I have read a few of Leigh Russell’s Geraldine Steele books and so was intrigued when she signed with Bloodhound Books for this latest thriller, “The Adulterer’s Wife”. Thank you to Sarah over at Bloodhound and the author for the ARC to review.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Julie is devastated to learn that her husband, Paul, is having an affair. It seems her life can’t get any worse – until she comes home to find his dead body in their bed.
When the police establish he was murdered, Julie is the obvious suspect.
To protect her son from the terrible situation, Julie sends the teenage boy to his grandparents in Edinburgh while she fights to prove her innocence.
With all the evidence pointing to her, the only way she can escape conviction is by discovering the true identity of her husband’s killer.
But who really did murder Paul?
The truth is never straightforward…
I just love a little bit of domestic noir and this is what was promised by “The Adulterer’s Wife”. Imagine finding out your husband of over 20 years has been spending his Tuesday nights with another woman? That’s exactly what happens to Julie when Paul forgets to take his phone to work and a text comes through for him…Things quickly spiral out of control and Julie finds herself in the frame for murder!
The tension crept up in this slow burning, but suspenseful plot, and left me wondering just who the hell was telling the truth in amongst the web of lies being spun. I could feel Julie’s frustration and anguish as she desperately tried to discover what really did happen to her husband that night!
Now, I am not going to lie, I struggled to connect with Julie on an emotional level, at times she kind of irritated me a little. She was a bit naive at times and I felt her to be a bit of wet blanket in her reactions. Yet at other times she took quite fearless steps in her quest to discover the truth behind her husband’s death. However, I have to admit that I do enjoy a little conflict when it comes to a character I am supposed to empathise with. At times I wanted to give her a shake and tell her to wise up a little although she certainly did more private investigating than the Private Investigator she hired! What a shady character he was! It was easy to feel her frustration as the case against her seemed to grow arms and legs and her despair at losing her son was palpable. By the end of the book I was cheering her on as she fought to clear her name and repair the relationship with her son.
Those friends of hers! Seriously hardly the bosom buddies to rely on that’s for sure! They seemed to dump her at the first sign of trouble and were hardly around to give her the moral support that she needed! She was extremely isolated in the novel and her desperation grew as everyone seemed to be turning against her. It was one of those novels where I jumped from shouting “Come on Julie, you can do it girl” to “FFS Julie, get a grip!”
Twists and turns were aplenty as the novel approached the end and I felt that this was where the action really ramped up a gear or two. Just when I thought she was working it all out another spanner was thrown in the works. A well written novel with a bubbling tension that will appeal to those who are not looking for an action packed thriller. I could see this one working well as a TV short series.
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About the author:
Leigh Russell, author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel crime series, has sold well over a million books worldwide.
Her novels have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Turkish. Reaching #1 on Kindle, her books have been selected as Best Fiction Book of the Year by the Miami Examiner, voted Best Crime Fiction Book of the Year in Crime Time, a Top Read on Eurocrime and shortlisted for the John Creasey New Blood CWA Dagger Award, long listed for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and a finalist for the People’s Book Prize.
Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English. She serves on the board of the Crime Writers Association, chairs the Debut Dagger Judges, and is a Royal Literary Fellow