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My Husband’s Girlfriend by Sheryl Browne, a book review

My latest audio book was from one of my favourite authors, Sheryl Browne. I think My Husband’s Girlfriend has to be one of her best so far.

My Husband's Girlfriend book cover on Audible
By: Sheryl Browne
Narrated by: Katie Villa
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 07-04-21
Language: English
Publisher: Hachette UK – Bookouture

The Blurb

Tucking her little boy Ollie into bed one night, Sarah notices his beloved teddy bear, which she bought him when he was born, is missing and in its place is a new toy given to him by her ex-husband’s new girlfriend, Laura. When she asks Ollie about it, he begins to shift uncomfortably before whispering, “Laura told me a big secret, and she said I can never tell you.” Sarah’s heart sinks.

But when she raises her concerns, nobody wants to listen. To everyone else, Laura is the perfect stepmother, and Sarah is just the jealous ex-wife. But Sarah knew the moment she met Laura she couldn’t trust her, from her overly perfect stepmother act to the way she evaded questions about her own history. 

Soon, Ollie is asking to spend more time with his dad and Laura, and shrinking away from Sarah. Then, when she calls to him in the garden one day, Ollie doesn’t answer back. The garden is silent. Ollie’s sandpit is empty. Ollie has disappeared. 

My Review of My Husband’s Girlfriend

After reading some of the other reviews about this book I found the biggest criticism was that there were too many characters, too much going on and too much repetition from each point of view. These were the points I actually enjoyed. I guess listening to the story on Audible does make a difference.

I think Katie Villa narrates the story perfectly, capturing the essence of each character and bringing them to life. As someone from the West Midlands (Like Sheryl Browne) I get the accents and feel like I’m in a story from someone I know.

Saying that, there was a lot going on. So many twists and turns, and so many characters that all had their own little things going on. The stories were all tied up together in the end which was both exciting and satisfactory.

Being a fan of Sheryl, I do relate to her story telling. She likes her readers to get to know her characters, she adds a little tension, but nothing to horrific or gory. She starts slowly and works up into a frenzy. Then, as I have already said, the story is all brought together at the end.

I’ve never had to deal with a husband’s girlfriend (mine ran off to another Country and they didn’t go and stay until they were teens…nice free holidays for the kids in the South of France though!) But, I can understand the apprehension, the suspicion and how things can all be blown out of proportion from the Mother’s point of view. I can also understand the frustration of others around who can so easily blame the Mother’s behaviour on jealousy. You should always trust a Mother’s instinct though.

I got through this book quickly and really enjoyed it. I will look forward to Sheryl’s next book.

I listened to the book on audible, you can also buy it on Amazon where it is only £1.99 (currently) on Kindle and £8.72 in paperback.

I hope you enjoyed my review you can read more here. Have you read this book or any other of Sheryl Browne’s thrillers. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Trust Me, Sheryl Browne – Book Review

Trust Me, Sheryl Browne

This post contains affiliate links to both the audible version of Trust Me and an Amazon link. These will earn me a little money if you click through and purchase but will cost you no extra. Thank you for your support.

book cover, Trust Me, Sheryl Brown. A Woman in a purple dress hiding behind a curtain.
By: Sheryl Browne
Narrated by: Katie Villa
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 20-11-20
Language: English
Publisher: Hachette UK – Bookouture

The Blurb

Emily and Jake are the perfect couple. Or so everyone says. But Emily just read a letter that has shattered her perfect world. Now she only has one thing on her mind. Which one of her friends is sleeping with her husband?

Emily watches Jake as he makes small talk with their children, still the perfect man she married years ago. But when the phone rings and he answers before quickly putting it down again, she sees the look on her husband’s face – guilt. She knows the signs. After all, she’s lying to him for years. 

Working with Jake at the local doctor’s surgery, Emily starts to listen at closed doors and read things she shouldn’t, hoping to find the truth about her husband. Soon she learns that hers isn’t the only family telling lies to each other. Is there anyone Emily can trust? And who is behind the letter to Jake? 

When a second letter, revealing a wife’s hidden pregnancy, is sent to the woman’s husband, it has disastrous consequences. And as more angry letters revealing people’s biggest secrets begin to appear, fingers point at Emily. After all, she’s the one with access to everyone’s private history, and she’s the one with a score to settle. Emily says she didn’t do it. But this isn’t the first time Emily has lied.

What happens next will have you questioning everything…. You might have already decided that Emily is guilty, but as each twist is revealed, you’ll begin to doubt everyone in this quiet little town. This is a psychological thriller that will keep you up all night! 

My Review

I’ve always been a big fan of Sheryl Browne, I loved her romance novels and I thought she made the transition into thrillers really well. She has a wonderful way of bringing characters to life and making you feel as though you know them.

This story had plenty of twists and turns that kept you thinking. It was quite obvious what was going on but it was still interesting to read how it would all pan out and culminate. I do feel as though there was not so much darkness or tension as Sheryl has provided in previous thrillers. This book was more of a ‘who is creating trouble,’ rather than who the murderer is, or indeed what the greatest threat is. I did feel this was more like her former writing before she turned to the ‘dark side.’ I’d almost forgotten the story began with a murder.

There were some things I didn’t work out, and some things I did but it was a complicated jigsaw with lots of pieces to fill in. All in all a satisfying read and another great book from Sheryl.

If you want to find out about some more fabulous audio books then pop along to Lovely Audio books for recommendations and a link up party.

20 Books for Christmas Reading Challenge.

I’m not doing as well as I’d hoped for this challenge. I did say I’d probably only manage ten books but I’m afraid it’s only seven. I might get another one in before next week, I’m currently reading Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club.

You can read my other book reviews here.

Pop over to Jo at Tea and Cake for the Soul for more book reviews.

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The New Girlfriend, Sheryl Browne

I saw this book on sale and decided to grab a copy on Audible. The New Girlfriend by Sheryl Browne is a great thriller and real page turner.

Cover for The New Girlfriend Audio book from Sheryl Brown. Image shows a yellow background with text and two petals, one whole and the other torn in half.
By: Sheryl Browne
Narrated by: Katie Villa
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 03-08-20
Language: English
Publisher: Hachette UK – Bookouture

The Blurb

Your secrets. Her lies. 

Cassie stares at the woman on her doorstep in disbelief. Just months after losing her only son, Josh, here stands a stranger claiming to be Josh’s girlfriend. But it’s not only the woman Cassie is shocked by, it’s the baby nestled in Kim’s arms. Cassie’s grandchild. 

I know what you did. 

As Cassie tries to do what’s best for baby Samuel, she starts to receive threatening messages from someone from her past – someone Cassie has been hiding from for a long time. Cassie is frightened that her biggest secret is about to be revealed and she will lose everything, including her precious grandson. 

You took everything from me. Now you need to pay. 

As the messages get more sinister, Cassie realizes the person behind them knows every detail about her life and she fears that she is being watched. Could Kim be the link between Cassie and the mysterious messenger? And is she in danger now that she has welcomed this woman and her baby into her home? 

My Review of The New Girlfriend

The story starts with a death, which is quite normal for a thriller. But, then it become quite slow and gentle and for a while you forget it’s a thriller. The story plods along and you get to know the characters and start building your suspicions.

Some might say it’s a slow start, but I actually enjoyed the story telling and getting to know the backgrounds of the characters. There were some clues dotted along, some easy to figure out, some not so.

Towards the end the story takes a sinister turn…at last..but again, it’s not as dark as you would normally expect. We get a good amount of tension as it builds up. There’s a a little bit of horror and touch of surprise. None of it is overwhelming, but still you want to keep reading (or listening) and find out what is going to happen next.

I really enjoyed the ending but I can’t give you any spoilers.

As an audio book I loved the narrator Katie Villa. Being from the Midlands myself I could relate to her accents and she did them well, bringing each character to life. I’ve known people who speak just like Cassie and Kimberly, completely different, despite living in the same town.

I really enjoyed this book, and it’s one more to add to my 20 books for Christmas Challenge.

The links in my post are affiliate which means if you click through and buy I may earn some money at no extra cost to you, so thank you in advance. I did buy this book myself and I’ve not been asked for a review, I always vow to be honest in my opinions.

The book is also available on Amazon in paperback for £8.99 and Kindle for just £1.99.

Have you read any of Sheryl Browne’s books?

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