Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day The Second Marriage by Jess Ryder, published by Bookouture.
‘They’re lying,’ my little stepson whispers, his blue eyes shining with tears as I tuck him into bed for the first time. ‘They think I’ve forgotten, but I remember everything. I know my mummy is still alive.’
My best friend warned me that it was too soon to marry Edward, a widower with an adorable but troubled little boy. She said we were moving too fast. But all I could see was a kind, loving man, struggling with grief, who needed my help.
Yet as storm clouds gather above our small wedding ceremony, my hopes and dreams fall apart. None of my husband’s family turn up to support us. Instead of a honeymoon, we have a quiet night in. My wedding bouquet is placed on his first wife’s grave. And then my new stepson tells me he’s sure his mother is still alive.
What does Noah remember and why is his father trying to make him forget? Have I been completely wrong about my husband? What happened to the woman who came before me, and how far will he go to stop me finding out the truth?
An utterly unputdownable, gripping, twisty psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Before I Go To Sleep, The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.
“He said she was dead…But you know different…”
I have throughly enjoyed each of the books I have read from Jess Ryder and The Second Marriage is no exception. Its strong plot and fast pace makes it a quick read, it is well written and its characters are brought to life so well, they jump off the page. I found myself caught in a twisty ride looking for the answers to questions raised, not knowing who I could I trust.
In a genre where we are lucky to be spoiled with so many choices to read, I was curious to see how Jess Ryder’s spin on this trope was going to stand out above others. To my surprise, the secret ingredient (and its unanimous from a number of reviews I have read), was a lead character at the helm who is strong, stands up for herself and isn’t submissive in any way, which I found to be so refreshing and what makes The Second Marriage all the more enjoyable.
Thank you to Jess Ryder, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Second Marriage, 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.
The Second Marriage Books on Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about The Second Marriage. Thank you to Bookouture for my spot on the books on tour.
Let’s Get to Know Jess Ryder
Jess Ryder is the pseudonym of Jan Page, author, screenwriter, playwright and award-winning television producer.After many years working in children’s media, she has recently embarked on a life of crime. Writing, that is. So she’s very excited about the publication of her debut thriller Lie to Me. Her other big love is making pots.