Review: The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth


Release date: April 5, 2022

Publisher: St. Martins

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


Stephen Aston is getting married again. The only problem is, he’s still married to his first wife, even though she is in a care facility for dementia. But he’ll take care of that easily, by divorcing her–even if his adult daughters protest.

Tully and Rachel Aston look upon Heather as nothing but an interloper. Heather is the same age as Rachel and even younger than Tully. Clearly she’s a golddigger and after their father’s money. Heather has secrets that she’s keeping close, and reasons of her own for wanting to marry Stephen.

With their mother unable to speak for herself, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family’s secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is. But will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous impulses…in all of them?


I struggled with the authors last book but have absolutely loved many of her others so I went into this one with some very slight hesitation. I say slight because that description basically has all of my favorite things in a thriller so I was actually fairly confident that I would enjoy this one and I was right! It was just pure enjoyable entertainment for me, messy family dynamics never get old and these people has plenty of mess. You get to hear from sisters Tully and Rachel and also from the new wife, Heather and each of them were interesting. I enjoyed Rachel the most, she was very likable and while I didn’t necessarily like Heather or Tully all that much they were pretty damn intriguing to read about. Most of what ended up happening were things I saw coming, there’s nothing super surprising going on but the author has a style that is still compelling. And the ending really kinda made me go WHAT?? But it definitely won’t be for everyone, it’s gonna be polarizing for sure. I mostly liked it I think? I didn’t hate it that’s for sure, it’s one that will stay with you.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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