When I find an amazing book by an author I haven’t read before – it’s a real treat. When I find that she has a large number of books already published – even better! The Forgotten Wife is Emma’s fifth novel and it’s just beautiful. Having not read Emma’s books before I wasn’t sure of the style of the novel to begin with – as in, I was wondering if this was going in a Thriller direction or something different. Emma wrote with a lot of emotion and did this extremely well. The book covers a lot of subjects and difficult topics to address both in real life and through the written word so to achieve the handling of these in such a good way is brilliant. I won’t say too much more without giving away a lot of the book though.
Emma writes beautifully – vivid scenes, carefully constructed relationships and brilliant characters. Secrets are kept until they need to unravel and Emma paints these within the story well. This is a great choice for kick-starting your reading year with something new and different.
About the book…
When Shelley first met Greg, her life had been full of possibility. A whirlwind romance, a dream wedding, moving into their first house together, thinking about starting a family…
But now it’s ten years since their wedding. Greg has gone. And there’s a room in the house where Shelley has shut a baby blanket away. In a box, under a bed, in a spare room, behind a door that she never opens. If it’s there, she can forget about it. Just like everything else in that room. Just like her other memories. Of a marriage that perhaps hadn’t been perfect. Of a life that hadn’t gone the way she had expected.
She’s been managing to hide from her past. Every day she acts like everything is normal. Going to work and following a routine helps her pretend the bad stuff never happened.
Until one day, everything changes. She sees the couple moving in next door, giggling as they walk up the path to their new home. The woman is pregnant. It’s like she has everything that Shelley has lost. But when Shelley properly meets Lara, she soon discovers she is in fact carrying a heartache to match Shelley’s own.
As her friendship with Lara deepens, Shelley starts to wonder what might happen if she opens the box she’s hidden away. Will the secrets from her past – about what she lost, what she’s hiding from, and what she has been doing her best to forget – destroy her?
Publication: January 27th 2020 by Bookouture
About the author…
Emma Robinson is the author of five novels about motherhood and female friendship including The Undercover Mother.
Her fifth novel – The Forgotten Wife – will be out in January 2020.
When she is not writing, Emma is an English teacher and lives in Essex with a patient husband and two children who are an endless source of material.
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