I’m so pleased to be part of the tour today for this gorgeous book. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.
As I stood at my own birthday party, listening to my husband’s speech about me, I could no longer silence the thought that had started as a low-level hum five years ago and built until I could no longer ignore it… did I want to leave him?
Steph has spent decades building a family with her husband Mal, and putting that family first. She is the glue that holds them all together and she has convinced herself that she’s been happy… most of the time. But as she stands at her birthday party watching her husband talking about a wonderful marriage she doesn’t fully recognise, the doubts that she has been pushing down for so long begin to grow…
After the party, as Steph tries to gather her courage to leave Mal, she receives a letter from her old friend Evie. Steph hasn’t spoken to Evie since a sunny weekend on a holiday beach twenty years earlier, when the two friends said things to each other that could never be unsaid. And now, Evie is seeking a reunion and a way to repair the friendship. But this reunion threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy two families.
Other People’s Marriages is an absolutely unputdownable and heartbreaking read about the lies we tell to keep our loved ones close. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
I really enjoyed this book, with its interconnecting relationships and friendships that span almost a lifetime.
The story focuses on three sets of couples, with an emphasis on Steph as the main character. It’s told from several viewpoints, and covers multiple timelines. This works really well, and as the book goes on, we learn more about the characters, their marriages, friendships and relationships. Just as in real life, nothing is straightforward, and things are complicated at times.
It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I did, I found myself completely drawn into it. Steph is a very strong character, and at first I wasn’t sure if I liked her or not, she comes across as a bit over-confident and bossy. But over time, she grew on me, and she also mellowed, and I found myself liking her.
Once this story gets a hold on you, you’ll find it hard to put down, it’s complex and so authentic, and the dilemmas of the characters feel so real and important. I can just picture it as a wonderful BBC drama, it would be perfect.
I really absorbing and compelling novel, I really enjoyed it.
Kerry Fisher is a million-copy bestselling author. She writes women’s contemporary fiction, is a USA Today bestseller and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent several years living in Spain, Italy and Corsica. After returning to England to work as a journalist, she eventually abandoned real life stories for the secrets of fictional families. She lives in Surrey with her husband, and a naughty Lab/Schnauzer called Poppy, who joins in the huge dances of joy when her young adult children come home.
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