Book Review: Her Husband’s Lover by Julia Crouch

Her Husband's LoverShe stole her husband. Now she wants to take her life.

After the horrors of the past, Louisa Williams is desperate to make a clean start. Her husband Sam is dead. Her children, too, are gone, victims of the car accident in which he died. 

Sam said that she would never get away from him. That he would hound her to death if she tried to leave. Louisa never thought that he would want to harm their children though. 

But then she never thought that he would betray her with a woman like Sophie. And now Sophie is determined to take all that Louisa has left. She wants to destroy her reputation and to take what she thinks is owed her – the life she would have had if Sam had lived.

Her husband’s lover wants to take her life. The only question is will Louisa let her? (From 

Published January 26th 2017 by Headline

Well. I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting when I first began reading Her Husband’s Lover. Yes, it’s a psychological thriller/domestic noir and so by it’s very nature I wasn’t expecting all to be as it first appears, it quickly became apparent once I started reading that the author was taking me in a completely different direction to the one I thought I was going. 

Her Husband’s Lover begins with a horrific car accident and introduces us to Louisa, at once a sympathetic and tragic character. However, using flashbacks to the past, grains of another truth are slowly revealed. The chapter’s switch between Now and then, giving the reader two versions of the reality they know and the events that lead into it. I really liked this, it was like a picture was built up and then block by block, knocked back down. I absolutely loved the character development of Louisa throughout the book,there’s many layers and twists to her and just when you think you know her, something else comes along to make you think again. 

As well as chapters from Louisa’s past and present there’s a third narrative, that of Sophie – bitter and bent on revenge. She’s an equally complex character although, and It’s difficult to explain without giving away too much of the plot, but I never felt I fully understood her, even by the end of the book. Perhaps though the intention was to keep her as somewhat an enigma…or maybe it was just me. 

Her Husband’s Lover is a dark tale of infidelity and toxic marriage, with a cast of characters driven by betrayal, manipulation, revenge and jealousy. With every twist and turn, the author manages to shake the reader’s own emotions, sympathy and trust in her characters culminating in one big explosive ending. If I had one more minor niggle, it would be that despite being a very large book, the ending when it came seemed abrupt, leaving me with questions as well as answers. Minor quibbles aside, Her Husband’s Lover is cleverly written and intricately woven story which had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath often. I’d recommend it. 

(I read an advanced readers copy from the Amazon Vine Programme)

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