Monday, 23 March 2015

His Other Life by Beth Thomas

His Other Life
By Beth Thomas
Published by Avon Books (12 March 2015)
ISBN: 978-0007544837

Publisher's description
He was hiding a terrible secret…

Grace's new husband Adam seems like the perfect package. Good looking, great job, completely charming - almost too good to be true …

So when Adam suddenly disappear from Grace's life, she is left bewildered and heartbroken. And with a lot of unanswered questions.

As she tries desperately to find him, Grace opens a Pandora's Box of secrets and lies - and starts to learn that Adam wasn't so perfect after all.

What shameful secrets was her husband hiding? Is Grace in danger? And can she survive the truth? However terrible it may be...

My verdict
Reading the synopsis of His Other Life, I was expecting a psychological thriller. But this book is actually more chick lit (as suggested by the eye-catching cover) than a serious read.

When her husband Adam disappears on their first wedding anniversary, Grace realises that she has been viewing him through rose-tinted glasses. Her marriage hasn't been as perfect as she thought and she actually knows nothing about Adam's past. You would expect Grace to be suspicious about Adam's secretive behaviour, but she is incredibly naive and immature. When Adam disappears, she doesn't act like a worried or grieving wife, but tries to continue with life as normal (including visits down the pub). She starts to search for her missing husband with the help of a childhood friend, although the police are also conducting an investigation.

Overall, the book is well written and entertaining, although it's a little predictable. The author has made astute observations in her writing, making people and places come alive.

His Other Life isn't a novel to take seriously and the synopsis may be a little misleading. If you love dark psychological thrillers, then this probably won't be a book for you. But if you enjoy something light and fluffy with some romance and suspense thrown in, then this would make an ideal summer holiday read.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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