MYSTERY

The Wife Stalker

Harper. May 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780062967282. $27.99. SUSPENSE
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There is more than one side to a story! Joanna recounts how Leo Drakos leaves her and their two young children for another woman. Piper, “the other woman” tells how she set her sights on Leo and seduced him. Leo is instantly smitten with Piper and takes steps to remove Joanna permanently. Combining incriminating information and a payoff, he bribes Joanna to leave. He tells his two young children that their mother has died, and invites Piper into their family. Meanwhile, Joanna digs into Piper’s duplicitous past, suspecting foul play. Piper assumes Joanna’s place in the Drakos home, but resents the time and attention that Leo gives his children. Joanna refuses to retreat, continuing to delve into Piper’s past. She secretly stalks her family, to safeguard the children and expose Piper’s lies.
VERDICT The Constantine sisters (The Last Mrs. Parrish) have done it again: crafted a psychological thriller that keeps readers squirming until the last harrowing page, as it alternates between the two voices. Readers will enjoy the twists, turns, and surprises as the story unfolds. [See Prepub Alert, 10/18/19.]

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