Publication Date: February 11, 2020
Publisher: William Morrow
This is a slow building mystery involving the ultra rich of Savannah, Georgia and is told from the perspective of two second wives. Marcie has been married to Jason for years and when the second wife of her husband’s best friend, William Randolph, is introduced to their social group everything that she has believed to be true starts to crumble. Keisha, Willam Randolph’s wife, has moved from London with her significantly older husband on the belief that if she puts in some time she will soon be a rich widow. Things from Keisha’s past collide with the reality of being William’s wife and along with temptations and the pressure of fitting in send her down a twisted path. Weaved throughout the story is black voodoo magic and dark pasts filled with secrets.
This book spent so long building up to the actual mystery that I think it really threw the whole pacing of the story off. Once things got moving I thought it was interesting and fast paced but it took about half the book to get there. None of the characters in this book are very likable and so it made the first half of this story really drag. I have seen other reviews where people didn’t like the ending but I went into this expecting a Pinborough ending and I thought it was a conclusion befitting the type of books she writes.
Mystery/thrillers are my favorite genre to read from and I always appreciate what Pinborough brings to the table. If you aren’t such a huge fan of mysteries then I would probably skip this one since you really have to work to get to the meat of the story.
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for gifting me a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.