ARC Review: The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland

Evening Everyone,

Second post today; told you I had reviews to catch up on. I’m supposed to be having an early night as I’m up at 3:30 in the morning to leave for the airport, but I’m far too excited so I thought I’d use the awake time wisely.

Book πŸ“–

Thank you to @bookouture for this advanced audio copy of The Millionaire’s Wife by @shaboland in return for an honest review. The Millionaire’s Wife was published on 19th September 2022 and you can get a copy here.

Description πŸ”–

Anna Blackwell receives an email from an unknown sender with a photograph attached and when she opens it, her world is turned upside down. The photograph is of a dead woman. Anna doesn’t know who she is but she knows who killed her.

Does this mean that Anna is next? In order to protect herself, her husband and her family, Anna knows that she needs to come clean about her past but doing so will put her marriage at risk. She doesn’t know who to turn to at this point and as everything starts to unravel around her, she realises that she’s not the only one who has been keeping secrets.

General Thoughts πŸ€”

After having read quite a complex, heavy book, this thriller was a breath of fresh air for me. I thought it was great entertainment and I was able to fully allow myself to get lost within the story and the characters. There were some good twists and turns thrown in that I admit, took me by surprise and I really enjoyed the drama of Anna’s relationships.

Characters πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬

I quite liked Anna throughout the majority of the book and I found myself empathising with her quite a lot. She had made some poor decisions in her youth that had lead to not the best start of her adult life, however she had managed to move on, put it all behind her and make a life for herself. But then when her secret bombshell dropped, my opinion of her did shift. She had kept a pretty big secret and I’m not sure that if I were Will, I’d have been able to forgive her.

To be completely honest, the characters in this story weren’t that deep. I didn’t particularly love or hate any of them and I don’t feel like I really got to know an awful lot about their inner workings, but I was still more than happy to be swept along with their drama.

Writing Style ✍️

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I did enjoy her writing style. This book was exactly what it says on the tin, thrilling, suspenseful and mysterious. I’ve seen some mixed reviews online and most of the negative ones seem to be from readers who have read a lot of other work by Shalini Boland. If anything this has made me want to read more of her books because I enjoyed The Millionaire’s Wife.

The timeline jumped between past and present and as always, I thoroughly enjoyed this structure. I also listened to the audiobook which seems to be a winner in comparison to the book if you look at other reviews. The narrator did a fabulous job of carrying the story along and keeping me engaged.

Conclusion and Scoring πŸŽ–

I really enjoyed this book and it jumped to the top of my TBR list at the exact right time. It was what I would describe as a popcorn thriller; it was fun, dramatic, easy to get lost in and felt a bit like a guilty pleasure. I’d definitely recommend the audiobook as I thought that it was great to listen to and kept me very entertained. If you’re looking for a binge worthy thriller that you don’t have to think too hard about to enjoy, then this is a book for you.


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