I love psychological thrillers and novels filled with suspense–particularly those with unreliable or suspicious female narrators. Thankfully, I’ve seen a rise in popularity in the genre in the last two years and The Ex-Wife by Jess Ryder certainly falls into that category!
Officially being released in three days (grab your Kindle copy for only $2.99!), Ex-Wife follows Natasha, the “other woman” turned wife, as she navigates her relationship with her husband, her daughter…and her husband’s annoyingly needy ex-wife, Jen. Told as a split narrative–using Natasha’s and a mysterious character Anna’s perspectives–the story largely follows Natasha after she one day discovers both her husband and daughter missing, her bank accounts are closed off and she’s been locked out of her house. Using unlikely allies and resources, Natasha is on the relenting quest to get her daughter back safely.
I haven’t read Jess Ryder’s work before, but promptly added her two other suspense novels to my Goodreads “to-read” list. The story definitely had me guessing along the way, as we discover who Natasha can trust and who’s to blame for her family’s sudden disappearance. Without giving any spoilers, I did have a sneaking suspicion that one of the major plot twists was about to happen–but ultimately still enjoyed the novel. Beyond just a good story, readers get to explore the theme of forgiveness–of others and of yourself. Additionally, Ex-Wife gives perpetual suspense-readers something that we rarely, if ever, get–a first-hand glimpse into a supposed villain’s thoughts and motivations. Finally, Ryder somehow manages to deliver an ending that is both satisfying and also a bit menacing…with maybe the ever so slightest hint at potential for a sequel?
Best binged with: a large pour of a dark, ever-so mysterious, and full-bodied Syrah.
[I received a digital, advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.]