The Dead Ex
By Jane Corry
Pub date: 28th June 2018
Publisher: Penguin Books UK
I finished this book yesterday and I was desperately wanting to share my opinion here because I really (I mean it) really liked it.
The plot revolves around Vicky and the disappearance of her ex-husband David Goudman. He said in sickness and in health but after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy and memory loss, David left her for his mistress.
So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s gone missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that David is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it but how can she prove her innocence when she’s not sure of it herself?
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I don’t remember reading a lot about the book before I requested a digital copy from NetGalley but I think that’s why I was hooked. I read a lot of thrillers / mystery / crime novels and some of them just don’t do it for me but this one took me on an emotional ride all the way through.
I liked the different (and multiple!) characters and the voice that was given to them by the author. The book has all the elements to make it a success: the different sub plots, characters and twists and I must say that I went through the chapters on my kindle without even realising it. Why is David missing? Is he dead? Who is responsible for his disappearance? It must be Vicky, for sure? So many questions playing in my mind!
The title of the novel could build expectations that are not meet within the pages though and the reader can be disappointed. I was a bit, to be honest, because I found a few loose ends along the chapters and some of the twists seemed to come out of nowhere presenting situations that hadn’t been mentioned before in the book.
However, I liked that I couldn’t figure out what had happened to David and the information about him and Vicky that is given to the reader little by little as the pages go by. I think, all in all, it was a great read – I was scared and intrigued and surprised all along and that’s what made it so good for me.
I cannot wait to read more titles by the author. My Husband’s Wife – which was published in 2016 – is already on my to-read list!
Thank you so much to the publisher for the digital review copy. It was a very exciting novel and I cannot wait to see what the author will prepare for her readers in the future!
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review