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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

The First Wife

Narrator: Tavia Gilbert


Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Publication Date: 2/10/2015

Format: Audio

My Rating: 3 Stars

An idealistic young woman marries a man she barely knows only to discover his first wife disappeared under mysterious circumstances. As a child, Bailey Browne dreamed of a knight in shining armor swooping in to rescue her and her mother. As she grew older, those dreams transformed, becoming ones of a mysterious stranger who swept her off her feet and whisked her away from her ordinary existence; then, suddenly, there he was. Despite the ten-year difference in their ages and her working class upbringing and his of privilege, Logan Abbott and Bailey fall deeply in love. Marriage quickly follows.

But when Logan brings her home to his horse farm in Louisiana, a magnificent estate on ninety wooded acres, her dreams of happily-ever-after begin to unravel. A tragic family history Bailey knew nothing about surfaces, along with whisperings about the disappearance of his first wife and rumors about women from the area who have gone missing, and when another woman disappears, all signs point to her husband's involvement.

My Review

THE FIRST WIFE by Erica Spindler is a mystery suspense psychodrama of small town dark secrets, mixed with romance ---leaving you guessing as to which characters you can trust.

Bailey Browne meets an older man while vacationing in the Cayman, and falls into a quick romance, and marriage less than a few weeks after their meeting. She of course knows nothing about this man, Logan Abbott. Upon their return back to the real world at his horse farm in Louisiana, most of the staff and the town are shocked of Bailey’s resemblance to his first wife, True. She wonders why her new husband never mentions his wife and the circumstances surrounding her disappearance. At first Bailey does not think too much about the comments and whispers comparing her to True. However, she soon discovers there may be more surrounding this time when she disappeared. Was her husband a cold blooded murderer, and could she be next? Billy Ray, a local police chief insists Baily needs to watch her back, and her husband is a cold blooded killer--he will keep digging to prove Logan is to blame. More strange things begin happening, and Bailey becomes frightened of her husband and at the same time she wonders why Billy Ray is so obsessed. Then more women disappear and she becomes afraid for her life and she is in danger. We move back and forth between the real killer, the husband or the cop with twists and turns until the end, until the identity is revealed. This is my first book by the author, and even though the novel had some good writing and suspense, found it to be "middle of the road", and did not really love or dislike it. It did not wow me --- listened to the audiobook narrated by Tavia Gilbert, providing a pleasant performance.

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