Sunday, December 20, 2015

(87)The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell

Maya Wolfe is The Third Wife.  Her husband, Adrian, has two ex-wives and five children between them.  Maya is considerably younger than both her husband and his ex-wives and struggles to find her place in the family's unique dynamics.  After a night of drinking Maya steps off the curb into the path of an oncoming bus.  Was it an accident?  Was it suicide?  Or was it something much more sinister.  A year later the family, including Adrian,  is still trying to come to grips with her death when a young woman seeks out Adrian.  Something about Jane leads Adrian to believe she is tied to his late wife and when Adrian finds out that Maya was receiving malicious emails he is more determined than ever to track down Jane and find out what she is hiding.    Will she be able to reveal the truth about what happened that day? Was Maya's death an accident, suicide,  or murder?

The Third Wife was really a great read.  I struggled with even liking Adrian for many reasons but as the story continued he acknowledged some of those flaws.  As the story goes between past and present, it seemed like he and Maya had such a disconnect.  Maya increasingly felt like an outsider in their marriage and in their family. But it is when she started to connect with another man that I knew that her death could possibly have not been an accident.  It surprised me a bit who that other man was, but given the dysfunction in the family, I wasn't that surprised.  In the end, you would hope that Adrian would redeem himself and help the family heal,  He does a little, but I still found him quite unappealing. The setting of London during the 2012 Olympics just added the feeling that, despite everything, the Wolfe's are just a normal family.

Bottom line - even though I found Adrian to bit of a cad, I did enjoy the family drama that was The Third Wife.



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I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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