The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell

The third wifeHave you tried Lisa JewellShe’s a Sunday Times bestselling novelist whose first book sold the most copies as a debut novel in 1999 (Ralph’s Party), and her other titles include One-Hit Wonder, and three which have stacks of 5 star ratings from Leeds readers- After the party,  31 Dream Street and The Truth About Melody Browne 

The Third Wife is an ideal summer read and if you like it, there’s lots more titles to go at.

Maya is the third wife of a serial husband who in the early hours of an April morning, stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide? Her grief-stricken husband, Adrian, is determined to find out. Maya had a job she enjoyed; she had friends. They’d been in love. She even got on with his two previous wives and their children. In fact, they’d all been one big happy family. But before long Adrian starts to identify the dark cracks in his perfect life. Because everyone has secrets. And secrets have consequences. Some of which can be devastating.

The plot unfolds to reveal a complicated family situation: the baggage of two previous marriages, children and the emotional carnage left by a man who keeps walking away from the family unit. In keeping with her other novels, slowly but surely the layers start unravelling, as all sorts of dark things happen behind closed doors.