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The Replacement Wife

The Replacement Wife, January 2022
by Darby Kane

William Morrow Paperbacks
Featuring: Elisa Wright
416 pages
ISBN: 0063117800
EAN: 9780063117808
Kindle: B0919WQLCB
Paperback / e-Book
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"Pretty Little Wife fans are sure to enjoy Darby Kane’s follow up, The Replacement Wife!"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Replacement Wife
Darby Kane

Reviewed by Angie Elle
Posted January 6, 2022

Women's Fiction Psychological | Thriller Domestic

After reading Darby Kane’s debut mystery/thriller, PRETTY LITTLE WIFE, last year, she immediately became an auto-read for me. I knew I’d be picking up her next release before it was even announced. In THE REPLACEMENT WIFE, Elisa Wright stumbles across some items that make her suspect her brother-in-law, Josh, of having something to do with his girlfriend’s disappearance. Josh’s girlfriend, Abby, was a friend of Elisa’s, and Elisa was not going to let this go. But she learns way more than she bargained for, discovering that Josh has a lot of skeletons in his closet. Elisa’s life has been in a tailspin since she was part of a workplace shooting. Anxiety has plagued her, and she’s starting to doubt her own mind. When she begins to feel like she’s being gaslit, she isn’t sure if she really is or if it’s her anxiety working against her.

THE REPLACEMENT WIFE was told from two points of view: Elisa’s, and a mystery person that gives you glimpses into the mind of a psychopath. Elisa’s husband, Harris, is very protective of Josh, and he’s not as quick to believe the brother he raised could do something so horrific. When Josh introduces the new woman in his life to Elisa, she feels control slipping away. Will Josh also hurt Rachel? I have to say, the family dynamics in this book were so awkward. It was reminiscent of the dynamics in PRETTY LITTLE WIFE, and I loved it! It added to the atmosphere of the book and gave it a tone I haven’t felt before. Josh and Rachel stop by at the most inconvenient times (and all the time,) and Josh’s relationship with her son is starting to make Elisa uncomfortable. But when her husband doesn’t believe anything Elisa is telling him, she can’t help but wonder if he’s right.

As I mentioned, I enjoyed the tone of this book. It had an awkwardness that just won me right over. There were many secondary characters who played important and unique parts throughout this story. I particularly liked the detective who was a strong force in helping give Elisa some of her confidence back. I also enjoyed seeing her balance the challenges of being a mother with her anxiety and what was going on with Josh. I will say, the resolution of one of the issues was a bit lacking for me. It felt really anti-climactic, and I was hoping for more drama. But I was satisfied with the way another aspect of the story wrapped up, and I liked how Elisa found her voice throughout this novel and started standing up for herself.

Overall, I thought this was a solid thriller. If you’re a fan of Pretty Little Wife, you’ll also enjoy THE REPLACEMENT WIFE.

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The #1 International bestselling author of Pretty Little Wife returns with another thrilling domestic suspense novel that asks, how many wives and girlfriends should disappear before your family notices?

Elisa Wright is a mom and wife, living a nice, quiet life in a nice, quiet town. She’s also convinced her brother-in-law is a murderer. Josh has one dead wife and one missing fiancée, and though he grieved for them he starts dating someone new. Elisa fears for that woman’s safety, and she desperately wants to know what happened to her friend, Josh’s missing fiancée.

Searching for clues means investigating her own family. And she doesn’t like what she finds. A laptop filled with incriminating information. Other women.

But when Elisa becomes friends with Josh’s new girlfriend and starts to question things she thinks are true, Elisa wonders if the memories of a horrible incident a year ago have finally pushed her over the edge and Josh is really innocent. With so much at stake, Elisa fights off panic attacks and a strange illness. Is it a breakdown or something more? The race is on to get to the truth before another disappearance because there’s a killer in the family…or is there?

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