The Wives by Tarryn Fisher was a provocative and slightly uncomfortable book for me. Three women, one "husband." How can I sympathize with a woman (Thursday) who chooses to marry a man who continues to live part of the time with his ex-wife and then adds a third woman (with her apparent approval)? The women live in separate homes and don't know each other, but they know of each other. Each loves "her" husband and each would prefer to have him to herself, but have agreed to the polygamous relationship.
The implicit rules are that you never meet the other wives. But what if circumstances arise that make your curiosity too powerful to resist? Interesting premise.
A coincidence provides Thursday the name of one of the other wives. Now she must seriously examine her commitment to the arrangement she agreed to.
But not all is as it seems and how reliable a narrator is Thursday?
In the end, I didn't care much for The Wives. The first half was intriguing, but for some reason, my interest dimmed in the latter half, especially since I could never quite believe in the situation and behaviors. Note: I am certainly outvoted on Goodreads. Most folks loved it.
Psychological Thriller? Dec. 30, 2019. Print length: 336 pages.
In 2018, I read two books by Gretta Mulrooney and enjoyed them, so when NetGalley offered the first in a new series by Mulrooney, I was pleased.
DI Siv Drummond, still grieving over the loss of her husband, finally decides to get back to work. Her new job thrusts her immediately into a double murder, and she hopes she is ready.
A photo of a child left on one of the bodies provides the only clue. The killer left no other evidence for Siv and her team to work with. The interviews with the husband of the murdered woman and and her coworkers leave questions and quite a few interviews are interspersed with lies or omissions.
In much the same way as the previous books I've read in Mulrooney's other series, These Little Lies focuses on the investigation, the interviews, the lies and deceptions. Mulrooney also begins developing the characters that will carry into the next Siv Drummond book--a nice beginning to a new series.
Police Procedural. Nov. 5, 2019. Print length: 284 pages.
Dark Crimes (DI Sophie Allen #1). I read Silent Crimes by Michael Hambling and liked it, so I went back and picked up the first book in the series.
A young woman is murdered on her way home from work, and the autopsy reveals evidence of past abuse. Initially, the case seems straight-forward, but when the victim's mother is discovered murdered in her home, the investigation becomes more complicated.
Sophie Allen is an unusual main character because she is happily married, supportive of her team, clever and insightful, lacking in the flaws that often accompany the protagonist in this genre. How good she is may be a tad overdone in this first book in the series, but otherwise, the plot and characters were well done.
Police Procedural. 2013. Print length: 281 pages.
Silent Crimes is the eighth book in Michael Hambling's series, but the first book I read--after reading it, I picked up Dark Crimes, the first book. And yes, I'll be catching up on the other books when I can.
Silent Crimes works well as a stand-alone. Jade Allen, DCI Sophie Allen's daughter, has been keeping an eye on a homeless man and his dog. When the man doesn't show up for several days, she seeks him out in a wooded area where he sometimes camped--and finds his body.
Other than his first name, Jade knows little about the man. There is no identification on him, and the police have a difficult time even finding his surname much less a motive for his murder. However, someone had been around asking about a tramp fitting his description before he disappeared. Who was he trying to avoid and why?
Piecing together the man's identity and background and why he left a profitable job to live off the grid is a slow process for Sophie Allen's team, but eventually a connection is made to a former commune and a missing woman.
My favorite kind of mystery is the gradual unraveling of information, and Michael Hambling does this well. While waiting for the next book, I can catch up on previous entries in the series.
Police Procedural. Oct. 30, 2019. Print length: 229 pages.