May 2, 2021

My Husband’s Girlfriend

My Husband’s Girlfriend

by Sheryl Browne

Published April 7, 2021
by Bookouture

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery and Suspense


She told my little boy a secret and now he’s gone…

Tucking her little boy Ollie into bed one night, Sarah notices his beloved teddy bear, which she bought him when he was born, is missing and in its place is a new toy given to him by her ex-husband’s new girlfriend, Laura. When she asks Ollie about it, he begins to shift uncomfortably, before whispering ‘Laura told me a big secret and she said I can never tell you’.

Sarah’s heart sinks. But when she raises her concerns, nobody wants to listen. To everyone else, Laura is the perfect stepmother and Sarah is just the jealous ex-wife. But Sarah knew the moment she met Laura she couldn’t trust her, from her overly perfect stepmother act to the way she evaded questions about her own history.

Soon Ollie is asking to spend more time with his dad and Laura, and shrinking away from Sarah. Then, when she calls to him in the garden one day, Ollie doesn’t answer back. The garden is silent. Ollie’s sandpit is empty. Ollie has disappeared.

My Thoughts

My Husband’s Girlfriend (formerly The Whisper) is a tense psychological thriller that approximates real life choices we have to make when our instinct kicks in. I love how the author has the main character, Sarah, flipping between trusting her husband’s girlfriend, then feeling sorry for her. Is Laura just a good actor, or just so traumatized by her past that nothing she says is the whole truth? Likewise, Sarah’s boyfriend Joe, and ex, Steve distrust Laura’s feelings putting them down to jealousy, but then believing her as evidence against Laura mounts. I love how we can vibrantly we see the wide-eyed innocence of Ollie, the little boy at the center of all the drama, making me nostalgic for when my boys were little. I wish the story would have moved a little quicker, because I felt like I was always on edge. But after all, that’s the goal of a suspense novel, so well-done Sheryl Browne!

Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advance reader’s copy for review.


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