Good evening lovelies, it’s over to Dave tonight for his thoughts on Julia Crouch’s latest novel, Her Husband’s Lover.
Here’s the blurb . . .
A woman has to stop her rival from ruining her life in HER HUSBAND’S LOVER, the stunning new novel from the acclaimed Julia Crouch. ‘Psychological thrillers don’t come much better than this’ Claire Mackintosh
She stole her husband. Now she wants to take her life.
After the horrors of the past, Louisa Williams is desperate to make a clean start.
Her husband Sam is dead. Her children, too, are gone, victims of the car accident in which he died.
Sam said that she would never get away from him. That he would hound her to death if she tried to leave. Louisa never thought that he would want to harm their children though.
But then she never thought that he would betray her with a woman like Sophie.
And now Sophie is determined to take all that Louisa has left. She wants to destroy her reputation and to take what she thinks is owed her – the life she would have had if Sam had lived.
Her husband’s lover wants to take her life. The only question is will Louisa let her?
Dave’s thoughts . . .
Blimey, what an extraordinary and indulgent read this is! I am honestly blown away with this one, an immensely good piece of psychological thriller writing.
This genre is flooded at the moment, but this book to me, rises above many others.
This book is special for many reasons. Firstly, I love Julia’s writing style. It’s sharp, engaging and she certainly knows how to plot a tremendous story. The book flows from chapter to chapter with excellent dialogue and a great deal of quirkiness splashed in. All this makes for a real and exiting page-turner. At some points I thought there wasn’t much going on, but in the back of my mind the plot was creeping up and I never knew when a moment was going to make my jaw drop, but it did, on many occasions, I just never saw them coming.
The two female characters, Louise (Lou) and Sophie are brilliant. They are both on the edge of neuroticism but in completely different ways. This makes for a very interesting and toxic relationship as the story progresses and they can become very scary at some points. All the characters are very believable and I found myself very absorbed with them all. Their interaction, personalities and realism is a credit to the author.
Overall, this is a cracker. One that will stay with me for quite a while.
I don’t have even have to think about giving this 5/5 stars. Brilliant!!
Well Dave, I’m certainly adding this to the TBR! If it’s got you wanting to read it too, you can pre-order Her Husband’s Lover now ready for publication on the 26th January over at Amazon UK or Amazon US
About the author . . .
Julia Crouch grew up in Cambridge and studied Drama at Bristol University. She spent ten years working as a theatre director and playwright, then, after a spell of teaching, she somehow became a successful graphic and website designer, a career she followed for another decade while raising her three children. An MA in sequential illustration re-awoke her love of narrative and a couple of Open University creative writing courses brought it to the fore.
Cuckoo, her first novel, emerged as a very rough draft during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2008. A year’s editing got it ready for submission to an agent and within a couple of months she had a book deal with Headline and had given up the day job.
Every Vow You Break, her second novel, was published in March 2012, and Tarnished, her third, came out in 2013. She is also published in Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Brazil and China.
She works in a shed at the bottom of the Brighton house she shares with her husband, the actor and playwright Tim Crouch, their three children, two cats called Keith and Sandra, and about twelve guitars. She is a self-confessed geek and fights a daily battle to resist tinkering with the code on her website, which can be found at http://www.juliacrouch.co.uk.