My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
So I was checking this book into the library and as I flipped through the pages to see if there was any damage, I read a bit and then of course had to check it out myself.
So the book is told in two points of views. It starts in 2000, when Lily and Ed MacDonald have just married. Lily is a solicitor with a past she longs to run far away from, remaking herself.
Ed is an artist that seemed romantic and kind-but controlling, narcissist, and in love with another woman.
They are very, very unhappy.
And to make things worse Lily’s job moves her to working with criminals as she goes to do an appeal for a Joe Thomas, convicted for murdering his girlfriend. Lily is working long hours, which annoys Ed, and to make things even worse- Lily feels something for this enigmatic man.
Four doors down lives nine-year old Carla Cavoletti and her mother. Her mother is tiny and beautiful and a mistress to Larry. They moved from Italy to get away from something and Carla hates being here. All the kids pick on her, she is different, and she has no friends.
One day she comes home early, injured, and her mother is out. The teacher is going to force her to go back when Lily comes home and agrees to watch her. Carla loves spending time with Lily and Ed-Lily who is kind and helpful and Ed who sketches her, making her feel beautiful and a star.
Soon every Sunday she is staying with them, as her mother works on the weekend. Lily likes having her there, a child to buffer the fights between her and Ed and take their minds of their woes.
But things change when Lily finds out a horrible secret her husband has kept from her-and when she stumbles and reveals another, Carla and her mother’s life changes too.
15 years later Carla returns to England a beautiful, svelte, law student. She and her mother have been living under the thumb of her grandfather and she has returned to England to make Larry, Lily, and Ed pay for what became of her life.
She inserts herself into the MacDonald life and intends to turn it all on its head.
Then Ed is murdered…
Thoughts After Reading:
The first few chapters moved slow and I almost stopped reading but then it sucked me in and I had to finish it!
I wouldn’t say this is a good book, but very intriguing. Ooch! What an ending!
For more mysteries with artists, go to The Blood Stained Pavement
For more mysteries, go to The Case of the Goblin Pearls