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Today I am reviewing The Other Woman by Jane Isaac. This was released on the 9th of January, published by Aria Fiction.

Book Blurb

The grieving widow. The other woman. Which one is which?

When Cameron Swift is shot and killed outside his family home, DC Beth Chamberlain is appointed Family Liaison Officer. Her role is to support the family – and investigate them.

Monika, Cameron\’s partner and mother of two sons, had to be prised off his lifeless body after she discovered him. She has no idea why anyone would target Cameron.

Beth can understand Monika\’s confusion. To everyone in their affluent community, Monika and her family seemed just like any other. But then Beth gets a call.

Sara is on holiday with her daughters when she sees the news. She calls the police in the UK, outraged that no one has contacted her to let her know or offer support. After all, she and Cameron had been together for the last seven years.

Until Cameron died, Monika and Sara had no idea each other existed.

As the case unfolds, Beth discovers that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has secrets. Especially the dead…

Previously published as After He\’s Gone.

What a great start to a new series! Full of lies and deceit, mixed with police procedural, The Other Woman packs a hell of a punch that had me glued to the pages right from the get go. It is a fast paced read that is enthralling and thrilling, with an opening that chilled me to the bone. Told through great writing with a mixed bag of likeable and unlikable characters, all well developed and brought to life perfectly, The Other Woman has it all and you should add it to your 2020 reading list right now!

The grieving widow. The other woman. But which one is which? Jane has crafted a solid and intriguing plot that see’s main protagonist DC Beth Chamberlain called in to investigate and be the family liaison officer after the murder of Cameron Swift, he has been gunned down in the driveway of the home he shares with his partner Monika and their two children. However, things get strange when the police receive a call from Sara, who has just returned from holidays after finding out the horrifying news that her partner has been murdered. Sara wants to know how the police could not have told her that Cameron was dead, Cameron Swift. Well that’s awkward isn’t it? Turns out that Cameron has been a very naughty boy and has a whole other family with Sara, and their two daughters! It then soon becomes apparent as we get more insight into who Cameron is, that one of his lies may now have caught up with him and it just may have cost him his life.

I really loved the character of Beth and can’t wait to read more of her in future books. She is smart, stands up for what is right and is like a dog with a bone in ensuring justice is served. She is brought to life beautifully, however I get the feeling there could be a bit more to her that Jane is holding back and I can’t wait to learn more about her. While my heart went out to Monika and Sara, I did like how I was kept second guessing them. Both suffering the ultimate betrayal, they have the perfect motive for murder and I couldn’t wait to see how it was going to unfold once Jane brought them together. I think it is fair to say that Cameron is a giant dirt bag to do what he did to those two women and children. I must say, he has been written extremely well as the perfect villain. How he was able to keep up the pretence demonstrated that he was a very gifted sociopathic, self serving, master manipulator!

I really enjoyed the ease of Jane’s writing, I found it to be very engaging and my attention never wavered when reading this book. Jane is a new author to me and one who’s work I am so glad to have been introduced to. I instantly connected with Beth and I am now looking forward to catching up with her again in the next instalment and to see what Jane has in store for her! It was an absolute pleasure to be able to read and review The Other Woman, I highly recommend it! I can’t believe it is still only January and I feel like I have another serious contender for my top books of 2020!

Thank-you to NetGalley, Aria Fiction and Jane Isaac for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Other Woman which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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