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The Third Wife: A Novel Paperback – February 23, 2016
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes a riveting family drama with a dark mystery at its core, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes.
In the early hours of a summer morning, a young woman steps into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide?
At the center of this puzzle is Adrian Wolfe, a successful architect and grief-stricken widower, who, a year after his third wife’s death, begins to investigate the cause. As Adrian looks back on their brief but seemingly happy marriage, disturbing secrets begin to surface. The divorces from his two previous wives had been amicable, or so it seemed; his children, all five of them, were resilient as ever, or so he thought. But something, or someone, must have pushed Maya over the edge.
“Jewell’s last few novels have been a revelation—emotionally sophisticated and complex,” says Kirkus Reviews. The Third Wife is “an emotionally intelligent, brilliantly plotted, and beautifully written examination of a very modern family that will keep you gripped to the end” (London Daily Mail).
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“Lisa Jewell presents us with yet another emotionally intelligent, brilliantly plotted and beautifully written examination of a very modern family that will keep you gripped to the end.... Take this to the beach, or indeed anywhere — I promise you won’t regret it.” ― Daily Mail (London)
“Jewell's last few novels have been a revelation—emotionally sophisticated and complex—and this latest, which gradually rewrites the history of a 'perfect' family, is a fine follow-up.... Taut pacing and complicated characters shape this rich examination of the modern family.” ― Kirkus Reviews
“Jewell excels at juggling multiple perspectives to slowly peel back the layers of supposed domestic bliss. Like Liane Moriarty, she manages the perfect blend of women’s fiction and nail-biting suspense, throwing enough red herrings in the reader’s path to keep the pages turning.” ― Booklist
“A great choice for readers seeking a mystery with a blended family twist.” ― Library Journal
“...reminded us of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies.” ― Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
“The Third Wife is a summer gem. The story is complex… the many characters well drawn.... Readers of Donna Tartt and Tana French will recognize Jewell’s pacing for what it is: essential.” ― NY Journal of Books
"The Third Wife explores complicated family dynamics in a genuine way that is witty yet realistically nuanced." ― Shelf Awareness
Praise for The House We Grew Up In
“Clever, intelligent, and believable on a subject few of us really understand. Lorrie is one of the most vivid—and complex—characters I've read in years. Wonderful.” -- Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You
“You'll be desperate to find out what messed this family up so badly.” -- Sophie Kinsella, author of Shopaholic to the Stars
“...prose so beautiful that it glitters on the page. Lisa Jewell lays down piece after piece of mosaic, revealing the heart of the Bird family, filled in equal measure with love and loss. Unforgettable.” -- Jo-Ann Mapson, author of Solomon’s Oak, Finding Casey, and Owen’s Daughter
“A gorgeous, powerful, affecting tale of a family both ordinary and extraordinary. Lisa Jewell is a wonderful storyteller, and The House We Grew Up In grips you from the first page to the last. I'm afraid to say it made me neglect both my children and my husband. The Bird family might be dysfunctional, but I was strangely sorry to leave it.” -- Anna Maxted, author of Getting Over It and Running In Heels
“Jewell cleverly frames the destruction of the Bird family ….an absolute page-turner.” ― Booklist
About the Author
- Publisher : Atria Books; Reprint edition (February 23, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1476792194
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476792194
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.7 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I thought the character development was fair- everyone was represented in an honest way with foibles aplenty.
Then boom the ending. I developed a sincere dislike for all of them including poor dead Maya.
The all became so narcissistic and weak as to be unlikeable in the extreme. The next stuff might be spoilers so stop reading now if you haven't finished the book
I don't understand Maya being 8 times over the legal limit??? She had already made the wise decision to dump the serial wife shopper
His kids? Fat Cat cruel beyond words? Otis and Beau --little creepers.
Luke the wastrel? just to name the most obvious.
Everything happily wrapped up with a bow at the end.
not a total waste of time but a book that left me feeling empty and disgusted.
The story revolves around Adrian attempting to unravel the mystery of Maya's death. He thought they were happy and trying to have a baby. Was any of it true?
Gradually, many secrets are revealed.
While I didn't LOVE this book, I did like it a lot. I especially found it very interesting that all of Adrian's families and children are involved with on another even to the point of vacationing together. I've never seen that happen in real life!
The mystery begins when Adrian decides to find a new home for Maya's cat and posts a note on a bulletin board at the post office. A woman answers the add (we first learn she watched him post the ad and she takes it with her) but ultimately decides not to adopt the cat. BUT...she leaves her phone at Adrian's apartment and he tries to find her.
I did think the story weakened near the end and some details were not explained (if Maya left school at 16 how did she become a teacher at a posh girls' school?), but it moves along and is interesting.
I guess the basic theme is "what goes around comes around." Adrian has a lot to learn.
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This could maybe have been okay if it weren't for the people - especially the husband. Selfish, self-absorbed, spoilt and just thoroughly unpleasant. And yet he came up smelling of roses - even at the end, after everything that had happened he was still fantasizing about the cat lady.
The offspring weren't much better, again spoilt and on occasion downright nasty.
On reflection, they all deserved each other so perhaps the very predictable ending serves them right.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the other Lisa Jewell books I have read but this one was such a disappointment.
Initially found it really dull and difficult to get through. Was toying with giving up until about a quarter of the way through when the mystery around Maya's death and the emails were initially introduced. I really thought it would be Otis who was sending the emails so was surprised when that wasn't the case.
But... Then the ending. What a load of absolute rubbish. Cannot believe that Adrian was forgiven by his family and his second wife got back with him?!! Absolutely ridiculous. Was rolling my eyes big time. He was selfish and thoughtless and did not deserve such a fairy book ending.. Would not recommend.