Book Review: The Last Wife

THE LAST WIFE | Karen Hamilton
07.07.2020 | Graydon House
Rating: 4/5 stars


Two women. One dying wish. A web of lies that will shatter the lives of many.

Nina and Marie met when they were young and have been inseparable since the day they first became friends. When Nina is diagnosed with a terminal illness their friendship will be put to the ultimate test. She entrusts her final wishes with Marie, who will stop at nothing to make sure they come true. What Nina didn’t realize was that Marie always wanted Nina’s life and she has an agenda of her own. Marie will stop at nothing to get what she wants.


Karen Hamilton has an absolute gift for writing over the top characters who are beyond entertaining to watch. I fell in love with Hamilton’s talented writing with THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND and the instant I opened THE LAST WIFE I was transported to that same familiar world. Hamilton has created another high speed thrill ride within these pages!

From the start it is clear that our main character, Marie, knows no bounds to getting what she wants. She is willing to lie and deceive if it gets her closer to her goals. This is something we saw with Hamilton’s previous book and just like with that story, this one is nothing short of entertaining! I always love to see how far and how crazy a character is willing to go. 


If you think Marie is going to be the only character who is devious, then hold tight because you’re about to be in for a treat! This book is filled with secrets and no one is honest about their true intentions. I thought after about the first third of the book that I had everything about the plot figured out. Wrong. There is so much more to this story than what’s on the first impression level.

I highly recommend THE LAST WIFE for fans of domestic thrillers who are looking for a fun, bingeworthy read! It’s important to go in this one expecting to find things that are a bit over the top and unbelievable.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon Book Depository

A huge thank you to Harlequin for sending me a gifted copy!

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