“Unputdownable….This novel is anything but predictable. The female characters are forces of nature, and the plot twists are deliciously demented, a la Gone Girl and Big Little Lies.” —People
You can’t be married to someone without sometimes wanting to kill them...
As Long As We Both Shall Live is JoAnn Chaney’s wicked, masterful examination of a marriage gone very wrong, a marriage with lots of secrets…
“My wife! I think she’s dead!” Matt frantically tells park rangers that he and his wife, Marie, were hiking when she fell off a cliff into the raging river below. They start a search, but they aren’t hopeful: no one could have survived that fall. It was a tragic accident.
But Matt’s first wife also died in suspicious circumstances. And when the police pull a body out of the river, they have a lot more questions for Matt.
Detectives Loren and Spengler want to know if Matt is a grieving, twice-unlucky husband or a cold-blooded murderer. They dig into the couple’s lives to see what they can unearth. And they find that love’s got teeth, it’s got claws, and once it hitches you to a person, it’s tough to rip yourself free.
So what happens when you’re done making it work?
The fall of 40-something housewife Marie Evans off a cliff above the Three Forks River in Estes Park, Colo., kick-starts this uneven domestic thriller from Chaney (What You Don't Know). According to Marie's husband, Matt, the couple were hiking when she slipped off a cliff, but nearby campers report having heard a woman scream for mercy shortly before Marie went missing. Matt maintains his innocence, but Denver homicide detectives Marion Spengler and Ralph Loren have their doubts particularly once they learn that 23 years earlier Madison, Wis., police suspected Matt of murdering his first wife. As recovery teams search for Marie's body, Spengler and Loren investigate the Evanses' marriage. But after a strong start, the plot loses momentum. Though the complex female characters intrigue, crass male stereotypes monopolize the narrative, robbing the tale of depth and verisimilitude. Twists abound, but poorly established stakes lessen their impact, and a subplot spotlighting Loren's dark past distracts from the central mystery. Hopefully, Chaney will do better next time.
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Good, once you get going
This book was kind of slow to get started for me, but once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. Lots of twists and turns, but I loved it!
A little far fetched but not bad
As Long As we both shall live
Pretty good page turner! Worth a read