In this convoluted psychological thriller from bestseller Kubica (When the Lights Go Out), physician Sadie Foust and her professor husband, Will, have inherited his sister Alice’s house, on an island off the coast of Maine, after Alice’s apparent suicide. They have also agreed to accept guardianship for Alice’s understandably troubled 16-year-old daughter, Imogen. Despite the tragedy, Sadie sees a chance for a new start with Will and their two boys, 14-year-old Otto and seven-year-old Tate. She would like to move past Will’s affair, as well as an alarming school incident with Otto and a mistake that forced her to resign from her former position in Chicago. However, Imogen’s increasingly threatening behavior causes tension among the family, and the murder of a neighbor’s new wife throws their lives into a tailspin when Sadie becomes a suspect. Red herrings litter the multiple narratives, adding too much weight to an already overloaded plot, and a soapy twist disappoints. Hopefully, this is a temporary slump for the talented Kubica. Agent: Rachael Dillon Fried, Sanford J. Greenburger Assoc. (Feb.)
Juicy thriller [with] jaw-dropping twists.” —Entertainment Weekly
"Chilling." —PopSugar, A Brilliant New Book Hitting Shelves Pick
"Mary Kubica, the reigning queen of thrillers on your bookshelf, is back with another addictive read. The Other Mrs. has everything you need from the genre: a small-town murder, a killer on the loose, and an eerie old house. As usual, her shocking twists and turns will leave you breathless.” —HelloGiggles, A Most Anticipated of 2020 Pick
“Thriller and mystery fans should add this twisting tale to their list.” —Huffington Post
"Imagine you're on an escalator with people you know and love and it starts going faster, which is scary, and then it's speeding. Terrifying. The Other Mrs. is Mary Kubica's best work yet.” —Caroline Kepnes, author of You
“Kubica ratchets up tension and intrigue in THE OTHER MRS. Her salacious, thoroughly mysterious characters bear the qualities we all crave in a thriller—seductive, seemingly unknowable, and altogether unpredictable.” —Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Widow
“This hypnotic and addictive novel will keep the pages turning.” —Westport Magazine
"Brilliant! An utterly absorbing tale of deception and subterfuge. Kubica is a master of sleight of hand. Absolutely loved it!" —Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Last Time I Saw You
“The twists keep coming…a mesmerizing tale.” —Library Journal
"The Other Mrs. is Mary Kubica's most twisty, unpredictable and atmospheric thriller yet. Inscrutable, intriguing characters and a perfectly sinister setting create an insidious sense of dread that propels you to the very startling conclusion." —Gilly Macmillan, bestselling author of What She Knew and The Nanny
“Secrets abound in The Other Mrs. as the plot moves at a brisk pace, with believable—and surprising—twists and a startling finale.” —Sun Sentinel
"The Other Mrs. is Mary Kubica's best book yet—which is saying a lot! I tore through the twisty, spine-tinglingly creepy pages." —Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of An Anonymous Girl
“Brilliantly propulsive and engrossing, with characters you’ll really care about and twists you won’t see coming, The Other Mrs. is that rare thing: a thriller with heart.” —JP Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before
"In The Other Mrs., Mary Kubica weaves a labyrinth of deception and family secrets, each one more shocking than the last, with an ending that left me thunderstruck. If you have any doubts Mary Kubica is a master of the genre, this book will change your mind." —Samantha Downing, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
Offered a much-needed new start, Dr. Sadie Foust, her husband Will, and their family leave Chicago and relocate to the dreary home on a Maine island where Will's sister lived before taking her own life. Alice left behind her teenage daughter Imogen, who's brimming with anger. Sadie finds it hard to adapt to the remote, insular community and antagonistic mood at home. When a neighbor, beautiful Morgan Baines, is savagely murdered, questions linger as suspicion mounts. Anxious and afraid of a murderer in their midst, Sadie is uncertain and becomes increasingly fearful as police officer Berg focuses attention on her and strange objects unexpectedly appear. The twists keep coming in this story told from multiple points of view. VERDICT Kubica (Every Last Lie) writes a mesmerizing tale with an unreliable narrator that draws attention to a less-understood mental health condition, but the story is wrapped up a bit too neatly. What is satisfying and most effective is the oppressive sense of unease that permeates this intense psychological suspense drama. For fans of A.J. Finn and Gillian Flynn.[See Prepub Alert, 7/29/19.]—Gloria Drake, Oswego P.L. Dist., IL
A fresh start for a doctor and her family becomes a living nightmare in Kubica's (When the Lights Go Out, 2018, etc.) new psychological thriller.
Human ecology professor Will Foust and his wife, Sadie, a doctor, have two boys, 14-year-old Otto and 7-year-old Tate. On the outside, they look like the perfect family. After Will's sister, Alice, dies from an apparent suicide, Sadie hopes that she and Will can provide stability for Alice's 16-year-old daughter, Imogen. They've also decided to leave Chicago and move into Alice's home on a small island off the coast of Maine, which Will has inherited. Unfortunately, Sadie, who used to practice emergency medicine, finds no satisfaction in her work at a local clinic; Otto is starting to show signs of the problems Sadie hoped he'd left behind; and though she understands that Imogen is devastated in the wake of her mother's death, the girl is behaving in a downright alarming way, including gleefully showing Sadie a picture she took of her mother as she hung from the attic rafters. Sadie also thinks Will might be cheating on her. Again. The family tension stretches to a breaking point when a neighbor woman (whom Sadie thinks Will has been cozying up to) is stabbed to death. It's not long before Sadie finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. Kubica ably molds Sadie into a (very) complicated woman with simmering secrets; as usual, she is a master of atmospherics who can turn almost any location into a swirling cesspool of creepy possibility. However, in a story told from multiple perspectives—first person and otherwise—a few are less compelling than others, such as that of over-the-top Camille, who claims to be having an affair with Will. And while Kubica sprinkles in a few clues about the big twist, she still asks readers to suspend disbelief to the breaking point.
A page-turner that doesn't quite stick the landing.