The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth #BookReview @SallyHepworth @StMartinsPress #NetGalley @BaysideBookReviews #thriller #mystery #WomensFiction #NewRelease

Pub Date 05 Apr 2022
St. Martin’s Press
Mystery & Thrillers | Women’s Fiction


New from the author of The Good Sister, the breakout New York Times bestseller and “stunningly clever thriller” (People), comes Sally Hepworth’s latest novel of domestic suspense about the tangled vines of family secrets.

A heart surgeon at the top of his field, Stephen Aston is getting married again. But first he must divorce his current wife, even though she can no longer speak for herself.

Tully and Rachel Aston look upon their father’s fiancée, Heather, as nothing but an interloper. Heather is younger than both of them. Clearly, she’s after their father’s money.

With their mother in a precarious position, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the
truth about their family’s secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is.

Heather has secrets of her own. Will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous impulses
in all of them?

Adele’s Review:

Sally Hepworth’s thriller The Good Sister was one of my favorite books of 2021 and my five-star review reflected my enthusiasm for that unique, well-written story. When I had the opportunity to read and review The Younger Wife I could hardly wait to start the book. I knew great entertainment was coming my way.

Sally Hepworth delivers another compelling story with The Younger Wife. Her writing is flawless and her damaged, but relatable, characters once again take us on an emotional journey. Each woman tries to cope with her personal demons while also creating a united front to support the man they all love–a father, a husband, and husband-to-be as he prepares for his wedding to a woman half his age. No easy task for any family. But is Stephen Aston truly the loving father, husband, and beloved surgeon they all imagine? Are his needs and desires worthy of the angst they cause others? The women rally around him, despite lingering questions.

The Younger Wife kept me turning the pages until the very end–and that’s where Hepworth delivers what I consider the book’s single flaw. The author lets the reader decide the answers to the questions about Stephen. I like story endings tied up in a tight bow, explained in the same detail as the beginning and the middle of the book. The author knows the answers to these questions, and I wish she’d shared them. Despite this objection, The Younger Wife is a page turner worth reading, filled with interesting characters, and I’ll definitely be looking for Hepworth’s next novel.

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