Three wives, one letter, and an explosive secret that will change everything. He said, she said. Who do you believe?

Jessica, Stephanie and Priyanka are complete strangers, but they have one thing in common: they’ve each received a letter accusing their husbands of committing a sexual assault more than two decades prior. Is the accusation true or is there more to the story? It was a secret that remained buried for years.

With their worlds suddenly turned upside down, they don’t know who to trust—a complete stranger or the men they love and built their lives with. The three women come together to embark on a hunt for the truth, but they are hardly prepared for what they will discover. Who is the victim, and will justice ultimately be served?

My Review

I’m so conflicted. This is like reading Jodi Picoult. You try to see all sides and end up confused, angry, sympathetic. Ultimately I felt for the children most of all.

What would I do if it was my husband? Well let me say firstly that I trust him totally after 42 years together. I wouldn’t believe the letter and I would show it to him immediately. And that’s the difference.

The fact that they believe it shows that they have always had doubts about their husbands’ integrity. Stephanie’s husband Dan comes over as the worst, exerting coercive control over his wife, throwing his weight about. Her three girls can see it – middle daughter Rosie keeps warning her – but Stephanie is in denial.

I felt particularly sorry for Priyanka – Beau is so little and Andy has been a great father. Is that more important? And Jess is the driving force of the three. But even if there is no doubt about Nicky’s accusations, and we are not sure, I don’t always approve of their methods.

To play devil’s advocate here (don’t judge me) – I am simply opening a narrative, that’s all – the book can sometimes seem a bit man-hating. They must be guilty because they are – men. I also wanted some kind of redemption for at least one of the husbands. Can anyone ever confess their sins, serve their time and be forgiven? Not forgiven enough for their wives to take them back, but for them to be allowed to see their children (for the children’s sake not theirs). At times it was heartbreaking, especially for Beau.

This book opens up so much emotion and rage. Rage at the three men and their unforgivable crime against a vulnerable young woman. Can there ever be any excuse? They were all drunk. No excuse. They were all young. No excuse. Can you ever forgive your partner’s crime? Assault? Revenge? Murder? Maybe even murder. But rape – never.

Can the rapist ever be sorry for their crime and try to make amends? Or do we just throw away the key? I certainly don’t know the answer and wouldn’t pretend to.

Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read. Without them to discuss this book I would have been even more frustrated.

About the Author

Cate Ray is the author of four novels published in the UK as Cath Weeks and she was named an “Author to Watch” by ELLE. Her novel GOOD HUSBANDS is an Apple Best Book of June, a Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ Favourite, a Walmart Canada Read of the Month and a Kobo Best Mystery & Thriller. You can follow Cate on Instagram & Twitter @CateRaywriter, or visit her website: www.CateRay.co.uk

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