Book Review

‘War of the Wives’ by Tamar Cohen

wotw tcSTORY: Think marriage means happily ever after? Think again…

Selina and Lottie are complete opposites. Where Selina is poised but prudish, Lottie is quirky and emotional. Selina is the dutiful mother of three children and able manager of their stylish suburban home. Lottie lives with her eccentric teenage daughter in a small city apartment fit to bursting with color and happy chaos. But these women also have one shocking similarity: they’re married to the same man…and they’ve just found out he’s dead.

Selina has been married to Simon Busfield for twenty-eight years, Lottie for seventeen. Neither knew a thing about the other until the day of Simon’s funeral, where the scandalous truth is revealed in front of everyone they know. Another wife, another family… And they’ve only just scratched the surface of Simon’s incredible betrayal.

REVIEW: Selina is a fiftyish woman with three children living in a lovely home filled with beautiful furnishings and able to live an easy life.  Lottie is a mid-30s woman with one daughter living in a small flat and working at a job.  What do these two women have in common? They are both married to Simon Busfield who has just turned up dead.

Simon has worked and lived in Dubai for many years making frequent trips home to be with his two families.  The shock of his death coupled with the shock of his double life sends both Selina and Lottie rolling.  They meet at his funeral at the crematorium and soon learn that he has left no money and they are both at risk of losing their homes.

The first inclination of the two women is to hate one another but they soon realize that they will have to communicate with one another as they sift through Simon’s private life.  Simon’s children meet one another and are more accepting of each other than Selina and Lottie.

This novel takes the reader through the devastating loss and betrayal of their husbands and the stages of the process of grief.  But fate continues to deal more blows as both women suffer from someone ransacking their homes.  It soon becomes apparent that Simon may have been murdered.  But why and by whom?

Will this mystery be solved and will Simon’s killer be found?  How do Selina and Lottie finally come to grips with the loss of their husband?  Will they ever be able to be friends of a sort?

This is an in-depth novel that could have been a little shorter in length as we weed through the lives of each of the children and other members of the “combined” family.

I found this to be a great look at how completely the lives of a family can be destroyed by the deception of one.

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