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My Other Husband: the heart-stopping new novel from the queen of the big reveal

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She falls for him and at first they are very happy together, but Heath isn't who he appears to be and his behaviour becomes out of control and his jealousy increases. The characterisation is excellent even those who are unlikeable are well portrayed and you gasp at some of the dialogue with the racist and sexist comments that Cleo is on the receiving end of especially in her career. Rating: Thank you to the publishers for a free advanced copy and the goodies in the photo below in exchange for an honest review. I have read several of Dorothy Koomson's other novels, including The Ice Cream Girls, The Brighton Mermaid and Tell Me Your Secret, and this novel, My Other Husband is just as good.

Like the other Dorothy Koomson novels I’ve read ( The Brighton Mermaid and I Know What You’ve Done), My Other Husband is mainly set in Brighton where the author lives. We know that Cleo is choosing to implode her own life, which seems to be going well, and we find out why through chapters dispersed throughout the current timeline that provide us the background that leads to her current situation. I really liked that although this was clearly set after covid the mentions of covid felt natural and it wasn’t a main plot point but was just referred to in passing as a fact of life.Once I had finished this course, I was going to make sure I had all the tools to start and finish a book. All the words, no matter how pretty, no matter how clever, if they don’t come from the heart, they mean nothing. Dorothy Koomson always knows how to pull her readers into a storyline and keep you completely wrapped up in the protagonist’s lives.

We then go further back in time to 1996 to her days as a student at Leeds University where she becomes best friends with Trina.

It must have been difficult to make the transition from 'chick lit' to thriller but the gorgeous Ms Koomson did it with style!

When I finally reached the end, I reread it and it occurred to me that it needed a slower start to get to know the characters properly and take it all in. This book is a masterclass in perfectly-timed plot reveals, 3D characters and a very clever what-can-possibly-happen-next atmosphere that keeps you turning those pages. Her published titles include: Tell Me Your Secret, The Brighton Mermaid, The Friend, When I Was Invisible, That Girl From Nowhere, The Flavours of Love, The Woman He Loved Before, Goodnight, Beautiful and The Chocolate Run. None of the characters were likeable, the story took an age to get going, and the ending was both unbelievable (not in a good way) and disappointing. As the reader gets to know more about modern-day Cleo, we are also taken back twenty-five years to when Cleo was a university student.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Usually, this would be a positive for me as I prefer to be shocked than for a story to go down the obvious route, but I did feel slightly let down when a new twist came into play. So this is first for my with this author but I've heard lots of great things about her so when I got the offer of an early read I thought I'd take the opportunity to see what all the fuss is about and I can now completely understand why she is so highly rated.

There is plenty of tension and suspenseful moments and some well thought out plot twists as it builds to a very good ending. Proudly announcing that TEA BOOKS is new Serbian publisher of Dorothy Koomson :) I fell in love with Dorothy's writing with her book "My Best Friend's Girl" and I became her first Serbian editor. I was absolutely delighted to learn that Dorothy Koomson, one of my top ten, or quite possibly even my top five favourite authors had written a new novel. Dorothy Koomson has always been one of my favourite authors - I have absolutely loved every single one I have read, and this one didn't disappoint. I certainly couldn’t predict how the story would eventually play out, anyway, and it constantly took me by surprise, so this was such a great reading experience for me overall.

Overall, it was a really good read and if you like the slow simmering burner style of books then this one is for you. This is the kind of mystery, though, where you want the main character to contact the police at multiple points, which she does not do, so the plot can plod along.

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