What His Wife Knew by Jo Jakeman #BookReview #RandomHouse #NetGalley #


The only word scribbled on a note from Beth’s husband before he disappeared.

The police believe that Oscar took his own life and this last apology was his way of saying goodbye to his wife. But Beth knows there is more to the story. As disturbing secrets about his life emerge, and the lies of those closest to her begin to unravel, she realises she never really knew her husband at all.

She wants to know what he was sorry for, and she’s going to find out… but someone doesn’t want her to discover the truth.

And they’ll do anything to stop her.

What His Wife Knew is a gripping suspense which is not what it first seems. It is a tale of revenge and betrayal but also of family and loyalty, with a final showdown you won’t easily forget.

Suspenseful & Surprising!

I did not see it coming!

Beth is distraught when her husband disappears and the police class it as a suicide as he left a note saying ‘sorry’. She knows better; Oscar would never have left her on her own with their two children – but how can she get them to understand? Then, as details of his life begin to be uncovered Beth realises that she didn’t know her husband as well as she thought – in fact, did she really know him at all?

What a good read! Beth’s sorrow is palpable and her struggle to cope with her children is all too real. There is quite a lot going on in this one, and each character is carefully crafted to fit into the story. I was easily drawn into it and the surprises along the way came as quite a shock! Beautifully written in a timely manner, this is an author who knows how to keep her secrets until almost the very end. Very enjoyable and, hopefully, not the only one I shall read by Jo Jakeman. Definitely a recommended read and one I’m happy to give 4.5*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: suspense thriller

Author Details

Jo was the winner of the prestigious Friday Night Live competition at York Festival of Writing. Her debut psychological thriller was published in the UK as Sticks and Stones by Harvill Secker (Penguin Random House) and as The Exes’ Revenge in the USA and Canada.

Sticks and Stones was shortlisted for the Best Revenge Thriller at the Dead Good Reader Awards 2019. Her second thriller SAFE HOUSE is out now in paperback. Jo has had her books translated into several languages and loves to hear from readers from across the globe.

Jo’s third thriller, WHAT HIS WIFE KNEW is coming in February 2022.

​She lives in Cornwall with her family and is an avid wild swimmer, making the most of her home county. She is also a very keen cook and if thriller writing doesn’t work out for her she might just try cookery books!

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