Published June 9th 2015 by Atria Books
This book is hard to categorize. Is it chick-lit, family drama, suspense, maybe a bit of a psychological thriller? Whatever genre you fit it into, it will still be a great story.
Adrian is a serial husband. He has two families and this is his third wife. Are they going to have a child? Do they want to add to his ever growing family? But then, Maya, his third wife dies. Was it a suicide? Was it an accident? Did someone push her in front of the bus? When Adrian’s son finds a folder of hate emails on her computer, the waters get muddied and Adrien sets out on a quest to get to the bottom of the mystery.
At first I thought that this family was too good to be true. Adrian and his two previous wives, Susie and Caroline, their five children, and his third wife Maya, all seem to have a cohesive relationship that is hard to believe. Three women, all having been married to the same man getting along so well? I can understand the siblings getting along, but do they really? Who is sending the hate emails to Maya? It has to be someone close to the family because they know too much. And then who is Jane? This stranger that comes to check out Maya’s cat to see if she wants to bring it home. She appears to be stalking the family, but why? As we learn more about Adrian, his children and ex-wives, we learn that all is not as it seems. The children are troubled, the wives a bit jealous and Maya was not as happy as it seemed.
I enjoyed this story, never knowing exactly where it was going. As I said earlier, is it a mystery? How does Maya really die and can Adrian learn to live without another wife and family? This was not my first Lisa Jewell book and it won’t be my last. I enjoyed the journey this story took and I recommend it to lovers of twisty stories.
About the Book (From Goodreads): In the early hours of a summer morning, a young woman steps into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide?
At the center of this puzzle is Adrian Wolfe, a successful architect and grief-stricken widower, who, a year after his third wife’s death, begins to investigate the cause. As Adrian looks back on their brief but seemingly happy marriage, disturbing secrets begin to surface. The divorces from his two previous wives had been amicable, or so it seemed; his children, all five of them, were resilient as ever, or so he thought. But something, or someone, must have pushed Maya over the edge…
With psychological nuance that gets into the heart of its characters, The Third Wife is a gripping story about a man seeking the truth behind his seemingly perfect marriage and the broken pieces left behind.
About the Author: Lisa was born in London in 1968. Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art & Design studying Fashion Illustration and Communication.
She worked for the fashion chain Warehouse for three years as a PR assistant and then for Thomas Pink, the Jermyn Street shirt company for four years as a receptionist and PA. She started her first novel, Ralph’s Party, for a bet in 1996. She finished it in 1997 and it was published by Penguin books in May 1998. It went on to become the best-selling debut novel of that year.
She has since written a further nine novels, as is currently at work on her eleventh.
She now lives in an innermost part of north London with her husband Jascha, an IT consultant, her daughters, Amelie and Evie and her silver tabbies, Jack and Milly.