When I stumbled across the listing for Pevensey House I knew I had found a way for my family to be free and I didn’t hesitate. I should have, I know that now…
When Thea sees her old family home is up for sale – a beautiful old rectory in the small town where she and her childhood sweetheart, now husband, Drew, grew up – she knows she has to have it. Her parents moved her away suddenly when she was eleven, but her childhood there was filled with happy memories. Drew seems less sure, but Thea is certain it’s the perfect place to raise their two children.
But as the last boxes are unpacked, Thea can’t seem to settle. She thought the move would bring her family closer together, but Drew is growing more distant. And why do old friends cross to the other side of the road when they see her coming?
Alone in the house, exploring the creaky corridors she used to cartwheel down as a young girl, Thea smiles as she slides open the loose panel she once used as a hiding place. But it only takes one look at the faded local newspaper clipping hidden inside for the bonds holding her perfect family together to break.
It’s not long before news of the scandal spreads further and the whole town turns against her. Thea’s life is in freefall as her head and her heart wrestle between taking the blame, and fighting for her innocence. In a small town where no one ever forgets the past, can Thea find a way to save her family’s future?
This heart-wrenching and gripping family drama will have you hooked from the very first page. Perfect for anyone who loves Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
What readers are saying about My Husband’s Lie:
‘Gave me goose bumps right from the start. Fantastic page-turner that I finished in one sitting.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Addictive, emotional read... Didn't really want to put down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘An incredible novel that drew me in and never let go. I felt emotionally invested in the characters’ lives and couldn’t stop reading.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Page-turner! I was hooked and could not stop until the last page. Wow! Stunning read. Definitely recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘A powerful and engrossing read!... a real page-turner… consumed me… I lost myself in the story… filled to the brim with secrets and lies... I absolutely loved this book. An engrossing, edge-of-your-seat read.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘What. A. Book… such a perfect read… kept me glued from beginning to end. Even when I had to do my chores… A delightful book filled to the brim with suspense and emotions… a completely immersive read where I had to know how the book ended. Addictive and captivating.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
This book was different than her others. Around the middle I found it difficult to read- not that it was bad- but extremely emotional. She did a very good job of writing that keeps you turning pages and yet so emotionally charged that you draw comparisons. The ending could have been drawn out a bit- but everything does come together for, as we all know, a happy ending.
Bullying in a Small Town
Pevensey. The perfect house in the perfect small town. The house where Thea lived an idyllic childhood until she moved away at eleven. Next door to Rose Cottage where she met Drew, her childhood best friend and now husband. When she, a children’s book illustrator with a new, well paying commission, sees that it is listed for sale, Thea quickly moves to buy it. It will be the perfect home for Lauren and Chloe, her two young daughters, and for architect Drew to start his new practice.
All goes well at first. The neighbors, Anna and Rob, the local curate, are fast friends. Their daughter Tilly, Lauren and Chloe quickly bond. The problem begins in the village. People who remember Thea as a child go out of their way to avoid her or just stare menacingly in her direction. Her children are ignored at school. Making things far worse, a local schoolboy is a dangerous bully and threatens to harm all three girls. When Thea discovers Tilly, who is partially dibbled, has also been bullied, she decides to fight back.
Her Husband’s Lie is about family, friendship, community and about bullying. All themes are treated well and work together perfectly. While I really enjoyed this book and its story of small town life, I had trouble understanding the reason why Thea is ostracized. Things that happened were not her problems. No more discussions to avoid spoilers. 4 stars.
Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Emma Davies for this ARC