Friday, 13 July 2018

Blog Tour Review: The Dead Ex by Jane Corry

The Dead Ex by Jane Corry
Published: 28th June 2018
Publisher: Penguin- Viking
Pages: 422
Available in Paperback and on Kindle
Rating: 5/5

'I wish he'd just DIE.'
Vicki's husband David once promised to love her in sickness and in health. But after a brutal attack left her suffering with epilepsy, he ran away with his mistress.

So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he's missing, her first thought is 'good riddance'. But then the police find evidence suggesting that David is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.

What really happened on the night of David's disappearance?
And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she's not even sure of it herself?

I have loved Jane Corry’s previous two novels and was expecting great things from her third The Dead Ex, I was not disappointed it was another example of gripping twisty story-telling where you never really know what’s going on until the very last page.
Vicki’s ex husband David is missing. After he left her three years ago for his mistress, following a brutal attack leaving her with epilepsy Vicki has had very little to do with David. But the police think David’s dead and they think Vicki knows something about it. Vicki’s almost certain she’s not involved but when the evidence starts to mount up against her Vicki needs to convince the police and herself that she really is innocent.
Scarlet is eight years old and has just watched her mother being arrested by the police and taken away from her. She’s put into foster care where she rejects any form of support from her foster parents preferring instead to still follow suggestions from her mother in prison.
These were two very different narratives and I wasn’t sure how they would merge together to form one story; Vicki’s narrative is also split between the present and the past where we learn about her relationship with David and the lead up to her attack. When they do come together its brilliant and results in a very clever ending.
Vicki’s a character whom you want to believe is innocent and trustworthy but all they way through the book I had that niggling feeling that something wasn’t quite right with her. I love Jane Corry’s writing for creating characters which give me this feeling, it’s fantastic to read.
Each chapter in this book has been cleverly crafted to give more insight and more doubt into each of the characters and I loved how each chapter we’re left wondering with a cliff-hanger ending.
This is an utterly gripping novel which I couldn’t put down, I love how all the different strands weave together to form an intense and unexpected story. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good thriller, it’s my book of the year so far.
Thank you so much to Penguin for sending me a copy to review and for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

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