Memories Get Muddled Over Time – An ARC review of “The Wife” by Shalini Boland

A word of advice: Do not begin reading “The Wife” at or near your bedtime. If you do, I guarantee you’ll read straight through the night. This psychological thriller by Shalini Boland has some crazy twists and turns that’ll keep you off balance all the way to the end. This gripping tale unfolds in two timelines over a ten year period. The protagonist is Zoe and she considers her life as Toby’s wife to be as close to idyllic as is possible. She’s still enamored with her thoughtful, considerate and loving husband and they’re planning a ten year anniversary party at the same hotel where they were married. But returning to the hotel triggers Zoe’s wedding day memories which have always been murky and clouded by having fainted just prior to the ceremony. Some say that we forget only those events we don’t wish to remember. After reading this spellbinding tale I’m convinced of the truth in that statement. Maybe its an unconscious attempt at self-preservation?

With the anniversary party preparations in motion, a series of events unfold that have Zoe questioning her role as Toby’s wife, her friendships and her family, as her world is turned topsy turvy. What secret is Toby hiding and why? Is he having an affair with his sister-in-law? And why has her sister Dina stayed away for ten long years? Most women want to be able to fondly recall the events of their wedding day and in that respect Zoe is no different. Which brings to mind another adage: Be careful what you wish for.

Shalini Boland has penned a chilling tale that will grab you and take off like a speeding train. So hang on for a wild ride! Five stars.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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A hair-raising read

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