I just finished reading The Younger Wife, by Sally Hepworth. I would like to thank NetGalley for a copy of this book in return for an honest review. This book is a story about family and trauma and how childhood trauma affects adult life. It is a story about the relationship between fathers and their daughters, and daughters and their mothers, and the importance of truth and honesty and self worth.
The book is told from the perspective of three main characters who all have a relationship with the male main character. Two of them are his daughters, and the other is his soon to be wife. All the main characters are dealing with the trauma from their own secrets, which makes them relatable and intriguing. I very much liked the three main female characters, especially the way they bonded with each other.
The main story is the search for the truth as to who Stephen (the girl’s father) really is. And the side stories of the three women in the book, make for a very compelling read.
I was instantly drawn into the mysteries and secrets of the women and wanted them to heal from their own personal trauma. The author did an excellent job of creating characters the I could feel empathy and compassion for.
The psychological thriller part of the book was the way the Dad (Stephen) dealt with the women in his life. Very subtle and well-written as well, and not entirely evil and not entirely good. I was constantly going back and forth between what I felt about him.
The book was well written, easy to read, and entertaining from start to finish. The ending was a good affirmation to remain true to yor instincts and to believe in yourself, which is a good lesson for anyone, regardless of age.
If you enjoy pshycholgical thrillers, I believe this should be on your need-to-read list. You will not be dissapointed. I certainly wasnt.
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