Charlotte and Sam were partners. In life, and in crime. They never stole from anyone who couldn’t afford it. Wealthy clients, luxury cruise ships. It was easy money, and harmless. At least, that’s what Charlotte told herself, until the world caved in on her.
But now, years after she tried to put that past life behind her, it comes rushing back when her estranged ex-husband Sam suddenly goes missing – and someone threatens to expose what they did.
Desperate to escape whoever is tormenting her, Charlotte takes a job as events planner for an engagement party onboard a superyacht in the Caribbean. For a while, her plan seems to have worked, nothing but open ocean and clear skies ahead. Until it becomes clear that she’s no longer a thousand miles away from harm.
Because whoever is behind it all is onboard too. And now there’s nowhere left to run.
The Ex-husband is a wonderful slow burn thriller set amongst the glitzy and wealthy. Sam and Charlotte con people for a living. They work on luxury cruises targeting wealthy people and swindling money from them. I really loved the setting, the exotic location in the Caribbean and the glamour on board the superyacht Cleobella. The backdrop is idyllic and it is sheer escapism. The writing is descriptive and the author beautifully describes the cruise ships and Caribbean islands we visit. There are both present and past timelines, the present is the most riveting and the past timeline fills you in on the background details. There are plenty of twists and turns and you’re never quite sure what will happen next. A suspenseful atmosphere is created throughout and tension builds up when marooned at sea. There are so many suspects it is hard to guess the perpetrator and it’s exciting to discover who is out for revenge.
Charlotte shows she has a conscience and is conflicted about what she does and tries to redeem herself but carries on with her dishonesty regardless. I did, however, find her character extremely intriguing. Sam is a despicable character and we soon discover he has a dark side. He’s aggressive, manipulative, selfish and only thinks about himself and I took an instant dislike to him. None of the characters are particularly likeable but I don’t think you are meant to and you can’t help but become completely engrossed in their stories.
The Ex-Husband is the perfect summer psychological thriller, light and easy to read and a real page turner. I’m looking forward to seeing what this author comes up with next.
Publication Date (UK): 19 August 2021
Page Count: 368
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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