This review is written with thanks to Headline and Netgalley for my copy of Her Husband's Lover.
Louisa's husband, Sam, has died in a car crash, as have their children, Poppy and Leon. Louisa wants to make a fresh start, but her husband had a mistress, Sophie. Sophie believes that Sam wanted to leave Louisa, and the new life Louisa is creating for herself should be hers. She is determined to sabotage Louisa's life. Will she succeed?
Her Husband's Lover begins with a very graphic description of the car crash in which Sam, Poppy and Leon are killed. From this point onwards, I knew I was in for a gripping ride. As Crouch's writing shifts between the past and the present, I was hooked as I waited to discover the events that had led Louisa to this point. The tension never falters and I was engaged until the very end.
In Louisa and Sophie, Crouch has created two very complex central characters. Both characters have clear mental health issues, and I felt that Crouch's exploration of these was very believable. Although it means that neither Louisa nor Sophie are very likeable, it means that they are compelling and I wanted to find out more about their histories and what made them tick.
In previous reviews, I have made no secret of the fact that I love a novel with a twist. The twist in The Husband's Lover is in part predictable, but it did leave me questioning what had happened throughout the whole novel. The ending raises a few questions, and this means it will stay with me in days to come.