Originally published: 28 March 2019
Author: Laura Pearson
Published by: Agora Books
Genre: Literary Fiction
Page count: 266
Reading dates: 27-29 March 2019
Of the four of them, only three remained. And there was no going backwards from there.
Nobody’s Wife starts on Emily’s wedding day to Michael – the day is perfect and Emily and Michael move into her childhood home to start their lives together. Emily’s only real family is her sister Josephine – their mum has moved to Australia to be live with her boyfriend. The sisters have always been close, were flatmates and are best friends.
Just before the wedding, Josephine meets a new man, Jack who works in a book shop. When Emily and Michael return from their honeymoon, she introduces them to Jack and the couples start to spend time together. Jack is immediately attracted to Emily and before long it is obvious she feels the same way.
Oh my goodness – this is my first book by Laura Pearson and it was exquisite. It is a simple story, told from the viewpoints of all 4 characters and I read it with my heart in my mouth! It is a quick read but not an easy one. As the reader, I was shouting (in my head) at the characters to make different choices. There is a real skill here in writing about something quite ordinary and doing it so well. She captures all the characters beautifully, and I was able to find sympathy with them all.
At it’s heart, this novel is a study of betrayal. I really think the plot and the characters will stay with me for some time – a beautifully written, yet heart wrenching book.
Many thanks to Peyton at Agora Books for sending me a copy and for inviting me on the blog tour. Be sure to check out all the other bloggers below!
About the author:
Laura Pearson has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. She spent a decade living in London and working as a copywriter and editor for QVC, Expedia, Net a Porter, EE, and The Ministry of Justice. Now, she lives in Leicestershire, where she writes novels, blogs about her experience of breast cancer (www.breastcancerandbaby.com), runs The Motherload Book Club, and tries to work out how to raise her two children.
Excellent review! I like it when books handle multiple POVs really well and create a compelling story – it is a real testament to the author.
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It was one of those books that was just so well written and was completely compelling
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