The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

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A woman finds a letter written by her husband which contains a secret that threatens to tear their lives apart.

I picked this one up after reading and enjoying Big Little Lies. It’s in the same vein as BLL, written from the points of view of three very different women. As their stories intersect we learn more about all three, and the husband’s secret which will eventually affect them all. I love how Liane Moriarty manages to twist the everyday lives of her three protagonists together so well. She’s an excellent storyteller, and her characters are all so real and relatable. You want to reach into the book and hug them sometimes, and slap them at other times. That makes for a great story to me. I enjoyed this one just as much as Big Little Lies.

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The Good Widow – Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

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A woman’s world is turned upside down when her husband is killed in a car crash with his girlfriend in Maui, when he was supposed to be on a business trip in Kansas.

This is one of those psychological thrillers of the ‘girl’ variety, told in first person present tense. You know the ones – something happens and the woman finds herself realising the world she thought she knew was actually all a lie, or something along those lines. Done well, these books make for riveting reading. You can’t put them down, and you get to the end thinking ‘I should have seen that coming, but I didn’t’. This was one such book. Is it the best book ever written? Nope. Did it hold my interest and keep me guessing? Yep. Did it make me want to read just one more chapter before turning out the light? You bet. If you like the ‘domestic noir’ genre, The Good Widow is a great little read.

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The Anonymous Source – A.C. Fuller

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A journalist chases a story to prove one man’s innocence and another man’s guilt, even though it may cost him his job and possibly his life.

This was a very well written, fast-paced thriller with great characters and an interesting story. Set with 9/11 as a backdrop, the action continued across time and the country and I found myself not wanting to put it down. I enjoyed getting to know Alex and his associates as they struggled to figure out what was going on and who to believe. A great new series to add to my reading list.

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Body Double – Tess Gerritsen

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Rizzoli and Isles investigate when the identical twin sister Dr Isles never knew she had turns up dead on her doorstep.

This is the fourth in the series, and I’m really enjoying them. They’re getting better as they go along, with the friendship between the two main characters slowly developing. Rizzoli is heavily pregnant in this one, and the focus is again on Dr Isles. Lots of interesting twists that pull together well at the end. Love this series, it’s becoming compelling reading.

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Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

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A primary school trivia night goes spectacularly wrong for a group of kindergarten parents as the lies each family tells eventually unravel and explode.

I’m late to the party on this one, but I’m glad I got there in the end. This was a fantastic story, and so well told. There wouldn’t be a single parent or friend of a parent who couldn’t relate to the goings-on at Pirriwee Public School and in the lives of the children’s parents. It’s both hilarious and heart-breaking, often in the same paragraph. Read this book. It’s brilliant.

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An Isolated Incident – Emily Maguire

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A sister is struck with grief and a journalist finds her way after the brutal small-town murder of a local woman.

This is one of the books I picked up at Adelaide Writers’ Week after hearing the author speak, and I’m glad I did. It is emotional and heart-wrenching, but it is told with such style and grace that I found myself compelled to keep reading. Yes, it’s a murder mystery, but that’s not the heart of this book. The real stories are those of Chris, the older sister struggling to cope with the grief of losing her best friend and steadying influence on her life, and May, the journalist sent down to cover the story only to find there’s a whole lot more to sensationalised reporting than she ever thought. Both of these women, from different angles, tell the story of the effects of violence on those left behind. An excellent, character-driven story that I suspect will stay with me for a while yet.

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