Cassie is a high flying lawyer while her former rockstar husband stays at home with their baby. Their marriage is rocked when he is accused of murdering a woman that may have been his mistress. Cassie defends him in court but is she fooling herself…?
The Good Wife is a wonderful mix of psychological thriller, murder mystery and courtroom drama.
Cassie and Theo’s marriage started off as a whirlwind romance but they have settled into domesticity. While Cassie works, Theo cares for their daughter and meets a nanny Elise at the playground one fateful day. Their fledgling friendship ends in murder as Elise is killed at Theo’s studio and he instantly becomes the prime suspect.
I loved the emotional turmoil that Cassie faces. She really doesn’t know if she can trust her husband yet she decides to defend him in court. The evidence against him mounts up and she is forced to accept the threat to her marriage as well as her career.
The book is written from Cassie’s first person perspective in the present and Theo in the past. His view shows us how Elise kept pushing for more and he resisted. Could he finally have snapped to save his marriage? There are also hints about Cassie and Elise’s teen friendship as well as other secrets which may impact on events as well. The ending was a little predictable but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
There is a powerful theme which runs through the book about gender roles within a marriage and surrounding parenthood. Cassie feels like a failure for being a working mum and is worried about the bond with her daughter. Theo is seen as almost exotic by the other mums at the playground which shows how society judges men and women even in modern times.
The Good Wife is a tense and dramatic psychological thriller with strong narrators.
Title: The Good Wife
Author: Ellery Kane
Pub date: Oct 25th 2022
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My husband has been accused of something terrible. But what I’m about to do is much worse…
I’m sick to my stomach when I hear about the young woman found dead outside my husband’s music studio the night of our wedding anniversary. She and Theo were close, so when the police knock on the door as our daughter sleeps peacefully upstairs, I think they’re just trying to rule him out. But then I see the panicked look in his eyes…
“That’s not possible. I just saw her—”. I watch my perfect husband freeze. Just moments earlier, he had told the cops he hadn’t seen her. Why is he changing his story?
Most women would leave him—take their child and run for the hills. But I won’t. Theo and I have been together a long time. I know his secrets. And he knows mine… well, most of them. I’m the best lawyer in this town and I’m his only chance. I will defend him, whatever the cost.
As the police begin to pick apart our relationship, they don’t paint a pretty picture, and even some of our so-called friends begin to tell stories. My whole life has been a lie.
Can I really trust the man I love?
And when push comes to shove, can he trust me?
Fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Housemaid will love this spine-tinglingly tense psychological thriller with a mind-blowing twist!
Forensic psychologist by day, novelist by night, Ellery Kane has been writing–professionally and creatively–for as long as she can remember. Just like many of her main characters, Ellery loves to ask why, which is the reason she became a psychologist in the first place. Real life really is stranger than fiction, and Ellery’s writing is often inspired by her day job. Evaluating violent criminals and treating trauma victims, she has gained a unique perspective on the past and its indelible influence on the individual. And she’s heard her fair share of real life thrillers.
Ellery lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, a picturesque setting that provides the backdrop for many of her novels. If you don’t find Ellery interviewing murderers behind prison walls or pecking away at her latest novel, she is probably at the gym landing a solid jab-cross to a punching bag; riding bicycles with her special someone; or enjoying a movie the old-fashioned way–at the theater with popcorn and Milk Duds.
Ellery was previously selected as one of ten semifinalists in the MasterClass James Patterson Co-Author Competition, and she recently signed a three book deal with Bookouture for her new Rockwell and Decker mystery thriller series. The first book is scheduled for release in 2020.
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