Liv Constantine | May 2020 | 320pp
If The Boyfriend Project was my favorite read, this would have to be the craziest read of 2020. 🤦🏾♀️ This will be a short review because this is one of those stories where to say a little is giving up way too much. Just know, nothing is as it seems. Nothing chile.
Joanne is married to Leo and she’s worried about him. He’s a high profile attorney, recently more over worked than then usual. She paints him as a disconnected father and a workaholic husband. Maybe a bit of a philanderer, but, she’s a forgiving wife. She encourages him to take yoga classes at a new local yoga place. She knows the owner is young and attractive but she’s cool with that! 🤦🏾♀️
Meanwhile, Piper, the young attractive owner of the yoga studio, instantly takes a liking to Leo and against her better judgment, starts a relationship with him. Joanne quickly uncovers Pipers no angel. She’s buried each of her 2 previous husbands under suspicious circumstances.
Pros & Cons: The thing that works for it is the same thing that works against it, maddeningly! Its the ending, which is a hellava psychological twist. Either you’ll judge the writers as super savvy or lazy. They’ve basically decided to flat out lie to us to prevent us from guessing whodunnit. Initially, once I’d finished the book, I thought, nice twist, leaning towards the ‘savvy’ end of my prior statement. Now, months later, I think it was just lazy.
Turns out, author ‘Liv Constantine’, is a pair of sisters that also co-wrote The Last Mrs. Parrish. I had attempted to read Parrish in 2019 but, was bored to death and DNF’d it early on. I got the same vibe with Wife Stalker, though I think here, I was intrigued by the threesome of Leo, Joanne and Piper. The break up of Joanne and Leo gave me Diary of a Mad Black Women vibes, when the husband unceremoniously tosses his wife out with the u-haul guy. Piper as narrator also tells us about her past issues upfront and comes off as a very mysterious character. Though at the end, there is much left to be desired about her truths. Still, the ending is a huge payoff that makes up for all the stories unresolved story lines and sluggishness.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me, loosing points for unresolved story lines and overall construction of plot works as much against them as it works for them. Goodbook #42
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Storygraph summary of The Wife Stalker:
Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a local yacht club. When she meets Leo Drakos, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. Yet as Piper well knows, no marriage is permanent.
Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for Leo, the charismatic man she fell in love with all those years ago, to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. Though she’s thankful when Leo returns to his charming, energetic self, paying attention again to Evie and Stelli, the children they both love beyond measure, Joanna is shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.
Piper. Leo has fallen head over heels for the flaky, New Age-y newcomer, and unrepentant and resolute, he’s more than willing to leave Joanna behind, along with everything they’ve built. Of course, he assures her, she can still see the children.
Joanna is devastated—and determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love. As she digs deeper into Piper’s past, Joanna begins to unearth disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?