Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I went into this book without knowing much about the plot and it made the book that much better! My Husband’s Wife was just released January 31 and I’m already looking forward to the author’s next book, Blood Sisters, coming out this summer.
The story is told from the points of view of Lily and Carla, whose lives become intertwined over a span of more than sixteen years. The two first meet as next door neighbors when Lily is a twenty something newlywed and Carla is nine years old. Lily is working on a daunting murder case that could make or break her career as a lawyer and Carla is struggling with fitting in at school. Sixteen years later, Lily and Carla are in much different places in life but become connected once again. Their reunion leads to disastrous consequences and causes both of their lives to spiral out of control.
Lily and Carla are complex characters and have many different layers to their personalities. Although Lily is in her twenties and Carla is still a child when the story begins, they are both at naive and vulnerable points in their lives. As the story progresses, Lily and Carla develop hardened exteriors and aren’t as trusting of the world as they once were.
I felt so bad for Carla as a child and the terrible bullying she endured at school. Her mother was often preoccupied with her relationship with a married man, leaving Carla feeling left out and lonely. She was taught to use her beauty to obtain the things she wanted and that the most important thing in life was finding a rich man. As Carla grows older, it’s easy to see that some of her actions are a result of the way she was raised. I’m glad the author introduced Carla’s character during her childhood so that it was easier to understand her decisions later on in life.
This was a great book that kept my interest from beginning to end. I highly recommend this one!