Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza to celebrate publication day for The Wife’s Revenge by Deirdre Palmer!
About the book
Sometimes the lie is safer than the truth.
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?
The Wife’s Revenge is a fabulous psychological suspense slash domestic noir mystery which I thoroughly enjoyed.
I found Fran to be a three-dimensional believable character, caught in a web of her own making but desperately trying to put things right and behind her. Despite her problems, she is a sympathetic character and goes to show that clearly no one is perfect.
I like the dual narrative device and the tension builds well, from the captivating opening, throughout the gripping story, right up to its excellent ending.
The book is cleverly-plotted and well-paced and I absolutely thought I knew where the story was going but was wrong! I love that. 🙂
Regardless of the direction of your suspicions, the journey is an engrossing and enjoyable one and I would definitely read more in this genre from Deirdre Palmer.
With thanks to the publishers for my copy of The Wife’s Revenge and to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the blog tour.
About the author
I live in Brighton with my husband and a tabby cat called Chester. After a career in public sector admin, most recently at the University of Brighton, it was time to stop dreaming about being a writer and actually do something about it! Fast forward to the present, and now I’m both traditionally published and self-published, with five women’s fiction novels under my own name, and five ‘cosy’ reads, writing as Zara Thorne. I’ve also published a book of short stories, most of which were previously published in The People’s Friend magazine. The Wife’s Revenge is my first foray into the psychological suspense genre. Website | Facebook | Twitter