When Marcie met Jason Maddox, she couldn’t believe her luck. Becoming Jason’s second wife catapulted her into the elite world of high society. But underneath the polite, old money manners, she knows she’ll always be an outsider, and her hard-won life hangs by a thread.
Then Jason’s widowed boss brings back a new wife from his trip to London. Young, beautiful, reckless – nobody can take their eyes off Keisha. Including Jason.
Something you can never, ever undo…
Marcie refuses to be replaced so easily. People would kill for her life of luxury. What will Marcie do to keep it?
What I Thought:
Today is the final day of the blog tour to celebrate the publication of Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough, so how fitting it is that for the last few weeks our weather her has been almost as sultry as the privileged world depicted in the book.
Set in the US city of Savannah, Dead to Her gives us an old-money world in which second wife Marcie Maddox has managed to immerse herself. But can this world accommodate another second wife when young, beautiful and haunted Keisha enters the picture?
I was incredibly impressed with this book, which is a properly immersive thriller, using a combination of superstition, the stifling weather of a hot, Southern summer and the equally stifling world of money and oneupmanship that exists among the so-called elites of the world.
Sarah Pinborough seems to use the Savannah heat almost like in a Tennessee Williams play, giving the impression that had Keisha arrived in the society circle at some other time of year, events might not have played out as they did. She also uses superstition and voodoo to add menace to the story, and this works very well. As a confirmed old cynic, I was impressed that it didn’t matter if I believed in those things, I just had to believe that Keisha believed them and, as the story progressed, these threads of voodoo and old Southern magic are cleverly added to the mix.
This is one of those books where it’s really not clear who to root for. All of the main characters have considerably more bad points than good – except, perhaps Keisha who has clearly married for money, but comes from a bad domestic background – and there is a certain satisfaction to the ending, even more so after the epilogue, as you realise that all those misdeeds will be paid for in full. It’s a clever way to wrap things up while still leaving the when, where, how to your imagination.
Having now read this, I’ve bumped Behind Her Eyes and Cross Her Heart up my reading list – definitely excited to read what comes next…
Dead to her is published by Harper Collins.
This post is part of the blog tour to celebrate the publication of Dead to Her. For more reviews and exclusive content, check out the blogs below:
Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.