Drama, Thriller

The Wife by Shalini Boland

I have read a few other books by the author earlier and reviewed them on this blog:

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Of the numerous thriller authors out there, few have the narrative style that I actually enjoy. I say this after three years of blogging and falling prey to the hype and reading the more popular authors. This does not mean I would not recommend a few of them, or even that they do not hold a large part of the reading public in thrall. It is just an odd thing that I like a different type of pacing and information revelations being done more subtly.

Shalini Boland is one of the authors that I have actually picked up more books of and liked reading them. They are quick reads with pretty entertainingly paranoid characters. A sense of forbidding accompanies their daily life, and they question their sanity for almost the entire narrative. This case was no different, Zoe does not recollect what happened prior to the wedding ceremony. She woke up from a faint and found her to-be in-laws looking at her with concern. Ten years have passed, and she is back at the hotel for an anniversary but being there is triggering her memory. Now, the problem here was that to me, the plot twist was glaringly apparent from a very early point. Every following confirmation did nothing to dissuade me. Usually, I am tricked, but there was no wriggle room here for that to happen.
The characters were once again unique and untrustworthy for the most part. Despite all, I did not ‘enjoy’ this book as I did others. My reaction to this is a little harsher for the sole reason that I did relish the plot twists in at least two of her previous books. I would recommend this to readers of this genre but also to not try to puzzle out the plot while reading.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this and earlier works of the author.

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