Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth


Title: The Younger Wife
Author: Sally Hepworth
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: April 5, 2022

A heart surgeon at the top of his field, Stephen Aston is getting married again. But first he must divorce his current wife, even though she can no longer speak for herself.

Tully and Rachel Aston look upon their father’s fiancée, Heather, as nothing but an interloper. Heather is younger than both of them. Clearly, she’s after their father’s money.

With their mother in a precarious position, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family’s secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is.

Heather has secrets of her own. Will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous impulses in all of them?

The Younger Wife has 3 main characters and voices: Tully, Rachel, and Heather. 

Heather met Stephen Aston when she was hired to redesign his home. The first day she meets Stephen and his wife Pam she realizes Pam is not all there. Pam has advanced dementia and a few months later, Stephen makes the tough call to put her in a nursing home. The more time Heather spends with him the more she likes him. Without realizing it, she falls for him. Then they become an item and Stephen proposes. Just one little detail, he is still married to Pam.

As for Stephen's two daughters, Tully and Rachel both love their parents and they visit their mom at the nursing home regularly. The daughters have kept secrets from each other and their parents. Tully steals things she doesn't need and her husband made a bad investment and she is losing her home while Rachel stopped dating when she was sixteen and now binge eats under stress. Their lives become more chaotic when their father makes them meet Heather who is actually younger than them. They can't believe their dad is divorcing their mother and getting remarried!

To makes matter worse, Pam starts saying things about their father that don't make sense. Is what Pam is saying true or is it her dementia that is causing her behavior?

I want to recommend the audio version. You have to listen to it! It's so well done. The book is narrated by Barrie Kreinik, Caroline Lee, Jessica Douglas-Henry and Zoe Carides. I couldn't stop myself from doing one more chapter despite arriving at my destination. The voices of Tully, Rachel, and Heather were perfectly accomplished. I believe the way they were portrayed made me like them more. On paper, I don't think I would have liked Tully that much but with the audio, I did.

I enjoyed The Younger Wife despite the ending being a little vague. 

Would I read her next book? Heck yeah!

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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