May 27, 2019

Book Review: The Ex-Wife by Jess Ryde

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone …

Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen. But can she trust her? And do either of them really know the man they married?

There are a couple of big twists in The Ex-Wife- which I did see coming.  This doesn't make me a genius since I was surprised by a plot development stated in the synopsis.  Forgetful, what can I say.  

Natasha starts out as a doormat, basically, which irritated me.  Kinda dumb and kinda helpless, plus she got her current man while he was still married.  So I did not have a lot of sympathy for her.  She seemed to get blind-sided a little too easily and then later on when things got squirelly, she did a lot of mental gymnastics - which only helped the plot, not her.  

However, The Ex-Wifewas compelling enough that I did not throw it aside in disgust.  On the contrary, I kept turning the pages with excited dread, thinking, "How bad can this get?" Natasha and the novel redeem themselves and the ending, especially the last chapter, gave me a long-awaited sense of satisfaction.  

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