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My Other Husband: the heart-stopping new novel from the queen of the big reveal

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We follow Cleo and Heath, and their friend Trina, through university and beyond and grow to understand Cleo and Heath’s relationship. With very strong and expertly drawn characters I found myself invested in them all the way through, though there were some necessary distasteful ones. There is a split timeline so in the present, Cleo is an author – her book, The Baking Detective, is being adapted into a successful TV series and she’s working on the scripts. This book was definitely a slow burn for me but when it got going with the twists and turns it really was an attention grabber and kept you hooked right until the end. The dangerous obsession within the relationship of husband and wife and the guilt when the wife found out….

Although this is a clever, multi layered slow burner there are some jaw to the floor reveals with information bombs that explode your expectations and opinions of certain characters. A autora vai nos dando migalhas para irmos construindo o puzzle e quando as peças estão quase todas é incrível.

Her published titles include: Tell Me Your Secret, The Brighton Mermaid, The Friend, When I Was Invisible, That Girl From Nowhere, The Flavours of Love, The Woman He Loved Before, Goodnight, Beautiful and The Chocolate Run.

I loved the alternating timelines that helped build a picture of the complex relationships between the characters over the years but out of all of them I think I loved Lola the most with her witty attitude and sass.She just didn’t feel very realistic to me, which isn’t a problem I’ve ever had before with Koomson’s characters. However, as she drafts her final ever episode her life turns upside down and people she knows start getting hurt and it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to frame her for murder and she thinks she knows why.

We’re taken back to Cleo’s life when she first met Heath, how Trina said he was so ‘intense’ and it evolved over time that his relationship with Cleo in his mind was so magical that he had to do whatever he could to keep her in his life. And this (illness, mental state, obsession) played a huge part within this thriller that gripped my full attention. This time it took a few pages in before I could say I enjoyed it but my goodness, literally I could not turn the pages quick enough to see what was going to happen.Written with a clear and non-judgemental insight into the human psyche, the story gathers pace and left me breathless. TW: racism, grooming, paedophilia, murder, sexism, misogyny, harassment, mental health, rape ⚠️ This was a really good slow burner that hits you with twists and turns when you least expect it.

The twist didn’t make any sense and by the time it was finally revealed I had lost all interest and just wanted to get to the end as quick as possible. Past and present woven together in this take of a successful Black woman novelist who has had a tv show made of one of her books. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I have to admit the start of the book is confusing, you’re thinking how it’s going to play out but also what’s going to happen. What I thought was going to be a crime/ thriller, turned out to be a boring story with a few murders briefly mentioned.I won’t say any more as I don’t want to put spoilers in this review but trust me, this is such a unique story – I haven’t read a thriller with something similar, so good! I did like some of the characters, especially Sidney, but felt that a good story became a little fantastical when all was said and done. The characterisation is excellent even those who are unlikeable are well portrayed and you gasp at some of the dialogue with the racist and sexist comments that Cleo is on the receiving end of especially in her career. Dorothy was featured on the 2021 Powerlist as one of the most influential Black people in Britain and appeared in GQ Style as a Black British trailblazer.

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