Book review: The third wife

The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell, published by Century  PA Photo/Century.

The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell, published by Century PA Photo/Century.

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The scars of a broken family

The Third Wife by Linda Jewell: It’s the tale of genial, good-looking, middle-aged Adrian Wolfe, a serial husband who left his two previous wives - and a total of five children - for his latest one, Maya.

When Maya steps out in front of a bus after an evening of heavy drinking on her own, the question raised is: was it a genuine accident or did she commit suicide?

And, through a series of flashbacks interspersed with real-time events, it slowly emerges that behind the facade of happiness and love shared between all three wives and Adrian’s clutch of children, he has left a trail of emotional devastation in his wake. The secrets, the lies and the final honesty of lives broken when a partner leaves his family are painstakingly explored in this well-crafted drama which takes the reader on an emotional journey - but don’t expect many laughs.

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