Nobody’s Wife by Laura Pearson Agora Books March 28th 2019
‘Of the four of them, only three remained. And there was no going backwards from there.’
Emily and Josephine have always shared everything. They’re sisters, flatmates, and best friends. It’s the two of them against the world.
When Emily has the perfect wedding, and Josephine finds the perfect man, they know things will change forever. But nothing can prepare them for what, or who, one of them is willing to give up for love.
Four people. Three couples. Two sisters. One unforgiveable betrayal.
From the best-selling author of Missing Pieces comes a heart-wrenching story about family, loyalty, and obsession that will have you racing to the finish.
I love a good wedding, especially at the start of a novel, the happy couple all loved up and ready to start their married life.
This is how we met Emily and Michael and loved up they appeared to be, or were they?
This was a question Pearson asked of us and then proceeded to give a portrait of a marriage, of how it can change the relationships we have with those around us, of how it can make us question our life choices. She presented us with four characters, all connected to one another in some way and it was interesting to read how Pearson made them interact and the impacts their actions had upon one another.
We had the sibling relationship between Emily and Josephine, their closeness all too evident, but Emily’s marriage and Josephine’s new boyfriend Jack seemed to put a wedge into it, one that pushed them further and further away. What Pearson did so well was to take us along with Emily and Josephine as they experienced a full range of emotions, from anger, guilt and ultimately betrayal. She never made us feel that the blame lay soley with the one sister, she merely presented their circumstances letting us the reader make up our own minds. It highlighted how we don’t necessarily chose who we fall in and out of love with, how sometimes we have to give into what we truly want even if that meant hurting others.
Pearson didn’t hit us with the usual myriad of high dramatic confrontations but instead they were understated, with subtle words that took the place of actions, the emotions of the characters brought to the fore. You sensed great sorrow but also forgiveness and for me this is what made it stand out, made it non formulaic or predictable, the outcomes laced with uncertainty until the latter few pages when Pearson gave you the answers, and not necessarily those you wanted.
It was a novel that impressed and one that I enjoyed immensely and I shall look forward to reading more from Laura Pearson.
I would like to thank Agora Books for a copy of Nobody’s Wife to read and review and to Peyton Stableford for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to Participate in the blogtour.
About the author
Laura Pearson has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. She spent a decade living in London and working as a copywriter and editor for QVC, Expedia, Net a Porter, EE, and The Ministry of Justice. Now, she lives in Leicestershire, where she writes novels, blogs about her experience of breast cancer (www.breastcancerandbaby.com), runs The Motherload Book Club, and tries to work out how to raise her two children.