Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on this blog tour for THE ADULTERER’S WIFE by Leigh Russell
Julie is devastated to learn that her husband, Paul, is having an affair. It seems her life can’t get any worse – until she comes home to find his dead body in their bed.
When the police establish he was murdered, Julie is the obvious suspect.
To protect her son from the terrible situation, Julie sends the teenage boy to his grandparents in Edinburgh while she fights to prove her innocence.
With all the evidence pointing to her, the only way she can escape conviction is by discovering the true identity of her husband’s killer.
But who really did murder Paul?
The truth is never straightforward…
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This was new ground for Leigh Russell as she moves from her police procedural stories to a psychological thriller. Julie is devastated when she discovers that her husband of 19 years has been cheating on her. Ok she knew that things had cooled off a little between them but she thought that they were alright. Julie is faced with a decision, carry on and hope the affair fizzles out or confront him. After going out of her mind for a week she finally confides in her two closest friends but before she can take any action she finds him dead in their bed. And what’s more is that the police think that she killed him!
Sometimes you need to experience a situation before you understand all the emotions that you go though when you find that your husband has been cheating. It is no good-looking in and thinking I wouldn’t do that because believe me going through it is totally different. Julie’s emotions run really high, especially after he died, to the point of you can feel the hate coming from the pages the more her life falls apart. After all she has even been cheated out of throwing him out! and now she is loosing everything, including her son. When the police become one tracked minded that Julie is the murderer she has to take radical actions to prove her innocence.
Just when you think things can’t get any worse they always do with poor Julie always seeming to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Leigh Russell keeps the tension tight with character that all seem like they have something to hide. I wouldn’t trust any of them but when you have no-one then beggars can’t be choosers. It is one of those stories that I didn’t know if Julie was being stitched up or if she was just caught up in the whole thing.
This was a story that just kept giving as I kept thinking super end then it continued, loved it. Julie was certainly a new woman when it was all over. I really enjoyed this thriller that I easily read in an afternoon sitting.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Leigh Russell, author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel crime series, has sold well over a million books worldwide.
Her novels have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Turkish. Reaching #1 on Kindle, her books have been selected as Best Fiction Book of the Year by the Miami Examiner, voted Best Crime Fiction Book of the Year in Crime Time, a Top Read on Eurocrime and shortlisted for the John Creasey New Blood CWA Dagger Award, long listed for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and a finalist for the People’s Book Prize.
Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English. She serves on the board of the Crime Writers Association, chairs the Debut Dagger Judges, and is a Royal Literary Fellow