William Morrow | February 2020 | 400 pgs
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
I'd read Sarah Pinborough's Behind Her Eyes and was impressed by her storytelling and her writing skills. The conclusion of that book still stumped me today, and despite some mixed reactions from readers, personally I thought it was quite a good psychological thriller based on the suspense element. Dead to Her, her latest release, may not have a shocking ending which is equivalent to BHE but nevertheless still a suspenseful, riveting read with a dash of voodoo (though not as a main theme, in case you're wondering).
Set in the glittering Savannah society where the rich and the powerful mingle, the reader is introduced to our main protagonist, Marcie Maddox, who has worked hard to be the new wife of a successful attorney after starting an illicit affair with him a few years ago. But keeping up with her new, glamorous life isn't what she's expected and it seems she has met her new match when her husband's boss, William Radford IV, brings home a sexy new wife from his trip to London. Like Marcie, Keisha comes from a lower class family and like her, they're both second wife to their husbands. Feeling jealous and threatened by Keisha's beauty and her existence, Marcie tries to befriend her with an agenda but unexpected circumstances soon lead to deceptions, conspiracies and murder as they dip further into their classy world of no return.
This is only the tip of what's going to unravel as the journey is filled with untrustworthy characters and twisty paths which would send your mind whirling (and gasping in the end). One of the highlights is her fleshed out characters; you may not care about them but you do want to know what happened to them ultimately. The dynamic and the interactions between Marcie and Keisha are an interesting read but not all are necessarily appealing but they are crucial to how the story unfolds. Sarah Pinborough has an imaginative mind and BHE and this book are good examples of her talents.
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