Two women are watching each other
Phoebe Miller isn’t sure when the rusty car started showing up in the cul-de-sac she calls home, or why its driver would be spying on her. What could be interesting about an unhappy housewife who drowns her sorrows in ice cream and wine and barely leaves her house?
Only one knows why
When a new family moves in across the street–the exuberant Vicki, who just might become the gossipy best friend Phoebe’s always wanted, and her handsome college-bound son, Jake, who offers companionship of a different variety–Phoebe finds her dull routine infused with the excitement she’s been missing. But with her head turned she’s no longer focused on the woman in the car. And she really should be…
The Other Mrs. Miller serves up a delicious brew of dark secrets and stunning plot twists that will keep you captivated until the very last page.
As one of my fellow Pigeons commented The Other Mrs. Miller is ‘a book of two halves’. The first half is about Phoebe, a bored and almost agoraphobic, wealthy housewife, whose ghastly father Daniel has just died. A highly successful businessman. he was also a sexual abuser and his victims are just beginning to emerge from the woodwork. No wonder Phoebe is virtually in hiding. Her husband Wyatt is a therapist, but struggles with their own marriage and they are on the verge of breaking up.
Then a new family move in across the road. Vicki instantly becomes Phoebe’s new best friend, but not as ‘best’ as her gorgeous 18-year-old son Jake. He pops over to do the gardening and other favours. Think Desperate Housewives here. Vicki is married to Ron, a disgraced neurosurgeon, who has fled California following two negligence law suits. Lovely. Almost forgot – most of them drink themselves into oblivion. Must go with the territory.
But the most interesting plot-line for me is the blue car claiming to belong to a delivery driver for Executive Courier Services that is always always parked across the road and the mysterious woman who sits there. Is she watching Phoebe? And if so why?
The second half of the book focuses on Nadia. This is her story. Personally (probably because I found Phoebe so irritating) I preferred this half of the book. Nadia has secrets – lots of them – and she is clever and devious. Can we trust her? Can we trust Wyatt or anyone for that matter? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
I loved it even though the second half was at times ridiculously far-fetched. But that’s fiction for you.
Many thanks to The Pigeonhole and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.
About the Author
Allison M. Dickson is the author of several well-reviewed independently published novels and short stories covering everything from horror and sci-fi to suspense.