I have gotten super into thrillers lately.
Especially if there’s some kind of stalking and murder going on. What is with that? Is it like a macabre sort of research thing? Is it self-preservation? Education? Anyway, psychoanalyse that later. When Ellie from The Wandering Quinn recommended The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft a bunch of times on Instagram & Twitter, I had to take a look – and I’m glad I did.
Elle Croft is a blogger writing about books, travel and life in London. Her first novel in the form of the gripping thriller The Guilty Wife is an amazing debut and I’m not being paid to say that – I honestly hadn’t heard of Elle’s blog before I researched the book and she doesn’t know me from a bar of soap.
So nothing but honesty here.
The Guilty Wife follows Bethany Reston, a London-based photographer, as she navigates a dangerous life in the aftermath of her adulterous lover’s murder (that’s not a spoiler, it literally tells you that in the blurb). Stalked by her lover’s killer, scared into silence and forced to suspect everyone (including her husband) Bethany becomes a shell of her former self as she desperately tries to unveil who the killer is before it’s too late.
The big problem I normally have with thriller’s is that by the time you’re nearing the end you either see the ending coming or the Big Twist is so lame you’re pissed off and don’t want to finish, and the whole thing just falls flat. This is not the case here. I don’t mean to sound like a cliche, but I was kept guessing until the very end – literally, there were so many twists and turns I didn’t know what to expect next. The Guilty Wife is genuinely engaging and gripping, regularly elevating my heartbeat and getting my eyes moving so fast, the words blurred and I had to start again.
I was so distracted thinking about who might have done it that I had to stop myself from reading it under the desk at work – something I haven’t been tempted to do since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (except I totally did read that under the desk at work, as if no one noticed). When it came to the Big Twist, it was just as my bus reached my stop so I had to turn my kindle off and walk to work, right? Wrong. I stood in the cold rain refusing to start my walk until I’d speed read the last chapter. Totally worth it.
I can’t really go into too much detail about what the book actually contains because there’s so many potential spoilers, I simply can’t! I hate reading reviews with spoilers! I’m looking at YOU anonymous Amazon customer. You know who you are.
The Guilty Wife is just good writing; it’s not an overly challenging read, but it’s written well that whatever your reading level you’re gonna enjoy this. Now that I live in London I always get a kick out of reading London-based books because I recognise all the places they talk about. BUT London is not the main character here – it’s not even a sub-character so even if you’ve never been here, it honestly doesn’t matter.
In summary: great book, accessible for all genders, races, reading abilities and ages (though I personally wouldn’t let a child read a book about murder).