Our main character (who is incidentally, never named) is left living alone in her magnificent clifftop home (aptly named Cliffside), when her husband Juan is killed in a tragic accident not long after they’d moved in. The house is a stunning glass structure, built far away from its closest neighbours and the nearest stores. Anyone else would probably feel quite vulnerable living out there by themselves … so isolated. But not our protagonist. She adores this house, and having no close friends to speak of and a chilly relationship with her family in England, she has sworn that she is never leaving this house that her husband bought for her, even if he’s no longer there to share it.
But then a number of events occur that make her feel less secure than she previously did. She feels like someone is watching her; someone who might mean to do her harm. Mysteriously at around the same time, she meets a set of triplets walking in the woods near the house. They’re in their late teens and they tell her that they were the previous owners of the house she now lives in (well, their mother owned it, and they lived there). They ask if they can come and re-visit their old home and she willingly agrees, glad of the company. And from here on out, things start to go a bit pear-shaped!
It’s obvious to the reader that all is not what it appears to be. The triplets who at first seem innocent and guileless, are very clearly not! The current owner of Cliffside finds herself becoming more and more reliant on her new-found friends and as the lies and the twists become more and more absurd, it becomes a breathless race to the finish to discover (or maybe uncover?) what exactly is going on here.
Ok, I’m going to be very honest … this is a really far-fetched story! But you know what … it’s FICTION!! And sometimes in order to enjoy a really great piece of fiction, one needs to suspend belief and just ‘go with it’. From the very first page, this is full of suspense and drama, with that ominous undercurrent that keeps you reading late into the night because you just cannot put it down, and you want to know what’s next! With unlikable characters, and a wholly unreliable narrator thrown into the mix, the entire story becomes even more intriguing. For me one of the most interesting things about this book was that the main character remains anonymous throughout – you never learn her name. I found that incredibly unique, and it added to the overall chilling tone.
This is a 4-star read that will have you on the edge of your seat … just remember to breathe! Thank you to Bookouture for inviting me on the blog tour. Take a look at what other book bloggers are saying about The Wife’s House …
Arianne Richmonde is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the psychological thriller, THE WIFE’S HOUSE (released by Bookouture Aug 24, 2020) and suspense and romance. Her Pearl series has sold more than half a million copies worldwide. Her stories are always character-driven and full of unexpected twists and turns.
When not writing about the passions and fragilities of human nature, she loves to spend time with her husband and their animals, including a femme fatale Husky with one blue eye and one golden eye. Arianne’s a chocaholic and sometimes sneaks off to sunny, exotic locations, all in the name of research.
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