Book Review: His Other Life, by Beth Thomas

The story of a couple with seemingly perfect lives…and the secrets they hide behind closed doors.

his other life

He was hiding a terrible secret . . .

Grace’s new husband Adam seems like the perfect package. Good looking, great job, completely charming – almost too good to be true . . .

So when Adam suddenly disappears from Grace’s life, she is left bewildered and heartbroken. And with a lot of unanswered questions.

As she tries desperately to find him, Grace opens a Pandora’s Box of secrets and lies – and starts to learn that Adam wasn’t so perfect after all.

What shameful secrets was her husband hiding? Is Grace in danger? And can she survive the truth? However terrible it may be . . .

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I’d never read a Beth Thomas book before, and I have to put my hands up and say that the cover just did it for me. It’s GORGEOUS. Then the blurb had me very intrigued and I hit that request button faster then you can ‘bookaholic,’ so big thanks go to Avon publishers for the review copy.

Intrigued though I was, I wasn’t entirely too sure what to expect genre-wise: chick lit? thriller? family drama? I wasn’t too sure, but what I found did not let me down. His Other Life has all the lovely charm, humour and compassion of a classic chick lit novel, but was laced with mystery and intrigue as well. Hats off to Beth – it’s a bold and risky cross-genre to do, but I think she pulled it off fantastically.

Grace and Adam have been married for a year, and they’re comfortable. Adam is charming and incredibly handsome, and they live a simple and satisfying life. Satisfying enough, at least. She has security with him, even if their relationship isn’t necessarily full of all the things she’s dreamed about, and even if she can never really understand how someone like him fell for someone like her. Then one day, after a strange voicemail message from someone Grace has never heard of, Adam leaves to get a take away, and never comes back.

Grace is left at a total loose end, after Adam had always insisted of taking care of everything, and she’s suddenly left fending for self. Moving back to her parents for a while, as the police try to uncover the truth behind Adam’s disappearance, Grace tries to uncover the truth behind Adam. So many things she’d never thought to question, suddenly don’t seem right.

Displeased with the answers (or lack thereof) that the police are able to give her, she sets out on her own investigation, with the support of her hilarious best friend, Ginge, and Ginge’s not-so-little brother, Mark. Far from the gawky, gothy teenager Grace knew, Mark is now a manly policeman, who gets hauled in for the journey.

I loved the narrative of this book. I totally fell in love with Grace as a character, and her trains of thought had me in stitches. You really got a sense of her struggle with her emotions – how she felt, vs how she thought she should be feeling. Every character Beth has created in this story is wonderful, from Grace’s naive charm, Ginge’s wacky charisma, Mark’s caring but cautious manner, or the wonderful quirks that each member of Grace’s family has.

While I barely turned a page without laughing or smiling, the plot still held my intrigue the entire way through, and though I’d pretty much worked it out, the ending was still enjoyably unexpected.

A really, really enjoyable read, and I’ll definitely be looking to read more from Beth Thomas in future.

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Release date: 12 March 2015
Publisher: Avon UK
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