Next blog tour today is for Nobody’s Wife by Laura Pearson. Many thanks to Agora Books for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:
‘Of the four of them, only three remained. And there was no going backwards from there.’
Emily and Josephine have always shared everything. They’re sisters, flatmates, and best friends. It’s the two of them against the world.
When Emily has the perfect wedding, and Josephine finds the perfect man, they know things will change forever. But nothing can prepare them for what, or who, one of them is willing to give up for love.
Four people. Three couples. Two sisters. One unforgiveable betrayal.
What does TWG think?
Let me just put this straight out there; ‘Nobody’s Wife’ is so emotionally charged, I thought I was going to an electric shock whenever I picked up the book!
Emily and her sister, Josephine, are as thick as thieves. They have the close bond a lot of family members would dream of, yet there always seemed to be the not so typical sibling rivalry, threatening to put a spanner in their relationship.
This novel is definitely a drama filled, emotionally charged read. I thought that the concept of ‘not knowing what you want until it’s too late’, and the issue of being afraid to be true to your own feelings, was an insightful and poignant piece of writing. A lot of people, in my opinion, will no doubt be able to relate to Emily’s situation, or the emotion the author conveys throughout the storyline. However, I struggled to find what was ‘it’, if you exclude Emily’s situation, which would be pretty difficult to do as the whole book is based around the choices of two people.
There were quite a few things in the book which made my jaw drop as they seemed to come out of nowhere. You’re going to have to trust me on that opinion as I don’t want to give too much away and the shocking scenes would definitely be considered a spoiler. I was quite surprised by my reaction as I couldn’t believe how the character involved brushed the event under the carpet, despite the fact that their action is probably what led to it happening anyway. I mean, they reacted, but was it out of guilt or genuine upset? Too close to call if I’m honest.
I am on the fence with ‘Nobody’s Wife’. I appreciated the complexity of each of the relationships, and I thought the delivery of forbidden fruit was portrayed very well. It worked, it really did, but for me personally, I felt like something else was meant to have happened. I just can’t quite put my finger on what that could have even. I just know that I needed a little more than just drama.
All in all, Laura Pearson is, undeniably, an atmospheric author who brings intense situations to life with extreme ease and realism. I enjoyed having to sit and think about the storyline, and I felt that the drama in the storyline makes for such a juicy read.