Happy Publication Day to Deirdre Palmer! I’m pleased to be helping the author celebrate the publication of The Wife’s Revenge. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the blog blitz and for my copy of the book via the publisher.
Sometimes the lie is safer than the truth.l7
Fran made the biggest mistake of her life when she had an affair with Ben. Both families live in the village of Oakheart; their children are friends. Fran’s guilt shadows her days. But it’s no more than she deserves, or is it? At least she’s managed to protect her husband, Hector, from the harsh truth.
But for how long?
Tessa has left her troubles in the past and now has the perfect life. Ben might have his faults, but his life has not been easy. They need each other, and Tessa will do whatever it takes to eliminate any threats to her marriage.
Threats from women like Fran.
A cliff overlooks a disused chalk-pit. The locals call it High Heaven. It’s a place of secrets. And it’s where Oakheart newcomer Maria died. When Fran discovers a link between Maria and Ben, disturbing questions arise to which she has no way of knowing the answers.
Faced with an ultimatum from Tessa, time is running out for Fran. She’s scared, every minute of every day.
But where does the real danger lie?
When I first read the blurb for The Wife’s Revenge it appeared quite complicated, with a lot of characters to get my head around But I needn’t have worried. There are lot of characters, but each one is perfectly crafted and Palmer creates such wonderful scenes of domesticity that are brilliantly observed, that I was quickly sucked into their lives and really wanted to know how their situations played out.
The chapters are narrated by both Tessa and Fran, who often hold different views on the same event. This meant my opinion changed very quickly as to who was telling the truth and who I was able to trust. The rollercoaster this created made The Wife’s Revenge a very entertaining novel.
As the story develops, Fran starts to receive unexpected gifts and messages. These become gradually more sinister as the novel progressed, building tension bit by bit at a perfect pace. When the characters reach breaking point, there is so much tension that I was hanging by a thread to my seat!
The Wife’s Revenge is available from Amazon.