Karen Hamilton: The Last Wife

This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review The Last Wife.


Two women. A dying wish. And a web of lies that will bring their world crashing down.

Nina and Marie were best friends-until Nina was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Before she died, Nina asked Marie to fulfill her final wishes.

But her mistake was in thinking Marie was someone she could trust.

What Nina didn’t know was that Marie always wanted her beautiful life, and that Marie has an agenda of her own. She’ll do anything to get what she wants.

Marie thinks she can keep her promise to her friend’s family on her own terms. But what she doesn’t know is that Nina was hiding explosive secrets of her own…


From the beginning of The Last Wife, it is clear that there are so many questions to answer and so many issues to resolve, and I was instantly hooked, wanting to know where this novel would go. This is a book that worked really well in the stave format as each stave revealed something new and kept me hanging on for the next one! It has so many layers and is brilliantly plotted to make it all come together in a fabulous way.

I knew from reading Hamilton’s first novel, The Perfect Girlfriend, that she is brilliant at creating characters, and The Last Wife is no different. I love an unreliable narrator, and Marie is certainly one of these, as I had to second guess everything she told us! None of the characters are likeable (except the children and the dog) but they all got under my skin as I tried to work out all their ulterior motives.

Whilst the pace is never particularly slow, it certainly picks up in the last few chapters as the tension rises. I was really keen to know how everything would be resolved for these characters and I did not expect that the novel would end in the way it did.

The Last Wife is available from Amazon.


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