The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth. (2021).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Tully and Rachel are angry when they discover their father has a new half his age girlfriend, Heather; especially because Stephen is still married to their mother Pam who is in a care facility with Alzheimer’s disease. Heather knows she has an uphill battle to win the women over, while carrying the burden of the secrets from her past. But, as it turns out, they are all hiding something. The announcement of Stephen and Heather’s engagement threatens to set off a family implosion with old wounds and dark secrets being forced to the surface. A garage full of stolen goods. An old hot-water bottle stuffed with cash. A blood-soaked wedding. And that’s only the beginning…
Yet another engrossing and captivating read from this author. Every time I read one of her books I swear I’ve just sat down and then all of a sudden it’s been a couple of hours haha. This book is told primarily from three viewpoints: adult sisters Rachel and Tully, and their future stepmother Heather who is slightly younger than them. There’s a lot going on with these women that you can just see is going to lead to a big meltdown. I don’t want to include any spoilers because I’m not that kind of girl, so you’ll have to trust me when I say the secrets they are all keeping are all quite explosive. I thought Rachel’s was fairly obvious and I’m not sure why her family didn’t work it out; Tully’s was unusual and interesting which made her more personable I thought; and Heather’s came out of nowhere!
Overall: 100% recommend to those that enjoy a great domestic drama with a psychological thriller/suspense feel to it.