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?
I really do think I’ve read way too many psychological thrillers these past few months. So so so many, that I haven’t been surprised in quite a while, which is a pity given that that’s why I loved them in the first place. I want to fully enjoy them again, so I think I might need a break and focus on other genres for a girl. This time, though, it’s not Her Husband’s Lover fault at all. It was a thrilling and compelling book, no doubt about that. Had I read it a couple of years ago, I might’ve been mesmerized.
The book tells the story of Louisa, whose husband and children died in a mysterious accident. Lou’s husband was abusive and cheating on her with Sophie, who now holds a grudge against her and wants to make her feel guilty and pay. How can Lou prevent Sophie from destroying her life? Is there a chance that she might finally be happy?
Despite being a slightly long novel, Her Husband’s Lover never felt slow and I was always interested in what was going on. There were two main perspectives (plus a third one!) and even some flashbacks, which are always my favorite part. No change here. Reading about the beginning of Lou and Sam’s relationship was fascinating.
However, as much as I enjoyed reading this book, I can’t say I was surprised by the turn of events. In fact, I thought the author didn’t really want that, so she just slowly revealed things that we had already suspected from the beginning. But then I read other reviews… and I’m confused. Was it supposed to shock me?
Her Husband’s Lover was an immersive psychological thriller with a risky ending but, in my opinion, not real surprises along the way.