THE THIRD WIFE | Lisa Jewell

The Third Wife

Publication Date: June 9, 2015

Published By: Atria Books

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Mystery

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

Summary from Goodreads:

In the early hours of a summer morning, a young woman steps into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide?

At the center of this puzzle is Adrian Wolfe, a successful architect and grief-stricken widower, who, a year after his third wife’s death, begins to investigate the cause. As Adrian looks back on their brief but seemingly happy marriage, disturbing secrets begin to surface. The divorces from his two previous wives had been amicable, or so it seemed; his children, all five of them, were resilient as ever, or so he thought. But something, or someone, must have pushed Maya over the edge…

With psychological nuance that gets into the heart of its characters, The Third Wife is a gripping story about a man seeking the truth behind his seemingly perfect marriage and the broken pieces left behind.

My Thoughts:

It’s my first time to read something by Lisa Jewell and the reading experience was satisfactory. The Third Wife has a very engaging plot and as a lover of mysteries, I love the suspense in this story. I have no complaints with the writing, it is solid and the narrative flowed easily despite the shifts in POVs although, if I have my way, if the style needs to have several POVs, that it should only shift between two characters only. In this book, the multiple POVs confused me but this is only a minor complaint.

It was the mystery that really made me like this book. I don’t have strong feelings for or against any of the characters although I can say that what I feel the most is pity. I really feel sorry for the third wife. In fact, I feel sorry for all of the characters here. In every family, there will always be complications and problems, how much more in a dysfunctional one? It’s been said that often, it is the children who suffer the most, and in this case, the saying is true. Sure, Adrian may seem to have kept his families together despite the divorces but how can he be sure? His exes and his children are persons with feelings and feelings are difficult to control no matter how much you try to make everyone feel comfortable.

The Third Wife explores the dynamics of a dysfunctional family and the complications that come with it. The story is realistic and sad, something that every person must consider before getting married (or getting a divorce) because marriage is no laughing matter. It may cost you your life.


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