Teresa is unhappily married with a monosyllabic teenaged son and a mother with dementia. She harbours secret feelings for her colleague Stephen, a widower ready to look for love again. But his daughter Maya is devastated by the thought of her mother being replaced…
His Hidden Wife is an interesting mystery. What really happened to Maya’s mum? What is the romantic history between Teresa and Stephen? There are hints that the death of Stephen’s wife may not have been what Maya has been led to believe. Plus there is the almost obsessive dynamic to his relationship with Teresa although he seems oblivious to her feelings.
The book is written through two perspectives: Teresa and Maya. This gives us insights into their thoughts and feelings as well as their views on the events of the book. I felt a lot of sympathy for both women as both struggle with their current life, dreaming of change and what might have been.
Teresa has been in love with Stephen for years and hopes to escape her unhappy homelife. However, we find out from Maya’s perspective that Stephen has actually found someone else. Maya has given up her chance to go to university in order to stay with her dad and feels betrayed that he has found someone to replace her mum. She is also jealous that he is getting a second chance while her life is on hold.
The uncertainty and confusion for Maya is effectively conveyed to the reader and an almost darkness permeates the book. I had plenty of guesses all of which proved wrong! The ending of the book kept me guessing with more twists up until the very last page.
His Hidden Wife was an enjoyable and engaging mystery with strong thriller elements.
I have prevously reviewed The Bride, We Were Sisters, and What She Saw by Wendy Clarke.