Genre: Psychological Thriller, Historical Fiction
I’m so happy I decided to read The Cursed Wife! It was nothing like I expected, but I really enjoyed reading something so different and fresh. I had been wanting to read a novel by Pamela Hartshorne for years, but somehow I never did. As soon as I saw this beautiful cover, I knew this would be my first.
What makes The Cursed Wife, so different from my other reads is that it is a psychological thriller -the kind we’ve all read and enjoyed-, but set in the XVIth century! If you’re wondering how that can be possible, I can honestly tell you that it did read like a true psychological thriller, and the fact that it was a historical read made it even more enjoyable in my opinion. After all, psychopaths had it harder back then.
This novel tells the story of a woman with a secret… and what happens when the past catches up with her. You know from the start that there’s a death, but you don’t know who’s the victim or the killer, although you know who was present at the time of the murder. In The Cursed Wife we find two different perspectives and two different timelines as well. The two main characters are called Mary and Cat. Neither of them is a saint, but Cat was one of those characters that you can’t help but despise with all your heart. My god, was she manipulative! And Mary, despite everything, I kind of felt bad for her.
Both the present and the past timeline were captivating, and I really wanted to find out what exactly had happened years ago between them. The ending featured an unexpected turn of events that I didn’t see coming. And that last paragraph was so creepy that I finished the book feeling quite satisfied. Pamela Hartshorne has delivered a unique and creepy historical novel blended with the best ingredients of a modern psychological thriller.
Many thanks to the publishers for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review