The New Husband by D.J. Palmer
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Publication Date: April 14, 2020
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Nina Garrity is just trying to rebuild her life after her husband mysteriously disappears off his fishing boat one afternoon, leaving her with two children and no inheritance. Nina is low on options when she meets Simon Fitch, a teacher from her daughter’s school. Simon is immediately taken with Nina. But something doesn’t add up with Simon, and Nina searches for the truth about who Simon really is: just a devoted husband or someone dangerous.
This one started a bit slowly for me. It took me about 50 pages to get into the story and really connect with the characters. But once I did, my sense of dread started to build and I flew through the book waiting for the other shoe to drop. It quickly became a fast-paced thriller, filling me with anxiety as I clung to the page.
The story is told from multiple points of view, with the predominant ones being Nina and her daughter Maggie. As the reader, you’re privy to much more of the truth than the characters. At times I wanted to scream to Nina, and at others, I wanted to scream at her as she makes naive choices and refuses to listen to her daughter and her instincts. I just wanted to give Maggie a hug. I felt so angry for her. She was by far my favorite character.
I thoroughly recommend The New Husband to fans of domestic thrillers! It’s a quick read that will have you clinging to the pages waiting to find out the truth.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the review copy! All opinions are my own.