The Senator’s Wife by Liv Constantine
A D.C. philanthropist suspects that her seemingly perfect employee is secretly plotting to steal her husband, her reputation—even her life—in this seductive novel of psychological suspense from the internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish.
The Senator’s Wife Book Description:
In this town, anyone is replaceable. . . .
After a tragic chain of events led to the deaths of their spouses two years ago, D.C. philanthropist Sloane Chase and Senator Whit Montgomery are finally starting to move on. The horrifying ordeal drew them together, and now they’re ready to settle down again—with each other.
As Sloane returns to the world of White House dinners and political small talk, this time with her new husband, she’s also preparing for an upcoming hip replacement—the latest reminder of the lupus diagnosis she’s managed since her twenties. With both of their hectic schedules, they decide that hiring a home health aide will give Sloane the support and independence she needs post-surgery. And they find the perfect fit in Athena Karras.
Seemingly a godsend, Athena tends to Sloane, and even helps her run her charitable foundation. But Sloane slowly begins to deteriorate—a complication, Athena explains, of Sloane’s lupus. As weeks go by, Sloane becomes sicker, and her uncertainty quickly turns to paranoia as she begins to suspect the worst. Why is Athena asking her so many probing questions about her foundation—about her past? And could Sloane be imagining the sultry looks between Athena and her new husband?
Riveting, fast-paced, and full of unbelievable twists, The Senator’s Wife is a psychological thriller that upends the private homes of those who walk the halls of power. Because when you have it all, you have everything to lose.
Short Summary Of the book in a simple way:
The Senator’s Wife is a gripping psychological thriller that follows the story of a philanthropist married to a senator. When Sloane falls ill, she begins to question the reality of her situation. Is her illness legitimate, or is something more sinister at play?
The plot is reminiscent of a soap opera storyline. After Sloane’s husband Robert dies in a freak accident, she marries another senator, Whit, who happens to be her first husband’s cousin’s widow. The story becomes convoluted as Sloane’s recovery takes a turn for the worse and she begins to suspect that she is losing her mind.
The book is divided into chapters narrated by Sloane, Whit, and Athena, a mysterious woman who is caring for Sloane during her recovery. Sloane is not portrayed as the most intelligent character, but the reader is privy to more information than she is. Whit is a slimy character, and while Athena has the potential to be interesting, she falls flat.
There are some intriguing twists and turns in the plot, but it is definitely over-the-top. Suspension of disbelief is necessary to fully embrace the story.
Unfortunately, the writing is the book’s weakest aspect. While the narration is engaging, it relies too heavily on telling instead of showing. The dialogue is stilted, awkward, and overly dramatic. The characters talk at each other, rather than to each other, resulting in conversations that lack connection and emotion.
Overall, The Senator’s Wife is an entertaining psychological thriller with a few flaws.
Review of the Book:
This book is an electrifying and sensational read that encompasses a range of gripping elements such as family drama, hidden secrets, deceit, political intrigue, and even murder. I thoroughly enjoyed every twist and turn that kept me on the edge of my seat. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting and captivating read. My sincere thanks to Netgalley and Random House Publishing for granting me the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.