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Sophie is acting on an accusation received by post She is trying to control things But it all turns awry The telling of is story is very well done A very entertaining thriller which had me hooked from the very start. A really excellent addition to the ranks of Domestic Noir here from Laura Wilson, a writer whose previous novels I have also loved she just does characters so well, layering in little gems of motivation and influence, the kind that affects us all.In this a husband is suspected of an affair after some rather nasty poison pen letters unfortunately things go rather awry, what follows is a twisted yet authentic tale, a true family drama with added oomph that keeps you involved all the way to i A really excellent addition to the ranks of Domestic Noir here from Laura Wilson, a writer whose previous novels I have also loved she just does characters so well, layering in little gems of motivation and influence, the kind that affects us all.In this a husband is suspected of an affair after some rather nasty poison pen letters unfortunately things go rather awry, what follows is a twisted yet authentic tale, a true family drama with added oomph that keeps you involved all the way to it s brilliantly placed conclusion.Managing to avoid the most obvious outcomes and therefore giving a genuinely unpredictable read which of course is a huge plus, The Other Woman is a fast and often thought provoking read that I have no problem highly recommending.Bring onis what I say In the depths of rural Norfolk live Sophie and Leo Hamilton and two of their three children Poppy and Zac are typical opinionated teenagers, given to surliness, selfishness and tiresome arguments, whilst Archie is away at university Life is perfect Or is it No indeedy, it is not Bad Things are about to happen.Sophie has the nauseating habit of sending all her friends and acquaintances well over one hundred and fifty of them a round Robin letter at Christmas One of them is sickened b In the depths of rural Norfolk live Sophie and Leo Hamilton and two of their three children Poppy and Zac are typical opinionated teenagers, given to surliness, selfishness and tiresome arguments, whilst Archie is away at university Life is perfect Or is it No indeedy, it is not Bad Things are about to happen.Sophie has the nauseating habit of sending all her friends and acquaintances well over one hundred and fifty of them a round Robin letter at Christmas One of them is sickened by the arrogant display of smug self satisfaction and returns them three years in a row, with nasty messages scrawled over them The third is the most unsettling as it states that the writer is having an affair with Leo who is about to leave Sophie..at which point Sophie goes into meltdown Does she tackle Leo Of course not Instead, her imagination goes into overdrive.Surprisingly I have actually read this right through, not because of the characters, all of whom are not only unsympathetic but extremely irritating, and certainly not for the sparkling dialogue No, I read this right through because it is an absolute farce from beginning to end Everything that happens is so over the top preposterous, from the teenagers who interrogate Sophie over just about everything, to the dog walker who is greedy for any detail about Sophie s life You want detail You ve got it You want explanations for every single thing just in case you are too stupid to understand what s going on Don t worry, the author supplies them all Example Can you pass me some of those old towels Dexter just rolled in something disgusting and I need to wash him before I let him back in the houseSophie stumbled over to the stairs opposite Leo s door for emergencies, in case a fire broke out and the lift to the penthouse stopped working and sat down When Sophie wants sleeping tablets we are given the full explanation as to why she has them, and why she hadn t used them We are also treated to a detailed explanation of what an astrolabe is, what is was used for, and the bits that Sophie doesn t understand There are also various clues along the way to tell us how wealthy and privileged this family is flowers that cost 150, Archie being in Borneo ballet and music lessons for Poppy oh, and her friends have names like Cressida and Ottilie Of course she does, she couldn t possibly hang out with the Sharons and Tracys of the world, now could she The writing is occasionally clunky, full of inconsistencies, and with characters sprinkled all over the contrived plot, all of whom just add to the general confusion.This book is so ridiculous it had me laughing out loud for all the wrong reasons It is touted as a crime thriller , with Ms Wilson referred to as One of the country s most acute psychological crime novelists this from the Independent newspaper Really REALLY I d love to know what else is on this person s reading list.A farce the late Sir Brian Rix would have loved.Thanks tofor a complimentary copy to review I now know to avoid Ms Wilson s books The good It s set in Norfolk, yay.The bad Everything else.This was bloody awful A tragicomic farce, just laughable really, sorry. I thought this was going to be a psychological thriller, and i have read a few lately, so had high hopes for it Unfortunately it became too far fetched and ridiculous for me and I gave up on this one by the time Sophie killedthe woman she suspected of having an affair with her husband and hid the other woman s body in the garage chest freezer single handedly about a third of the way in Too many good books waiting for me, sorry x What I love about Laura Wilson is that she s never afraid to mix it up a little within her preferred genre I ve been a huge fan ever since I read and adored Hello Bunny Alice a few years ago now She then wrote a series of historical crime novels, one of which I loved was A Capital Crime which was based on the real life case of serial killer John Christie A couple of years ago I noticed that she had gone back to writing modern day psychological thrillers with The Wrong Girl, a tale of dysfunct What I love about Laura Wilson is that she s never afraid to mix it up a little within her preferred genre I ve been a huge fan ever since I read and adored Hello Bunny Alice a few years ago now She then wrote a series of historical crime novels, one of which I loved was A Capital Crime which was based on the real life case of serial killer John Christie A couple of years ago I noticed that she had gone back to writing modern day psychological thrillers with The Wrong Girl, a tale of dysfunctional families and our national obsession with celebrities which was set in Norfolk I really enjoyed that one so was thrilled to see she had a new book coming out From the book blurb, I was expecting the usual formula but Laura Wilson has mixed it up in a high speed blender this time and given her readers an unputdownable psychological thriller with touches of black comedy that became unputdownable as I watched the drama unfold with a warped fascination When I first started reading I have to admit I was really hoping someone would bump SOPHIE off She was so full of herself and her perfect family life in rural Norfolk When she gets her yearly round robin family newsletter anonymously returned to her with a message scrawled across it calling her a smug bitch, I was amazed she d only had the one Her boastful sharing of holidays, children s achievements and her gorgeous homes had obviously upset one of its recipients who now claimed to be having an affair with Sophies husband Leo So does Sophie confront her husband to see if it s true No of course she doesn t She tries to solve the mystery of the letter herself with unfortunately catastrophic results After the first few chapters I felt as though I was watching one of those theatrical farces Arsenic and Old Lace sprang to mind at times as every step that Sophie took seemed to lead to evendrama Her family, friends and even her neighbours seemed determined to prevent her from carrying out her ever increasing checklist of errands And as the pages flew towards their shocking denouement, there were plentysecrets to uncover along the way.I devoured this book with a ruthless enthusiasm, relishing the uncomfortable feeling it left me with I can honestly say that this is one of the most innovative psychological thrillers I have read this year and, whilst it won t be to everyone s taste, I loved it from start to finish A domestic noir stuffed full of unlikable characters and all wrapped up in a deliciously dark humour just wonderful |READ DOWNLOAD ⚖ The Other Woman ⚓ Shortly after Christmas, a message arrives at Sophie s house, scrawled across her own round robin newsletter He s Going To Leave You Let s See How Smug You Are Then, You Stupid Bitch Perhaps she should ignore it, but she ignored the last one And the one before that Now it s time to take actionBut when a simple plan to identify and confront the other woman goes drastically and violently wrong, Sophie must go to extreme lengths to keep her life and her family together while never letting on her devastating secret The Reality Matrix Effect a message arrives at Sophie s house Iris and Ruby scrawled across her own round robin newsletter He s Going To Leave You Let s See How Smug You Are Then Redeeming the Rogue Knight (The Danby Brothers You Stupid Bitch Perhaps she should ignore it Ancient (Thaumatology, but she ignored the last one And the one before that Now it s time to take actionBut when a simple plan to identify and confront the other woman goes drastically and violently wrong Understand Your Brain, Get More Done Sophie must go to extreme lengths to keep her life and her family together while never letting on her devastating secret With thanks to Netgalley and Quercus for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Sophie Hamilton lives in Norfolk with her husband Leo, teenage kids Poppy, Zak and Dexter the labrador Sophie lives a comfortable middle class life with a Romanian au pair and a cleaner As a hobby she owns a high class gift store called Hamilton Dr Witt with best friend Melissa.Every year she sends a round robin letter in her christmas cards to over 150 friends and acquaintances For the last two years With thanks to Netgalley and Quercus for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Sophie Hamilton lives in Norfolk with her husband Leo, teenage kids Poppy, Zak and Dexter the labrador Sophie lives a comfortable middle class life with a Romanian au pair and a cleaner As a hobby she owns a high class gift store called Hamilton Dr Witt with best friend Melissa.Every year she sends a round robin letter in her christmas cards to over 150 friends and acquaintances For the last two years one letter has been returned scrawled with the words you re so bloody pleased with yourself This year the letter was returned with the words Leo and I have been having an affair He s going to leave you.Sophie is devastated and tries to find out who the other woman is She goes to Leo s London flat and sees a glamorous female leave his flat with a suitcase She resolves to warn off the other woman off with gruesome consequences.I did enjoy this book but if you are looking for a psychological thriller you will be disappointed The death of Jessica was so macabre it was funny The book then became a farce with Jessica running around the house trying to dispose of Jessica s body before the au pair and Poppy returned home.Sophie annoyed me but my favourite characters were Dexter the dog and the clever ever observant Poppy Overall this was a light hearted cosy mystery with a dash of black humour Have you ever seen the comedy series Worst Week of My Life Or even Meet the Parents where Ben Stiller s character just keeps getting deeper and deeper into trouble and it s excruciating but hilarious That s exactly how I found this book one minute reading through my fingers and cringing, the next wiping away a tear of laughter.I loved it Sophie, the central character is so believable with her keeping up appearances lifestyle and careful planning of the yearly Hamilton family Christmas ca Have you ever seen the comedy series Worst Week of My Life Or even Meet the Parents where Ben Stiller s character just keeps getting deeper and deeper into trouble and it s excruciating but hilarious That s exactly how I found this book one minute reading through my fingers and cringing, the next wiping away a tear of laughter.I loved it Sophie, the central character is so believable with her keeping up appearances lifestyle and careful planning of the yearly Hamilton family Christmas card describing how well Alfie is doing at Uni, how well Poppy s music lessons are coming on and their latest long haul no expense spared holidays However, when she receives one of the round robin Christmas letters sent back to her, claiming that her husband is going to leave her, Sophie s carefully cultivated life comes crashing down around her.Setting out to discover The Other Woman, Sophie s actions the first one of which made me sit bolt upright and say oh sets off a chain of events that reveals itself like a comedy of errors and had me shouting nooooooo on a regular basis I m not sure if this book was meant to be funny or not but even if not deliberate, the author has a real gift for comedy It was one thing after another and I could not turn the pages quick enough.Brilliant This latest entry into the domestic noir psychological suspense stable by Laura Wilson gets us straight into the action with a mysterious note threatening to shatter the idyllic home life of diligent suburbicon housewife and mother Sophie Wilson lulls us into a false sense of security before delivering a sucker punch about a third of the way through, propelling Sophie into a gut wrenching predicament But that is nothing compared to the second major twist nearer the end of the book, one that This latest entry into the domestic noir psychological suspense stable by Laura Wilson gets us straight into the action with a mysterious note threatening to shatter the idyllic home life of diligent suburbicon housewife and mother Sophie Wilson lulls us into a false sense of security before delivering a sucker punch about a third of the way through, propelling Sophie into a gut wrenching predicament But that is nothing compared to the second major twist nearer the end of the book, one that I defy even seasoned readers of the genre to guess Ill eat my cricket helmet if you do The story fairly rattles along, the narrative driven by a sense of claustrophobia that closes around the reader like a vice, as Sophie thrashes fly like in the web of her dilemma Wonderfully pitched A terrific read