Fun, Confounding Psychological Thriller | “The Second Marriage” by Jess Ryder (2021) Book Review

If you are someone who doesn’t like to read a long review, then here’s all you need to know: if you like to read thrillers which have twist upon twist, many of which you don’t see coming at all, then just grab hold a copy of “The Second Marriage” by Jess Ryder and read it when you are guaranteed to not have any distractions. I assure you, you definitely will not be disappointed.

This is the first book of this author’s I am reading though I have heard of her some. Going by this book, I am not surprised that her work is quite well-known. This book starts with our heroine Lily’s wedding engagement with Edward, a wealthy widower, and Lily is a private teacher to his son Noah. Edward also has two adult daughters who live independently in a house paid for by him. Though she has only known him a short time, she agrees to marry him thinking that the worst that can happen will be some issues with Edward’s daughters.

But on the night of the wedding, Noah tells Lily that his mom is not dead and that he remembers everything. Lily finds herself unable to dismiss or forget it; when Lily confides about the same to her close friend Marsha, who doesn’t completely trust Edward, she asks Lily to look under the surface and not get fooled by the lies she is being told. Edward, on the other hand, points the finger at Marsha and says that she is trying to turn Lily against him because she doesn’t want to let go of Lily. What follows thereafter, is a series of convoluted events and lots of twists, which take us through a labyrinth of truths and lies, that confound Lily on whom to trust.

The story has so many twists and turns, that many a time, I was almost sure a particular thing would happen, only for the opposite to be true. By the time I was halfway through the story, I just couldn’t put it down and couldn’t put the story out of mind even when I had to be away from it for a while.

The story had the usual dark, broody mood of impending disaster that one can expect from a psychological thriller but it didn’t darken my mood terribly. I rather enjoyed coming across the various unexpected events and it was fun to read as well. In fact, I can’t remember when I last had such fun while reading a psychological thriller. This book is a must-read for lovers of psychological thrillers and I just can’t recommend it enough.

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