“Sharon Bolton is a supremely talented plotter who creates unforgettable characters.” Jane Casey.
Olive Anderson, wife of Michael Anderson MP, has gone missing. Late in the evening, in a heavy snow-storm, Olive walked out of her hotel in Cumbria with a mysterious stranger and hasn’t been seen since. Given the weather, and the perilous state of the roads, police are concerned for her safety.
We are even more so, because despite being supposedly happily married to the ‘sexiest man in Parliament’, Olive allowed herself to be seduced by the mysterious stranger – a beautiful woman – only to find out that the stranger filmed the entire encounter and is threatening to post footage on the internet if Olive doesn’t leave the hotel immediately. Terrified that her life is about to fall apart, Olive feels she has no choice, but as the two of them drive away into the night, she wonders whether she might have chosen the more deadly of two very dangerous paths.
And then they skid on black ice; the car leaves the road, plummeting into a ravine.
PC Garry Mizon is assigned to the case. At school he had a huge crush on Olive, so is keen to find her safe and well. Trouble is, as police officers go, Garry isn’t very good. He hates police work and dreams of being a florist. And when he learns that Olive might not be the first woman connected to Michael Anderson either to die mysteriously, or vanish without trace, he knows he’s well out of his depth.
Did Olive survive the crash? Will Garry find her in time? And are we looking at one fake wife? Or several?
Press and Peer Quotes
“Totally gripping, with characters who draw you in and twists you won’t see coming.” JP Delaney
“The Fake Wife fooled me over and over again. I loved it. Sharon Bolton is a supremely talented plotter who creates unforgettable characters, and this story is one of her best.” Jane Casey.
“The Fake Wife had me at page one – utterly addictive and absorbing. I had no idea where it was going, and couldn’t stop reading until I found out.’ Rachel Abbott
“Thoroughly original, brilliantly plotted and utterly thrilling.” Catherine Cooper
“A killer opening that unspools into a brilliant mystery. Out in November and very highly recommended.” Chris Ewan.
“A slick, utterly gripping thriller. Fabulous stuff!” Caroline Green, author of THE WHISPER HOUSE
“Sharon Bolton is the queen of thrills and suspense – The Fake Wife is gripping and pacy with twists to shock even the most seasoned thriller reader. It kept me on my toes from the first page to the last.” Lisa Hall, author of THE PERFECT COUPLE
“A twisty and breathless adventure where you’ll never guess what’s really going on” Claire McGowan
“The Fake Wife is a thriller that shocked me more than once! An engrossing story with wild twists, you’ll never guess where this book is going. Sharon Bolton is an amazing, gifted writer.” Samantha Downing
“Pulse-pounding, head-scratching, nail-biting stuff: The Fake Wife had me turning pages at breakneck speed.” – Carol Wyer
“The Fake Wife totally gripped me. A pacy, page turning read with a cracker of a twist.” Heidi Perks
“A darkly unpredictable thriller with shocking secrets at its core. I couldn’t put it down.” Isabel Ashdown.
Warning: this page contains spoilers. Do not read unless you have finished the book.
- What is it about toxic relationships and marriages in trouble that fascinates us so much?
- Why do you think most of these books are written by women?
- Was Olive justified in what she did?
- Is Garry a good police officer? Or should he give it up and become a florist?
- Did you have any sympathy for Eloise? Or Sam?
- Have we grown over-reliant on our emergency services? What would we do if they weren’t there for us?