The Next Wife by Liz Lawler – review.

Publication date: 3rd November, 2020.


I should never have married him. I ignored the warnings. It’s what you do when you’re in love. Ignore what you don’t want to see.

My husband is everything I ever dreamed of. A handsome, successful doctor who swept me off my feet.

Our new life together is perfect.

He’s perfect.

But am I good enough for him? I never seem to get anything right. And I’m starting to feel a little afraid of the man I married.

He’s taken away my bank card and my phone. I don’t know what to think or what to do. I gave up everything for him and now I’m trapped.

Then a stranger comes to our door. She tells me that I can’t trust my husband.

That I should ask him what happened to his first wife.

About the author

Liz Lawler had a 20-year career as a nurse and later became a general manager of a five star hotel before her career as an author began. She is the author of ‘Don’t Wake Up’, a Physiological Medical Thriller, which is an Amazon Best Seller and has over 1000 five star reviews. Her second book ‘I’ll Find You’, a Physiological Thriller, is also an Amazon Best Seller.

Liz has three children and lives in Bath with her husband. She originates from Chatham, Kent, but has lived in Somerset for a number of years now. She is part of a large family, and has eleven brothers and sisters who grew up sharing anything from socks to a chair at the table.

Liz has always had a love for books from a very early age, but found her passion for writing at a later stage in life and has been unable to put the pen down since. She is signed to for her next two books, and her books have been translated in over 12 languages.

She loves books and all things bookish! If you have time, say hello to her on Twitter @AuthorLizLawler or on her Facebook page.

My thoughts

The Next Wife is a highly tense psychological thriller. It’s dark, violent and scary. I had my hands clenched for main character, Tess, throughout. The story was also a great exploration in how someone can get trapped in an abusive relationship. After all, Daniel seemed to be the perfect man.

Martha, the character who made up a part of the supporting cast was a lovable older lady who I could really sympathise with. The way her worsening dementia was written really tugged at my heart. I read the chapters told from her perspective with eagerness, waiting for the mystery to be unlocked.

From a technical view, I read that the author was a nurse and this shows throughout the book. With both Tess and Daniel being in the medical profession, I really appreciated the interesting medical scenes.

If you love a psychological thriller that will keep you up at night, this is the one! It also felt realistic which made it all the more scary. It’s hard to comprehend that people who are that cruel really do exist. Thoroughly recommend!

Thanks for reading!

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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