The Younger Wife

The Younger Wife

Thank you, St. Martin Press, for gifting me a copy of The Younger Wife {partner}

Genre: Mystery
Format: 📖
Pub Date: 4.5.22
Star Rating: ☆☆☆


A heart surgeon at the top of his field, Stephen Aston is getting married again. But first he must divorce his current wife, even though she can no longer speak for herself.

Tully and Rachel Aston look upon their father’s fiancée, Heather, as nothing but an interloper. Heather is younger than both of them. Clearly, she’s after their father’s money.

With their mother in a precarious position, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family’s secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is.

Heather has secrets of her own. Will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous impulses in all of them?


“Perhaps the very worst people still had some good in them. And perhaps the very best had some bad.”

Last year, I listened to The Good Sister and LOVED everything about the characters and the storyline, so I was looking forward to Hepworth’s newest release. Unfortunately, this book was just not for me. Maybe if I had listened to the audio, I would’ve liked it better?

I had a tough time with one of the MCs, Tully. She grated on my every nerve, and I dreaded when her chapter came around. But, one of the biggest problems that I had was that the transition from present to past wasn’t apparent, so I found myself having to re-read and re-read to better understand what was happening in the story.

❓Confused when it switched between past & present
🚗 Cliche parental car crash
🐌 Very slow build
🙅🏽‍♀️ Dislike all the characters
🙄 Predictable ending

❌ – Dementia, domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, gaslighting

I know I didn’t really love this one, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read it. That’s the beauty of books — they work for some, but they don’t work for others. I will still look forward to the next book that Hepworth writes.

What is the last book that fell flat for you and why?

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