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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford

The Pocket Wife




What does one do when one is seemingly rational, operating on all fronts normally but suffers from bipolar disorder. Dana is in that situation where a particular afternoon seems to have vanished from her memory leaving her with doubts as to what she did or didn't do. Particularly what she might have done and very conveniently forgotton - the murder of her neighbor Celia.


Celia and Dana are friends - you never know whether good friends or just being neighbourly but they did meet for a massive drinking session of sangria the afternoon Celia was found murdered.  Celia had invited Dana over to show her photos which she had taken on her phone of Dana's husband Peter with another woman at a restaurant. The photos are blurry and Dana's entire focus was on trying to find out who the woman was.


The story unravels slowly - there are several surprising twists in this story and several suspects. All of them having very plausible reasons for getting rid of Celia. The fact that the investigator himself has doubts as to who could be the murderer with so many suspects around raises the question what did Celia do to make herself so disliked or rather hated that someone would want to murder her.


A clever twist in the tale - but the greater emphasis was on Dana herself and the illness she had which made her doubt her own sanity and actions.


Interesting story with two distinct storylines nicely put together.


A book sent to me by Edelweiss.

6 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

You make this sound like one I want to try -- nice review without too much info.

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

On my wishlist, great review!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Kay said...

Yes, I'm thinking this will be the next book I read. Nice review!

Nise' said...

I've seen this book on other blogs and have been intrigued. Your review increases the interest.

Serena said...

this sounds like a very good read

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

I enjoyed this one too!