Emily Charlton does not do the suburbs. A successful stylist and image consultant to Hollywood stars, she cut her teeth as the assistant to legendary fashion editor Miranda Priestly in New York. But with Snapchatting millennials stealing her clients, Emily needs to get back in the game – and fast.
She holes up at the home of her oldest friend Miriam in the upscale suburb of Greenwich. And when Miriam’s friend, model Karolina Hartwell, is publicly dumped by her husband Graham, a senator with presidential ambitions, Emily scents the client of a lifetime.
It’s not just Karolina’s reputation that’s ruined. It’s her family. And Miriam and Emily are determined he won’t get away with it. First, they’ll get Karolina’s son back. Then they’ll help her get her own back. Because the wives are mad as hell . . .
The glamorous setting, polished plot and vivid characters make ‘The Wives’ an easy to read, enjoyable story that you’ll find difficult to put down.
On New Year’s Eve, events conspire to bring three women together to fight injustice. Their seemingly perfect lives are not as glossy as they first appear. Rekindling old friendships and making new ones they unite against the man who seeks to destroy one of them and find the elusive happiness they all still seek despite their material wealth.
There is plenty of humour in this story as the women encounter the wives of Connecticut, but there is an underlying poignancy as they realise material possessions and retaining youth do not necessarily bring happiness.
A fast-paced story of revenge, friendship and power, written from multi-points of view which adds to the interest and depth to the women’s characters. They are easy to empathise, and this makes the book a perfect holiday read.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins – Harper Fiction via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
A detective with no one to trust A killer with nothing to lose
18 months after the ‘Ragdoll’ murders, a body is found hanging from Brooklyn Bridge, the word ‘BAIT’ carved into the chest.
In London a copycat killer strikes, branded with the word ‘PUPPET’, forcing DCI Emily Baxter into an uneasy partnership with the detectives on the case, Special Agents Rouche and Curtis.
Each time they trace a suspect, the killer is one step ahead. With the body count rising on both sides of the Atlantic, can they learn to trust each other and identify who is holding the strings before it is too late?
I haven’t read ‘Ragdoll’, the first book in this series but I still found the first five chapters of ‘Hangman, an absorbing, easy read. The grisly, mysterious, quirky, thriller has an extensive body count, even in the early chapters. The killer or killers wants Detective Chief Inspector Emily Baxter to make the connection and draws her back into the killing zone.
Flawed and secretive, Emily Baxter is hard on herself and others, especially her bosses but she values her colleagues, and they reciprocate.Written in manageable chapters, timed and dated, you feel part of the action, conflicts and decision making. If like me you are a fan of adrenaline-fuelled thrillers with an eccentric, forceful protagonist, take a deep breath and read ”Hangman, I’m sure the rest of the book will be as riveting as the sampler I’ve just read.
I received a sampler of the first five chapters from Trapeze Orion Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.