A gripping psychological thriller, for fans of My Lovely Wife and The Wife Between Us.
'Everything about this book was superb'
'Full of twists...will hook you in and then shock you in an awesome way'
'When the real story came out I was gobsmacked'
'This is a fast pacing book with an incredible twist at the end'
Claire Westcott tries to be the perfect wife to Byron but fears she will never measure up to his ex, Colleen. After all, it's hard to compete with the dead.
Colleen went missing eight years ago. Her body was never found but the police ruled it a suicide. So when Claire receives a phone call from a woman she believes is Colleen, it sparks a million terrifying questions.
Claire discovers the couple weren't as happy as they would have people believe. And now she's worried Byron has been lying to her.
There are secrets in every marriage, but sometimes those secrets are deadly.
What people are saying about THE STARTER WIFE
'If you are looking for an original domestic thriller than look no further than this one. I was completely hooked and read this in one greedy sitting'
'OK this one got me. Read this in one straight go and WOW was I surprised by the twist!! A great read with a lot of surprises'
'I lose myself in domestic thrillers. This is no different. It totally messed with my head and is an absolute must read for fans of the genre'
'Having read a lot of thrillers recently I've been eager to find one that's original enough to avoid me seeing the twist a mile off and getting bored. 'The Starter Wife' by Nina Laurin absolutely delivered'
'An unexpected twist turned everything I thought I knew upside down'
'Devious and dark, completely addictive and utterly twisted and believable!!'
'Wow - this was quite the page turner! I was on the edge of my seat as I sped through this book'
'Obsession and delusion make this a dark, dark gripping story that stays in your stomach when you turn the last page'
Claire Westcott, the principal narrator of this gripping tale of obsession from Laurin (Girl Last Seen), believes passionately that fate brought her together with her husband of two years, charismatic Byron Westcott, a professor at Ohio's Mansfield College, and fate is never wrong. Byron's first wife, Colleen, also a Mansfield professor, committed suicide five years before Claire married Byron. Claire, 20 years younger than her spouse, is consumed with being the perfect second wife and ensuring that Byron forgets Colleen. Plagued with unexplained illness, fainting spells, and days of lost consciousness, Claire is prepared to do anything to keep the marriage that is her destiny intact. When she discovers emails between Byron and an unknown correspondent indicating he "has to get rid of her," she begins to wonder if Byron is a serial wife-killer. A second narrative voice, which belongs to a woman who may be stalking Claire, raises the tension. The bombshell plot twist toward the end will surprise most readers. Laurin knows how to ratchet up the suspense.