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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Widow’s Husband by Lesley Sanderson. This was released on the 21st of April, published by Bookouture.


For seven years I believed my husband was dead – until the note arrived this morning…

The day her husband Tom disappeared, Rachel’s life fell apart. Childhood sweethearts with two young children, they’d done everything together. And then, suddenly, Tom was gone. Without a word, without a note, without a single sign of where he might be, leaving Rachel to survive alone.

Now, nearly seven years later, Rachel has come to terms with life as a single mother, caring for their children who still secretly long for their father’s miraculous return.

But in his absence, Tom’s hidden life started to emerge, and Rachel has discovered things a wife should never have to. A secret life that betrayed everything Rachel thought she knew. Not knowing where he’d gone was no longer the main worry keeping her awake at night – it seemed much more likely he’d been silenced. Forever.

Until today, when – with just one month until Tom is to be declared legally dead – Rachel receives a note in handwriting she recognises with dread:

My darling, I’ve missed you so much. Give me a chance to explain. I’m coming home.

The husband she’d lost is alive.

And so are all his secrets…

A totally addictive and suspenseful thriller that will have you reading late into the night, perfect for fans of Shari Lapena, T.M. Logan and Lisa Jewell.

“She thought he was gone forever…”

Lesley Sanderson has become a go to author for me when I am in need of a great story to get lost in and forget about the outside world for a few hours. Each book I have read from her is such an enjoyable reading experience and The Widow’s Husband is no exception. I will even go as far as saying this is her best work to date!

In Sanderson’s own words, she wanted to create an “evocative novel about obsession, secrets and the blurred lines between love and lies”. She has achieved that and so much more with this story. I was completely addicted to this right from the outset and pulled into to the story unable to put it down.

Told via multiple points of view, present and past, Sanderson gives the reader a set of characters that will have you second guessing each of them. They have been masterfully created and really bring the story to life.

The Widow’s Husband is a thrilling twisty read that will have you reading long into the night. Perfectly written and plotted, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It is very entertaining and is my choice for my read of the month for April!

Thank you to Lesley Sanderson, Bookouture and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Widow’s Husband, 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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Follow the tour for these blogger’s thoughts on The Widow’s Widow. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.


Lesley attended the Curtis Brown Creative 6 month novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 The Orchid Girls (then On The Edge) was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize.

Lesley is the author pf three psychological thrillers: The Orchid Girls, The Woman at 46 Heath Street and The Leaving Party.

Lesley spends her days writing in coffee shops in Kings Cross where she lives and works as a librarian. She loves the atmosphere and eclectic mix of people in the area. Lesley discovered Patricia Highsmith as a teenager and has been hooked on psychological thrillers ever since.


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