The Ex Wives – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Ex Wives

Author:- Jenna Kernan

Date published:- will be published on 10th October 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages;- 371 pages

Genre- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 3/5

Overall rating:- 3.5/5

wo ex-wives. Two missing girls. Will yours be next?

Pulling a batch of my husband’s favourite golden oatmeal cookies from the oven, I smile to hear my daughter Phoebe playing in the treehouse outside. I was once so close to losing everything, but since I married handsome Jackson, I have a perfect life. Jackson might tell me what to wear, but he just likes to buy me nice things. He says I don’t need a job, and why would I want one? I can spend all day taking care of Phoebe and running errands in the fancy car Jackson gave me—he knows everywhere I go, and I love how much he wants to keep me safe.

But my whole world shatters when I find out Jackson is a liar.

He never mentioned he was married before—twice.

I love him so much. But how can I trust him now? Desperate for answers, I search our pristine house top to bottom. I thought Jackson was caring: but is it a way to control me?

When I track down his ex-wives, I see fear in their eyes. Both these women had little girls just like me. And when they left Jackson, their daughters went missing.

Devastated I’ve put Phoebe in danger, I have no choice but to find the truth about those poor girls. To protect Phoebe, I must pretend to still be the perfect wife, even though fear floods through me at Jackson’s touch.

But how far will I have to go? And what will happen to me and my sweet child if my husband finds out?

Elana is happily married to Jackson and Jackson acts as a doting stepfather to Phoebe. To an outsider, the family is picture perfect family. But soon, Elana learns a dark secret about Jackson–Jackson had lied to her, he had married before twice and his daughters are missing. Now Elana wondered if she and Phoebe are same.

This was a slow-burn thriller although towards the middle of the book, the book started getting fast-paced and started getting more twists and turns. You have a controlling husband, money, power and privilege all played out and for Elana, it felt like a complete Cinderella theme. This was all too direct to me, already predictable and would know what is going to happen in the end so I would say not much twists and turns you would normally expect in a good psychological thriller. The characters to me feel like moaning and bland although I started liking Elana towards the end. The ending part wasn’t bad as I predicted that this was what was going to happen next. Kind of had Behind Closed Door by B.A Paris vibe in this book.

Overall, if you like a slow burn domestic thriller then this one is for you–worth 3.5 stars.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Publishers Weekly bestselling author Jenna Kernan is a Silver Falchion nominee and winner of the Book Buyers’ Best award. Her new gripping crime thrillers feature a criminal psychologist, and daughter of an infamous female serial killer, facing a series of murders in Florida. Look for A Killer’s Daughter and The Hunted Girls, out now. Jenna is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Florida Mystery Writers and Novelists, Inc. A natural redhead living with her husband on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Jenna has recently increased her sunblock to SPF 50.

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