The Wife In The Photo by Emily Shiner

Psychological Suspense Out Of The Top Drawer

The Wife In The Photo by Emily Shiner is an absolutely marvellous contemporary psychological thriller that had me hooked from the start.

I held on for dear life as the action twisted this way and that. I thought I had it all worked out – how wrong was I!

Our actions have consequences. We reap what we sow – or do we? Sometimes carefully laid plans come crashing down. Other times we might just get away with murder!

The Wife In The Photo is cleverly constructed and extremely well executed. The reader witnesses the murder in the opening scenes. The book is then written from before the murder and afterwards from several alternating points of view and also from diary entries.

Are monsters born? Or are they a product of their environment?

We witness just how far someone will go in order to protect their loved ones.

All the characters were well drawn and realistic. Not all were likable but my responses to the individuals were guided by the marvellous pen of the author. Emily Shiner drew me in and led me up and down the garden path, expertly manipulating my emotions.

The Wife In The Photo is a truly cracking read. It is suspenseful and deeply chilling. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a psychological thriller out of the top drawer. I look forward to much more from Emily Shiner.

I received a free copy from the publishers. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.


Book Description:

I pick up the photograph from their mantlepiece and carefully wipe away the dust. The beautiful wife. Supposedly happily married and enjoying a family vacation. I know her husband killed her. And I’m going to make him pay…

This is my first job as a housekeeper, but Evan Warner doesn’t need to know that. It’s the first of many lies I’ll tell him. He just lost his wife, Lola, and now he and his young daughter Jessica are adrift. But no amount of cleaning will rid this house of the secrets that have seeped into the cracks. I never forgave Lola for what she did to me. But I can’t let Evan get away with her murder.

In their impressive home, I busy myself preparing meals and peeking at carelessly discarded mail, looking for proof of his crimes. Evan hovers and I’m sure he is watching me… even as I bond with Jessica. But whenever he catches us alone together, his face darkens. I realize I have to get her out of this house before it’s too late for her, too.

Then I find Lola’s diary, tucked away in a closet out of sight. Her words, hastily scrawled on these pages, change everything I thought I knew about this family. As I hear footsteps on the stairs, I know I’m trapped. And I’m in more danger now than ever before…

The Wife in the Photo is a totally twisty psychological thriller guaranteed to keep you up all night. Fans of Freida McFadden, Gone Girl and The Couple Next Door will find it impossible to put down.

Author Bio:

Emily Shiner always dreamed of becoming an author. After spending years devouring stacks of thrillers, she decided to try her hand at writing them herself. Now she gets to live out her dream of writing novels and sharing her stories with people around the world. She lives in the Appalachian Mountains and loves hiking with her husband, daughter, and their two dogs.

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