‘The Dead Wife’ by Sue Fortin

The Dead Wife by [Fortin, Sue]



Police have ruled out suspicious circumstances in the investigation into the death of Elizabeth Sinclair, wife of charismatic entrepreneur Harry Sinclair, found drowned in the lake of the family’s holiday park.

It’s been two years since the Sinclair case closed but when reporter Steph Durham receives a tipoff that could give her the scoop of the year, she’s drawn deeper and deeper into the secretive Sinclair family.

Elizabeth’s death wasn’t a tragic accident. And the truth will come at a deadly price…


My Review

I have been a fan of Sue and her books for a while now.  Admittedly I haven’t caught up with every book that she has written but I have read a couple and I am slowly making my way through the rest of her back catalogue.  I read the synopsis for ‘The Dead Wife’ and I knew that this was the right sort of book for me.  As soon as I got a copy I dived straight in.  Having just finished reading it, I can definitely say that it is one heck of a read.

I wasn’t really sure what to make of Steph Durham at first and although I did warm to her a bit, I can’t say that I would ever fully trust her.  She is from a certain part of Cumbria but she now lives down South where she is a travel reviewer.  She is handed an assignment which means that she has to go back home and review a resort/ holiday park owned by a rich local family.  She publicises her assignment on social media and this is when a lady called Sonia gets in touch with Steph.  Sonia is the mother of Elizabeth Sinclair.  Elizabeth was married to one of the sons of the rich local family and she sadly died but Sonia is not convinced that Elizabeth’s death was due to natural causes.  Sonia begs Steph to investigate Elizabeth’s case whilst she is up in Cumbria on assignment.  Steph is a typical journalist in that if she even gets a sniff of a story that triggers her interest, she will not hesitate to doggedly pursue said story.    The matter is further complicated by the fact that Steph’s mother was one of the police officers that investigated Elizabeth’s death back in the day.  Her mother is a bit evasive when asked about the case.  I do admire Steph’s determination to investigate the case but I did feel that perhaps Steph was putting herself in unnecessary danger by asking as many questions as she asks.  Steph is tenacious, feisty, determined, strong and a hard working young woman.  I just kept everything crossed that she would finish the book in one piece and that she would find out the truth of what really did happen to Elizabeth.

‘The Dead Wife’ is an amazing and addictive read.  I was hooked on this story by the time I got to the bottom of the synopsis never mind from when I began to read the first word on the first page.  I knew that putting this book to one side was not going to be an option, so I binge read the book over the course of one day and didn’t have to put the book down at all.  I just couldn’t stop reading because I was so desperate to find out what really happened to Elizabeth.  I felt as though the book had hypnotised me in a sense and I was completely under its control.  It didn’t take me long to get into this story and I seemed to race through the book.  As the story continued, my desperation to discover the truth increased and the quicker I turned those pages.  All too soon, I got to the end of the book, which I was disappointed about.  I wasn’t disappointed in how the book ended because that couldn’t be further from the truth but I was enjoying the author’s writing style, the characters and the storylines so much that I just wanted the book to continue on and on and on.

‘The Dead Wife’ is superbly written but then I wouldn’t expect anything else from Sue Fortin.  She draws you into the story and keeps your interest all the way through the book.  That’s what happened to me anyway.  Sue’s writing style is very clever.  She uses such powerful and vivid descriptions that I really did feel as though I was part of the story myself.   The way the story is written made me feel rather claustrophobic and in need of an escape route.  Although the story takes place in quite a large area, the people seem to be climbing the walls and in need of escaping from the area as the area seems to stifle them or make them feel as though they are in danger.  Sue has written a clever psychological thriller with a twist or two.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Dead Wife’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.  I can’t wait to read what Sue comes up with next.  Here’s hoping that I don’t have too long to wait but whilst I wait I will definitely be trying to catch up with her other books.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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