heightened the tension even more.
The characters in this book all seem to be walking on eggshells. I didn’t find any of them particularly likeable, but I wanted to know what was going to happen to them. To me, it seemed they were all playing their own game, and I couldn’t wait to see how this was going to unfold. I mentioned earlier that I wanted to know how things were going to work out between Keisha and William. Would William start to see Keisha as the person she really is?
If you’re looking for a book that is wildly entertaining but also dark and mysterious, then this is the book for you. I still need to catch up on Sarah Pinborough’s second novel, which I’ll definitely be doing soon.
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication date: 4th June 2020
Print length: 416 pages
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