The Wife Stalker
by Liv Constantine
Published May 19, 2020
by Harper Publishing
About the book
The bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish returns with a psychological thriller, filled with chilling serpentine twists, about a woman fighting to hold onto the only family she’s ever loved—and how far she’ll go to preserve it.
Named one of the most anticipated thrillers of the year by Goodreads, Bustle, SheReads, and Library Journal
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?
“A twisty, engrossing house of mirrors…smart, propulsive, and tricky-in-all-the-best-ways psychological suspense.”- Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger Inside
“Compelling and surprising, THE WIFE STALKER is a fast-paced page-turner, full of unexpected twists and an ending I did not see coming. Impossible to put down!” – Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest
“Tense and deliciously twisty, THE WIFE STALKER is a hall of mirrors in which Liv Constantine delivers sinister surprises with characteristic sleight of hand.”- Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of The Nanny
“Wickedly entertaining. With THE WIFE STALKER, Liv Constantine proves once again to be a master of domestic malice.”- Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Lock Every Door
“The Wife Stalker is a daring, dastardly story with complex characters and a sinister plot. A read-through-the-night thriller that mesmerizes to the final page. An absolute must for your 2020 list!” – Samantha Downing, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
“Liv Constantine has done it again. Suspenseful and mesmerizing, Constantine’s third novel is a breakneck thriller that keeps you riveted from the first page to that explosive, jaw-dropping twist. If you’re looking for an addictive, up-all-night read, The Wife Stalker is as good as it gets.” – Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author of Jar of Hearts and Little Secrets
“Oh, you sneaky sisters. Liv Constantine got me in the best possible way with The Wife Stalker, a wicked, whip-smart bag of tricks about a woman fighting to hold onto her family. Read this one in one long gulp, then read it again to see what you missed the first time through. I promise you won’t see it coming.” – Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Dear Wife
“Liv Constantine has done it again. THE WIFE STALKER is a masterclass of domestic suspense that keeps you up all night, turning the page, desperate to find out what happens next. Can’t recommend this book enough! Fun, thrilling, and an ending you simply won’t see coming!” –Matthew Farrell, bestselling author of WHAT HAVE YOU DONE
Who doesn’t want another Liv Constantine thriller just in time for summer? These ladies know how to write the effortless thriller with a zinger of a twist, and I’m happy to have gotten an early copy of this one, because it’s sure to be a hit.
There is Piper, the beautiful new woman in town who appears to not have any documented past, who swoops down on attractive yet married Leo, a prominent and attractive attorney, recently depressed and struggling. But Leo’s current wife Joanna is having absolutely none of it, and although Piper seems to be succeeding in stealing her husband, Joanna just knows there is something more to Piper that she is secretly hiding. As Joanna continues her search into Pipers hidden past, putting together the pieces of her life, Constantine hits us with one unexpected ending that none of us saw coming at all.
This thriller is told in short chapters alternating between Piper and Joanna’s views, it’s a fairly quick read and easy to get through. Piper is easily a villanous character and you are quick to despise her, which is right where the author wants you to go. I enjoyed the alternating perspective, but nowadays you can’t even trust your narrators anymore when you read a book, they can be so unreliable, so watch out where you are going with your gut. Thats the beauty of a Liv Constantine novel, they get you every time, and this one is no different. This has one smooth story line with an ending that was never expected. You may even find yourself going back through the book a few times (like me) trying to figure out where you had it all wrong. Always expect the unexpected when it comes to the Constantine duo, another great thriller to add to their repertoire, and to yours as well. Definitely recommend this one, 4.5 stars from me.
I just would like to thank Liv Constantine , Suzanne Leopold of Suzy Approved Book Tours and Harper Publishing for the copy of this book for my unbiased and honest opinion for review.
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About the Author
Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Separated by three states, they spend hours plotting via FaceTime and burning up each other’s inboxes. They attribute their ability to concoct dark story lines to the hours they spent listening to tales handed down by their Greek grandmother.
Lynne is a former marketing executive with a Master’s degree in Business from Johns Hopkins University. She has explored coral reefs all over the world, sunken wrecks in the South Pacific, and fallen in love with angelfish in the Caribbean. When Lynne’s not writing, you can find her curled up with her Labrador and Golden Retrievers reading a good book or walking the beach thinking up devious plans for her characters.
Valerie has always loved books and spent many nights reading by the light of her bedside lamp until 3 a.m. She lives with her husband and their brilliant Cavalier King Charles, Zorba.
Early in her career she served as a White House Assistant in the President’s Scheduling and Advance Office planning presidential trips and travel and has visited over forty foreign countries. She has a degree in English Literature. When she’s not writing, you won’t find her, as she and her husband will be traveling to some faraway destination.
You can find more about them at: livconstantine.com
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