Two women. A dying wish. And a web of lies that will bring their world crashing down.
Nina and Marie were best friends—until Nina was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Before she died, Nina asked Marie to fulfil her final wishes. But her mistake was in thinking Marie was someone she could trust.
What Nina didn’t know was that Marie always wanted her beautiful life, and that Marie has an agenda of her own. She’ll do anything to get what she wants. Marie thinks she can keep her promise to her friend’s family on her own terms. But what she doesn’t know is that Nina was hiding explosive secrets of her own…
This story is really quite different from anything else I’ve read recently. Maybe because we are reading in the first person POV from Marie, who is a very strange and mixed up character. Apart from the fact that her first real boyfriend Charlie died while she was on holiday with her friends Nina and Camilla in Ibiza, we initially know very little about her background. We know she was at school with Nina and we know they were best friends. Then Nina marries Stuart and they have two lovely children. Marie is jealous of Nina’s so-called perfect life. When Nina dies of a terminal illness we start to find out more and more about their relationship and about Marie herself.
At first we all dislike Marie. She says things that most of us would not even dare to admit to ourselves. She lies and justifies her lies. Even to the numerous therapists she has seen over the years. But is she the only one who lies?
And then Camilla re-appears with her daughter Lulu in tow. Marie insists on calling her by her full name Louise. The more we find out about Nina and Camilla the more we ‘almost’ sympathise with Marie.
I’ve read The Perfect Girlfriend, which I really enjoyed, but this is so much more my type of book. It was brilliant. We are drip-fed information constantly and we never know who is telling the truth until the very end.
Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, my fellow Pigeons and the author for making this such an enjoyable read.
About the Author
Karen Hamilton caught the travel bug after an early childhood spent abroad (Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy) and having worked as cabin crew for a major airline. In 2006, she and her husband put down roots in Hampshire UK and she gave up flying to raise their three sons and concentrate on her writing.
In 2009, she decided to ‘become a writer.’ Her first novel The Perfect Girlfriend was published in March 2018. The Last Wife is her second novel.