Blog Tour Review: The Housewife’s Secret

Posted 16th January 2024 by Emma in Reviews / 0 Comments

Blog Tour Review: The Housewife's Secret

Blog Tour Review: The Housewife’s SecretThe Housewife's Secret by Anna-Lou Weatherley
Also by this author: Black Heart, The Couple on Cedar Close, The Stranger's Wife, The Woman Inside
Series: Detective Dan Riley #7
Also in this series: Black Heart, The Couple on Cedar Close, The Stranger's Wife, The Woman Inside
Published by Bookouture on 12th January 2024
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 331
Format: eARC
Source: from Netgalley

I cast my eyes over the impressive meal I’ve cooked and the half-empty crystal wine glasses. As our guests smile graciously, I squeeze my husband’s shoulder. It’s vital I get his friends to like me. To believe this version of me. Because I’ll do anything to stop them learning the truth…
Ever since I met my handsome husband Dr Gabe Bonneville, I started playing the role of the perfect housewife. He works hard as a surgeon, so I look after our home, and throw elaborate dinner parties with champagne cocktails for his best friends Hugh and Anita. He’s my safe place and my chance to have the family I’ve always wanted.
I’ve managed to hide the mornings when I wake up and see a face in the shadows. I haven’t told Gabe the truth about the woman who raised me, or told him about the therapy I’ve been getting so my secrets stay hidden in the dark. I haven’t questioned his past so he doesn’t ask about mine. I see the way Anita looks at him sometimes, but I’ll never say a word.
Until the letter arrives at the front door. The beautiful, expensive card shakes in my hand as I read the neat black handwriting.
Someone knows I’m not just a housewife. And the lies I’ve told will be all that’s left when I disappear…
Fans of Lisa Jewell, Gillian Flynn and The Housemaid will be gripped by this unputdownable thriller and its non-stop twists and turns! A breathtaking ride from the very first chapter to the explosive ending.

Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book and for letting me take part in this tour. This is the 7th book in the Detective Dan series but all can be read as standalones.

I am a huge fan of Detective Dan and this was another exciting installment. As always with Anna-Lou’s books there is a lot more at play here than it first seems. She is very good at creating a deeper story underneath the initial crime. Anna-Lou does an excellent job of weaving in multiple POV and flashbacks into the story, creating both tension and suspense from beginning to end.

Both Darcie and Dan are characters you can really root for. You want them to succeed. You want Darcie to be rescued and Dan to get to go on his family holiday.

A story full of twists and turns that will keep you hooked all the way to the very last page.

About Anna-Lou Weatherley

Anna-Lou began her career as a dancer but a moped accident in Ibiza put paid to those aspirations and so she went back to her first and one true love – writing! She re-trained as a journalist, specialising mainly in women’s interest and celebrity, becoming the Editor of J-17 and Smash Hits as well as writing for a host of women’s magazines.

Anna-Lou has written three Adult Fiction titles – Vengeful Wives and Wicked Wives, both published by Avon in the UK and Bookouture in the US and Canada and Pleasure Island published by Bookouture.


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2024 Goodreads Challenge
  • 2024 Netgalley Challenge

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