The First Wife: An unputdownable page turner with a twist

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I moved closer to the little girl, afraid that our voices would be caught by the monitor.

‘What happened to you, Lucy? Can you tell me?’


When Sophie’s life falls apart, she accepts an invitation from a childhood friend, Caroline, to visit her family’s beautiful beach house, situated at the mouth of an isolated cove, miles from the nearest town. The silence is broken only by the rhythmic crash of the waves against the jagged black rocks below.


But when Sophie arrives, she finds her friend much changed. Caroline – who used to be so warm and confident – is secretive and on-edge, spending long, unexplained hours away from her family. And then there’s Caroline’s little daughter Lucy – who stopped speaking soon after they moved in. Caroline assures Sophie that it’s only a phase, but Sophie thinks Lucy looks a little uncared for, a little afraid…


Then one night Sophie is woken by a scream and runs to find Lucy, out of bed and at the attic window, staring in terror at the view below. When Sophie goes to look, her blood runs cold…


What secrets hide behind closed doors in this isolated house by the sea? A compelling domestic drama from the USA Today bestselling author of Gracie’s Secret. Perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door.


What readers are saying about The First Wife:

 

I loved this book! From the moment I started, I couldn't stop reading it… The author did an amazing job… Kept me guessing until the very end… I loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘The First Wife is a stunning page-turner I did not want to put down… The ending is so twisted and fascinating... Just WOW! Unbelievably fantastic read. This is the best book I’ve read so far in 2020. Worth more than 5 stars to me.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘What an amazing book by Jill Childs… This story had me hooked from the first chapter and I read it practically in one sitting!... I never saw the twist at the end coming! I cannot wait to recommend this book to all!’ NetGalley reviewer


The story draws you in from page one and as soon as the two friends are reunited, it's clear that it's a far from happy household… The writing is both descriptive and atmospheric and just as you think you have the whole thing worked out, there's a totally unexpected twist which I didn't see coming. A great read and highly recommended - in fact if I could give it more than five stars I would!Jo Lambert Books Blog, 5 stars


‘A gripping read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


A chilling, edge-of-your-seat read that will knock the life right out of you!! A must read!! Another brilliant author that keeps you entertained from the very first page!!’ Goodreads reviewer


‘Love all books from this author and this was a brilliant read… It was definitely a page-turner and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout, all with interesting characters and I can certainly recommend. Well done Jill I look forward to your next read.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars


The First Wife has an unbelievable twist that I just didn’t see coming!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars


‘Dark, creepy with a dash of gothic charm I was gripped from the beginning. The relationship built between Sophie and Lucy was beautiful and as mentioned the ending shocked me! The perfect thriller / mystery.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars


‘A brilliant mystery/thriller with a lot of awesome characters and a strong domestic plot line! Intriguing and twisty! Does not disappoint! NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars


This was an amazing book. Everything from Jill goes above and beyond. This is one of the best. Thought-provoking and wonderfully well-written. The final chapters were so heart-wrenching I was close to tears. Didn't want it to end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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Bookouture
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Published on
Mar 18, 2020
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Pages
257
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ISBN
9781838881238
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / Gothic
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Fiction / Women
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‘Wow! There is no other word for this book. It is emotional and thrilling and just plain amazing.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Teresa’s heart stops when she enters her daughter’s bedroom to find that her sweet, trusting little girl is gone. Teresa can’t bear to think who would take a terrified three-year-old from her mother in the middle of the night, but all the signs point to someone close to home. Hasn’t Jessica’s stepfather been acting a little oddly? Or is it, as Teresa is beginning to fear, something to do with Angie, her daughter’s babysitter who lives next door...?

Gentle, retired Angie – she must be lonely, with only her memories to keep her company in that big, old house. And she’s always had a special connection with Jessica... was trusting Angie with her precious daughter the biggest mistake of Teresa’s life?

What do we really know about those who watch our children? Jessica’s Promise is a compelling domestic drama for fans of Jodi Picoult, Lisa Wingate and Kerry Fisher.


Readers absolutely love Jessica’s Promise…


‘Wow! There is no other word for this book. It is emotional and thrilling and just plain amazing! I cannot wait to read more of the writer's books in the future!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Absolutely brilliant, brilliant and brilliant, didn't think Jill could “do it again” after reading Gracie's Secret but how wrong could I be? Loved everything about this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Riveting… Emotional! This was a brilliant fast-paced domestic drama!... A compelling story full of all the twists and turns.’ Audio Killed the Bookmark

‘Fast paced and wonderfully told story about mother-love, secrecy, trust and family. The characters are so true to life… I was very surprised by the shock revelation of what had really happened to Jessica.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘WOW… this book was just beautifully written throughout and had you gripped from the first few pages…. I just loved this book and the last few chapters will keep on your toes.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Absolutely brilliant! A poignant, touching and thrilling take from an amazing writer. Tense and pacy, and yet written with heart. A truly stunning tale.’ Renita D’Silva

‘The characters are flawed but show great emotion… The author has tremendous insight into the mind of a young child… If you like domestic thrillers, emotion-packed drama, and a gripping storyline, this book is definitely for you.’ Waggy Tales Dog Blog, 5 stars

‘A brilliant thriller all the way through, I really enjoyed it.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘You did not know who to trust and who kept which secret. Everybody seemed suspicious… When the culprit was finally revealed and all secrets were in the open, I could not believe my eyes. Not even in my wildest dream could I have guessed that! Fast paced… emotional.’ B for Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘This story kept me guessing.’ Kindle 4 Me

‘I really enjoyed this book, staying up late into the night to finish it in one sitting. gripping and twisty and with an ending you don't see coming. This is the first of Jill Childs books I have read, but it definitely won’t be the last.’ Goodreads reviewer

'An excellent read from the start.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘I'm a huge fan of Jill Child's books. I really enjoyed this book and I couldn't put it down… I wasn't expecting the ending at all. I thought I had figured it out but I didn't… the twists and turns were very good.' Goodreads reviewer


A heartbreaking story of family secrets from the USA Today bestselling author of Gracie’s Secret. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain.

 

I know you. I know you in a way you can’t even imagine. I have been searching for you in the years since you wrote that letter – the letter that told me you were looking for me too. But now that I’ve found you, I don’t know if I can tell you the truth of what happened. It would ruin your perfect life. It would risk your beautiful daughter.

 

So, I watch and I wait – longing to protect you from what’s to come. This morning, you’re running late and your little girl, tugged by the hand, scurries to keep up with you. She’s clean but a little scrawny. Maybe that’s because you struggle with the bills; maybe she’s just made that way.

 

I know what it is to have lost a precious child. I pray you never learn how that feels. But try as I might to shield you, I can’t hold back the past forever… when I finally tell my secret, will it break you like it did me all those years ago?


Readers absolutely adore Jill Childs...

***** ‘Wow! There is no other word for this book. It is emotional and thrilling and just plain amazing! I cannot wait to read more of the writer's books in the future!’ Goodreads reviewer

***** ‘Absolutely brilliant, brilliant and brilliant, didn't think Jill could “do it again” after reading Gracie's Secret but how wrong could I be? Loved everything about this book.’ Goodreads reviewer

***** ‘WOW… this book was just beautifully written throughout and had you gripped from the first few pages…. I just loved this book and the last few chapters will keep on your toes.’ Goodreads Reviewer

***** ‘The characters are flawed but show great emotion… The author has tremendous insight into the mind of a young child…, If you like domestic thrillers, emotion-packed drama, and a gripping storyline this book is definitely for you.’ Waggy Tales Dog Blog

***** ‘Wow. What a great book. Held my attention from the first page to the very last page. I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day. Tugged at my heart… This is my first by this author but after reading this it won't be my last.’ Goodreads reviewer


***** ‘Invisible Girl is an absolutely brilliant emotional roller-coaster of a novel, beautifully written with sensitivity and compassion….  The final chapters were so touching I was close to tears and I didn’t want it to end.  Thank you, Jill, for producing such a delightful and heart-warming novel, it will stay in my thoughts for a long time.’ Netgalley reviewer


***** ‘This book was so amazing. It was thought provoking and wonderfully well written…This book makes you think and gives you so many feelings. I will spend many days thinking about this book and what I can do! This book is so good!’ Goodreads reviewer


**** ‘Invisible Girl is an engrossing story that is very emotional and well written. This book is a must read this year.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘Absolutely brilliant! A poignant, touching and thrilling take from an amazing writer. Tense and pacy, and yet written with heart. A truly stunning tale.’ Renita D’Silva

 

‘I really enjoyed this book, staying up late into the night to finish it in one sitting. gripping and twisty and with an ending you don't see coming. This is the first of Jill Childs books I have read, but it definitely won’t be the last.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘I'm a huge fan of Jill Child's books. I really enjoyed this book and I couldn't put it down… I wasn't expecting the ending at all. I thought I had figured it out but I didn't… the twists and turns were very good.' Goodreads reviewer

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