TWO DEAD WIVES
publication date December 26, 2023
About the book
Lost. Missing. Murdered? How do you find a woman who didn’t exist?
It’s a case that has gripped a nation: A woman with a shocking secret is missing, presumed dead. And her two husbands are suspects in her murder.
DCI Clements knows the dark side of human nature and that love can make people do treacherous things. You can’t presume anything when it comes to crimes of the heart. Until a body is found, this scandalous and sad case remains wide open.
Stacie Jones lives a quiet life in a small village, nursed by her father as she recovers from illness, and shielded from any news of the outside world. But their reclusive life is about to be shattered.
How are these families linked, and can any of them ever rebuild their lives in the wake of tragedy?
This one really had my guessing through the first half. A woman home again for medical treatment and a dead bigamist wife. How could these two tales possibly be related. I did figure about a good bit of the ending, but still enjoyed the journey. It’s been long enough that the COVID setting didn’t touch on any nerves. While this is listed as book 2 in the DCI Clements series, I read the first book and didn’t make the connection until I read the author’s note at the end. So this can easily be read as a stand alone book.
While I am not sure I liked any of the characters (nor did I dislike them), I was immediately drawn into the story. Seeing both husbands and the boys reeling from the revelation their wife was a bigamist and also murdered. I was pleased I did get some insight into why the wife would choose a second husband.
I like how the two stories came together and that the author took such care at the start. No loose strings were left dangling and while I had to suspend reality a little in this one, I enjoyed the read.
About the author:
Adele Parks was born in North Yorkshire. She is the author of twenty-one bestselling novels. Over four million UK copies of her work have been sold, and her books have been translated into thirty-one different languages. Adele’s recent Sunday Times number one bestsellers Lies, Lies, Lies and Just My Luck were short-listed for the British Book Awards and have been optioned for development for TV. She is an ambassador of the National Literacy Trust and The Reading Agency, two charities that promote literacy in the UK. She is a judge for the Costa Book Awards. Adele has lived in Botswana, Italy and London and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey. In 2022 she was awarded an MBE for services to literature.