How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Penguin Books!
Previously reviewed by the same author:
‘I wish he’d just DIE.’
He said in sickness and in health. But after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy, her husband Daniel left her for his mistress.
So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s gone missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.
What really happened on the night of Daniel’s disappearance?
And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself?
I have enjoyed books by Jane Corry before, so I was happy to check out her latest release The Dead Ex. The synopsis immediately grabbed me and I was expecting a fabulous thriller. This book was addictive and easy to read, but I don’t think it’s one of Jane’s best. I was a little confused by this story but it certainly clicked after a while, so it’s worth sticking with.
Vicki had epilepsy after being attacked at her work. Rather than supporting his wife, Daniel, Vicki’s husband leaves her for his mistress. One day, the police visit Vicki explaining to her that her ex husband is missing and could be dead. What Vicky doesn’t realise is that she’s prime suspect! Vicki is determined to prove her innocence, but it’s tricky when the drugs prescribed for her epilepsy cause frequent memory loss. Alongside this story line we also are introduced to Scarlet and Helen. We also hear from Scarlett’s mum Zelda. There are many characters and it’s hard to try and work out who is who.
I found the multi point of view hard to understand at the start of the story. I was struggling to figure out the connection between the characters, which may frustrate other readers. I felt quite confused throughout and just wanted some clarity, perhaps sooner than it actually arrived. I was fine with it when it became clear about the connection. It certainly had enough of an action packed plot for me to continue reading! Some of the things are a little far fetched though.
I wouldn’t say this is an amazing thriller, but it is readable with an awful male character that you’ll love to hate.
Would I recommend it?: