I loved Jane Corry’s second book, Blood Sisters, so I naturally jumped at the chance to read her debut novel, My Husband’s Wife.
Lily and her new husband Ed should be enjoying the blissful times after the honeymoon, but the strain of Ed’s floundering artist career and Lily’s law career are proving to be challenged. Lily is putting all her time into the big case that could make or break her career–the appeal of a man convicted of murder.
Their next door neighbor, a young girl named Carla, becomes their buffer, a distraction from their failing marriage. Years later, Ed and Lily are still muddling through marriage when Carla enters their lives again, but this time, everyone’s got secrets, and no one is going to get out unscathed.
I didn’t like this book as much as Blood Sisters, but it’s still an excellent book with twists and turns. I will say, I feel like I wanted a lot of time trying to understand the title, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense until the end. And while Lily’s marriage was a central theme in the present, there were so many other things going on in the book that were teased so much more, it just added a layer of confusion, trying to connect all the sub elements to the title.
Corry’s characters all have a mixture of good and bad in them, maybe more bad than good, to be honest. But it keeps them interesting, and keeps you intrigued, wondering what they will do next.
All in all, it was a good read, and certainly very well done for a debut novel. I’m excited to see what Corry will write next.