Monday, January 13, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway: The Other Mrs.

Introduction by Melissa Amster

As you may already know, I really enjoy Book Coffee Happy. It's one of the blogs I frequent regularly. When I found out that Jenny Share is a Mary Kubica fan (like myself), I asked her if she'd like to do a joint review at one of our blogs. She readily accepted my offer, and now here we are! I hope you will check out Jenny's blog soon, as it's so much fun. She not only talks about books, but she also gets personal with her readers. She has inspired me to do the same, so watch for a new column series right here! In the meantime, see what we both thought of Mary's latest novel, The Other Mrs. and enter to win a copy, thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications.

She tried to run, but she can’t escape the other Mrs.

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light. (Courtesy of Amazon.)

Melissa Amster:

I have two words that sum up The Other Mrs.: Deliciously creepy.

I couldn't put this novel down because I just had to know what would happen. I was trying to guess at various aspects of the story and ended up being completely floored by what actually happened. I didn't see that coming at all. I was so nervous for both Sadie and Mouse throughout the story. This is Mary Kubica's most intense novel to date and is on par with Don't You Cry for my favorite of everything she has written. It was very clever and well thought out. I already can't wait for her next novel!

I am curious as to how it will be made into a movie, as Netflix already has the rights to it. (I'm wondering the same about Sometimes I Lie being made into a TV series.) Here are some casting suggestions, in case they need them:

Sadie: Michelle Monaghan
Will: Daniel Gillies
Imogen: Ella Bleu Travolta
Fake Mom: Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

Jenny Share:

My name is Jenny and I'm the blogger behind Book Coffee Happy. I'm so excited to be guest posting on Chick Lit Central today!

Before I ever began writing my own blog, I loved reading Chick Lit Central and dreamed of the day when I would write my own book blog. About 16 months ago I took the plunge and Book Coffee Happy was born! Writing my blog has proven to be such a wonderful experience and I'm so thankful every day that I decided to follow my heart. Book Coffee Happy is a place where I review books, lead book discussions, and host book giveaways. Bits of my personal life get sprinkled in there as well :) I'm a former elementary school teacher and am currently a Stay at Home Mom, Wife, PTO President, and lover of all things books and coffee :)

I was ecstatic when Melissa reached out to see if I would be interested in joining her in a special side by side review of Mary Kubica's newest psychological thriller, The Other Mrs. I LOVE Mary Kubica and felt extremely fortunate to get my hands on an advance readers copy of her newest book before it's official release date (2/18/20).

It goes without saying that Mary Kubica is an absolute MASTERMIND at her craft. The writing in this book was amazing. The character development, the intricate storylines, the details...everything.

Admittedly this isn't my favorite book Mary Kubica has written due to the sheer amount of storylines and characters. So. Many. Storylines. all noteworthy psychological thrillers do...each character and each storyline all came together so brilliantly at the end.

This would be a perfect book to read in a short amount of time. I read it over the course of a few weeks and because of the vast amount of characters and storylines, it made remembering everything a bit difficult.

As each story was unfolding, I couldn't help but try to figure out how each would eventually get tied up (and I NEVER DO THAT). I probably thought of at least five different theories of how all of this was going to end and I'm happy to report that I was 100 percent wrong on every single theory :) The way everything tied together at the end completely blew me away! How does Mary Kubica even THINK of endings like that?!? Brilliant.

My heart was pounding throughout the last 100 or so pages and I couldn't put it down. That

Would I recommend this book? Yes! Would I recommend possibly creating a chart with characters and storylines to help you keep everything straight while you are reading? Yes! Would I recommend setting aside a large chunk of time to read those last heart pounding 100 pages all in one sitting? YES!

Thank you so much for having me today, Melissa. Collaborating with you on this has been such fun :)

I would so love to get to know each of you and would love to have you follow my blog, Book Coffee Happy! You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram (I'm obsessed with Instastories), and Twitter.

Happy New Year to all of you! May your 2020 be filled with lots of love, lots of smiles, and lots of books :)



Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications for the book in exchange for an honest review and for sharing a copy with our readers.

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JeanneK said...

Wow! This story sounds riveting and I’d totally love to read and review it. I haven’t had a chance to read any of Mary’s books yet, but I hear great things about her writing and this would be a great place to start.

Burma Turner said...

The Good Girl is my very favorite of her books. It was absolutely amazing!

Donna Shaw said...

DON'T YOU CRY and EVERY LAST LIE are my far. I'm looking forward to reading this book too.

Peggy Russo said...

The Good Girl is my favorite Mary Kubica book but I also really liked Don't You Cry.

Linda May said...

She's a Newbie to me. Thanks for your great generosity.

Cherisse said...

New author to me. Thanks for the chance!

Nancy Payette said...

New author for me. I would start with The Good Girl.

traveler said...

I have read all of this author's captivating novels. She is extremely creative and talented. My favorite one is Every Last lie.

Tatum Rangel said...

I've only read "When The Lights Go Out," but I do want to read more of her work. :)

R's Rue said...

Thank you for the opportunity.

Linda Kish said...

I think I have a copy of The Good Girl so that sounds like a good place to start.

Kelley B said...

I am a newbie reader.

Mary Preston said...

No favorite yet.

rbooth43 said...

Love Mary Kubica's books! So loved The Good Girl! Thanks for the chance!💕

diannekc said...

The Good Girl is my favorite.

Tracy Wirick said...

I would love to start with this one! 😀

John Smith said...

I don't think I've read any Kubica yet! Thank you for tell us about this intense Kubica thriller!

Lori Thomas said...

She`s new to me. I`d start w/this book.

Danamichele84 said...

She’s a new author to me

Donamae Kutska said...

She's new to me the good girl sounds interesting

bn100 said...

The Good Girl

Grandma Cootie said...

The Other Mrs.

Carla S. said...

When The Lights Go Out

Lelandlee said...

The Good Girl

Xia Lee said...

Don't You Cry.

Bookapotamus said...

LOVE her books so much! Very excited for this one!