The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
One early April morning, Adrian's young wife, Maya, falls into the path of a bus and dies. Adrian, who saw their life and marriage as perfect, is devastated. To him, Maya was happy, even as she dealt with Adrian's two ex-wives and the five children he shared between them. It's only when Adrian puts up an ad to potentially re-home Maya's cat that he starts to realize that perhaps everything wasn't as perfect for Maya (or himself) as he thought.
So, I think when I requested this book from Netgalley (who gave me a copy in return for an unbiased review), I thought it was a real mystery. My own fault for reading through too quickly. One guy, three wives, one dead. Whatever. It's not a true mystery per se, but a fairly engaging tale of a man trying to figure out his life after the death of his wife. We hear the story from various viewpoints -- not just Adrian's -- and timelines, including hearing from Maya before her death. As such, Jewell lets us slowly piece together what led up to Maya's bus accident.
Overall, this was an interesting read and rather suspenseful at times. It lagged a little in the middle, but picked up at the end. Adrian is a bit of a clueless dope at times, but I enjoyed the passages from Maya. Jewell does a very good job of conveying how a marriage isn't always what it seems - even to the two people actually within the marriage. I thought the ending tied things up a little too easily, but still enjoyed the novel. I will definitely try some of Jewell's other books.
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