The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica
Row Books: 2/18/20
eBook review copy; 368 pages
The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica is a highly recommended twisty psychological thriller.
Sadie and Will Foust and their
two boys, 14-year-old Otto and seven-year-old Tate, moved from
Chicago to a small town on an island in Maine. Will inherited the house from his sister after her death by suicide and
is now the guardian of his disturbed teenage niece, Imogen. Sadie is
trying to view the move as a new start after Will's affair and a
troubling incident Otto had at school in Chicago. Sadie was an emergency
room doctor in Chicago, but now she will work at the clinic on the
island; Will, a human ecology professor, accepted a teaching position on the mainland.
Their lives should be on track to get better, but Imogen's behavior
is becoming increasingly threatening and the old house is creepy. When
their neighbor, Morgan
Baines, is found dead in her home, the murder rocks their tiny
coastal island. Sadie believes Will might have started an affair
with the neighbor and is even more shocked to find that she is a
suspect, so she begins looking into the murder herself. What she begins
to uncover just increases the underlying tension.
The narrative is told through several different points-of-view. Sadie
is the main voice. Camille is a former roommate of Sadie who had an
affair with Will and is stalking them. Mouse is a six-year-old girl who
is just trying to survive life with a cruel stepmother. It is apparent
that all is not as it seems for all three points-of-view, but what is
actually the truth is elusive. The setting weighs in creating a heavy
atmospheric tension and a sense of isolation.
Kubica has created one tension-filled-throat-grabbing psychological
thriller here. It appears everyone is guilty of something and the list
of suspects is numerous because no one seems to be completely
trustworthy. I enjoyed this thriller from start to finish and it held my
attention throughout. The suspense and tension just keeps rising along
with questions about what is really the truth. I will admit I was a
little disappointed with the ultimate denouement, but the journey there
was entertaining. 4.5 stars rounded down.
My review copy was courtesy of Park