BOOK REVIEW: The Murdering Wives Club by Sharon Thompson

I received a copy of The Murdering Wives Club by Sharon Thompson through Book Sirens. (Yes, this is still an honest review even though I got a digital copy the book for free). It was one of those books where the cover, title, and description all jumped out at me and screamed, “YOU MUST GET THIS BOOK AND READ IT RIGHT NOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!

But, of course, I didn’t… because… well, life and stuff kept getting in the way and now here we are months later and I’ve finally read the book (almost a month ago) and am just now getting around to sharing my thoughts with all of you awesome bookish people. So, did The Murdering Wives Club live up to my high expectations???

Yes, and No….

Like I already pointed out, at first glance, I thought this was going to be a book I would absolutely love. And I did, mostly.

The Story:

I was surprised by how funny this book turned out to be. I mean, it’s a book about a bunch of murdering wives and a man who thinks his wife is one of them. And it’s set during World War II, a time period basically requiring all historical fiction set during this time is a tear jerker… Doesn’t sound like a whole lot of laughs, right???

But as I read the story of how Laurie Davenport, an upperclass man who has returned home from the war blind, and Norah Walsh, an Irish woman with big ambitions, try to investigate a group of women who may or may not meet to plot the murder of their husbands, I laughed out loud on numerous occasions!!

Big hearted Laurie seems unable to wrap his mind around the idea of women wanting to do harm to their husbands, despite the story Eve Good has been telling them of a whole women’s club devoted to just that! Not to mention the fact that he believes his own wife has tried to kill him and may be a member of the club!

Eve Good herself has a dark humor about her that I found wildly entertaining. Because of that, I found myself actually rooting for her to maybe not be released from prison, but to at least not be sentenced to death. Eve tells her story of how she heard about, joined, and then tried to leave the Murdering Wives Club to Laurie and Norah in the hopes of being acquitted from murdering her husband. According to Eve, she didn’t even kill the poor man — it was an accident! Or maybe one of the other murdering wives did it?

Regardless, Eve’s story was definitely what made this book. It’s dark and twisty, and makes you question humanity, yet for some reason, you find yourself feeling bad for her. Which is something I can’t say for the rest of the characters who make up this story.

The Characters:

The Murdering Wives Club is full of characters I found charming, funny, disturbing, and/or just plain entertaining. But these same characters made me want to smack them at times.

Laurie Davendport believes his wife, Charlotte, tried to kill him… twice, I believe. Charlotte is portrayed as a cold-hearted woman who cares nothing for anyone other than herself. But as unlikeable as that makes her sound, when she actually shows up in the story, I found her kind of funny.

Norah Walsh is a young woman from Ireland who has been hired to help Laurie after a couple of accidents have left him depressed and in need of both daily help while he gets used to his blindness, and companionship. Norah is at times compassionate, funny, or selfish. She comes off both enormously independent at times and yet, at times even simultaneously… incredibly dependent on the men around her. For the most part, I thought she was a likeable character, but she also rubbed me the wrong way at others.

But by far, as I’ve already stated, my absolutely favorite character was Ms. Eve Good. Eve is currently in prison for murdering her husband (and others, possibly). She is the reason that any one is giving credence to Laurie’s claims that his wife tried to kill him. Oddly, Eve seems like the most honest person in the whole book. I like honesty.

Despite being one of the main (if not THE main) character in the book, Laurie Davenport was my least favorite and almost ruined the whole thing for me. I understand that he has recently been blinded and is trying to find his way in what, for him, is a new world. But he’s just way too whiny for me. He objectifies Norah and belittles her in a way that turned my stomach at times and it was just hard to get through.

Overall Thoughts:

I think people who enjoy dark humor, and weird mystery cults will probably enjoy this story. I’m definitely going to give the next book a read when it comes out and see if Laurie grows on me a little more. Plus, I’m hoping Norah finds her place in the world without depending on men.

Drought of Blood (City of Blood Book #2) – Available on Audio!!

Drought of Blood by USA Today Bestselling Author Laura Greenwood is now available on audiobook! This is the second book in the City of Blood series. Both the prequel, Blood Payment, and Book 1, Drop of Blood, are also available so be sure to give those a listen, as well!

You can purchase Drought of Blood on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. And please, if you can, take a minute to leave a review!

Thanks!

Publisher’s Summary:

The Rebellion is over, and the members executed. But I’m still alive…for now.  

I did the one thing I wasn’t supposed to, putting myself and others in danger. Now, it’s just me and the illegally turned vampire living in my one bedroom apartment against the world. Unless we can persuade Catherine to help.  

Preferably before we get caught.  

Drought of Blood is Book Two of the City of Blood series, a gritty vampire urban fantasy with a slow burn romantic sub-plot.

©2020 Laura Greenwood (P)2021 Laura Greenwood

Marrow Charm – BBNYA Blog Tour!!!

It’s my first blog tour review of 2021 and I’m so excited it’s for Marrow Charm by Kristin Jacques! I absolutely loved this book!!!!

This story had so much going on – and ended with so much going on – that I don’t even know where to start!!! See, Marrow Charm follows Azzy on her quest to…

No, wait. SO first her brother has magic and he…

Umm, well… before that there’s this wolf who’s kinda but not really a wolf and…

AHHHHH!!!!!

Sorry about that. Let me just take a breathe and try to start this over, okay?

So we meet Azzy living her life (mostly) in her underground city known as the Heap. It’s not a great place to live, but it’s one of the few safe places left for humans and she’s happy enough. She has her brother, Armin, and her guardian, Brixby. But her brother is slowly being tainted.

By what you ask???

Yep. In this world, magic changes you (usually… I mean, mostly…. I mean, sometimes? Okay, I’m still not sure how it works, but not everyone can handle it or something?). You lose who you are – your memories, your personality – your humanness basically melts away and, from what I can tell, you may not turn evil, but you can. So Azzy and Brixby are terrified for Armin to give in to the magic growing within him, and that’s where everything jumps off. (Unless you wanna unpack Azzy’s backstory… which, WHOA!)

When Armin saves Azzy, his magic is fully triggered and he’s banished from the underground city to the Above. Brixby and Azzy leave the Heap to help her brother, but things don’t go as planned (do they ever?). When Brixby and Azzy find Armin, they still can’t get to him. Azzy is separated even further not just from her brother, but Brixby as well. And while the underground she came from was a scary, dark and all-around unsafe place, the Above is even worse!

I loved the magic, the characters, the journey through the world, the world itself… just EVERYTHING about this story! If you love dark fantasy, then I definitely recommend picking it up as soon as possible!!!

I received this book to read and give an unbiased and honest review as part of the BBNYA tours organized by The Write Reads tours team. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the 2021 BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website (https://www.bbnya.com/) or our Twitter account, @BBNYA_Official. If you would like to sign-up and enter your book, you can find the BBNYA 2021 AUTHOR SIGN UP FORM HERE. Please make sure to carefully read our terms and conditions before entering. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the Folio Society (If you love beautiful books you NEED to check out their website!) And the book blogger support group TheWriteReads.

Her Deadly Homecoming – NOW AVAILABLE ON AUDIOBOOK

Her Deadly Homecoming by Tony Urban and Drew Strickland and narrated by myself is up on Audible! It’s the first in a series featuring detective Carolina McKay. Please check it out and let me know what you think! Reviews are incredibly helpful.

And don’t forget to check my Audiobook page for more audio titles.

The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

I saw a couple of reviews on Goodreads for The Burning Girls and immediately went to NetGalley to request a copy. When my request was approved, I did a happy dance around my stunned toddlers, who also clapped and jumped excitedly. So needless to say, I was HYPED for The Burning Girls before I’d even taken the time to read the actual synopsis.

Side note/question: This is becoming a habit. I’m curious… Am I the only one who has developed a habit of not reading the Goodreads or “official” synopsis of a book and just dives right in based solely on what you’ve read or heard from others (reviewers, friends, etc.)??

The Burning Girls is the story of a vicar named Jack and her daughter, Flo. They’ve recently been sent to a small church in Chapel Croft after an unfortunate incident in Nottingham. Jack has already been having horrible nightmares due to the horrible event back home, so she has no desire to go to Chapel Croft, but is left with no choice. Immediately, things begin to go the way of a horror movie.

They are welcomed to their new creepy old chapel home by a weird caretaker, a child covered in a blood, a headless burning girl/apparition with no arms — oh, and a bunch of macabre twig dolls the townsfolk set on fire once a year. And that’s just the beginning of the novel!!!

It was almost impossible for me to set this down and I sped through it in about two days. It kept me guessing, trying to figure out what was going on, who was doing what, and although I did figure out one really big “twist” fairly early on, I enjoyed every minute of the twisty turny path that led to “The End.”

I definitely recommend The Burning Girls to thriller fans!

What about you? Have you read The Burning Girls? Have a suggestion for me next read? Let’s talk. Leave a comment below or find me on Goodreads or Twitter!

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