ShortBookandScribes #BookReview – My Husband’s Killer by Laura Marshall
My Husband’s Killer by Laura Marshall will be published tomorrow (29th November) by Sphere in hardcover, eBook and audiobook. My thanks to Becky Hunter for sending me a proof for review purposes.
Three couples. One murder. A holiday to die for . . .
We arrived at a villa on the Amalfi Coast, ready to enjoy a sun-soaked weekend with our oldest friends – and one new face.
By the end of the weekend, my husband is found dead.
But how can I mourn him, when on the day of his funeral I discover he was having an affair?
The only suspects are the women we went on holiday with. My oldest, closest friends.
Do I really want to dig into my husband’s secret? Do I really want to know who betrayed me?
And as I start to unravel their secrets . . . do I really believe his death was an accident?
My Husband’s Killer has the feel of a locked room mystery but the ‘room’ is actually a remote villa on the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. Liz and Andrew are there with their friends for a weekend birthday celebration for Saffie’s new boyfriend, Todd. The problem for Andrew is that Saffie’s ex-partner is his best friend, Owen, and so there’s a conflict of loyalties from the off. By the end of the weekend Andrew is dead and on the day of his funeral Liz discovers something shocking that leads her to believe her husband was cheating on her.
I’d describe this book as a domestic noir. It’s very much about the friendships that Liz believes may have been compromised. The only person Andrew can have been having an affair with were on the weekend away so which of their friends has betrayed Liz?
We see what happens on the weekend away from multiple perspectives, which sets the scene, and then the second half of the book is about what happens afterwards which was the more pacy section of the book for me. I had a tiny suspicion about the conclusion which proved right, but even then Laura Marshall managed to add a little extra sting to the tale.
This is a twisty thriller which asks: if you can’t trust your best friends who can you trust? I enjoyed reading it.
Laura Marshall is the bestselling author of three psychological thrillers. Her debut novel, Friend Request, was a Kindle No.1 and Sunday Times bestseller, with over half a million copies sold in the UK. Laura’s books have sold in twenty-four territories around the globe.
She grew up in Wiltshire, studied English at the University of Sussex and currently lives in Kent with her family.
For more information visit Laura’s website www.lauramarshall.co.uk or find her at www.facebook.com/lauramarshallauthor or on Twitter @laurajm8.