ARC Review: My Other Husband by Dorothy Koomson

Happy Sunday Everyone,

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. I started mine with a very productive Saturday of reading and house cleaning. I set myself 30minute sprints to alternate between the two and it ended up being one of the most productive weekend days I’ve had in forever.As a result, I’ve done very little today but that’s fine, it’s balance.

Book πŸ“–

Thank you to @headlinebooks for this advanced copy of My Other Husband by @dorothykoomson_author in return for an honest review. My Other Husband was published on 18th August 2022 and you can get a copy here.

Description πŸ”–

Imagine you’re a crime writer and the murders you’ve written start to happen in real life. Not only are people being killed in the exact same way you wrote in your fiction, but someone is framing you for the murders. You know why it’s happening, but you’re unable to speak up and tell anyone because if you did, that would mean telling people about your other husband. And if you did that, there are a whole heap of lies and secrets that would need to come spilling out.

General Thoughts πŸ€”

I have been waiting to dive into this book for quite a while. I love Dorothy Koomson and I went through a stage some years ago of binging her back catalogue because I couldn’t get enough of her writing. My Other Husband was everything that I had been waiting for and I loved getting lost in this story of lies.

What I found most interesting about this story was that there was so much deceipt, but the intention was for good. That’s not to say that I agreed with the lies, but I understood the reason for them and the intent behind keeping the past secret.

Characters πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬

Oh how I went back and forth with my feelings for the main character Cleo. She was the protagonist in the story and I was completely sucked into her life from beginning to end, but as with all good protagonists, she wasn’t perfect. There were times that I thought she did the right thing and then others when I couldn’t believe she didn’t speak up and just tell someone about what she knew. I think that the situation didn’t need to escalate to where it did but I also appreciate that she had gone so far down a particular pathway, it wasn’t easy to turn back.

I really enjoyed reading the point of view of Lola; Cleo’s niece. She was only thirteen but my, she had some serious sass and I loved her. She was one smart cookie and she was a great reminder to me that kids aren’t always as naive as we think they are.

Writing Style ✍️

As with other Dorothy Koomson books that I have read, I was completely pulled into this story and was fully invested in the journeys of many of the characters. She has a great talent for creating stories that have many twists and turns and keep you turning the pages wanting to know more and more.

I liked the flip flopping of timelines in this book. It didn’t just switch between past and present, it switched between all different timelines in the middle too. I loved that this kept me engaged I almost felt like I was being vigilant within every chapter to try and spot a clue or a hint as to what was going to happen.

Conclusion & Scoring πŸŽ–

If you like gripping stories that are thrilling and have jaw dropping reveals, then this is a great book for you to add to your TBR. If you haven’t read a Dorothy Koomson book before, then you simply must. Loved this book and I am slightly sad that it’s over. I think I’ll relive the story by reading other reviews.


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