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Today I am reviewing His Hidden Wife by Wendy Clarke. This was released on the 4th of February, published by Bookouture.

Book Blurb

Everyone in town said it was a mercy that she remembered so little. But there are some things Maya has never forgotten: that her mother was beautiful and kind, and she loved Maya very much. It’s what her father Stephen always tells her, about his perfect wife.

Years later, Maya still lives with her father in their cliffside home. Thankful for all the sacrifices he has made for her, she never pushes to find out what happened the night he lost the woman he loved. Even when she hears the whispers in town about him, and what they say he’s done.

But then Stephen introduces Maya to his new girlfriend Amy, and Maya starts to feel uneasy. With her soft dark hair and big blue eyes, Amy looks just like Maya’s mother. The more time they spend together the more Maya notices just how similar they are. And the tune Amy hums whilst cleaning the dishes is the same lullaby Maya’s mother sang to her when she was a little girl…

A thrilling and twisty tale, His Hidden Wife will keep you up all night, desperate to race through to its final conclusion. Readers of Gone Girl, The Couple Next Door and Lisa Jewell will be hooked.

A child should never have to lose a parent and for Maya, the little that she remembers of that tragic day her mother Cheryl died, is a small blessing. But years later when her father brings home his new girlfriend Amy, Maya’s world is turned upside down. For Amy, looks like her mother and with the same mannerisms, throws Maya into a spin. Her mother fell to her death off the cliff that day. Didn’t she?

I really enjoyed this story and it is another great addition to Wendy Clarke’s growing bibliography. It immediately pulled me into its drama and had me caught up in the mystery. You really don’t know who you can trust and as the story progresses, how it is all going to unfold and come together.

I loved the setting, a fictitious village in Dorset, where Maya and her father live in a remote house cliffside overlooking the sea. It really adds to the chilling and sinister tone of the story and enhanced its darkness all the more.

While this is slow burn, it is also a thrilling ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It has been well researched and actually has me very intrigued to read more on some of the psychological studies that are mentioned, although I can’t say anymore on this without giving anything away.

Wendy Clarke is a natural born storyteller and knows how to get her readers attention. They are always well written with great characterisation and are just also a joy to read. She knows her audience and is such an exciting voice in the psychological thriller genre.

His Hidden Wife is an enthralling and suspenseful tale that will keep you up flicking those pages long into the early hours. Another great read from Wendy Clarke and as always, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with for us next. It was a pleasure to read and review His Hidden Wife, which I recommend.

Thank you to Wendy Clarke, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of His Hidden Wife, 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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