An intriguing psychological thriller soon to be a Netflix movie.
Sadie and Will Faust and their two sons Otto and Tate move from Chicago to a small remote island of the coast of Maine for a new start. They hoped to leave their previous dramas behind them. Will’s sister, Alice had recently committed suicide and had left her Maine house and the care of her daughter, Imogen to Will. Imogen is a troubled sixteen year old and does not want these strangers telling her what to do or living in her house.
Only weeks after the family’s arrival in Maine, a neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks the tiny island but no one is more shaken and than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer on the loose. Suspicion for the murder soon turns towards the new family in town. Sadie is drawn into the mystery of Morgan’s death and begins investigating. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose.
There was something about THE OTHER MRS. that bothered me. It nagged at me the whole time I was reading. It made me feel uneasy and uncomfortable. Perhaps it was the multiple points of view, perhaps something else entirely. I came very close to giving up, but when the twist came and I had to see the intriguing story to the end.
The characters were disappointing. I struggled to connect or care anything about any of them. I was particularly disappointed in Sadie. Professionally she is a medical doctor but her character is that of a sad, weak, scared woman, who makes really stupid decisions. And Imogen, the sixteen year old niece does not even speak, unless it’s to use foul explicatives or threaten murder. You can’t help but dislike her. There is not a strong, smart female character in the whole bunch.
While I didn’t like the characters, the writing was good and I liked the setting on an island in Maine. Word is that Netflix made a film deal with Mary Kubica for the novel, and Kubica will be the film’s executive producer. You may want to read THE OTHER MRS. just to see what you think. Be aware that Kubica covers some heavy topics in the novel: suicide, infidelity, obsession, bullying and mental illness.
Kubica is a New York Times and USA today best selling author of five novels, including The Good Girl, Pretty Baby, Don’t You Cry, Every Last Lie and When the Lights Go Out. Thanks to Netgalley and Park Row for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Park Row
Published February 18, 2020