The New Husband by DJ Palmer

I really enjoyed the author’s last book “Saving Meghan”, and was excited to read this one along with a friend this past weekend.

Thank you St Martins Press for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Nina Garrity learned the hard way that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman. But with Glen gone―presumably drowned while fishing on his boat―she couldn’t confront him about the affair or find closure to the life he blew apart. Now, a year and a half later, Nina has found love again and hopes she can put her shattered world back together. Simon, a widower still grieving the death of his first wife, thinks he has found his dream girl in Nina, and his charm and affections help break through to a heart hardened by betrayal. Nina’s teenage son, Connor, embraces Simon as the father he wishes his dad could have been, while her friends see a different side to him, and they aren’t afraid to use the word obsession. Nina works hard to bridge the divide that’s come between her daughter and Simon. She wants so badly to believe her life is finally getting back on track, but she’ll soon discover that the greatest danger to herself and her children are the lies people tell themselves.

Chalk this one up to a case of the I-read-too-many-thrillers…this was just so predictable. In fact, the friend I read this with decided to not even finish it. We got together and talked about the book at page 60 and realized we had the entire plot figured out. It really took until page 40 to come up with our guesses. If you don’t read thrillers or suspenseful novels often, I think you will enjoy it still. The writing is great and the chapters are short and filled with cliff-hangers – it makes for a fun evening read for those who are new to the genre. I do know people who really loved this one, but it just wasn’t for me.

2/5 Stars

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