The Second Husband by Kate White

My friends at Wunderkind PR sent me a galley of Kate White’s latest novel: The Second Husband. This was a suspenseful read, focusing on a young woman who is just trying to live her best life and put her past behind her. But moving on with her new husband is challenging when questions from her past marriage keep popping up.

Here’s the scoop:

Recovering from the unsolved murder of her first husband, Derrick, thirtysomething Emma Hawke has built a new life with Tom, a handsome, successful, and loving widower who finally makes her feel safe again. Then one day a police detective shows up at their house on the Connecticut shore, asking questions about Derrick’s death. Emma was sure she’d been cleared in the days after the tragedy. So why is law enforcement taking another look now—and questioning the timing of her relationship with Tom? She hadn’t even met him until after Derrick’s death. 

With twists and turns all the way to the last page, this fast-paced, expertly plotted novel will have you asking that age-old question: how well do you really know the ones you love?

This was a great psychological thriller and one that was hard to put down. I really was hopeful that Emma would be able to put her past behind her and I liked the ending as it was not easy to predict.

Thank you for my ARC!

THE SECOND HUSBAND

By Kate White

HarperCollins 

June 28, 2022 /Harper Paperback; Paperback/ ISBN-13: 978-0062945457/ 368 pages$16.99

I Know You by Claire McGowan

I’m not sure how I missed this twisty thriller, but I loved it and read it through in a couple of days. I really liked the main character, Casey/Rachel, and appreciated how she was trying to put her past behind her. With lots of suspects and surprises, I liked how it all wrapped up and will definitely look for more by this author! I think this would make an awesome movie or mini series on Netflix or Hulu.

Thank you for my review galley!

Here’s the scoop:

Description

In this tense thriller from the bestselling author of What You Did and The Other Wife, a woman finds a dead body. Will she make the same mistake as last time?

When Rachel stumbles upon a body in the woods, she knows what she has to do: run. Get away. Do not be found at the scene. Last time, she didn’t know, and she ended up accused of murder. But when this victim is identified as her boyfriend’s estranged wife, Rachel realises she’s already the prime suspect.

With mounting evidence against her, Rachel’s only hope is to keep the truth about herself well hidden. Because twenty years ago she was someone else—Casey, a young nanny trying to make it as an actress in Los Angeles. When the family she worked for were brutally murdered, all the evidence pointed to her and she went to prison. Back then, she narrowly escaped the death penalty and managed to free herself on appeal. Now she’s fighting to save the life she’s spent years piecing back together.

But with her behaviour raising suspicion and the police closing in, Rachel can’t help wondering: Was her discovery in the woods really just an awful coincidence, or is someone framing her for murder? Someone who knows who she is, and wants revenge…


A Note From the Publisher

Claire McGowan was born in 1981 in a small Irish village where the most exciting thing that ever happened was some cows getting loose on the road. She is the author of The Fall, What You Did, The Other Wife, The Push and the acclaimed Paula Maguire crime series. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Eva Woods.

The Hemlock Cure by Joanne Burn

My friends at Pegasus Books sent me a galley of The Hemlock Cure and it was definitely a unique read. Oddly reminiscent of Hamnet, it tells the story of the village of Eyam during the 1600’s in England. It is beautifully written and memorable. To escape into this book is to escape into a different time.

It is 1665 and the women of Eyam village keep many secrets. Especially Isabel and Mae.

Isabel Frith, the village midwife, walks a dangerous line with her herbs and remedies. There are men in the village who speak of witchcraft, and Isabel has a past to hide. So, she tells nobody her fears about the pious, reclusive apothecary, on whom she is keeping a watchful eye.

Mae, the apothecary’s youngest daughter, dreads her father’s rage if he discovers what she keeps from him: her feelings for Rafe, Isabel’s ward, or the fact that she studies from her father’s books at night.

But others have secrets too. Secrets darker than any of them could have imagined.

When Mae makes a horrifying discovery, Isabel is the only person she can turn to. But helping Mae will place them both in unimaginable peril. Meanwhile another danger is on its way from London, one that threatens to engulf them all…

Based on the real history of an English village during the Great Plague, The Hemlock Cure is an utterly beguiling tale of fear and ambition, betrayal, self-sacrifice and the unbreakable bond between two women.

About the Author: Joanne Burn lives in the Peak District of England, where she is as a writing coach. Her first novel, Petals and Stones, was published in 2018 by Little Brown UK. The Hemlock Cure is her first novel to be published in America.

I did a little research on Eyam and found this interesting article:

https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/Why-Is-Eyam-Significant/

Thank you for my review copy!