My Husband’s Wife Book Review
Let me just go ahead and start by saying I did NOT care for this book.
*The rest of this post is a spoiler alert, so do not read on if you plan on reading this book!
About the Book:
This book is told in the narrative of two different women. Well, one child, Carla, that eventually grows up and one other woman, Lily. They are neighbors.
Carla: The book starts with Carla as a young child. Her and her Italian mother live alone. Basically her mother will never talk about the father from Italy and her mother is now sleeping with a married man named Larry who is paying all of their bills. The mother, Francesca, is a horrible character. Also- Carla gets bullied at school and always feels different than the other students because they can’t afford what the other kids have.
Lily: Lily is a solicitor (lawyer) who is married to a man named Ed. Ed works as a copywriter but wants to be a painter. Lily finds out Ed only married her to get inheritance and their marriage is rocky the entire book (all they do is fight.) Lily can’t connect with anyone emotionally or physically because of her brother, Daniel, who died at a young age. You finally hear about why this messes Lily up so much in the last chapter of the book. There is also a killer involved that Lily helped get out of prison because she thought he was innocent and later learned (after he was released) that he actually did kill his girlfriend. Lily feels connected to him somehow because he reminds her of Daniel and ends up sleeping with him while married to Ed?
YES, THIS IS THE BOOK. So weird and so hard to follow. Way too many different plots.
In a nutshell, this is what the entire book is about. The details above are reiterated and over and over again. And then over again.
Lily lives next to Carla and her mother and watches Carla every Sunday. Ed wants to be a painter and he draws Carla whenever he can. Lily one day finds out the man Carla’s mom is sleeping with is actually a law partner that she works with and gets angry with both Larry (the lawyer who’s real name is Tony) and at Carla’s mom for sleeping with a married man who has a wife and kid of their own at home.
Carla and her mom end up having to move back to Italy and Carla blames Lily and Ed for all of their misfortunes from there. Carla grows up and vows to get revenge on Lily and Ed. She moves back to London to become a lawyer and finds Larry (who is no on his deathbed) and Lily.
Lily now has a son with autism with either Ed or the killer… we never find out who the real father is. Ed ends up makes tons of money on a painting of ‘The Italian Girl’ which is actually Carla as a little girl.
Basically Carla comes back and is so beautiful and wins Ed over. Ed leaves Lily for Carla and they get married. Ed is super controlling and Carla gets pregnant and Carla eventually kills Ed… but you later find out it was really the killer that Lily helped and slept with that actually kills Ed. Can you follow? Yeah… me either. This all happens in the last few chapters of the book.
The killer actually loves Lily and did it all for her and brought down Carla with him so they (he and Carla) are now both in jail when the book ends
The writing is actually good and I would be interested in reading another of her novels. The book itself just wasn’t good. You have to spend way to much of your life getting to a rather messy ending.
Why I didn’t care for it:
Way too hard to follow. It just didn’t really make sense. The book kind of revolved around Daniel’s (Lily’s brother) mysterious death that you don’t even find out about until the last chapter of the book. You also never know who the father of Lily’s child is. The entire thing with Carla and Ed is so weird. Lily as a character is so un-relatable. I just never liked her … or any of the characters for that matter. Seriously the book was just a mess.
Did you read it? Do you agree? Do you have any input here? Please leave a comment if you do!
Just Bought & Will Review Soon (in case you want to buy these and read them with me too!):
–Red Queen (Teen Fiction, YES PLEASE!)
–The ONE Thing (Business Book)
If you have some book suggestions please list the below as well!