We all have our secrets but just what is Erin’s…
His Wife’s Secret by Susan Willis
When David meets old school-friend, Erin again he falls head over heels in love. He leaves his wife and their sixteen-year-old daughter to marry Erin. But, in a small village people have long memories and they move south for a fresh beginning. Erin’s behaviour starts to change in a very strange way and David wonders if she is punishing him for something he’s done?
I usually dislike the cheating husband and the other woman in a book. I mean, aren’t we supposed to? But it was hard to with Erin and David. They really felt like the perfect couple, and I found myself making excuses for him that he had to leave his wife for the woman who really seemed to be his soulmate. However, the sweetness and light didn’t last.
The chapters flip between Erin and David, and once or twice we get a chapter from the viewpoint of Beth, David’s ex-wife. This really adds to the layers of the secret, and how it affects the couple. I mean, it is obvious from the title that it is Erin who possesses the secret but what she is hiding doesn’t follow the usual lines – and that’s good.
By the time Erin’s secret is revealed to us, the story began to feel rushed and the opinions presented were one-sided. This is something that particularly angered me but, as much as I would like to rant about it here, unfortunately, it would result in too many spoilers. There were issues in this book that were dealt with in a very black-and-white nature, which indeed they feel bang in the centre of the grey area. And these opinions left me disliking David very much by the end, even though I really don’t think that was the intention of the author. I would love to discuss the ending with any others who have read His Wife’s Secret so, please, so get in touch.
Overall, I found this an enjoyable read, and not the predictable storyline that one may expect from the title and blurb. Yes, it did leave me angry at the end, but a good book is one that can stir up emotion in you, whatever that emotion may be.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.