Other Mrs.
by Kubica, Mary

Unnerved by her husband's inheritance of a decrepit coastal property and the presence of a disturbed relative, community newcomer Sadie uncovers harrowing facts about her family's possible role in a neighbor's murder. 200,000 first printing.

Here's another engrossing domestic thriller (following When the Lights Go Out, 2018) from the New York Times best-selling Kubica. Sadie and Will Foust move with their two sons from Chicago to a small island off the coast of Maine to care for their niece, Imogen, after Will's sister commits suicide. The unsettling goth girl proves to be a handful, and the creepy old house and island folk are unwelcoming. After their neighbor Morgan is murdered, Sadie becomes a suspect, and she, in turn, becomes suspicious of her husband. Everyone is talking about how "close" he and Morgan had become. Sadie has reason to question Will's fidelity, but she also begins to doubt her own sanity. The story unfolds in three deeply sad female voices that sweep readers up in the dramas and secrets, past and present, that seal the fate of each character. The resilience displayed by the survivors in their new lives seems a bit strained, but most readers will be happy to see at least some of the characters getting a fresh start. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

A fresh start for a doctor and her family becomes a living nightmare in Kubica's (When the Lights Go Out, 2018, etc.) new psychological thriller. Human ecology professor Will Foust and his wife, Sadie, a doctor, have two boys, 14-year-old Otto and 7-year-old Tate. On the outside, they look like the perfect family. After Will's sister, Alice, dies from an apparent suicide, Sadie hopes that she and Will can provide stability for Alice's 16-year-old daughter, Imogen. They've also decided to leave Chicago and move into Alice's home on a small island off the coast of Maine, which Will has inherited. Unfortunately, Sadie, who used to practice emergency medicine, finds no satisfaction in her work at a local clinic; Otto is starting to show signs of the problems Sadie hoped he'd left behind; and though she understands that Imogen is devastated in the wake of her mother's death, the girl is behaving in a downright alarming way, including gleefully showing Sadie a picture she took of her mother as she hung from the attic rafters. Sadie also thinks Will might be cheating on her. Again. The family tension stretches to a breaking p oint when a neighbor woman (whom Sadie thinks Will has been cozying up to) is stabbed to death. It's not long before Sadie finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. Kubica ably molds Sadie into a (very) complicated woman with simmering secrets; as usual, she is a master of atmospherics who can turn almost any location into a swirling cesspool of creepy possibility. However, in a story told from multiple perspectives—first person and otherwise—a few are less compelling than others, such as that of over-the-top Camille, who claims to be having an affair with Will. And while Kubica sprinkles in a few clues about the big twist, she still asks readers to suspend disbelief to the breaking point. A page-turner that doesn't quite stick the landing. Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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