My rating: 5 of 5 stars
After the highly successful The Last Mrs. Parrish, the sister’s duo Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine have another winner in their hands. The Wife Stalker has all the staple ingredients for a doozy thriller where the reader is left stumped by the end of it all.
The 2 women Piper and Joanna thru whom the story enfolds are both unreliable narrators, the reader is left to choose the better of the two and I felt really sorry for Leo Drakos and the children Stelli and Evie who are caught in the middle of a tug of war between them.
The authors’ talent to spin a tale in a straight fashion and then flip it out completely providing a face-palm moment is incredible. Don’t believe what you see as layers upon layers are revealed for the reader to savor and be thrilled.
Joanna’s efforts to stop Piper from taking away her family may seem far-fetched at times but I loved the interactions of Joanna with her therapist Celeste where her obsession with Piper becomes evident.
A twisty and compelling thriller that is extremely hard to put down!
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Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a local yacht club. When she meets Leo Drakos, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. Yet as Piper well knows, no marriage is permanent.
Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for Leo, the charismatic man she fell in love with all those years ago, to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. Though she’s thankful when Leo returns to his charming, energetic self, paying attention again to Evie and Stelli, the children they both love beyond measure, Joanna is shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.
Piper. Leo has fallen head over heels for the flaky, New Age-y newcomer, and unrepentant and resolute, he’s more than willing to leave Joanna behind, along with everything they’ve built. Of course, he assures her, she can still see the children.
Joanna is devastated—and determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love. As she digs deeper into Piper’s past, Joanna begins to unearth disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?