It’s publication day to day for Dorothy Koomson’s latest novel, My Other Husband, and what a brilliant book it is! I’ve spent the last few days absolutely glued to its pages! Huge thanks to Courtney at EDPR for sending me an early copy for review.
About the book
Someone’s trying to frame me for murder. But I can’t prove my innocence. Because then I’d have to confess about… my other husband.
Cleo Forsum is a bestselling novelist turned scriptwriter whose TV series, ‘The Baking Detective’ is a huge success. Writing is all she’s ever wanted to do, and baking and murder stories have proved a winning combination.
But now she has decided to walk away from it all – including divorcing her husband, Wallace – before her past secrets catch up with her.
As Cleo drafts the final ever episodes of the series, people she knows start getting hurt. And it’s soon clear that someone is trying to frame her for murder.
She thinks she knows why, but Cleo can’t tell the police or prove her innocence. Because then she’d have to confess about her other husband . . .
A series of terrifying murders. A set of complex lies.
And a woman with no way to clear her name.
Dorothy Koomson grabbed my attention right from the beginning with a short but gripping prologue and I was hooked!
We learn early on that Cleo is seeking a divorce. It’s all very mysterious – why are Cleo and her husband Wallace getting divorced when they so obviously still love each other? We start to find out more about Cleo’s past and her relationship at Uni with fellow student Heath. The story of how they got together was so lovely and he clearly adored her. Soon though, it became clear that he wasn’t all that he seemed.
What was the big secret Cleo was hiding that made her sure everyone would hate her? Dorothy Koomson drops hints and clues throughout and you begin to build up a picture of Cleo’s life. It seemed that she could she be trusted, but was she possibly an unreliable narrator? Questions questions – I had so many that I just had to keep on reading.
People connected to Cleo start to get hurt, badly hurt, murdered even and the evidence points straight at her. She can’t explain to the police (a rather inept pair if you ask me) why she’s innocent because then she’d need to explain… But no, I’m not going to tell you that of course, as that would spoil the book for you!
What I can say is that I found this an addictive, twisty turny read full of obsession, secrets and lies and I couldn’t put it down! It was so fast paced and nail biting, especially towards the end, that I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough. I highly recommend My Other Husband to anyone who enjoys tense thrillers.
My Other Husband is published today by Headline in hardback, ebook and audiobook.
About the Author
Dorothy Koomson is the award-winning author of 15 novels and has been making up stories since she was 13 when she used to share her stories with her convent school friends. Her published titles include: Tell Me Your Secret, The Brighton Mermaid, The Friend, When I Was Invisible, That Girl From Nowhere, The Flavours of Love, The Woman He Loved Before, Goodnight, Beautiful and The Chocolate Run.
Dorothy’s first novel, The Cupid Effect, was published in 2003 (when she was quite a bit older than 13). Her third book, My Best Friend’s Girl, was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads of 2006 and went on to sell over 500,000 copies. While her fourth novel, Marshmallows For Breakfast, has sold in excess of 250,000 copies. Dorothy’s books, The Ice Cream Girls and The Rose Petal Beach were both shortlisted for the popular fiction category of the British Book Awards in 2010 and 2013, respectively.
Dorothy’s novels have been translated into over 30 languages, and a TV adaptation loosely based on The Ice Cream Girls was shown on ITV1 in 2013. After briefly living in Australia, Dorothy now lives in Brighton.
In 2019 Dorothy was awarded the Image Award by The Black British Business Awards to celebrate and honour her achievements.
For more information on Dorothy Koomson visit http://www.dorothykoomson.co.uk