Review: War of the Wives by Tamar Cohen


Title: War of the Wives

Author: Tamar Cohen

Published: Harlequin Jan 2015

Status: Read on January 21, 2015 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

Told from the perspectives of two women, Tamar Cohen’s War of the Wives is a story of love, loss and devastating betrayal.

Selina Busfield is devastated when her husband’s body is found in the Thames River, especially as Simon was supposed to be working in Dubai and not due home until the next day. The police suspect suicide, but Selina is convinced her husband would simply not be capable of such a selfish act and, after twenty eight years of marriage and three children, she is certain she knows him better than anyone.
Lottie is stunned when she receives a phone call from an old colleague offering her condolences on the death of her husband. Lottie is confused, as far as she knows Simon, her husband of 17 years and the father of her teenage daughter, is in Dubai, working, but when she fails to reach him and as more details come to light, a shocking truth dawns.
Simon has been living a double life, he was two wives, two families… and their worlds about to collide.

It is a plot ripped from the tabloid headlines – a man with two families, each oblivious to the other, whose shocking secret is revealed after his death, devastating those left behind. Cohen allows the new widows to tell the story as they struggle with their grief and the chaos of the aftermath.

Selena and Lottie are opposites in temperament, lifestyle and looks, both however are crushed by hurt in the wake of Simon’s betrayal. Trying to hang on to a thread of loyalty to the man each believed was their loving husband, they blame each other, and themselves, for the untenable situation they have found themselves in. I feel like Cohen portrayed the emotions of both women well, I believed in their bitterness, their self doubt, their grief and their rivalry. I also liked the way in which Cohen involved the young adult children in the story, their anger, distress and confusion felt real.

Additional complications arise when it becomes clear that in order to finance his double life, Simon had become involved in something unsavoury. I’m not sure though that this thread really adds much to the story except to act as a distraction.

I liked War of The Wives, the characters in particular were interesting, and it was a quick read but I didn’t find it particularly gripping.

Available to Purchase From

Harlequin I Amazon US I BookDepository I Indiebound

in Australia: via Booko


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Jan 26, 2015 @ 11:06:21

    Sounds like an interesting read!



  2. Silver's Reviews
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 00:36:56

    Very nice review.

    I enjoyed the book. Surprise ending too.

    Thanks for sharing. Looks like another fantastic week for you.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.




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