Author: Nicola Marsh
Publication Date: October 20, 2020
Copy: Borrowed from my local library
Nicola Marsh is an Australian author I have followed for a while, over a couple of genres, and I have to say that I am loving her psychological thrillers. My Sister’s Husband is the second I have read recently in the genre and it certainly won’t be the last. I will be trying to find the time to search out the backlist and I will be keeping an eye out for future releases.
I really enjoyed this one, I liked the pacing and I liked some of the characters. At times though it seemed to be a little too much of history repeating, a little too much of the next generation repeating the EXACT same patterns as the one before. I did find it got a little too much alike and I thought it was a tad over the top. Having said that, I was still 100% invested in this story and had to see it through. I enjoyed the pacing, the setting and the story.
Trying to work out how to review this one, which I read about 4 books ago, without spoilers or giving away any of the twists. And there were a lot of twists, some of them very hard to pick. I did write a brief Goodreads review when I finished the book planning to write a full one soon after, but instead I picked up a new book (or 3, one of them being another Nicola Marsh).
Brooke and Freya are sisters born about a year apart. They lost their parents in a tragic car accident when they were only very young and were taken in by their Aunt Alice; who at 23 years old with a toddler of her own inherited two more toddlers to raise. It was quite an admirable decision to take on her sister’s children but she couldn’t imagine allowing them to be raised by strangers in the foster care system.
Alice packed them all up and moved to a new town where she could start fresh, away from the pain and grief of losing the last of her family.
I would love to sit and flick through the book for snippets to remind myself as I write this review but the book needed to be returned to the library because it had a waitlist. I am sure the next reader will also love the story.
Brooke suffered a terrible loss as a teen when her boyfriend committed suicide, and their small town blamed her for his loss because they had fought on the night he died. She couldn’t live with her grief and the ire of the town so she packed up and left, always planning to return when it got easier. It never got easier so she travelled the world, trying to help the less fortunate. Her contact with her family still regular, via phone, email and mail.
Until the day she receives an invitation to her sister’s wedding, and hears from her cousin that her beloved Aunt Alice is suffering some health issues. Brooke decides that it’s time; she needs to go home and face her past.
My Sister’s Husband is told over multiple timelines and this strategy keeps us guessing. There are two timelines for each pair of sisters as we see the way they began and how they got to where they ended up.
Alice was a character that left me torn. She did some reprehensible things but she spent her life trying to atone for them and everything she did came from a place of love, but should that be enough to make her redeemable… I still haven’t decided. It definitely doesn’t make her deserve what happened when the karma bus hit her – HARD.
My Sister’s Husband had what seemed like a never-ending supply of lies and betrayals, and they piled up in a way that had me wondering how one family could get so jealous and vindictive and downright nasty, but I guess I also realised that there are families out there that this happens in and I’m just glad mine isn’t one of them.
There were a lot of twists and some knocked me for six, some I was kind of waiting for but some were way out there and I loved it. There is no real way to say more without starting to head into spoiler territory so this is one you have to check out for yourself.
Nicola Marsh has released a lot of books, in a number of genres, and I have really enjoyed all that I have read. But I have to go on record as saying that I really think her psychological thrillers are top notch and something I would love to see her explore more, though having said that the next review might be for a sweet rural that I recently read that was also beautifully written and I would love to see more of from her.
My Sister’s Husband was read as part of the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2021, perhaps by the end of the year I will work out what number I’m up to.