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Publisher's Summary

The moment she laid eyes on Heather Wisher, Tully knew this woman was going to destroy their lives.

Tully and Rachel are murderous when they discover their father has a new girlfriend. The fact that Heather is half his age isn't even the most shocking part. Stephen is still married to their mother, who is in a care facility with end-stage Alzheimer's disease.

Heather knows she has an uphill battle to win Tully and Rachel over, while carrying the burden of the secrets of her past. But, as it turns out, they are all hiding something.

The announcement of Stephen and Heather's engagement threatens to set off a family implosion, with old wounds and dark secrets finally being forced to the surface.

A garage full of stolen goods. An old hot-water bottle, stuffed with cash. A blood-soaked wedding. And that's only the beginning....

©2021 Sally Hepworth (P)2021 Macmillan Australia Audio

Critic Reviews

"Smart, suspenseful, brimming with secrets. This is Sally Hepworth at her unputdownable best." (Kate Morton)

"At once familiar, wonderfully unpredictable and riveting. My kind of story." (Rosalie Ham)

"Completely compulsive. Sally Hepworth delivers with this stay-up-late one-more-chapter gem." (Jane Harper)

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might be my new favourite Sally Hepworth book

this was so great. I loved the storyline, the pace, the characters, everything! highly recommend

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great story but the audio reading is terrible.

the breathing between each sentence makes this story almost impossible to listen to. such a pity as it's a great story.

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Superficial & lacking credibility

The characters responses & actions often lack credibility, very black and white. It reeks of a middle class person trying to describe difficult social issues in a way that they think is compassionate , but is at times superficial and patronising, even off the mark. The end is in in unsatisfyingly far-fetched & lacking in any complexity.

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Great story

I really enjoyed this book. Very thought provoking! I thought the narration was terrific.

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Ending was a letdown

I’m usually a huge fan of Sally Hepworth’s novels, but this one was disappointing. Without wanting to give anything away, the ending was anticlimactic and a bit soppy. I also felt like Rachel’s character development (and particularly her relationship with Darcy) felt hollow and somewhat rushed.

Otherwise, the narrator’s performance was excellent and the audio production itself was faultless.

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Enjoyed it!!!!

Thank you Sally Hepworth! Great read, I found it interesting, funny and intriguing. Get into it people.

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Very disappointing

This is one of the worst books I’ve encountered. The characters are deeply superficial and odious. As a result, I couldn’t find any interest in their journeys. This author has little emotional intelligence.

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Love all things Sally

This book is gripping from the start, I love how each character has their own battles but how they unit as a team. I also love how you don’t know why until the very last chapter. Highly recommend

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Another thought provoking read by Sally

I enjoyed listening to this book. I downgraded the story from 4 to 3.5 stars because I felt it left you with some questions.
Otherwise a very good and thought provoking story.
Look forward to her next book, so far I have enjoyed them all.

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Great complex female characters

I really liked the way this book didn’t have all the answers. Life’s not black and white and neither is this book. It’s tempting to hate the main make character but it’s really refreshing that it’s not that straightforward for any of his victims. I really great read!

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  • 13-12-2021

Entertaining

Gossips, busybodies and scandalmongers ... gather ’round! Have you heard what’s going on with the Astons? Not only is patriarch Stephen Aston engaged to marry a woman who is younger than his daughters, but the rest of the family seem to be falling apart at the seams as well!

It is in this somewhat light-hearted vein that I took a drink and my copy of THE YOUNGER WIFE and sat outside in the wonderful sunshine (at least in my neighbourhood) to read from cover to cover this highly entertaining story.

It was a pleasure to listen to this book. listening about each character’s idiosyncrasies and their reactions as personal and family secrets are revealed kept me engaged from start to finish. The chapters, told from various characters’ points of view, allowed us to gain insight into things that happen and also see how they might look differently to others.

This book does tackle serious issues including domestic violence, sexual assault, food addiction and, dementia just to name a few. If I had picked this book up on a day I was in a more serious frame of mind, I might have struggled with the way in which some of these issues were handled. Having said that, I think the book well encapsulates the helplessness and loss of control by characters; I was easily able to empathise with them.

Hepworth’s breezy writing style, a good number of twists and interesting characters makes THE YOUNGER WIFE a diverting listen.

Jessica Clarke was very good with the delivery of the story

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