Review: The Wife Who Knew Too Much by Michele Campbell


Release date: July 28, 2020

Publisher: St. Martin’s

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


Tabitha Girard had her heart broken years ago by Connor Ford. He was preppy and handsome. She was a pool girl at his country club. Their affair should have been a summer fling. But it meant everything to Tabitha.

Years later, Connor comes back into Tabitha’s life—older, richer, and desperately unhappy. He married for money, a wealthy, neurotic, controlling woman whom he never loved. He has always loved Tabitha.

When Connor’s wife Nina takes her own life, he’s free. He can finally be with Tabitha. Nina’s home, Windswept, can be theirs. It seems to be a perfect ending to a fairy tale romance that began so many years ago. But then, Tabitha finds a diary. “I’m writing this to raise an alarm in the event of my untimely death,” it begins. “If I die unexpectedly, it was foul play, and Connor was behind it. Connor—and her.”

Who is Connor Ford? Why did he marry Nina? Is Tabitha his true love, or a convenient affair? As the police investigate Nina’s death, is she a convenient suspect?

As Tabitha is drawn deeper into the dark glamour of a life she is ill-prepared for, it becomes clear to her that what a wife knows can kill her. 

I love a good opening hook in a thriller and this begins with a diary entry from Nina who says she knows her husband is planning on killing her so if she winds up dead he did it. She also mentions he did it with “her” and not alone so basically I was like, SOLD after one chapter. Then the next chapter confirms Nina died and that’s where I’ll stop talking about plot specifics but I mean, could this be any juicier?! Hello summer, beachy thriller!
While this opened really strong for me there it wasn’t perfect, there were times it felt a little silly and over the top but I always allow that in a beach type thriller. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Some of it felt a little drawn out at times as you hear backstory on Connor and Tabitha and less could’ve been more in this case. It kinda felt romance novelish and just wasn’t entirely necessary but it was fine. It was decently pacey though and I wasn’t ever bored. It did feel a little messy in the end and I did see what was gonna happen before it actually did, but as much as this review sounds like me complaining I did enjoy it overall! You just kinda have to roll with it and take it for what’s it worth, don’t over analyze or try and see if it seems probable, just have fun with it and you may like it too.
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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