The Younger Wife
by Sally Hepworth
📖 | Genre: Thriller
⭐️| Rating: 2/5
📚| Review: The Younger Wife is just as boring as the title makes it sound. If you’re looking for a twisted mystery or suspenseful thriller, look much farther than this novel. This story is told through the lens of three women: Tully, Rachel, and Heather. Tully and Rachel are sisters dealing with a lot: their own additions & anxieties, grieving their mother’s dementia, and now the announcement of their father’s engagement to his much younger bride, Heather. Our first introduction to these characters is at the wedding where screams ring out and it’s revealed someone in the wedding party is seriously hurt in the chapel sacristy. From that prologue, the plot winds back in time to unravel who is hurt, who is at fault, who is to blame and why. At its core, this book is not so much a thriller, but a contemporary fiction story about complex family dynamics. Sally Hepworth’s strongest writing moments are the scenes between the two sisters. The way they carefully open up to one another, growing their relationship with one another, felt honest and real. I also enjoyed the way each of their significant others are portrayed and how they help during moments of high anxiety.
However, the plot lacked any sort of real tension and instead spelled confusion. I’m all for an unreliable narrator when its written well, but in this case it was not. There wasn’t a whole lot of mystery or suspense to this story, which it’s billed as having. Overall, The Younger Wife is a hard-pass from me and I’m surprised by all of the attention its getting. It’s a mediocre, low-stakes domestic drama not worth wasting your time on.