Thursday, February 20, 2020

Review: The Other Mrs. - Mary Kubica

The Other Mrs.
by Mary Kubica
Published February 18th 2020 by Park Row

Propulsive and addictive, The Other Mrs. is the twisty new psychological thriller from Mary Kubica, the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl.

She tried to run, but she can’t escape the other Mrs.

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

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5 Stars

Lately all the thrillers have felt like predictable let downs, but The Other Mrs. had me reading through the night unable to stop turning the pages. I couldn't figure this one out and man, when the reveal comes, it shocked me. It felt like that first clap of thunder in the sky that spooks you and thrills you all at the same time.

Sadie and her husband, Will, along with their two children and dogs are making the move to dreary Maine. Her husband's sister, Alice, has recently passed, leaving behind a grieving sixteen-year-old daughter. Sadie doesn't feel good about the house, about taking care of Alice's daughter, about using this to escape Will's transgressions. The eerie home and busybody community are things she thinks she can handle, handling the mundane doctor's appointments might be a welcome reprieve, but when a murder occurs in their new neighborhood Sadie is far more shaken up than anyone else. The murder marks a change, nothing is as it seems anymore, and Sadie doesn't know who she can trust. Certainly not her son Otto, a victim of bullying, not her disturbed niece Imogen, and definitely none of the neighbors who seem so convinced she was fighting with the now late Mrs. Baines.

The blurb covers the basics and it sounded like your pretty typical suburban drama, but Mary Kubica has more for you. Lurking under the surface of what seems like standard thriller fare is an unpredictable story told from the perspective of three quite unreliable narrators. Sure, it seems like it's Sadie's story, but the other woman, Camilla, and a young child only known as Mouse have other plans for The Other Mrs. The Other Mrs. doesn't take place just in Maine though, Camilla grants us a glimpse into the past, into the Sadie and Will they are not anymore. From their jobs to their old walk-up condo we get an idea that things between Sadie and Will have perhaps always been a bit off kilter, but what at all does that have to do with the murder of their neighbor? Through the three narrators eyes we see that Sadie is slowly losing time, to the point that she begins to even question if the murderer isn't someone unknown at all, but instead someone in her own home.

Unreliable characters, a heaping pile of lies, and Mary Kubica's excellent writing gave me just the right sense of foreboding, my anxiety upped with every turned page. While I never could pinpoint just what I thought was happening, the reveal was so grand and made so much sense to me that the entire story just clicked. It's suspenseful, thrilling, and completely unique. If you're looking for your next sure-win read, The Other Mrs. is the book to grab.

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