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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

The Second Wife

ISBN: 978-1915275561

Narrators: Penelope Rawlins, Jodie Harris, Peter Noble

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Inkubator Books

Publication Date: 11/15/2022

Format: Audio & e-book

My Rating: 4 Stars

Tamsin recently married renowned composer Robin Featherstone. Robin is much older, but Tamsin doesn’t care—she’s in love.

And she knows Robin loves her too, even if he is very close to another young woman—his assistant, Mia.

Meanwhile, Robin’s ex-wife and grown children aren’t happy—they’re sure Tamsin is a gold-digger and Mia is an opportunist.

Then, when Robin suddenly dies, the family’s worst fears are realized: Tamsin stands to inherit everything. But when the will is read, its contents are beyond shocking.

As Mia and Tamsin are pitted against each other, only one thing is clear: Robin's family will go to any lengths to stop either of them inheriting even a part of Robin’s estate.

Isolated in the family mansion, fearing for their lives and distrustful of each other, Tamsin and Mia are determined to stand their ground. But then a dark family secret is revealed which may engulf them all…

My Review

Miranda Rijks' THE SECOND WIFE, now in audiobook format, is a twisty, gripping multi-layered psychological whodunit mystery brimming with dark surprises.

One man. Two wives. Grown children. Caretakers. Staff. And Mia.

Robin Featherstone, a renowned composer. He is a wealthy accomplished older man. He has a first wife and grown children, which are very selfish, privileged, and manipulative.

His current second wife, Tamsin, is beautiful and young. There was no prenup, and the entire family thinks of her as a gold digger. She is pretty self-centered and likes her lifestyle.

Then there is Mia. I liked Mia. She had a rough life and spent time in prison for something she did not do, and she loves her father. She is a violinist and has a career, but she took this job that fell in her lap cleaning for the famous Robin.

The two bond over music.

When Robin has a stroke, he is not the same person. Then there is an accident when Robin takes a deadly fall. Was it an accident, or was he pushed? Was it murder?

Who has the motive to murder Robin? Who stands to gain the most?

The plot thickens when we learn that Robin wrote a new will two days before his death.

The will is read. Everyone is shocked. There are multiple suspects, and the investigations will have to dive deep to uncover the secrets of the past.

Tamsin (current second wife), Claudia (first wife), daughter (Brooke), and his son (David). There is a letter from Robin that spells out he thinks someone is trying to murder him. There is also Marek, Pavla, and Thomas.

Let the murder mystery begin!

Mia and Tamsin must join forces to save one another and uncover the lies and deceit of the past.

"Rijks adds cunning twists and sharp narration that take you on an unexpected whodunit journey and will leave you with a gasp. The added clever twist at the end you will not expect!"

Love. Jealousy. Greed. Deception. Revenge!

After reading, the title should have remained The Inheritance, which would be more fitting (her working title) versus The Second Wife. This novel was more of a whodunit mystery versus a psychological thriller. The title and the image on the front cover were a little misleading. Even though striking, there were two protagonists, Tamsin and Mia. Mia was the main focus, so it was not a story about only the second wife.

However, I do enjoy this author's writing and her books, even though this was not my favorite. I purchased the e-book and the audiobook narrated by Penelope Rawlins, Jodie Harris, and Peter Noble for an engaging performance.

For fans of authors Gilly Macmillan and Shari Lapena.

@JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks

My Rating: 4 Stars

Pub Date: Nov 15, 2022




About the Author

Miranda Rijks is the internationally bestselling author of psychological thrillers, many of which have been Kindle bestsellers. She is the author of twenty books: (Seventeen psychological thrillers, one non-fiction, one biography, and one women’s fiction.) Before becoming a fiction writer, she helped newbie entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful businesses. In 2015, she was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, and everything changed.

Rijks lives in Sussex, England with her husband, musician daughter, and black Labradors. When she's not writing, she's dreaming about living in a chalet on a Swiss mountain (a reality), obsessively knitting, and painting on her iPad (procreate artist at Chalet Artstore, online gallery).

Her books include: The Concierge, Forget Me Not, The Insomniac, The Arrangement, The New Neighbour, The Second Wife, The Only Child, The Visitors, What She Knew, The Influencer, Roses Are Red, You Are Mine, Deserve To Die, I Want You Gone, Fatal Fortune, Fatal Flowers, and Fatal Finale.

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Psychological thrillers, crime fiction, domestic suspense, mystery, and suspense.







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