Today is a very exciting post as it’s a blog tour all about this brilliant book: Nobody’s Wife by Laura Pearson. I’ve read this book quite a while ago but it’s still fresh in my mind with it’s gripping story and wonderful flawed characters…
I’ve been waiting to talk about this book for ages. I read it pretty quickly and it became the book I read when going back and forth to uni. It’s a gripping, exciting read that will keep you turning the pages… so, what’s it about? Here’s the blurb:
Emily and Josephine have always shared everything. They’re sisters, flatmates, and best friends. It’s the two of them against the world.
When Emily has the perfect wedding, and Josephine finds the perfect man, they know things will change forever. But nothing can prepare them for what, or who, one of them is willing to give up for love.
Four people. Three couples. Two sisters. One unforgivable betrayal.
From the best-selling author of Missing Pieces comes a heart-wrenching story about family, loyalty, and obsession that will have you racing to the finish.
Sounds good right? I love this synopsis because it gives literally nothing away about the book. It’s just enough to make you want to read more and that’s what I’m going to do in this review – no spoilers! It will make a much better reading experience as you will be shocked with all of the twists and turns.
I am new to Laura Pearson’s writing as I haven’t read her first book Missing Pieces but everyone has said wonderful things about that book and it’s on my radar after reading this book. I loved Pearson’s writing style and voice. Her writing is lyrical, clever, descriptive and is a forensic look into the world of marriage, family and relationships. This book is layered and layered with an interesting plot that twists and turns and interesting characters (more on that below). One of the words I associate with this book is tension. There is tension right throughout the book and some of that is loud and at the forefront but where this novel excels in is the quiet moments of tension – the things unsaid, the tension bubbling underneath the surface, waiting to pop. It’s something I really enjoyed reading. It felt not like a slow read but a cleverly plotted and beautifully written too. One of the main things I loved about this book is that it had short chapters. I’m not a fan of long chapters (depends on the book, I guess) as I like a book to have a quick pace and this book has sharp short chapters which makes you want to keep turning and turning. This book has both of those things: a cleverly written plot but with a quick and frantic pace but never loosing the root of the story.
The characters in this novel are brilliant. The four main characters (Emily, Michael, Josephine and Jack) are brilliantly written. They are rooted in truth and I think this book could have gone over-the-top and too cheesy but it didn’t. The characters are flawed and make ridiculous and stupid decisions but I think that’s what keeps you reading. You want to find out more, you want to keep turning the pages, you care about them – even Jack… I loved reading all of these characters but I loved Josephine. I felt I had the most connection with Josephine and loved her personality – she jumped from the page for me and I could see her flat, hear her voice, and more. All of these characters were brilliantly written and like I said, rooted in reality, rooted in truth, with no cliche in sight.
There are a lot of themes at play in the novel. From motherhood, marriage, relationships, sisterhood, wanting more, growing up, writing, friendship, power and control, obsession and so much more. I loved the sister relationship between Emily and Josephine in the novel. I think Pearson explores this in a great way that is layered, complex but there’s a great love throughout.
Overall, I loved this book. If you’re looking for a twisty, pacy, thrilling, heartbreaking book about the power of obsession and a real exploration of marriage and relationships, this book is for you. You will keep turning the pages as you will want to reach the thrilling conclusion… not one to be missed. I can’t wait to see what Laura writes next.
You can check out the rest of the book tour on social media here:
A big thank you to Peyton at Agora Books for the proof copy and for the spot on the blog tour – I loved it!
Author Bio: Laura Pearsonhas an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. She spent a decade living in London and working as a copywriter and editor for QVC, Expedia, Net a Porter, EE, and The Ministry of Justice. Now, she lives in Leicestershire, where she writes novels, blogs about her experience of breast cancer (www.breastcancerandbaby.com), runs The Motherload Book Club, and tries to work out how to raise her two children.
Nobody’s Wife by Laura Pearson is published by Agora Books on the 28th March 2019 in paperback and e-book.
Have you read Nobody’s Wife yet? What did you think? Or when you do, let me know what you think then!