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The Marriage Retreat by Laura Elliot


My husband saved other people’s marriages.

But his secrets will destroy ours…

I stand in the mortuary and take a deep breath before identifying the body of the man I’ve been married to for twenty-six years. Victor and I built Serenity Falls, a successful couples’ retreat, together. Honesty and trust were the bedrocks of our marriage, and we helped other couples repair their relationships too.

Now my whole world has been turned upside down and I don’t know what to think. A woman lies in a coma, in a stark, white hospital room. She was by Victor’s side when he died. The police have been unable to identify her and I’m forced to confront the painful reality that my own husband was hiding something. My grief is laced with anger. How could he lie to me?

But as I begin to uncover the secrets of my husband’s past, I discover the shocking truth about the woman with no name and no memory. And to protect my family, I have to make a choice.

A choice that will turn me into a liar, just like Victor.

And will end in murder…

My Thoughts

Many thanks to @bookouture @Elliot_Laura & @NetGalley for the opportunity to review it.

The death of Victor, a self-help love guru, occurs in a traffic accident with a strange woman beside him. The task of finding out who the other woman was and why Victor was lying to her falls to his wife, Lorraine.

She goes on a crazy trip from there as she discovers the truth and then has to work to maintain the same deception. This was a thrilling adventure that kept me on my toes with reveal after reveal coming at a steady pace. Lorraine was an intriguing woman with an intriguing past and her own secrets she wanted to keep hidden, and her learning the truth and then trying everything she could to keep the truth hidden was quite something.

The author skillfully explores complex human themes, including love, betrayal, and how individuals protect their interests. Lorraine's character development is fascinating, as she grapples with her own insecurities and the appeal of maintaining an impeccable public image.

A wonderful read that I recommend if you appreciate psychological mysteries with unexpected twists.


About the Author

Laura Elliot, is an internationally known writer of psychological thrillers. She has written ten novels, which are published by Bookouture and Sphere in the UK and Ireland, and by Grand Central Publishing in the US.

Her novels have been widely translated and include The Wife Before Me, The Thorn Girl, Guilty and her latest, After the Wedding.

AKA June Considine has written twelve books for children and young adults, and has collaborated on a number of high-profile, non-fiction books. Her short stories for teenage readers have been published in anthologies and broadcast on radio. She has also worked as a journalist and magazine editor.

She lives in Malahide, Co Dublin, Ireland.

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