Two best friends – one summer that changed everything.
Eccentric Addie Greyson had called athletic Zeke Turner her best friend her entire life. Over the last decade, they’d seen each other through every obstacle adolescence had thrown their way.
When Zeke returned home for the summer after his first year away at college, their time apart forced them to see each other in a new light. Once temptation became too much to resist, lines were crossed and the relationship they fought so hard to protect paid the ultimate price.
When fate brought them back together two years later, would it mean a second chance? Or would the summer that irrevocably changed them be the one thing their friendship couldn’t survive?
From Michele Campbell, the bestselling author of It’s Always the Husband comes a new blockbuster thriller in The Wife Who Knew Too Much.
Meet the first Mrs. Ford Beautiful. Accomplished. Wealthy beyond imagination. Married to a much younger man. And now, she’s dead.
Meet the second Mrs. Ford. Waitress. Small-town girl. Married to a man she never forgot, From a summer romance ten years before. And now, she’s wealthy beyond imagination.
Who is Connor Ford? Two women loved him. And knew him as only wives can know. Set amongst the glittering mansions of the Hamptons, The Wife Who Knew Too Much is a decadent summer thriller about the lives of those who will do anything for love and money. Who is the victim? Who is the villain? And who will be next to die?
The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell was addictive from the opening pages!!!
Let me begin by saying, I loved the way Campbell opened the book…in the first Mrs. Ford’s, Nina’s, voice. She gave me a hook to keep me reading while also giving me the background that sets the stage for the entire book.
Nina has just discovered her husband, Connor, is having an affair. She plans to confront him, but at the some point, her body is found in the family pool. Was it an accident, suicide, or something more sinister?
Connor is indeed having an affair with the other main character, Tabitha. They were involved as teens years earlier and have recently reconnected. He planned on leaving Nina, but he wanted to find a way to leave with at least some money, and his job at Nina’s company. Nina had a pretty ironclad prenup. With Nina’s death, he has everything he wants, including Tabitha. It isn’t long before she becomes the next Mrs. Ford.
Tabitha was expecting a new start with Connor, but she finds that Nina is still very much a part of their lives. Secrets and betrayals soon surface as Tabitha begins to wonder if Nina’s death was murder. And what, if any part, did Connor play in it?
The twists to the mystery just kept coming. I guessed one of them, but Campbell threw me for a loop with the second twist. I didn’t see that one coming!
Campbell’s characters were a huge part of why the book was so good. They were multi-layered and very complex. None of them were saints, but Tabitha was the one character I actually had some empathy for. I thought at times she had too little thought for herself and let her love for Connor blind her to his faults.
Connor didn’t have a great deal of redeeming qualities. He was selfish and self-centered, and let his love for money color how he looked at life. I felt like he didn’t really appreciate Tabitha or Nina. Despite his flaws, I believed he felt something for Tabitha that he didn’t feel for anyone else. But, did his flaws make him a murderer? That was a question I kept asking myself throughout the book.
Another great thing about the book was how Campbell made Nina a very important character despite her death in the beginning of the book. She, like all the other characters, was very complex.
Michele Campbell is a new writer to me. Her books had been on my list to read, and I am so glad I finally read one of her books. I’m looking forward to reading more from her.
Michele Campbell is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School and a former federal prosecutor in New York City who specialized in international narcotics and gang cases.
A while back, she said goodbye to her big-city legal career and moved with her husband and two children to an idyllic New England college town a lot like Belle River in IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND. Since then, she has spent her time teaching criminal and constitutional law and writing novels. She has had many close female friends, a few frenemies, and only one husband, who – to the best of her knowledge – has never tried to kill her.