Title: The Other Mrs
Author: Mary Kubica
Publisher: Park Row Books
Release Date: February 18, 2020
Book Source: NetGalley
“Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie.
But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.” – Amazon
The Other Mrs. begins with Will’s sister having had recently committed suicide, leaving behind her 16 year old daughter, Imogen. Will and Sadie decide moving to Maine instead of having Imogen come to Chicago would be best because they are trying to forget some horrible things that had recently happened, including Will having an affair and a bullying incident that had escalated at Otto’s school.
And that is just the beginning of a whirlwind of craziness that happens to and around their family. This book is a non-stop drama fest filled with mystery and so many questions that need answering. The Other Mrs. had me staying up late reading and turning the pages as fast as I could.
Most of the story is told between three viewpoints; Sadie, Camille, and Mouse, with Will’s voice a bit at the end. I thought that Camille was stalking Sadie, but very quickly you realize that there is something else going on. Sadie keeps having blackouts and her children are quickly coming to hate her because of things that she’s done, but refuses to admit to doing. Then you also have Imogen, who does not get along with Sadie. Is it just typical teenage feelings and anger for losing her mother, or is it something more?
Sadie starts doing some investigating of her own since a neighbor said he saw her arguing with Morgan shortly before her death. Sadie’s uncovering of information starts to make her wonder if she’s paranoid or going crazy. Throw in some distrust for her from her coworkers and others who live in the town, and you have even more pressure for Sadie to find out who killed Morgan.
The way Mary Kubica has Sadie questioning if she has a stalker, is being paranoid, is actually the killer, or is being gaslite is done masterfully. I did have a small issue towards the end with the police not holding her longer once they had an idea of what was going on with Sadie. But if she had been held, then the end of the book couldn’t have ended the way it did.
I highly recommend The Other Mrs. and could easily see this being turned into a movie since it’s so good!
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