The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft Book Review @elle_croft @orion_crime

The Guilty Wife: A thrilling psychological suspense with twists and turns that grip you to the very last page by [Croft, Elle]

Source: Purchased Copy


I’m guilty of many things.

Bethany Reston is happily married. But she’s also having an affair with a famous client.

And no one can ever know.

But I’m innocent of murder.

When Bethany’s lover is brutally murdered, she has to hide her grief from everyone.

But someone knows her secret. And then one day the threats begin.

With an ever-growing pile of evidence pointing to her as the murderer, the only way she can protect her secrets is to prove her innocence. And that means tracking down a killer.


With Elle Croft’s latest book, The Other Sister hitting the shelves next week, I thought it was high time that I got round to reading her first novel The Guilty Wife. I decided to listen to the audiobook, and whilst I was listening in the car en route to and from work, I didn’t want my journey to end; it’s not often that I find myself thinking that I would be quite happy to be stuck in traffic. Perhaps listening to audiobooks during my commute is the way to go in future. Elle Croft’s plot is so terrifying. I wanted to know what the outcome for her lead character, Bethany was going to be.

Bethany is a character who you will become invested in. At the beginning of the novel we learn that she is having an affair, so perhaps this doesn’t paint her in the best light, and I didn’t care very much about her because of this. But as the story takes a darker turn, my opinion towards her changed and I was completely on her side for the rest of the book.

I really felt frustration quite a few times as I was reading and this was down to Elle Croft’s brilliant characters who kept me gripped, there was a time when I actually shouted with anger when one revelation dropped. I was questioning the possible motives of every character in the book, and this was what made the novel so enjoyable. I wanted to work out the answers, I wanted to know why this was happening to Bethany and who could be behind the terrible events that were taking place. And Elle Croft delivered a satisfying but very chilling ending.

After reading her first novel, I’m now excited to read her next. The Guilty Wife is a taut and a very well plotted psychological thriller that has many secrets to keep the reader enthralled. I have absolutely no hesitation in giving it five stars.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 1st December 2017

Print length: 321 pages