I’ve been reading a lot of new crime/thriller releases lately, many of which have fallen into the sub category of police procedural. When done well this is a genre I really enjoy, but I have found myself craving a bit of a change on the crime fiction front. When I was lucky enough to receive Laura Wilson’s new book, The Other Woman, I was very excited. Not only did the book seem to be the answering change I was looking for, being more of a domestic thriller, but it also had an author quote from fellow crime writer Jo Spain. I recently read Spain’s new novel, Sleeping Beauties, and really enjoyed it (review here), so the fact she was describing this book as ‘stand out domestic noir . . . perfectly paced’ sounded very promising.
On the surface this thriller has a simple but effective premise. We are presented with Sophie, a wife and mother whose life appears to be completely enviable. Yet one day a message invades Sophie’s home, a message scrawled across the round robin Christmas newsletter Sophie sends out yearly; HE’S GOING TO LEAVE YOU. LETS SEE HOW SMUG YOU ARE THEN, YOU STUPID BITCH. Sophie could ignore the letter, if it wasn’t for the small fact that she’s already done nothing about the one before this, or the one before that. Desperate for answers, Sophie risks it all to gain access to the truth, stumbling along on a path which soon turns horrible wrong. All in all, a pretty sound and intriguing premise!