The author of The Pocket Wife explores the dark side of love, marriage, and infidelity in this sizzling novel of psychological suspense.
Everybody’s luck runs out. This time it could be theirs . . .
It isn’t safe. That’s what Joe tells her when he ends their affair—moments before their car skids off an icy road in a blinding snowstorm and hits a tree. Desperate to keep her life intact—her job, her husband, and her precious daughter, Lily—Dorrie will do everything she can to protect herself, even if it means walking away from the wreckage. Dorrie has always been a good actress, pretending to be someone else: the dutiful daughter, the satisfied wife, the woman who can handle anything. Now she’s going to put on the most challenging performance of her life. But details about the accident leave her feeling uneasy and afraid. Why didn’t Joe’s airbag work? Why was his car door open before the EMTs arrived? And now suddenly someone is calling her from her dead lover’s burner phone. . . .
Joe’s death has left his wife in free fall as well. Karen knew Joe was cheating—she found some suspicious e-mails. Trying to cope with grief is devastating enough without the constant fear that has overtaken her—this feeling she can’t shake that someone is watching her. And with Joe gone and the kids grown, she’s vulnerable . . . and on her own.
Insurance investigator Maggie Brennan is suspicious of the latest claim that’s landed on her desk—a man dying on an icy road shortly after buying a lucrative life insurance policy. Maggie doesn’t believe in coincidences. The former cop knows that things—and people—are never what they seem to be.
As the fates of these three women become more tightly entwined, layers of lies and deception begin to peel away, pushing them dangerously to the edge . . . closer to each other . . . to a terrifying truth . . . to a shocking end.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Susan Crawford lures us into the world of infidelity in “The Other Widow” and introduces us to three didactic women, brought together by love, tragedy, greed, and murder. Dorrie, a mistress who watched her lover die in a car accident struggles to hide her affair while looking for answers- she knows this was no accident. A cryptic email, phone calls to her dead lover’s burner phone, Joe warned her it wasn’t safe. But what did he mean?
Karen, Joe’s widow is left with questions of her own, and the realization of her husband’s affair. Coincidentally, she took out a life insurance policy on Joe shortly before his accident. But is it just a coincidence?
Insurance Agent Maggie Devlin is given this suspicious case and must investigate both wife and mistress to figure out if this was just an accident, or murder. Maggie has seen just about everything- as a former cop and Iraqi War vet she pays attention to detail, which comes in handy...
Cheating Husband Joe is dead, but whodunit? His "mistress" Dorrie was with him at the time of his fatal car accident, but she walked away, quickly and unscathed. She wonders why his airbag never opened. Insurance Investigator Maggie wonders the same thing. And wife Karen mostly wonders when the insurance payment will be make; she took out a multi-million policy on Joe's life rather recently.
When Joe tells Dorrie, right before the accident, that "It isn't safe" I was inclined to think OH-NO since those words brought me straight into the dentist chair of Goldman's Marathon Man. Scary words that make me say "Run Dorrie!"
I'd love to see Maggie in further adventures. Her nosy investigative techniques were spot-on!
I had NO CLUE as to the perpetrator. Enjoyed this one immensely - even more than "The Pocket Wife." Please keep writing, Ms. Crawfold!
Being extremely tired of the same old mystery novels with predictable endings, I was in such of a new author. The description of the book caught my interest and I bought it thinking I may enjoy it. It had my interest throughout and had enough twists and turns to keep me reading and not wanting to put it down. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was the ending was a little rushed and at the end I had to read and re-read a sentence or two because of wording.
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